'Packers Tailgate Tour' Hits The Road July 8

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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR TAILGATE PARTIES IN FOND DU LAC, JANESVILLE, STEVENS POINT, MARINETTE

The third 'Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour' hits the road next week, July 8-11, setting out across the state to thank fans in person for their enduring and enthusiastic support of the club through the years.

The traveling group will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and Chairman Emeritus Bob Harlan, as well as players Brandon Jackson, James Jones and Jason Spitz. The tour will take place aboard a customized motor coach and make stops in Fond du Lac (July 8) Janesville (July 9), Stevens Point (July 10) and Marinette (July 11).

Culminating the day's activities during the 'Tailgate Tour' will be an evening tailgate party in each city from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a flavor of famous Lambeau Field tailgating, hosted by a local non-profit organization. The parties will feature food and mingling with the Packers representatives. At each tailgate party, footballs autographed by each tour member will be given away as door prizes.

Tailgate party tickets are still available for $25, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the hosting organization. Last year's tour raised more than $80,000 for charity.

The motor coach also will make one scheduled stop during the day at a site to be determined in each area. At the visit, tour members will have the opportunity to interact with fans and deliver the message of "thanks." In addition to the planned stops, surprise stops will be made as the schedule allows.

'Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour' evening tailgate party locations and ticket information are as follows (6 to 8:30 p.m. in each city):

Fond du Lac: Fond du Lac High School, July 8. To benefit The Salvation Army. Tickets on sale at Festival Foods. Purchase/information: Denise Shaffer (920/923-8220).

Janesville: Janesville Gazette Printing Plant, July 9. To benefit ECHO (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others). Tickets on sale at ECHO. Purchase/information: Karen Lisser (608/754-5333).

Stevens Point: Stevens Point Country Club, July 10. To benefit Epilepsy Foundation of Central and Northeast Wisconsin. Tickets on sale at Epilepsy Foundation & Trig's County Market in Stevens Point. Purchase/information: Cindy Piotrowski (715/341-5811).

Marinette: Marinette High School, July 11. To benefit the Marinette & Menominee Counties service area of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. Tickets on sale at Angeli's County Market (Marinette & Menominee locations), American Red Cross, Witt's Piggly Wiggly/True Value in Crivitz and Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce (Marinette location). Purchase/information: Debbie Haduch (715/735-6062).

Fans can track each day's progress of the tour as well, with a Web blog and photo galleries posted daily. A Web blog and photo galleries of last year's tour are available online.

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