If you’ve ever visited Lambeau Field in Green Bay, you’ve experienced the sense of history and athletic legacy that pervades the place. On Saturday, August 18, approximately 75 people attended the Council’s “Scholarships, Sports and Service” event to celebrate our 60th anniversary. The Atrium at Lambeau Field was a perfect setting.
Serving as emcee, Mark Papapetru, owner of Fuzzy’s #63 Bar & Grill in Green Bay, introduced the keynote speaker and later, each of the scholarship recipients.
Our special guest speaker was former Green Bay Packer wide-receiver Bill Schroeder. You could have heard a pin drop in the room as he shared stories about the many obstacles he has had to overcome in his life in order to achieve his goals and dreams. From the sudden loss of his father while he was a senior in high school to being told many times that he wasn’t good enough for the sports he wanted to pursue, Bill never backed down on what was important to him. He remarked, “We all have obstacles to overcome in everyday life. Don’t give up. Follow your dreams and keep your promises to yourself.”
Eight of the nine scholarship recipients were able to attend the event. They are: Christina Alger, Ellen Bartelt, Elizabeth Fideler, Jo Grove, Brianna Katch, Brian Kelley, Benjamin Nolan and Kelsi Watters. Executive Director Loretta Himmelsbach congratulated the students on their perseverance and commitment to education. She commented, “You are the stars in this room, and you will make the world a better place in your own way and in your own time.”
Awards Committee Chair Kathy Brockman introduced the recipients of special recognition awards. Bruce Hildebrand from the Association of American Publishers received a Partnership Award for his organization’s support passage of the Instructional Materials Accessibility Act of Wisconsin. John Duffy accepted the Corporate Appreciation Award on behalf of Associated Bank, a major sponsor of this 60th anniversary event and other events during the year. Outstanding Service Awards went to Patrick Gafney and Steve Witcraft for promoting athletics and recreation for people who are blind or visually impaired.
A tailgate meal with a sports and Council trivia game followed the program. Guests were also able to attend a guided tour of Lambeau Field.
Our thanks to all who organized, attended and supported this memorable event on a beautiful summer day!