Casey Cuene, Chairman of Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
COMPONENT OF TOTAL PACKERS CHARITY IMPACT OF $5 MILLION IN PAST YEAR
The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded $156,303 to 64 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of funds, Casey Cuene, chairman of the Foundation committee, announced Tuesday.
The groups were guests at a luncheon today at the Lambeau Field Atrium. The luncheon is an event that brought all the recipients together and recognized the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations.
With these disbursements, the Foundation has distributed $1,774,679 for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, "as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity."
The financial breakdown of the Foundation's contributions discloses that 30 grants - aggregating $88,628 - were awarded to Brown County organizations, among them the Beacon House, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Volunteer Center of Brown County
Additional grants, totaling $67,675, were made to 34 other groups around the state, among them the Madison Children's Museum, South Shore Education Foundation in Bayfield County and the Women's Resource Center in Racine County.
Cuene made the grant announcements during a press conference at the Lambeau Field Atrium prior to the luncheon.
Additionally, under the Packers Scholarship Program, established in 2002, $15,000 is being awarded - $7,500 to Scholarships, Inc., for distribution to students in four-year colleges - and $7,500 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) for distribution to students in two-year associate degree or apprenticeship trades programs. The scholarship funds come from the Green Bay Packers and National Football League Properties which, at the Packers' request, returns to the Foundation royalty fees paid for using the Packers logo on Wisconsin automobile license plates.
In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed an additional $72,000 on behalf of National Football League Charities - $25,000 in "Community Quarterback" awards to civic leaders for contributions to the community, $5,000 in "Junior Community Quarterback" awards, $12,000 in the NFL's "Coach of the Week" program which honors successful Wisconsin high school coaches on a weekly basis throughout the season, $5,000 in the NFL "Join the Team" initiative and $5,000 in the league's "Hometown Huddle" program. This year's new program to combat childhood obesity in middle schools, "What Moves U," also received $25,000 for its efforts.
"The Packers Foundation is very pleased to award these grants today," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. "These outstanding organizations being recognized today perform excellent work in our communities and are great examples for all of us."
The Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee includes, in addition to Mr. Cuene, Ave Bie, John Dickens, Andrew Farah, Ed Martin, Bryce Paup, Diane Roundy, Mark Skogen, Mike Wier, and Hon. Donald Zuidmulder. Margaret Meyers is the secretary of the foundation.
The grants and other programs highlighted today are two components of the Packers' efforts in the community. Also, the Packers' community outreach department assisted more than 8,000 organizations and individuals in 2007 with donated autographed items for fund-raising efforts that raised approximately $2.5 million. Additionally, non-profit groups raised nearly $850,000 by operating Lambeau Field concession stands during the 2007 season. These efforts, combined with direct cash donations by the Green Bay Packers to various charity endeavors, resulted in a comprehensive Packers charity impact of more than $5 million in the past year.
A complete list of 2008 grant recipients:
Brown County Organizations (30):
- AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
- American Legion Sullivan Wallen Post 11
- American Red Cross - Lakeland Chapter
- Arthritis Foundation - Wisconsin Chapter - Northeastern District
- Bay Area Humane Society & Animal Shelter, Inc.
- Beacon House, Inc.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin
- Brown County Library
- Children's Promise
- Disabled American Veterans
- Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc.
- Freedom House Ministries, Inc.
- Green Bay - De Pere Antiquarian Society
- Green Bay Symphony and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra
- Home Field Advantage
- Integrated Community Services, Inc.
- Libertas Treatment Center
- Marion House
- Options for Independent Living
- Reading Connections
- Salvation Army - Green Bay (KROC Community Center)
- Southwest High School
- Special Olympics Wisconsin-Northeastern Area 5
- St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center
- St. Norbert College
- Volunteer Center of Brown County
- Wisconsin Farm Technology Days-Brown County
- YMCA of Greater Green Bay
- YWCA of Green Bay - De Pere
Other Organizations (County) (34):
- Above The Clouds, Inc. (Milwaukee)
- Aldo Leopold Nature Center (Dane)
- Arc Fox Cities (Winnebago)
- Barron County Domestic Abuse Project
- Bay-Lakes Council (Boy Scouts) (Outagamie)
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County
- Boys & Girls Club of Portage County
- Center for Deaf-Blind Persons, Inc. (Milwaukee)
- Colfax Railroad Museum, Inc. (Dunn)
- Community Foundation of Chippewa County, Inc.
- Creative SHARP Presentations, Inc. (Milwaukee)
- Harbor House Domestic Abuse Shelter (Outagamie)
- Ingalls Field Fund-Rraising Group (Fond du Lac)
- La Casa de Esperanza, Inc. (Waukesha)
- Mabel Tainter Theater (Dunn)
- Madison Children's Museum (Dane)
- Medford Area Performing Arts Association (Taylor)
- Mount Tabor Center, Inc. (Winnebago)
- Northwest Connection Family Resources (Sawyer)
- Northwoods, Inc. of Wisconsin (Columbia)
- Opera for the Young (Dane)
- Park View Health Center (Winnebago)
- Rawhide, Inc. (Outagamie)
- Riverfront Foundation (La Crosse)
- Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)
- South Shore Education Foundation (Bayfield)
- St. Francis Xavier Catholic School (Dane)
- Violence Intervention Project, Inc. (Kewaunee)
- Warner Park Youth Football Program, Inc. (Dane)
- Washington County Humane Society, Inc.
- Washington Island Music Festival (Door)
- Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program (Dane)
- Women's Resource Center, Inc. (Racine)
- Youth for Christ (Fond du Lac)
Organization Speakers at Press Conference
- Mary Harrison, executive director - Children's Promise (Brown County)
- Bert Swanson, past board chair - Community Foundation of Chippewa County, Inc.
- Carol Jones - Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society
- Bob Lukoski - Ingalls Field Fund-Raising Group (Fond du Lac County)
- Bryan Davis, principal - Southwest High School (Brown County)
- Elaine Wagner, CEO - YWCA of Green Bay-De Pere
Green Bay Packers
Casey Cuene, Chairman of Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee (speaker)
Mark Murphy, President/CEO, Green Bay Packers (speaker)
Margaret Meyers, Secretary of Green Bay Packers Foundation
Ave Bie, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
John Dickens, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
Andrew Farah, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
Ed Martin, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
Bryce Paup, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
Diane Roundy, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
Mark Skogen, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
Mike Wier, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
Hon. Donald Zuidmulder, Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee