The Brown County Children's Charity Golf Classic and the Green Bay Packers announced their goal of raising $1 million to establish an endowment with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for at-risk youth living in the local community, beginning with this year's outing scheduled for September 2021.
"There is a significant need to address equity access to higher education in Brown County and our partners are taking necessary steps to increase opportunities for youth," said Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach. "Through Brown County's human services divisions, we witness that children who struggle often go down the wrong path. We hope to provide an avenue to quality, post-secondary education to enrich their lives while improving diversity, equity and inclusion efforts."
Beginning in 2004 as part of a condition in a lease agreement with the Packers' use of Nitschke Field, the Brown County Children's Charity Golf Classic is a fundraising event underwritten, planned and operated by Brown County with meaningful participation from the Packers to benefit children's services as determined by Brown County. This partnership will also seek another sponsor to help strengthen the push to establish this endowment.
"As a long-standing partner of this program, the Packers are proud to see this event establish a goal that will result in life-changing paths for our community's young adults. I encourage our local businesses to become a partner with Brown County and the Packers and join us in supporting this crucial cause to serve our community's next generation," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy.
In 2012, the Brown County Children's Charity Golf Classic partnered with the NWTC Educational Foundation to provide need-based scholarships for students who may not have had the opportunity to attend college. This 10th anniversary is underscored with the NWTC Educational Foundation mission to make college possible, no matter the financial situation.
"We are honored to be a continued partner of Brown County Golf Classic and the Green Bay Packers," says Dr. Jeff Rafn, NWTC President. "Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation is dedicated to removing barriers that so many individuals experience when they pursue a degree and ensuring each student, regardless of their financial situation, will have access to education."
To date, more than $400,000 has been raised by the Brown County Children's Charity Golf Classic for NWTC. Scholarships are awarded to senior students in Brown County who are nominated by a career coach, who are at risk, homeless, or in foster care. For further information about the event and how to become a sponsor, visit www.nwtc.edu/golf.