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 Packers.com, 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.
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.
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.