Packers In The Community: Week 8

A.J. Hawk visited a local elementary school in area when the school won a $10,000 grant from the NFL's Play 60 program.

Frequently overlooked is what the Green Bay Packers players and the  organization are doing outside the playing field. In an attempt to bring  light to their charitable contributions to the community and balanced coverage, we bring you  this weekly feature...

  • Linebacker A.J. Hawk visited Butte des Morts elementary school in Menasha, Wis. on Tuesday this week as the school received a $10,000 grant for health and wellness equipment after being named the NFL Play 60 Super School.

“We are honored that the Packers and the NFL were able to give us this special day,” [Principal Bill] Gillespie said. “I really believe it is our school spirit and culture at our school that helped us win this grant and event.

  • On the same day, guard Daryn Colledge visited St. John the Baptist elementary school in Plymouth, Wis. to pay a visit.

The school prepared for Colledge's visit by holding a "Souper Bowl" soup drive, with students collecting canned goods for the Plymouth Food Pantry, and holding "Score a Touchdown with Reading," a contest that resulted in the winning class reading almost 4,000 minutes.

  • Tomorrow the Packers are hosting an event called "Spooktacular Fun" in the Lambeau Field Atrium geared toward children and free to the public. Along with it, they're hosting a "Haunted Concourse" tonight and tomorrow with proceeds going to charity.

The Haunted Concourse this year again is open for two days of thrills and has an admission price of $2, with all proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. The Haunted Concourse is accessed through the Oneida Nation Gate on Lambeau Field’s east side. It is open Friday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and again from 9 to 11 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 30, hours are 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m and 9 to 11 p.m. Lines may be cut off prior to the end times to ensure no unnecessary waits.

  • The Packers have teamed up with Sargento to announce they've already raised $26,000 to benefit the Wisconsin Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee County and Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay.

For each touchdown scored by the Packers during the 2010 regular season, Sargento is donating $1,000 to the Hunger Task Force ($20,000 on 20 TDs thus far). Additionally, Sargento is donating $500 to Paul’s Pantry for every touchdown scored by the team’s wide receivers and tight ends ($6,000 on 12 TDs thus far).

  • The Packers honored U.S. Army Major Jeno M. Berta on the field before this past weekend's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families will receive four tickets to the game and a care package from WPS.

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