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Packers Foundation awards $600,000 in annual grants

Including two impact grants, Foundation total reaches $1.1 million; Component of total Packers charity impact in excess of $6 million in past year


The Green Bay Packers Foundation on Tuesday awarded $600,000 to 236 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants. Terry Fulwiler, chairperson of the Foundation, made the announcement. Overall, including a recent $250,000 impact grant awarded to the Medical College of Wisconsin – Green Bay and a $250,000 impact grant to the American Foundation of Counseling Services in Green Bay, $1.1 million was awarded through the Foundation this year.

The total donation amount tied the Foundation's donation record, and the number of recipient organizations is a record for the Foundation.

The groups were guests at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium, an event that welcomed all the recipients and honored the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation announced its annual grants to 236 organizations on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at a luncheon inside the Lambeau Field Atrium. Photos by Matt Haberkamp,

The Foundation now has distributed more than $5.9 million 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."

Of the Foundation's contributions Tuesday, 40 grants – aggregating $110,000 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $490,000, were made to 196 other groups around the state.

Additionally, under the Packers Scholarship Program established in 2002, $53,000 was awarded – $26,500 to Scholarships Inc., for distribution to students in four-year colleges, and $26,500 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) for distribution to students in two-year associate degree or apprenticeship trades programs. A portion of the scholarship funds come from 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. Because the royalties do not fully cover the scholarships, the Green Bay Packers fund the remainder of the amount, a figure which totals $151,000 since 2006.

In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed an additional $89,080 on behalf of the National Football League Foundation – $20,000 in "Community Quarterback" awards to civic leaders for contributions to the community, $13,500 in the NFL's "Coach of the Week" program, which honors successful Wisconsin high school coaches on a weekly basis throughout the season, $10,000 Youth Football Grant focusing on a football safety clinic for moms, $20,580 Certified Athletic Trainer Grant to ensure certified athletic trainers are present at high school football games, $20,000 through the "Hometown Huddle/Youth Fitness Zone" program and $5,000 for the NFL National Partnership Grant focusing on efforts related to Breast Cancer Awareness.

"We're honored to congratulate a record number of recipient organizations this year, and we thank them for the outstanding work they do in our communities," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said at the event. "As a community-owned team, we are inspired by the efforts of these organizations and the positive impact they have on those that they serve."

The Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees, in addition to Fulwiler, include Tom Arndt, Rick Chernick, Valerie Daniels-Carter, Ricardo Diaz, Jerry Ganoni, Larry McCarren, Mark McMullen, Tom Olson and Hon. John Zakowski. Bobbi Jo Eisenreich is the secretary of the Foundation.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation is part of Green Bay Packers Give Back, the Packers' all-encompassing community outreach initiative that comprises appearances made by players, alumni, coaches and staff, youth football outreach camps, cash and in-kind donations, Make-A-Wish visits and community events.

Brown County Recipients:

1)     Ben's Wish

2)     Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin

3)     Brown County Library

4)     Casa ALBA Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center of Green Bay

5)     Center for Childhood Safety Inc.

6)     Cerebral Palsy, Inc.

7)     Christian Counseling Ministries, Inc.

8)     Connect Inc.

9)     Curative Connections

10)  Disabled American Veterans - Russell Leicht Chapter 3

11)  East High School

12)  Educational Television Productions Of Northeast Wisconsin Inc (ETP-NEW)

13)  Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc.

14)  Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Inc.

15)  Freedom House Ministries, Inc.

16)  Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.

17)  Greater Green Bay Chamber Foundation Inc.

18)  Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity

19)  Green Bay Bethesda Thrift Shop/Bethesda Lutheran Communities

20)  Green Bay Neighborhood Leadership Council (GBNLC)

21)  Heaven's Touch Ministries, Inc.

22)  House of Hope

23)  Howe Community Resource Center

24)  Jackie Nitschke Center, Inc.

25)  Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. - Brown County District

26)  Literacy Green Bay Inc.

27)  Music For The Sake Of Music, Inc

28)  My Brother's Keeper, Inc.

29)  National Society To Prevent Blindness

30)  Neville Public Museum Foundation

31)  Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation

32)  Northeast Wisconsin Veterans Treatment Court Foundation Inc.

33)  Service League of Green Bay, Inc.

34)  Special Olympics Wisconsin - Northeastern Region

35)  St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter Inc.

36)  St. Vincent Hospital-Hospital Sisters-Third Order of St. Francis

37)  The Salvation Army of Brown County

38)  Volunteer Center Inc.

39)  Weidner Center Presents, Inc.

40)  Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center

Statewide Recipients:

1.) Northwoods Women, Inc. (Ashland)

2.) The BRICK Ministries (Ashland)

3.) The Oredocker Foundation (Ashland)

4.) The Salvation Army - Faith House Siren (Burnett)

5.) Aaron J. Meyer Foundation, Inc. (Dane)

6.) Autism Society Of South Central Wisconsin (Dane)

7.) Buena Vista Community School (Dane)

8.) Children's Theater of Madison (Dane)

9.) Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (Dane)

10.) Literacy Network Inc. (Dane)

11.) Madison Audubon Society Inc. (Dane)

12.) Madison Youth Choirs Inc. (Dane)

13.) NAMI - Dane County (Dane)

14.) OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Dane)

15.) Opera for the Young Inc. (Dane)

16.) Overture Center Foundation Inc. (Dane)

17.) VSA Wisconsin Inc. (Dane)

18.) Warner Park Youth Football Program, Inc. (Dane)

19.) Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (Dane)

20.) Wisconsin Literacy (Dane)

21.) Clothes For Kids Inc. (Dodge)

22.) Door County Community Foundation, Inc. (Door)

23.) Door County Humane Society (Door)

24.) Door County Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc. (Door)

25.) Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County, Inc. (Door)

26.) Peninsula School of Art, Inc. (Door)

27.) Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse Inc. (Douglas)

28.) Duluth Area Family YMCA (Douglas)

29.) North Central Windows Program Inc. (Douglas)

30.) University of Wisconsin-Stout (Dunn)

31.) Chippewa Valley Council - Boy Scouts of America (Eau Claire)

32.) Citizens Employment & Training Inc. (Eau Claire)

33.) Literacy Volunteers - Chippewa Valley (Eau Claire)

34.) Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac Inc. (Fond du Lac)

35.) Fond du Lac Adult Literacy Services (Fond du Lac)

36.) Fondy Food Pantry Inc. (Fond du Lac)

37.) Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac)

38.) Just Fare Ltd (Fond du Lac)

39.) National Speech and Debate Association (Fond du Lac)

40.) Boys & Girls Club of Fort Atkinson (Jefferson)

41.) Watertown Family Center Inc. (Jefferson)

42.) Community Sharing Pantry Inc. (Juneau)

43.) Walkin' In My Shoes, Inc. (Kenosha)

44.) Western Kenosha Senior Citizens Council Inc. (Kenosha)

45.) East Shore Industries, Inc. (Kewaunee)

46.) Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse Inc. (La Crosse)

47.) Wafer Food Pantry (La Crosse)

48.) Langlade Hospital-Hotel Dieu Of St Joseph Of Antigo, Wis. (Langlade)

49.) The Salvation Army (Lincoln)

50.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County (Manitowoc)

51.) Chiefs Football Inc. (Manitowoc)

52.) Lakeshore FIRST Robotics Program (Manitowoc)

53.) Lakeshore Humane Society, Inc. (Manitowoc)

54.) Manitowoc - Two Rivers YMCA (Manitowoc)

55.) Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center (Manitowoc)

56.) Manitowoc County Historical Society (Manitowoc)

57.) Painting Pathways Clubhouse (Manitowoc)

58.) Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve (Manitowoc)

59.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Wisconsin (Marathon)

60.) Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area Inc. (Marathon)

61.) Marathon County Child Development Agency Inc. (Marathon)

62.) Peaceful Solutions Counseling Inc. (Marathon)

63.) The Women's Community, Inc. (Marathon)

64.) United Way of Marathon County (Marathon)

65.) Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. (Marathon)

66.) Crime Stoppers of Marinette County Inc. (Marinette)

67.) Crivitz Area Food Pantry (Marinette)

68.) Marinette County Elderly Services (Marinette)

69.) Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. (Marinette)

70.) Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette and Menominee Counties (Menominee)

71.) Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (Menominee)

72.) Woodland Boys and Girls Club Inc. (Menominee)

73.) Arts @ Large (Milwaukee)

74.) Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement Inc. (Milwaukee)

75.) Benedict Center (Milwaukee)

76.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Inc. (Milwaukee)

77.) Cathedral Center, Inc. (Milwaukee)

78.) Christ-St Peter Lutheran School (Milwaukee)

79.) College Possible (Milwaukee)

80.) Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)

81.) Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Inc. (Milwaukee)

82.) First Stage Milwaukee Inc. Performing Arts Center (Milwaukee)

83.) Genesis In Milwaukee Inc. (Milwaukee)

84.) Globall Giving (Milwaukee)

85.) Hmong American Friendship Association Inc. (Milwaukee)

86.) House Of Peace (Milwaukee)

87.) Impact, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (Milwaukee)

88.) Journey House Inc. (Milwaukee)

89.) Kathy's House (Milwaukee)

90.) Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin Inc. (Milwaukee)

91.) Malaika Early Learning Center (Milwaukee)

92.) Mental Health America Of Wisconsin Inc. (Milwaukee)

93.) Milwaukee Center For Independence (Milwaukee)

94.) Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team (Milwaukee)

95.) Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative Inc. (Milwaukee)

96.) Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee)

97.) Milwaukee Rescue Mission (Milwaukee)

98.) My Home, Your Home Inc. (Milwaukee)

99.) New threads Of Hope Inc. (Milwaukee)

100.) Pathfinders (Milwaukee)

101.) Penfield Children's Center (Milwaukee)

102.) Playworks Education Energized (Milwaukee)

103.) Project Concern of Cudahy-St. Francis (Milwaukee)

104.) Project RETURN, Inc. (Milwaukee)

105.) Risen Savior Ev. Lutheran Church & School (Milwaukee)

106.) Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)

107.) Schools That Can Milwaukee, Inc. (Milwaukee)

108.) Serenity Inns Inc. (Milwaukee)

109.) Sojourner Family Peace Center (Milwaukee)

110.) St Anthony Congregation/St. Anthony School (Milwaukee)

111.) St. Francis Children's Center (Milwaukee)

112.) The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)

113.) Transcenter For Youth Inc. (Milwaukee)

114.) Unity In Motion, Inc. (Milwaukee)

115.) Urban Ecology Center (Milwaukee)

116.) Vision Forward Association Incorporated (Milwaukee)

117.) Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Foundation Inc. (Milwaukee)

118.) Young Life Wauwatosa (Milwaukee)

119.) Cashton Cupboard & Closet Inc. (Monroe)

120.) Kingdom Come, Inc. (Oconto)

121.) Kids in Need – Rhinelander (Oneida)

122.) Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (Oneida)

123.) Agape Of Appleton Inc. (Outagamie)

124.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region Inc. (Outagamie)

125.) Blessings In A Backpack Inc -Ferber Elementary Site (Outagamie)

126.) CASA of the Fox Cities Inc. (Outagamie)

127.) Compassionate Home Health Care Inc. (Outagamie)

128.) Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Association Inc. (Outagamie)

129.) Fox Valley Veterans Council, Inc. (Outagamie)

130.) Fox Valley Warming Shelter Inc. (Outagamie)

131.) Homeless Connections (Outagamie)

132.) Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities (Outagamie)

133.) Loaves & Fishes Of The Fox Valley Inc. (Outagamie)

134.) Paper Industry International Hall Of Fame Inc. (Outagamie)

135.) Riverview Gardens Inc. (Outagamie)

136.) St Francis Xavier Catholic School System Inc. (Outagamie)

137.) The Building for Kids Inc. (Outagamie)

138.) Tri-County Community Dental Clinic (Outagamie)

139.) Valley Home Schoolers Inc. (Outagamie)

140.) Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County Inc. (Pierce)

141.) Plum City Food Pantry (Pierce)

142.) River Falls Community Food Pantry (Pierce)

143.) Community Referral Agency (Polk)

144.) Friends Of The St Croix Falls Public Library (Polk)

145.) Moms and Dads Against Meth, Inc. (Polk)

146.) Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity (Polk)

147.) 2617 Club Ltd. (Portage)

148.) Hunger and Poverty Prevention Partnership of Portage County (Portage)

149.) Big Brothers-Big Sisters Of Racine And Kenosha Counties Inc. (Racine)

150.) Racine Interfaith Coalition Inc. (Racine)

151.) Racine Youth Sports Inc. (Racine)

152.) Women's Resource Center, Inc. (Racine)

153.) Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor Center (Rock)

154.) Boys & Girls Club of Janesville (Rock)

155.) YMCA of Northern Rock County (Rock)

156.) Rusk County Lighthouse Org. (Rusk)

157.) Durward's Glen OLRG, Ltd. (Sauk)

158.) Project Angel Hugs (Sheboygan)

159.) Sheboygan Human Rights Association Inc. (Sheboygan)

160.) River Falls Swim Club Inc. (St. Croix)

161.) Salvation Army - Grace Place (St. Croix)

162.) United Way of St. Croix Valley, Inc. (St. Croix)

163.) Couleecap, Inc. (Vernon)

164.) Great Headwaters Trail Foundation Inc. (Vilas)

165.) Agape House Inc. (Walworth)

166.) Boys & Girls Club Of Walworth County (Walworth)

167.) Linn Joint #6 School District (Walworth)

168.) Educational Foundation of Birchwood, Inc. (Washburn)

169.) Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Inc. (Washington)

170.) Chix 4 a Cause, Ltd. (Washington)

171.) Family Center of Washington County (Washington)

172.) Food Pantry of Waukesha County, Inc. (Waukesha)

173.) Interfaith Senior Programs (Waukesha)

174.) NAMI Waukesha, Inc. (Waukesha)

175.) ProHealth Care Foundation Inc. (Waukesha)

176.) Sharon Lynne Wilson Center For The Arts, Inc. (Waukesha)

177.) The Women's Center (Waukesha)

178.) Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (Waukesha)

179.) Rawhide, Inc. (Waupaca)

180.) Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Inc. (Winnebago)

181.) Labor Of Love Inc. dba Bella Medical Clinic (Winnebago)

182.) Leaven (Winnebago)

183.) Neenah Animal Shelter (Winnebago)

184.) Oshkosh Area Humane Society (Winnebago)

185.) Samaritan Counseling Center Of The Fox Valley Inc. (Winnebago)

186.) St Vincent De Paul Council Of Neenah-Menasha Inc. (Winnebago)

187.) STEP Industries, Inc. (Winnebago)

188.) United Way Fox Cities (Winnebago)

189.) Winnebago County Literacy Council (Winnebago)

190.) Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners, Northeast Region (Winnebago)

191.) Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area (Wood)

192.) Central Wisconsin Literacy Council, Inc. (Wood)

193.) Marshfield Clinic (Wood)

194.) Marshfield Youth Wrestling Club Inc. (Wood)

195.) Shirley's House of Hope (Wood)

196.) Wisconsin Rapids Family Center, Inc. (Wood)

Organization Speakers at Press Conference

Cheryl Orgas, Executive Director of Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement Inc., Milwaukee

Father Ken DeGroot, Board Member, and Claudia Gonzalez, Casa ALBA Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center of Green Bay, Green Bay

Frank Helquist, Birchwood Superintendent, Educational Foundation of Birchwood, Inc., Birchwood

Ken Leinbach, Executive Director and Chad Thomack, Environmental Educator, Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee

Green Bay Packers

Mark Murphy, President/CEO, Green Bay Packers (speaker)

Terry Fulwiler Chairperson of the Green Bay Packers Foundation (speaker)

Tom Arndt, Alternate Chairperson of the Green Bay Packers Foundation

Rick Chernick, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Valerie Daniels-Carter, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Ricardo Diaz, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Jerry Ganoni, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Larry McCarren, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Mark McMullen, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Tom Olson, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Hon. John Zakowski, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Bobbi Jo Eisenreich, Secretary of Green Bay Packers Foundation

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