16th Annual Phoenix-Packers Steak Fry Raises New Record Total
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – A new record high of over 1,000 Green Bay Phoenix and Green Bay Packers supporters attended the 16th annual Phoenix-Packers Steak Fry presented by Prevea at the Lambeau Field Atrium on Tuesday, April 19, helping Green Bay Athletics raise a record high of over $230,000.
The grand total of $234,315 was over a 56 percent increase from the 2015 event put on by Green Bay’s two most prominent teams. WBAY’s Chris Roth and Green Bay women’s basketball standout Mehryn Kraker were the emcees of the event, which was held on the ground floor of the Lambeau Field Atrium for just the second time.
“Once again our donors, partners, friends and the Green Bay community demonstrated they are the best fans in the land. They are the true difference makers in helping make possible our goal of changing lives and building leaders. The Green Bay community wants and values Division I athletics and the funds raised will allow us to touch every one of our sixteen programs, enhance the student-athlete experience and help us take Green Bay athletics to the next level. Our hearts are very full with appreciation and gratitude,” Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said.
Successful Green Bay men’s basketball head coach Linc Darner and women’s basketball head coach Kevin Borseth were popular figures at this year’s event, while the University Chancellor, Dr. Gary L. Miller, welcomed the crowd, thanked the attendees and emphasized the importance of Division I athletics in the Green Bay area.
Over the last 16 years, the annual event has helped raise over $1.2 million for the Phoenix Fund, the principal fund for scholarships and program support at Green Bay. The Phoenix Fund has raised record totals again this year, which will help lead to a better student-athlete experience and future state-of-the-art facility upgrades.
Also in attendance were student-athletes representing all 16 Green Bay Phoenix programs, along with several Green Bay Packers players and personnel. The event received a magnitude of media attention, with all four local TV stations going live at various points throughout the night.
To check out the sights from the night, visit the Green Bay Phoenix Facebook page that includes a photo gallery from the successful event. Click here to visit Photo Gallery.
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