The Green Bay Packers Foundation on Thursday awarded $600,000 to 223 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants. Charlie Lieb, chairman of the Foundation committee, made the announcement. Overall, including a recent $250,000 impact grant to the Achieve Brown County organization, and a $250,000 impact grant made to organizations in Brown County that fight hunger, $1.1 million was awarded through the Foundation this year.
Both the total donation amount and the number of recipient organizations are records 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 Foundation now has distributed more than $4.8 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 Thursday, 51 grants – aggregating $136,800 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $463,200, were made to 172 other groups around the state.
Additionally, under the Packers Scholarship Program established in 2002, $15,000 was 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. 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 $101,000 since 2006.
In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed an additional $57,375 on behalf of National Football League Foundation – $20,000 in "Community Quarterback" awards to civic leaders for contributions to the community, $12,375 in the NFL's "Coach of the Week" program, which honors successful Wisconsin high school coaches on a weekly basis throughout the season, $20,000 through the "Hometown Huddle/Youth Fitness Zone" program and $5,000 for the NFL National Partnership Grant focusing on efforts related to the military.
"We're honored to congratulate and thank this year's recipients for their excellent work in our communities," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said at the event. "Their efforts inspire us and truly provide a positive impact."
The Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees include, in addition to Lieb, Tom Arndt, Rick Chernick, Valerie Daniels-Carter, Ricardo Diaz, Terry Fulwiler, Jerry Ganoni, Mark McMullen, Tom Olson and Hon. John Zakowski. Bobbi Jo Eisenreich is the secretary of the Foundation.
Also at the event, the Foundation debuted a new logo, which was created to enhance the Foundation's brand, particularly as the scope of its work and impact continue to grow.
The grants and other programs highlighted at the event are a part of Green Bay Packers Give Back, the Packers' all-encompassing community outreach initiative, which includes the Green Bay Packers Foundation's annual and impact grants, and more than 10,000 autographed items donated for fundraising efforts in the past year. Other key outreach areas include the more than 900 yearly appearances made by players, coaches and staff, youth football grants and outreach camps, cash and in-kind donations, Make-A-Wish visits, and community events. These efforts, combined with direct cash donations by the Packers to various charity endeavors, resulted in a comprehensive Green Bay Packers Give Back charity impact in excess of $6 million in the past year.
Brown County Recipients:
1.) Altrusa International Foundation Inc. of Green Bay
2.) Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Association
3.) American Foundation of Counseling Services
4.) American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin
5.) ASPIRO, Inc.
6.) Bay Area Girls Basketball Association Inc.
7.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin
8.) Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay Inc.
9.) Breast Cancer Family Foundation Inc.
10.) Brown County Jail Ministries
11.) Brown County Oral Health Partnership, Inc.
12.) CASA of Brown County Incorporated
13.) Center for Childhood Safety Inc.
14.) Community Partnership for Children
15.) Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Inc.
16.) Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Inc.
17.) Film Green Bay
18.) Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity
19.) Greater Green Bay YMCA Inc.
20.) Green Bay 218 Club Inc
21.) Green Bay Botanical Garden, Inc.
22.) Green Bay Neighborhood Leadership Council (GBNLC)
23.) Green Bay Preble Quarterback Club
24.) Green Bay Symphony Orchestra Inc.
25.) Hand-N-Hand of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
26.) Heaven's Touch Ministries, Inc.
27.) HELP of Door County, Inc.
28.) House of Hope
29.) Howe Community Resource Center
30.) HSSD Parent Club Network Inc.
31.) Integrated Community Solutions
32.) Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. - Brown County District
33.) Manna for Life Ministries Inc.
34.) Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay
35.) N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation, Inc.
36.) NAMI Brown County
37.) Neville Public Museum Foundation
38.) Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
39.) Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach, Inc.
40.) Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
41.) Scholarships, Inc.
42.) St Mark Lutheran Church Food Pantry and Community Garden
43.) St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center of Green Bay Inc. - Hospital Sisters
44.) St. Norbert College
45.) Sullivan-Wallen Post #11 The American Legion
46.) The Gathering Place, Inc.
47.) White Paws German Shepherd Dog Rescue
48.) Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center
49.) Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation
50.) Wise Women Gathering Place Inc.
51.) YWCA of Green Bay - De Pere
1.) Aaron J. Meyer Foundation, Inc. (Dane)
2.) Above The Clouds (Milwaukee)
3.) Agape Of Appleton Inc. (Outagamie)
4.) American Cancer Society - Midwest Division (Waukesha)
5.) AMRI Counseling & Family Services Inc. (Fond Du Lac)
6.) Arc of Fond du Lac, Inc. (Fond Du Lac)
7.) Artists Working In Education Inc. (Milwaukee)
8.) Arts @ Large (Milwaukee)
9.) Assistance & Resource Center Inc. (Pierce)
10.) Autism Society of Wisconsin (Winnebago)
11.) Bay-Lake Council Boy Scouts of America (Outagamie)
12.) Benedict Center (Milwaukee)
13.) Best Buddies Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
14.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County & Watertown Community Inc. (Jefferson)
15.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County (Manitowoc)
16.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Inc. (Milwaukee)
17.) Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region Inc. (Outagamie)
18.) Boys & Girls Club of Dane County (Dane)
19.) Boys & Girls Club Of Janesville-Walworth County (Walworth)
20.) Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha (Kenosha)
21.) Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area (Wood)
22.) Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley Inc. (Outagamie)
23.) Burlington Transitional Living Center Inc. (Racine)
24.) Cap Services, Inc. (Portage)
25.) Carroll University (Waukesha)
26.) CASA of the Fox Cities Inc. (Outagamie)
27.) Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc. (Milwaukee)
28.) Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin, Inc. (Winnebago)
29.) CESA Foundation, Inc. (Outagamie)
30.) Child Development Center of St. Joseph (Milwaukee)
31.) Chippewa Valley Council - Boy Scouts of America (Eau Claire)
32.) Chippewa Valley Free Clinic (Eau Claire)
33.) Christ-St Peter Lutheran School (Milwaukee)
34.) Church Health Services, Inc. (Dodge)
35.) City of Two Rivers - Lester Public Library (Manitowoc)
36.) Clothes For Kids Inc. (Dodge)
37.) College Possible (Milwaukee)
38.) Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, Inc. (Marathon)
39.) Community Options Inc. (Green Lake)
40.) Couleecap, Inc. (Vernon)
41.) Crime Stoppers Of Marinette County Inc. (Marinette)
42.) Dance Wisconsin (Dane)
43.) DAR Boys & Girls Club (Menominee)
44.) Dean Foundation for Health, Research and Education (Dane)
45.) Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (Dane)
46.) Door County Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc. (Door)
47.) Door-Tran Inc. (Door)
48.) Duluth Area Family YMCA (Douglas)
49.) Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Inc. (Milwaukee)
50.) Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc (Dane)
51.) Eastern Shores Library System (Sheboygan)
52.) Eau Claire Public Access Center, Inc. (Eau Claire)
53.) Edgewood High School of The Sacred Heart (Dane)
54.) Family Center of Washington County (Washington)
55.) Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley Inc. (St. Croix)
56.) First Stage Milwaukee Inc. Performing Arts Center (Milwaukee)
57.) Food Pantry of Waukesha County, Inc. (Waukesha)
58.) Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra Association Inc. (Outagamie)
59.) Fox Valley Veterans Council, Inc. (Outagamie)
60.) Fox Valley Warming Shelter (Outagamie)
61.) Free SPIRIT Riders, Inc. (Fond Du Lac)
62.) Friends Of Rib Mountain State Park Inc. (Marathon)
63.) Gathering of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)
64.) Great Headwaters Trail Foundation Inc. (Vilas)
65.) Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity (Winnebago)
66.) Habitat For Humanity International Inc. (Marinette)
67.) HALO, Inc. (Racine)
68.) HeartLove Place Ministries (Milwaukee)
69.) Impact, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (Milwaukee)
70.) Inspirio Youth Ministries, Inc. (Waukesha)
71.) Jim Larsen Boys & Girls Club of Door County (Door)
72.) Journey House Inc. (Milwaukee)
73.) Junior Achievement, Inc - Portage & Wood Counties (Portage)
74.) Kathy's House (Milwaukee)
75.) Kewaunee County Food Pantry (Kewaunee)
76.) La Causa, Inc. (Milwaukee)
77.) Lakeshore CAP, Inc. of Wisconsin (Manitowoc)
78.) Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Wisconsin Chapter Milwaukee Main Office (Waukesha)
79.) Life Navigators (Milwaukee)
80.) Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County, Inc. (Kewaunee)
81.) Loaves & Fishes Of The Fox Valley Inc. (Outagamie)
82.) M&M Area Community Foundation (Menominee)
83.) Madison Youth Choirs Inc. (Dane)
84.) Make A Difference Wisconsin Inc. (Milwaukee)
85.) Make-A-Wish Wisconsin (Waukesha)
86.) Manitowoc - Two Rivers YMCA (Manitowoc)
87.) Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center (Manitowoc)
88.) Marian University Inc. (Fond du Lac)
89.) Marshfield Clinic (Wood)
90.) Marshfield Youth Wrestling Club Inc. (Wood)
91.) Mead Public Library Foundation Inc. (Sheboygan)
92.) Mercy Medical Center Foundation Of Oshkosh Inc. (Winnebago)
93.) Michael's Place, Inc. (Marathon)
94.) Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services, Inc. (Milwaukee)
95.) Milwaukee Center For Children And Youth Inc. (Milwaukee)
96.) Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team (Milwaukee)
97.) Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (Milwaukee)
98.) Milwaukee Rescue Mission (Milwaukee)
99.) Mount Tabor Center, Inc. (Winnebago)
100.) NAMI Waukesha, Inc. (Waukesha)
101.) Navarino Nature Center (Shawano)
102.) Neenah Quarterback Club Inc. (Winnebago)
103.) Next Door Foundation (Milwaukee)
104.) North Freedom Public Library (Sauk)
105.) Northwest Passage, ltd (Polk)
106.) Northwoods Humane Society (Sawyer)
107.) OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Dane)
108.) Open Wings Learning Community Inc. (Kenosha)
109.) Opera for the Young Inc. (Dane)
110.) Oshkosh Area Community Pantry Inc. (Winnebago)
111.) Painting Pathways Clubhouse (Manitowoc)
112.) Pathfinders (Milwaukee)
113.) PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc. (Milwaukee)
114.) Penfield Children's Center (Milwaukee)
115.) People Against a Violent Environment (Dodge)
116.) Project Angel Hugs (Sheboygan)
117.) Reach Counseling Services Inc. (Winnebago)
118.) Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (Oneida)
119.) Safe Babies Healthy Families (Waukesha)
120.) Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County (Sheboygan)
121.) Safe Haven - Domestic Abuse Support Center of Shawano County (Shawano)
122.) Salvation Army - Grace Place & Faith House (St. Croix)
123.) Samaritan Counseling Center Of The Fox Valley Inc. (Winnebago)
124.) Serenity Inns Inc. (Milwaukee)
125.) SHARDS Inc. (Fond du Lac)
126.) Sharing Center, Inc. (Kenosha)
127.) Sheboygan County Historical Society (Sheboygan)
128.) Sheboygan Human Rights Association Inc. (Sheboygan)
129.) Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra Inc. (Sheboygan)
130.) Skaters-R-Us (Milwaukee)
131.) SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. (Outagamie)
132.) Solutions Recovery Inc. (Winnebago)
133.) St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation (Outagamie)
134.) St. Joan Antida High School (Milwaukee)
135.) St. Joseph's Medical & Dental Clinic (Waukesha)
136.) St. Mary's Springs Academy High School (Fond du Lac)
137.) STEP Industries, Inc. (Winnebago)
138.) The BRICK Ministries (Ashland)
139.) The Building for Kids Inc. (Outagamie)
140.) The Milwaukee Community Service Corps (Milwaukee)
141.) The Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development (Dane)
142.) The River Food Pantry (Dane)
143.) The Salvation Army (Lincoln)
144.) The Salvation Army (Manitowoc)
145.) The Salvation Army - Serenity Home (Polk)
146.) The Women's Center (Waukesha)
147.) The Women's Community, Inc. (Marathon)
148.) Theater for Young Audiences (Sheboygan)
149.) Transcenter For Youth Inc. (Milwaukee)
150.) United Community Center Inc. (Milwaukee)
151.) United Sports Association For Youth Inc. (Outagamie)
152.) University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh (Winnebago)
153.) University of Wisconsin-Stout (Dunn)
154.) Urban Ecology Center (Milwaukee)
155.) Vision Forward Association Incorporated (Milwaukee)
156.) Volunteer Center of Door County Inc. (Door)
157.) Volunteer Center of Washington County (Washington)
158.) VSA Wisconsin Inc. (Dane)
159.) Wafer Food Pantry (La Crosse)
160.) Walnut Way Conservation Corp. (Milwaukee)
161.) Watertown Family Center Inc. (Jefferson)
162.) Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic Inc. (Waukesha)
163.) Western Kenosha Senior Citizens Council Inc. (Kenosha)
164.) Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints Foundation (Racine)
165.) Winnebago County Literacy Council (Winnebago)
166.) Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (Dane)
167.) Wisconsin Historical Society (Dane)
168.) Wisconsin Literacy (Dane)
169.) Wisconsin Rapids Family Center, Inc. (Wood)
170.) Wisconsin Women In Government Inc. (Dane)
171.) Women and Children's Horizons, Inc. (Kenosha)
172.) YMCA of Northern Rock County (Rock)
Organization Speakers at Press Conference
Bryan Ruch, Community Enrichment Manager at Arc of Fond du Lac, Inc. in Fond du Lac
Greg Maass, PhD, President/CEO Brown County United Way for the Community Partnership for Children in Green Bay
Patty Metropulos, Executive Director of Kathy's House in Milwaukee
Mark Elliott, Executive Director of Northwest Passage, Ltd. in Frederic
Green Bay Packers
Mark Murphy, President/CEO, Green Bay Packers (speaker)
Charlie Lieb, Chairman of Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee (speaker)
Tom Arndt, Alternate Chairman of the Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee
Rick Chernick, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee
Valerie Daniels-Carter, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee
Ricardo Diaz, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee
Terry Fulwiler, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee
Jerry Ganoni, 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