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Packers Foundation awards $800,000 in annual grants

Including two impact grants, Foundation grant total reaches $1.3 million; Component of total Packers charity impact in excess of $8 million in past year


The Green Bay Packers Foundation on Tuesday awarded $800,000 to 213 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants. Jerry Ganoni, chairperson of the Foundation, made the announcement. Overall, including a recent $250,000 impact grant awarded to CP and a $250,000 impact grant to the Green Bay Area Public School District, $1.3 million was awarded through Foundation grants this year.

The total amounted donated is tied for the Foundation's donation record.

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. Of the Foundation's contributions Tuesday, 20 grants – aggregating $70,000 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $730,000, were made to 193 other groups around the state.

This year's grant cycle focuses on organizations that will direct the funds toward the need areas of elderly, homelessness, human services and hunger. For more information about the grant cycles, please visit ****.

The Foundation now has distributed more than $8.5 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."

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 $251,000 since 2006.

In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed $20,000 in Green Bay Packers Give Back Awards to civic leaders for their 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; $5,000 for the Salute to Service Team Program Grant; $5,000 Social Responsibility Team Program Grant; $20,000 through the "Hometown Huddle/Play 60" program; $5,000 Crucial Catch Team Program Grant; $10,000 Club Matching Youth/High School Football Program Grant.

"We're proud to recognize these outstanding recipient organizations, who are all doing incredible work 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 Ganoni, include Marcia Anderson, Tom Cardella, Valerie Daniels-Carter, Ricardo Diaz, Susan Finco, D.J. Long, Jr., Larry McCarren, Mike Weller, and Judge John Zakowski.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation and its annual grants 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. American Legion - Sullivan Wallen Post 11
  1. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin
  1. Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay Inc.
  1. Casa Alba Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center of Green Bay
  1. CASA of Brown County Incorporated
  1. Connect Inc.
  1. Curative Connections, Inc.
  1. East High School
  1. Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc.
  1. Family and Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin Inc.
  1. Freedom House Ministries, Inc.
  1. Green Bay Police Department
  1. Journey To Adult Success
  1. Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin Inc.
  1. Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay
  1. My Brother's Keeper, Inc.
  1. Options for Independent Living
  1. Presbyterian Pantry of Green Bay, Inc.
  1. The Gathering Place, Inc.
  1. Transformation House Inc.

Statewide Recipients:

  1. Benjamin's House Emergency Shelter, Inc. (Barron)
  1. Boys & Girls Clubs of Barron County (Barron)
  1. Cumberland Area Community Food Pantry Inc. (Barron)
  1. Wisconsin American Legion Foundation (Columbia)
  1. Briarpatch Youth Services Inc. (Dane)
  1. Colonial Club Inc. (Dane)
  1. Dane County District Attorney's Office (Dane)
  1. Dane County Library (Dane)
  1. Goodman Community Center (Dane)
  1. North/Eastside Senior Coalition (Dane)
  1. Northwest Dane Senior Services Inc. (Dane)
  1. Pregnancy Helpline Inc. Of Madison (Dane)
  1. Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation, Inc. (Dane)
  1. RSVP of Dane County, Inc. (Dane)
  1. Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Dane)
  1. Living Hope Food Pantry Incorporated (Dodge)
  1. The Gathering Source (Dodge)
  1. DOOR CANcer, Inc. (Door)
  1. Door County Community Foundation, Inc. (Door)
  1. Door County YMCA Inc. (Door)
  1. Feed & Clothe My People (Door)
  1. HELP of Door County, Inc. (Door)
  1. Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County, Inc. (Door)
  1. Washington Island Community Health Program Inc. (Door)
  1. We Are Hope, Inc.(Door)
  1. Senior Connections Inc. (Douglas)
  1. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin (Eau Claire)
  1. Family Promise Of The Chippewa Valley Inc. (Eau Claire)
  1. Feed My People Inc. (Eau Claire)
  1. Hope Gospel Mission Inc. (Eau Claire)
  1. The Community Table (Eau Claire)
  1. School District of Florence County (Florence)
  1. ADVOCAP (Fond du Lac)
  1. Arc of Fond du Lac, Inc. (Fond du Lac)
  1. Badgerland Youth for Christ (Fond du Lac)
  1. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County (Fond du Lac)
  1. Fondy Food Pantry Inc. (Fond du Lac)
  1. Depot Exchange (Grant)
  1. Platteville Senior Center (Grant)
  1. Princeton Senior Citizen Club Inc. (Green Lake)
  1. Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program Inc. (Iowa)
  1. Friends Sharing Food Inc. (Jackson)
  1. Bethesda Lutheran Communities Inc. (Jefferson)
  1. Watertown Senior & Community Center (Jefferson)
  1. Habitat For Humanity of Kenosha Inc. (Kenosha)
  1. Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc. (Kenosha)
  1. Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Inc. (Kenosha)
  1. Shalom Center of Interfaith Network of Kenosha County (Kenosha)
  1. Sharing Center (Kenosha)
  1. Walkin' In My Shoes, Inc. (Kenosha)
  1. Western Kenosha Senior Citizens Council Inc. (Kenosha)
  1. East Shore Industries, Inc. (Kewaunee)
  1. Kewaunee Health & Fitness (Kewaunee)
  1. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse Inc. (La Crosse)
  1. Family & Children's Center (La Crosse)
  1. Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area (La Crosse)
  1. Hunger Task Force of La Crosse (La Crosse)
  1. La Crosse County Human Services Department (La Crosse)
  1. The Salvation Army of La Crosse (La Crosse)
  1. Antigo Area Community Food Pantry Inc. (Langlade)
  1. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County (Manitowoc)
  1. Haven Of Manitowoc County Inc. (Manitowoc)
  1. Hope House of Manitowoc County (Manitowoc)
  1. St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Manitowoc)
  1. The Salvation Army of Manitowoc County (Manitowoc)
  1. Two Rivers Day Care Center, Inc. (Manitowoc)
  1. Peyton's Promise (Marathon)
  1. Abundant Life Mission Inc. (Marinette)
  1. Crivitz Area Food Pantry (Marinette)
  1. Pastor Fred's Food Pantry (Marinette)
  1. Peshtigo Food Pantry Inc. (Marinette)
  1. Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. (Marinette)
  1. River Cities Habitat for Humanity (Marinette)
  1. Salvation Army – Marinette (Marinette)
  1. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marinette (Marinette)
  1. DAR Boys & Girls Club (Menominee)
  1. Arts @ Large (Milwaukee)
  1. Aurora Family Service (Milwaukee)
  1. Benedict Center (Milwaukee)
  1. Cathedral Center, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist - Open Door Café (Milwaukee)
  1. Center for Deaf-Blind Persons, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Central City Churches Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Centro Legal (Milwaukee)
  1. Community Advocates (Milwaukee)
  1. Dominican Center for Women Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Ebenezer Stone Ministries Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Friedens Community Ministries (Milwaukee)
  1. GiGi's Playhouse Milwaukee LLC (Milwaukee)
  1. Guest House of Milwaukee, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center (Milwaukee)
  1. Housing Resources Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Hunger Task Force, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Impact, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Interfaith Older Adult Programs (Milwaukee)
  1. Just One More Ministry Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Life Navigators (Milwaukee)
  1. Malaika Early Learning Center (Milwaukee)
  1. Milwaukee Christian Center, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee)
  1. Neighborhood House of Milwaukee (Milwaukee)
  1. Pets Helping People Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Project Concern of Cudahy-St. Francis (Milwaukee)
  1. Project RETURN, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order Inc. (Capuchin Community Services - House of Peace) (Milwaukee)
  1. Revitalize Milwaukee Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Risen Savior Ev. Lutheran Church & School (Milwaukee)
  1. Running Rebels Community Organization Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. SaintA (Milwaukee)
  1. Social Development Foundation (Milwaukee)
  1. St. Francis Children's Center (Milwaukee)
  1. St. Hyacinth Emergency Food Pantry (Milwaukee)
  1. The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. United Community Center Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Vision Forward Association Incorporated (Milwaukee)
  1. Walker's Point Youth & Family Center (Milwaukee)
  1. Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Foundation Inc. (Milwaukee)
  1. Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (Milwaukee)
  1. YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee – Downtown (Milwaukee)
  1. Cashton Cupboard & Closet Inc. (Monroe)
  1. Families First of Monroe County (Monroe)
  1. Neighbor for Neighbor, Inc. (Monroe)
  1. Kingdom Come, Inc. (Oconto)
  1. New Beginnings Work and Training Center (Oconto)
  1. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community

Services Family Resource Connection (Oneida)

  1. Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing (NATH) (Oneida)
  1. Agape Of Appleton Inc. (Outagamie)
  1. Artists For The Humanities Inc. (Outagamie)
  1. CHAPS Academy (Outagamie)
  1. Compassionate Home Health Care Inc. (Outagamie)
  1. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Inc. (Outagamie)
  1. Freedom Food Pantry Inc. (Outagamie)
  1. Homeless Connections (Outagamie)
  1. Hortonville Community Food Pantry, Inc. (Outagamie)
  1. New Life United Methodist Church (Outagamie)
  1. St. Vincent de Paul Appleton (Outagamie)
  1. Wisconsibs Inc. (Outagamie)
  1. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County, Inc. (Ozaukee)
  1. Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County (Ozaukee)
  1. Port Washington Adult Community Senior Center (Ozaukee)
  1. Plum City Food Pantry (Pierce)
  1. River Falls Community Food Pantry (Pierce)
  1. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin Inc. (Portage)
  1. All Saints Foundation (Racine)
  1. Burlington Transitional Living Center Inc. (Racine)
  1. Catherine Marian Housing, Inc. (Racine)
  1. Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Hospitality Center (Racine)
  1. Racine Vocational Ministry, Inc. (Racine)
  1. SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc. (Racine)
  1. Senior Companion Program Inc. (Racine)
  1. Beloit Meals-On-Wheels Inc. (Rock)
  1. Beloit Memorial High School (Rock)
  1. ECHO (Rock)
  1. YMCA of Northern Rock County (Rock)
  1. Rusk County Lighthouse Org (Rusk)
  1. Durward's Glen OLRG, Ltd. (Sauk)
  1. Hayward Community Food Shelf Inc. (Sawyer)
  1. Senior Resource Center Inc. (Sawyer)
  1. Hingham Reformed Church Of Hingham Wisconsin (Sheboygan)
  1. Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc. (Sheboygan)
  1. Sheboygan County Food Bank Inc. (Sheboygan)
  1. Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization Inc. (Sheboygan)
  1. United Way of Sheboygan County Inc. (Sheboygan)
  1. Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley Inc. (St. Croix)
  1. Grow To Share Inc. (St. Croix)
  1. United Way of St. Croix Valley, Inc. (St. Croix)
  1. Western Wisconsin Health (St. Croix)
  1. Time Is Now (Walworth)
  1. VIP Services, Inc. (Walworth)
  1. Anu Family Services Inc. (Washington)
  1. Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center (Washington)
  1. Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Inc. (Washington)
  1. Family Promise of Washington County (Washington)
  1. Interfaith Caregivers Of Washington County Inc. (Washington)
  1. ADA (Waukesha)
  1. Hebron House of Hospitality, Inc. (Waukesha)
  1. Hope Center Inc. (Waukesha)
  1. La Casa de Esperanza, Inc. (Waukesha)
  1. NAMI Waukesha, Inc. (Waukesha)
  1. National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter (Waukesha)
  1. ProHealth Care Foundation Inc. (Waukesha)
  1. Safe Families for Children Alliance (Waukesha)
  1. Turkey Club (Waukesha)
  1. Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (Waukesha)
  1. Shepherd Of The Lakes Lutheran Church (Waupaca)
  1. Best Friends Of Neenah Menasha Inc. (Winnebago)
  1. Boys' and Girls' Brigade (Winnebago)
  1. Father Carr's Place 2B Ltd (Winnebago)
  1. Leaven (Winnebago)
  1. St. Joseph Food Pantry (Winnebago)
  1. Marshfield Area United Way (Wood)

Organization Speakers at Press Conference

Tim Mayer, President, Artists For The Humanities Inc., Appleton

Eva Welch, Operations Manager, Just One More Ministry Inc., Wauwatosa

Lori Bowman, Executive Director, Benjamin's House Emergency Shelter, Inc., Rice Lake

Green Bay Packers

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

Jerry Ganoni, Chairperson of the Green Bay Packers Foundation (speaker)

Ricardo Diaz, Alternate Chairperson of the Green Bay Packers Foundation

Marcia Anderson, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Tom Cardella, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Valerie Daniels-Carter, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Susan Finco, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Larry McCarren, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Mike Weller, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

D.J. Long Jr., 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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