Record-setting bid for Packers game

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on July 13, 2011 – 2:14 pm

A Packers fan from Virginia has donated a record-setting $100,000 to the “Jimmy V Foundation” for a two-ticket package to attend the Bucs at Packers game on Nov. 20.  Gary Newell, 55, of Warrenton, Va., grew up idolizing Bart Starr. His favorite player now is Packers Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Newell, a cancer survivor made his donation to the “Jimmy V Foundation” as part of a collaborative charity effort between the Packers and NFL broadcast partner ESPN. The “Jimmy V Foundation” is named for former North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN analyst Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993 at the age of 47.

The package offered by the Packers was presented to bidders as such: “Hang out with the Super Bowl XLV champs! This package includes two (2) tickets to the Packers/Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on November 20, 2011, at Lambeau Field, two (2) pregame field passes to be on the sidelines for warm-ups before the game, a parking pass for the southwest parking lot at Lambeau (very close to the gate entrances), a football signed by Aaron Rodgers, and the opportunity for winners to participate in a ‘Lambeau Leap’ with photo op. Also included: a guided private tour of the Lambeau Field football facilities on the Saturday afternoon before the game. This includes an all-access look at the locker room, weight room, players’ lounge, media auditorium, etc. You never know who you’ll run into! Ticket location cannot be determined at this time. Winner will receive football on-site at Lambeau Field.”

Newell’s son, Duke, 25, is also a Packers fan. Newell’s $100,000 donation breaks the previous record of $30,000.


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