Packers Pay it Forward

Packers CEO supports UW-Green Bay

Mark MurphyThe current president and CEO of the Packers organization, Mark Murphy, is an active member of the UW-Green Bay Foundation and Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. Murphy also lends his support to University fundraising. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of his Packers predecessor, former president Bob Harlan, who helped UW-Green Bay move up to NCAA Division I status in the 1980s by serving as first chairperson of the Phoenix Fund, the fundraising arm of Phoenix Athletics. (Also, the Packers invited the University and its supporters to take the lead among local non-profits in organizing the unique 1997 Sod Sale that marketed commemorative, boxed bricks of Lambeau Field sod — pulled up and replaced after the famous Packers-49ers playoff “Mud Bowl" — which netted more than a quarter of a million dollars for community causes.)

Phoenix/Packers Steak Fry

The Packers organization continues to partner enthusiastically in support of UW-Green Bay Athletics. For 15 years the organization has co-sponsored the annual Phoenix/Packers steak fry fundraiser at the Lambeau Field atrium. The event has raised nearly $1 million over those years, including 2014 attendance of more than 500 and a profit of $81,000 for student-athlete scholarships and program support. Additionally, the team occasionally assists with student-athlete recruiting by welcoming high-profile visitors at Lambeau Field.

Packers support student scholarships

In December 2013, the Packers organization set a record that had nothing to do with football, but everything to do with supporting students at UW-Green Bay. The Green Bay Packers Foundation donated $250,000 — at the time, the largest award in Foundation history — to the general scholarship fund at UW-Green Bay. Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy described quality education as vital to the community’s future. The Packers donation was a challenge gift, made to encourage other donors to take advantage of the Packers’ dollar-for-dollar match. Within weeks the $250,000 seed money had been spoken for, yielding an immediate $500,000 in new dollars for scholarships.