Packers Foundation reaches milestone

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded $116,725 in grants to 52 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin this year. With the latest distribution of funds, the foundation surpassed the million-dollar level in grants, having distributed $1,003,401 for charitable purposes.<p>

The Packers Foundation 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 National Football League awards local grants through the efforts of the Packers' community relations department and Foundation. Along with grants received through the league, the Packers distributed $362,000 in grants to the Green Bay community and state in 2001, according to Carl Kuehne, Foundation committee chairman.

NFL grants distributed by the Packers included: $100,000 to Green Bay East High School to help finance its new football stadium; $100,000 to Preble High School to help finance its first football stadium; $25,000 in "Community Quarterback" awards; $15,000 from the Green Bay Packers Scholarship Program ($7,500 each to Scholarships, Inc., and NWTC); $6,000 to the high school "Coach of the Week" program.

The Foundation gave 30 grants, totaling $87,000, to Brown County organizations, including Family Services for its capital improvements program, the Bellin College of Nursing, the Brown County Library and the Friends of St. Mary's Hospital for its "Toast of the Town" program.

Another $29,425 in grants were made to 22 other groups around the state, including YMCA-Milwaukee, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and the Arthritis Foundation.

Under the newly established Packers Scholarship Program, $15,000 will be awarded annually for students planning to attend four-year colleges, two-year associate degree schools, or apprenticeship trades programs.

"The grants are in addition to the more than 300 items donated each month of the year by our community relations department for fund-raising efforts," said Packers president Bob Harlan. "These donations, in turn, result in more than $1.5 million dollars a year being raised for hundreds of organizations around the state of Wisconsin."

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