Kari Bernier of Dyersburg, Tennessee, was named the 22nd member of the Green Bay Packers FAN Hall of Fame on Monday at Lambeau Field.
A lifelong Packers fan, Bernier was selected by fans from 10 finalists during a voting period that ran from Jan. 1-31 on packers.com. More than 60,000 votes were cast from throughout the United States and countries around the world.
Bernier, who was born in Milwaukee, has lived all over the United States, taking her unwavering love of the Packers with her wherever she goes. Her dedication to the team began early in life, according to her parents, who say that when she was two years old, she would place her little wicker chair in front of the television so she could sit and watch the Packers.
Bernier met her husband, Brandon, in New Hampshire, and while he wasn't a big football fan when they met, she quickly converted him to a Packers supporter. They've visited Lambeau Field together and he bought her a share of stock, further fueling her excitement and love for the team.
Working as a librarian at a school in Tennessee, Bernier shares her passion for the Packers with many young sports fans and loves to explain why the therapy dog at her school is named Starr.
An excerpt of the nomination letter from Brandon reads: "Packers fans are definitely a special class of fanatic and my wife exemplifies that…She will talk to anyone that will listen about her team. None of our friends dare to say anything negative about the Pack...There just is no other passion quite like Green Bay Packers passion and Kari bleeds green and gold. I cannot think of anyone else more deserving of this honor."
Regarding her nomination, Bernier said: "I am completely dumbfounded and utterly thrilled to have the honor of being nominated! I know that I am just one of the countless Packers fans out there and therefore the distinction is that much more astounding. Hollywood loves to say that it's just an honor to be nominated but, in this case, it is sincerely and absolutely true. If chosen, I would do my utmost to serve Packers fandom well!"
Kari Bernier of Dyersburg, Tennessee was named to the Green Bay Packers FAN Hall of Fame on Feb. 17, 2020.
This year's other finalists included: Dr. Gordon Dammann from Lena, Ill.; Jeff Gasser from Coleman, Wis.; Kathy Fermanich from New London, Wis.; Leo DeGroot from West Bend, Wis.; Carole Gutowski from Green Bay; Bob Pinzl from Waukesha, Wis.; Mark Ames from Spruce, Mich.; Bill Hughes from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and Roger Cassem from Midlothian, Va.
In honor of her selection, Bernier will receive four club seats to a 2020 Packers home game; a $500 Packers Pro Shop gift certificate; a road trip for two to a 2020 Packers away game, including game tickets, air fare and hotel accommodations; and a one-year subscription to Packer Plus.
Bernier also will have her name permanently displayed in a place of honor in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
The Green Bay Packers established the Packers FAN Hall of Fame in 1998 for the purpose of annually honoring a devout and longtime Packers fan. The 21 prior honorees include Mel Knoke, Appleton; Louis Gardipee, Black River Falls; Ed Jablonski, Wausau; Paul Mazzoleni, Green Bay; Wanda Boggs, Brookfield; Sister Isaac Jogues Rousseau, Milwaukee; Dorothy Hanke, Milwaukee; Kathy Lazzaro, Milwaukee; Rich Barbera, River Vale, New Jersey; Richard 'Ike' Eisenhauer, Wauwatosa; Allan Hale, Green Bay; Jim Becker, Racine; Tom Little, Mount Sterling, Illinois; Rick Steele, Greensburg, Pennsylvania; Edward Fritsch, Sheboygan; Vivian Scherf-Laabs, Cedarburg; Steve Schumer, Gillette, New Jersey, Pat Nevala, Menomonie; Frank Lamping, Union Grove; Marguerite "Mugs" Bachhuber, Green Bay; Amy Nelson, Fence.
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