Community: ‘Tailgate Tour' starts Tuesday

Annual four-day road trip includes stops in Fond du Lac, Janesville, Stevens Point and Marinette

The Green Bay Packers' third Tailgate Tour departs Tuesday, with stops planned in Fond du Lac, Janesville, Stevens Point and Marinette. The traveling group will include President/CEO Mark Murphy, Chairman Emeritus Bob Harlan, running back Brandon Jackson, receiver James Jones and guard Jason Spitz.

Tickets are $25, with all proceeds benefiting the hosting organization. Last year's tour raised more than $80,000 for charity.

The schedule:

Tuesday — Fond du Lac High School: To benefit The Salvation Army. Tickets on sale at Festival Foods. Purchase/information: Denise Shaffer, (920) 923-8220.

Wednesday — Janesville Gazette Printing Plant: To benefit Everyone Cooperating to Help Others. Tickets on sale at ECHO. Purchase/information, Karen Lisser (608) 754-5333.

Thursday: Stevens Point Country Club: To benefit Epilepsy Foundation of Central and Northeast Wisconsin. Tickets on sale at Epilepsy Foundation & Trig's County Market in Stevens Point. Purchase/information: Cindy Piotrowski (715) 341-5811.

Friday: Marinette High School: To benefit the Marinette & Menominee Counties service area of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. Tickets on sale at Angeli's County Market (Marinette and Menominee, Mich., locations), American Red Cross, Witt's Piggly Wiggly/True Value in Crivitz and Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce (Marinette location). Purchase/information: Debbie Haduch (715) 735-6062.

Capping each day's activities will be a tailgate party in each city from 6 to 8:30 p.m. that will include food and mingling with the Packers representatives. Footballs autographed by each tour member will be given away as door prizes.

The motor coach will make one scheduled stop during the day at a site to be determined in each area. At the visit, tour members will have the opportunity to interact and thank the fans. In addition to the planned stops, surprise stops will be made as the schedule allows.

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