With an escort from a very talented and energetic drumline, the Packers Tailgate Tour members experienced a rousing entrance to the party at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan.
The final get together of the 10th anniversary tour benefitted Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to granting the wishes of seriously ill children in Wisconsin.
The Packers already enjoy a heartwarming relationship with Make-A-Wish, as the Packers host the wish visits nearly every home-game Friday at Lambeau Field. Today’s event supports the organization even further.
“We are unparalleled partners in making wishes come true, but this event is a nod to be part of the fan base and an amazing opportunity to share our mission,” said Patti Gorsky, Make-A-Wish’s president and CEO. “Together, with the partnership of this event, it takes us to new heights.”
During the stage portion of the event, Gilbert Brown got the crowd on their feet when he discussed the appreciation he gained this week for Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson.
“These two guys are the Packers’ national treasure,” he said as the crowd responded enthusiastically.
Antonio Freeman was asked about the Monday Night Miracle, the overtime, on-the-ground TD catch at Lambeau Field that beat the Minnesota Vikings. It was a story he enjoyed telling more than once this week.
For Mark Murphy, this event and the tour across Wisconsin are important for the organization in a number of ways.
“It highlights the uniqueness of the organization,” he said. “We’re community owned and viewed as state’s team. For us, giving back is high priority for organization. Fans are so supportive and so loyal, we can’t take them for granted. To get out across the state and thank them, it makes good sense.”
After leaving the beautiful, lakeside resort, the Tailgate Tour motor coach made its way north, with one more surprise stop in store before returning to Green Bay.
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