The Green Bay Packers Hall Of Fame Inc. today announced Jerry Parins would receive the Bob Harlan Leadership Award presented by MillerCoors at this year's Packers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. The banquet will be held on Saturday, May 4, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
The award, new this year, will be presented in honor of former Green Bay Packers President/CEO and Packers Hall of Famer Bob Harlan, who demonstrated exceptional and extraordinary leadership throughout his career with the Packers. He played the lead role in the franchise's renaissance in the 1990s, and his efforts have benefitted the Green Bay Packers franchise, Green Bay Packers Hall Of Fame, Inc., and the Green Bay community.
Candidates for the Bob Harlan Leadership Award must have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, over and above the call of duty during or after their career or association with the Packers. Above all, they must have served with the integrity, character and determination emblematic of Bob Harlan, an exceptional and inspiring leader during his 37 years with the Packers and most notably during the 19 he ran the franchise.
Parins' 40-year association with the team began in 1965 under Head Coach Vince Lombardi, who contacted the Green Bay Police Department looking for help keeping fans off the practice field. Parins, then 24, volunteered his time by working practices, gamedays and assisting in the Packers' weight room. He eventually became captain of internal affairs for the Green Bay Police Department, a post from which he retired in 1992 to assume the role of director of corporate security for the Packers.
"Jerry's love for this franchise and what it stands for is very special," said Harlan. "His caring attitude stands out more than anything, and endures as an example for others to follow."
Diagnosed with cancer on Feb. 10, 2003, Parins embarked on a journey that changed his life. Throughout his surgery and two grueling battles with chemotherapy, which lasted nearly a year, he benefited from the unwavering support of his family, friends and co-workers from the Green Bay Packers.
Today, Parins volunteers his time for a different cause. Continuing a love affair with motorcycles that began at an early age and continued throughout his career as a police officer, Parins, just 16 months after being diagnosed with cancer, coordinated the first annual 'Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer.' Fifteen years later, the Cruise is still going strong. Over the course of the last 15 years, the motorcycle ride has raised over $1.5 million for various cancer-related organizations, many of which he encountered during his treatment at St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay.
A limited number of tickets for the Banquet are still available. The event begins at 4:30 p.m., with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact Holly Borga at 920/965-6986 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual Induction Banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.
Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Packers Hall of Fame moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to the lower level of the Lambeau Field Atrium, and it was closed in November 2013 for renovations. The Packers Hall of Fame reopened in August of 2015, and is now located on the main floor of the Atrium across from 1919 Kitchen & Tap. Groups interested in booking tours and those seeking additional information may visit the Hall online at packers.com/lambeau-field/hall-of-fame/visit.html.