Community benefits from Packers' generosity

The Green Bay Packers Foundation on Thursday awarded $119,000 to 57 civic and charitable groups, foundation chairman Carl Kuehne announced.

The money brings the foundation's total to $1,227,726 since its formation in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, who was president of the Packers Corporation at that time.

Approximately half the grants stayed at home in Brown County — 27 for $73,000 — while the other half was dispersed throughout the state.

"The amount of funds available are small compared to most of your total budgets," Kuehne said at the ceremony, held at the Green Bay YWCA. "One of the things that we want to do is particularly to recognize your organizations. Maybe the fact that the Packers help you can maybe help other people and give you some recognition."

The YWCA was one of the beneficiaries, with YWCA board president Joan Robb saying: "In 2004, the YWCA celebrates its 85th year serving the Green Bay community.

"Over the years, the Green Bay Packer Foundation has been a frequent and continued supporter of YWCA programs and services. Our partnership with the Packers organization enables us to carry out the YWCA mission of helping local women and children lead strong, healthy lives."

Specific grant amounts were not announced.

Grant recipients in Brown County: American Legion Sullivan-Wallen Post; Bellin Foundation; Boy Scout Troop 1043; Boys & Girls Club; Breast Cancer Family Foundation; Brown County Library Summer Reading Program; Children's Promise; Crime Prevention Foundation of Brown County; Disabled American Veterans; Encompass Child Care; Green Bay Botanical Garden; Heritage Hill Foundation; Junior Achievement; Learning for Life Division, Bay Lakes Council Boy Scouts; Libertas; Literacy Council of Brown County; Muscular Dystrophy Association; My Brother's Keeper; Neville Public Museum; NEW Community Shelter; Reading Connections; Ribbon of Hope Foundation; Service League of Green Bay; St. Norbert College Young Artists Workshop; Urban Partnership; UW-Green Bay Phoenix Fund; Green Bay-De Pere YWCA.

Outside Brown County: Altoona Athletic Booster Club; Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Milwaukee; Children's Service Society of Wisconsin; Community Sharing Pantry, Mauston; Door County YMCA; East Shore Industries, Algoma; Esperanza Unida, Milwaukee; Great Lakes Hemophilia, Milwaukee; House of Shelter, Milwaukee; Leaven, Menasha; Marquette University; Rawhide Boys Ranch, New London; Repairers of the Breach, Milwaukee; Ripon College; Ronald McDonald House, Wauwatosa; Safe Harbor of Dane County; Stateline Pregnancy Center, Beloit; Teen Challenge International, Milwaukee; Ventures Unlimited, Hayward; Very Special Arts, Madison; Violence Intervention Project, Algoma; Viroqua Area Foundation; Walkers Point Center, Milwaukee; Warner Park Youth Football, Madison; Wisconsin AAU Boys Basketball; Wisconsin Association of Blind Athletes; Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse; Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Association; Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Fund; Winnebago County Literacy Council.

Also, under the Packers Scholarship Program, $15,000 was awarded — $7,500 to Scholarships Inc. for students going to four-year colleges and $7,500 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, a two-year institution. Scholarship money comes from NFL Properties, which returns funds paid to the league for use of the Packers' logo on state automobile license plates.

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