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Starr To Speak At Celebration In La Crosse, May 20


Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr is coming to La Crosse to help Gundersen Lutheran celebrate May Older Americans Month.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback will share a lifetime of unique experiences and insights when he presents "Being the Best You Can Be" on Tuesday, May 20, at 6:45 p.m. in the La Crosse Center's South Ball Room. A cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner served at 6 p.m.

Being the best he can be is something that Bryan Bartlett "Bart" Starr has done throughout his amazing career on and off the football field.

Starting in high school to his four successful years at the University of Alabama to then being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1956, Starr truly was a "star." During his 15-year playing career in Green Bay, Starr's precision passing helped the Packers win five NFL championships, including victories in the first two Super Bowls. He was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in both games. And who could forget the Ice Bowl!

After his playing career, Starr stayed with the Packers as quarterbacks coach in 1972 and head coach from 1975 to 1983. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

Today, Starr is president of his own firm and director of numerous public service companies. From the days of co-founding the Rawhide Boys Ranch in the 1960s, his tradition of meaningful community work continues. He is an athlete, an entrepreneur and an inspirational humanitarian.

Starr has been recognized for his outstanding service to the Jaycees and other civic groups and has been active with the President's Commission on Physical Fitness and the President's Advisory Council for Environmental Protection.

Starr's appearance in La Crosse is sponsored by Gundersen Lutheran, with support from Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, and AM 1490 WLFN as part of celebrating May Older Americans Month. This year's May Older Americans Month theme is "What We Do Makes a Difference."

This program is appropriate for all individuals, regardless of age. Tickets cost $30 each, which includes Starr's presentation and the dinner.

The dinner menu will be stuffed chicken breast supreme, baked potato, tossed green salad, green beans with almonds, cheesecake with fruit, rolls and butter, and coffee and milk.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 13. For more information, call (608) 775-4717 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 54717. You can also inquire by e-mail at or access a printable registration form at www.gundluth.orgmoam.

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