Packers Women's Association Provides Aid To Local Charities

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With funds generated by sales of the Green Bay Packers Family Cookbook, the Packers Women's Association donated $35,000 to three local charities, Thursday.

Chris Cann (March of Dimes), Deborah Mertens (Cerebral Palsy Center) and Terri Refsguard (Special Olympics) were on hand to accept the donations for their respective charities.

"We want to thank the Packers organization, and of course the wives, for doing all of this work and selling all of the cookbooks and organizing it," Mertens said. "I truly believe that with the support of the community, and especially the Green Bay Packers organization, I believe that the best is yet to come for people with disabilities in northeast Wisconsin."

Represented by Bethany Bidwell, wife of Packers' punter Josh Bidwell, and Sarah Longwell, wife of Packers' kicker Ryan Longwell, the PWA credited the community for the help that they were able to provide to the charities.

"We were able to raise $35,000 dollars from the sales," Longwell said, "and we're just happy to be able to support some local charities here in northeast Wisconsin that really have a focus on helping women and kids in the community."

Added Bidwell: "We would like to thank you, the community, for supporting us and helping us to sell the cookbooks to help the children in our community."

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