Moving trucks were rolling again today at Lambeau Field; only this time it wasn't the administration and football operations moving into new quarters. This was the first of more than 500 pieces of office furniture items being donated to St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army in Green Bay. The items are no longer needed as a result of the Packers move from their previous administration facility into the new Titeltown Atrium at Lambeau Field. The Atrium is part of the $295 million renovation and expansion of Lambeau Field.
"The Packers, the Green Bay Area Professional Football Stadium District and the City of Green Bay believe this is a good way to use some of the items that are no longer needed by the Packers, and benefit two local organizations and their clients at the same time," said Packers President Bob Harlan. "We're pleased to be able to help these two organizations - especially during the holiday season. We also want to thank Leicht Mayflower Relocation Services for partnering with us in this effort to make sure there are trucks and manpower to help this move go smoothly."
Cathy Dworak, Packers Community Relations Manager said the Packers have had a long-standing relationship with the charities and felt the donation would be a good fit. "As a result," she said, "two semis loaded with items are being delivered today to the charities, with more semis to follow in the coming weeks."
"We are very excited about this effort," said Dan Williams, Volunteer President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Green Bay. "Between the two charities, we operate nine shelters and work cooperatively with each other. Items like desks, chairs and even filing cabinets are needed so that the families we serve have places to fill out job applications, store paperwork or do homework with their children."
Salvation Army Major Robert Fay said, "This kind of donation exemplifies the spirit of community that exists in this area. The Packers have been long time friends and supporters of both organizations. They care about what happens here and this donation is another demonstration of how they give back to the community." Mayor Fay then added, "Plus, like everyone else, I am a big Packers fan. It is fun to be involved in this effort."
Items not needed in the shelters will be used for the two group's offices. Remaining items will be sold in their retail stores, with the money used locally.