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'Packers Family Night, Presented By Fox 11' Set For August 7


Back on the summer schedule after a two-year pause during the redevelopment of Lambeau Field, "Packers Family Night, presented by Fox 11" will be held Saturday night, Aug. 7, it was announced Tuesday.

The popular, family-oriented event again will feature the Packers' intrasquad scrimmage, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by an on-field question and answer session with GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman and several players.

"We're excited for the return of Family Night," said Bob Harlan, the Packers' President and CEO. "With the redevelopment of Lambeau Field, we were unable to offer the event the past two summers. This training camp, we look forward to welcoming back the NFL's greatest fans for a great evening of Packers football. Fan families once again can schedule their summer visit to Green Bay to coincide with Family Night. We had a tremendous turnout the first three years and anticipate we'll pick up right where we left off."

"This is a family event that we are proud to have developed with the Green Bay Packers, " said Jay Zollar, WLUK FOX 11's Vice President and General Manager. "What a wonderful opportunity for families throughout our viewing area to take advantage of such a special experience. We devote a significant amount of resources to this, but after you see the faces of the children light up at Lambeau Field, it's worth it."

Preparation for the scrimmage will begin when the team takes to Lambeau Field at 6 o'clock for warm-ups and stretching. The players then will proceed through agility and 7-on-7 drills in preparation for the evening's main event.

The controlled scrimmage will follow, after which Fox 11 Sports Director Drew Smith will conduct the on-field question and answer session with Coach Sherman and selected Packers players.

Also included in the evening's activities is the popular "Shirt Off Our Back," with approximately 20 jerseys - all of which will have been worn by the players in the just-completed scrimmage - to be given away in a random drawing.

A fireworks show returns to conclude the night.

A popular attraction in its first three years, the event drew 48,898 in 2001, 50,240 in 2000 and 46,420 in 1999.

Tickets, priced at $8 with families in mind, will go on sale Saturday, June 5.

Parking for the evening will be $5, with net proceeds going to the Green Bay Packers Foundation to be dispersed to area and state charities through its annual grant program.

The event will be televised in Green Bay on WLUK-TV Fox 11, as well as throughout the state of Wisconsin on associated stations, beginning at 6 p.m. with special, pre-scrimmage programming. The telecast will be hosted by Drew Smith and other members of the Fox 11 sports and news staffs.

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