Packers Foundation awards grants

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded $119,000 to 55 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of funds, Gary Rotherham, chairman of the Foundation committee, announced today.

With these disbursements, the Foundation has distributed $1,346,726 for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, "as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity."

The Foundation's awarded 35 grants totaling $94,000 to Brown County organizations, including the Libertas Treatment Center, St. Mary's Hospital, and Wellspring and Youth Educated in Safety. Additional grants, totaling $25,000, were made to 20 other groups around the state, including The Milwaukee Women's Center, Hoops w/Hope, Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, and Family Services of Waukesha.

Under the Packers Scholarship Program, established in 2002, an additional $15,000 is being awarded - $7,500 to Scholarships, Inc., for distribution to students in four-year colleges - and $7,500 to NWTC for distribution to students in two-year associate degree or apprenticeship trades programs. The scholarship funds come from National Football League Properties which - at the Packers' request - returns to the Foundation royalty fees paid for using the Packers logo on Wisconsin automobile license plates.

In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed an additional $44,575 on behalf of National Football League Charities - $22,200 in "Community Quarterback" awards to civic leaders for contributions to the community, $12,375 in the NFL's "Coach of the Week" program which honors successful Wisconsin high school coaches on a weekly basis throughout the season, $5,000 for the Team All Star Program Grant and $5,000 in the league's "Hometown Huddle" program.

"We're pleased today to be able to highlight the work of our Foundation," Packers President and CEO Bob Harlan observed. "The grants go to great organizations in communities around the state that perform wonderful services.

"The grants, however, are just one component of the Packers' efforts in the community. Our community relations department works throughout the year with our players and coaches in making appearances at various functions and also oversaw more than 6000 items donated in 2004 for fund-raising efforts. In turn, these donations resulted in more than $1.8 million being raised last year for more than 1,000 organizations. We're proud, too, of the community events we hold at the Lambeau Field Atrium. It's a pleasure to see families enjoying the facility."

The Green Bay Packers Foundation Committee includes, in addition to Mr. Rotherham, Casey Cuene, Andrew Farah, Pat LaViolette, Ed Martin, Mike Wier and Hon. Donald Zuidmulder. Margaret Meyers is secretary of the Foundation.

A complete list of grant recipients:

Brown County Organizations (35):
1. AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
2. American Legion Sullivan-Wallen Post
3. America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin
4. Arthritis Foundation - Wisconsin
5. Ashwaubenon Family Resource Center
6. Bellin Foundation
7. Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay
8. Breast Cancer Family Foundation
9. Brown County Library
10. Center for Childhood Safety-St. Vincent Hospital
11. Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
12. Children's Museum of Green Bay
13. Concerned Hearts Club of NE Wis.
14. Crime Prevention Found of Brown County-DARE
15. Disabled American Veterans
16. East/West 100-year Celebration Fund
17. Ecumenical Partnership for Housing
18. Encompass Child Care
19. Family Services of NE Wisconsin
20. Friends of the Fox River Trail
21. Girl Scouts of Lac Baie Council
22. Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
23. Libertas Treatment Center
24. Literacy Council of Brown County
25. Mayor's Neighborhood Leadership Council
26. Neville Public Museum
27. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
28. Reading Connections, Inc.
29. Ribbon of Hope
30. Salvation Army
31. Special Olympics of Wisconsin
32. St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center
33. Unity
34. Wellspring - A Place for Women
35. YWCA of Green Bay/De Pere

Organizations Outside Brown County (20):
1. CESA8 Victory Olympics, Oconto County
2. Community Clothes Closet, Winnebago County
3. Family Resource Center of Fond du Lac
4. Family Resource Center of Barron County
5. Family Service of Waukesha
6. Habitat for Humanity of Washington County
7. Harbor House Crisis Center, Douglas County
8. Hoops With Hope, Milwaukee County
9. Malaika Early Learning Center, Milwaukee County
10. Milwaukee Women's Center, Inc.
11. National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Wis., Waukesha County
12. New Beginnings Are Possible, Milwaukee County
13. Northwoods Inc. of Wisconsin, Columbia County
14. Rawhide, Outagamie County
15. Spina Bifida Assoc. of Wis. Inc., Milwaukee County
16. St. Croix Family Resource Center, St. Croix County
17. TYME OUT Youth Center, Waukesha County
18. Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, Milwaukee County
19. Women's Center - Waukesha
20. Youth Educated in Safety (Y.E.S.), Outagamie County

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