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Packers partner with Catholic Charities for 58th annual Bishop’s Charities Game

Diocese of Green Bay 150th Anniversary LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (Aug. 2, 2018) – On Thursday, August 9, the Packers will host the Tennessee Titans for the 58th annual Bishop’s Charities Game at Lambeau Field. Over the years, the Bishop’s Charities Game has raised approximately $4 million for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay. General ticket sales should be directed to, the Packer ticket office, or any Ticketmaster outlet. 

Bishop Ricken and Packers alumni Tony Fisher and Chris Francies will be available from 4:30-6 p.m. for autographs and photos at the Fan Walkway outside the Tundra Tailgate Zone on the southeast side of the stadium. Complimentary autograph cards will be provided courtesy of The Compass, the official newspaper for the Diocese of Green Bay. 

During a pre-game ceremony, Bishop David L. Ricken will present the 2017 Bishop’s Charities Game MVP award to wide receiver Trevor Davis. In last year’s game, Davis returned two punts for 94 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown return, in the Packers 24-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. 

“Serving others takes many different community partners and dedication from others. The partnership between the Packers and Catholic Charities is a wonderful example of the long-term dedication and work that it takes to assist those in the midst of some of life’s deepest struggles. Catholic Charities would find it difficult to serve the thousands of people it does each year, without the partnership with the Green Bay Packers,” said Ted Phernetton, director of Catholic Charities. 

The charitable contest began in 1961 when the diocese approached Vince Lombardi with the idea. For 34 of those years, the Bishop’s Charities Game committee – led by the late Jim Hogan – sold tickets for the game and produced the game program, including the sales of all advertising for the program. These efforts were so important not only to those in need, but also to making the preseason games a success for the Packers. Beginning in 1995, the Packers took over responsibility for all preparations. 

Over the past 21 years, the Packers organization has generously continued to support Catholic Charities through an annual contribution supporting those in need in our community. The long-standing partnership between the Green Bay Packers and the Diocese of Green Bay through its charitable efforts shows the commitment and concern that both organizations have toward the well-being, health and vitality of the community. “We take this opportunity to thank the Packers for their ongoing support of the charitable works of Catholic Charities serving the Diocese of Green Bay,” said Denis Hogan, general chair of the Bishop’s Charities Game. 

Founded in 1918, Catholic Charities provides social services to residents in the 16 counties of Northeastern Wisconsin that make up the Diocese of Green Bay. These services include mental health counseling; family strengthening programs to refugee and immigration communities; adoption and pregnancy counseling to assist birth parents, adoptive couples and people with unplanned pregnancies; budget counseling; and more. Catholic Charities serves all individuals, regardless of their background or faith.


Who We Are

As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. Established in 1868, the diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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