Well, the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour has come and gone. A lot of preparation and hard work went into pulling off this tremendous event. On Tuesday, April 4th we piled about 1,300 people into the walls of BRI. It was a great turnout full of community members, football fans, and dedicated BRI supporters. We could not have asked for a better day or a better crowd!
If you were one of the fans who came out that day, you would have enjoyed a full tailgate style meal complete with BRI salads and signature sides, McDonald’s Hamburgers/Brats, and Tombstone Pizza. Great booths from community members Associated Bank and the Knights of Columbus. A kid’s Titletown Fun Zone sponsored by Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics; equipped with inflatables, kids games, face painting, and prizes. Thrivent also was there hosting a football throwing contest and a photo booth. You could even pose for a picture by our huge helmet made of balloons. A friendly Tailgate Cook-Off Competition. Hundreds of people participated in a TV, gun, crossbow, signed football, and basket raffles. A chance for cash with a Money Mania Machine sponsored by WIGM & Wadal Plastics. During the course of the night music was enjoyed by the Wise Guys band. Of course the Packers were on site as well! Those Packers included; Packers CEO/President Mark Murphy; alumni Robert Ferguson, Ahman Green, and Ryan Longwell; and current players Aaron Ripkowski, Jake Ryan, and Brett Hundley. While they were on-site they participated in a question and answer session, threw footballs out to the crowd, and signed 600 autographs for $30 ticket holders. Before leaving they posed for pictures in the crowd. Everyone also had a chance to walk away with some BRI Tailgate Tour souvenirs such as; glass mugs, wine glasses, and sports water bottles.
We want to thank everyone for their exceptional efforts for our event. Thank you to the staff who logged so many hours making sure all of the details were in place leading up to the big day and the time put in there after; whether planning, decorating, or making food. Thank you to the volunteers who came and put in their time helping move things, manning the bar, food area, raffles, autograph line, VIP dinner, fun zone, garbages, and so on. Thank you to the drivers who shuttled guests back and forth. Thank you to the community sponsors and donors who sent over monetary donations, sent basket raffle items, and advertised for us. Thank you to the area businesses who allowed us to use their premises for additional parking. Thank you to the Green Bay Packers for taking interest in what Black River Industries is and what we represent. And thank you to the community for coming out to support us and help support our event! This event was successful because of all of you, so again… THANK YOU!
Thank you to the following community sponsors, donors, and supporters!
Associated Bank, Catholic Charities Bureau, Country Forest Products, Stetson Hardwoods, Gilman Corner Store, WKEB/K99
McDonald's, Nestle Pizza Division, Schultz's Auto Body, Bill's Tire & Service, Peterson Concrete, Forward Financial Bank
Nestle Pizza Division - Medford, WI; K99 WKEB/WIGM - Medford, WI; Catholic Charities Bureau - Superior, WI; Peterson Concrete partnering with Forward Financial Bank - Both Medford, WI; McDonald's - Medford, WI; Thrivent Financial - Colby, WI; Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics - Medford, WI; Country Forest Products - Withee, WI partnering with Stetson Hardwoods - Stetsonville, WI; Newsline 9 - Wausau, WI; Associated Bank - Medford/Green Bay, WI
Platinum Level Sponsors
Gilman Corner Store - Gilman, WI; Schultz's Auto Body - Medford, WI; Bill's Tire & Service - Colby, WI; Klingbeil Lumber Co. - Medford, WI;
Gold Level Sponsor
Klinner Insurance - Medford, WI
End Zone Level Sponsors
Medford Cooperative - Medford, WI; Abby Bank - Medford, WI
Red Zone Level Sponsor
J.R. Cabinetry & Construction - Medford, WI
Field Goal Level Sponsor
Taylor Electric Cooperative - Medford, WI; Perrin's Surface Solutions - Medford, WI
Safety Level Sponsors
Dixon Greiner Realty - Medford, WI; Nicolet National Bank - Medford, WI; Krug's Bus Service - Medford, WI; NBK Electrical - Medford, WI; Farmer's Union Co-op Transport - Stetsonville, WI; Wolf Brother's Sawmill - Stetsonville, WI; Broadway Theatre - Medford, WI; Time Federal Savings Bank - Medford, WI; Wipfli CPA's & Consultants - Milwaukee, WI / Minneapolis, MN; Taylor County Tavern League - Taylor County, WI
Please support these community businesses as they
support Black River Industries. This event would not be
possible without the support of our surrounding
If you are interested in donating in any way to this once
in a lifetime event please contact
Amber or Kari at 715-748-2950.
Tailgate Cook-Off Competition
Commemorative Mugs and Wine Glasses
For Sale at our Packers Tailgate Tour Event
The Green Bay Packers are coming to Black River Industries for the first stop on their 2017 Tailgate Tour! The Black River Industries Tailgate Party will be on Tuesday, April 4th from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm, with Packers arriving at 6:00 pm. We are so excited to have them come to support BRI! Tour celebrities include President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Brett Hundley, Aaron Ripkowski, Jake Ryan, and Packers alumni Robert Ferguson, Ahman Green and Ryan Longwell.
Tickets for the event can be purchased starting on Monday, February 6th at BRI, Medford County Market, and Medford Cooperative Cenex Convenience Store.
There are two types of tickets for the event. A $30 Green Level Ticket will include admission to the event & activities, Q & A session, Packers souvenir, autographs, tailgate style meal and two beverages. A $10 General Admission Ticket will include admission to the event & activities, and access to the Q & A session.
CASH OR CHECK ONLY!
*$30 tickets are limited
Please call Amber or Kari at 715-748-2950 if you would like more information or would like to be a sponsor for this event!
$30 Green Level Tickets
On November 2nd, Neal Olkives presented a check to our Director, Amber Fallos from The Rib Lake Knights of Columbus. We are always grateful for the Knights’ kindness and generosity towards BRI and its programs.
Community Open House
Our Community Open House took place on Wednesday, September 28th and it was a huge success, Employment First Works at Black River Industries! We extend a big thanks to all of the community employers and supporters who came to see what makes BRI great. We wish to also extend a special thank you to Speaker Shannon Huff, representing the Wisconsin Employment First Grant from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD). If your company has a job that Black River Industries can help with, please don't hesitate to give our office a call.
We would like to thank the Gilman Knight Of Columbus for their recent donation. The donation comes from their latest Tootsie Roll Drive. BRI would like to thank them for their continued generosity!
Pictured: Bob Callahan of the Gilman Knights and Amber Fallos, BRI Director
12th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser
Black River Industries' held it's 12th annual Golf Classic Fundraiser on Friday, June 24th at Tee-Hi Golf Course. The weather was beautiful as 80 golfers took to the course for a fun-filled day of golf, food, prizes, and fun. This year we had the support of nine Corporate Sponsors; Nestle Pizza Division, Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics, Nicolet National Bank, Bill’s Tire & Service, Schierl Tire & Service, Catholic Charities Bureau, Peterson Concrete, Stetson Hardwoods, and Spiewak; and also 23 various Hole Sponsors and Donors. This year's funds will be used towards the purchase of a new medium sized bus for our Transportation Program.
First place in the men’s division went to the Peterson Concrete Team of Gary Graham, Tim Peterson, Marshall Kleist, and Don Wright. Second Place went to the Bauer Power Team of Jon Bauer, Bob Gibbons, Toby Anderson and Brent Hurlburt. Taking third was the Bill’s Tire & Service Team of Narda Lichtl, James Lemke, Justin Lemke, and Joel Leonard. The Mayer Accounting Team of Dan Mayer, Justin Mayer, Tom Roberts, and Clayton Roberts came in for the fourth place finish. The women’s division was won by the Forward Financial Bank Team of Molly Knoll, Jennifer Sobotta, Lindsey Mayer, and Ronette Lehman. Second Place went to the Reflections Hair Designs & Renewal Day Spa Team of Beverly Metz, Bonnie Bauer, LaVerne Johnson, and Ruth Stromlin. First place for the mixed division went to the Implant Dentistry Team of Kim Gowey, Lori Gowey, Don Krakenberger, and Tracy Platt. Second place went to the Bub & Goessl Team of Mike Bub, Lisa Bub, Dave Goessl, and Anna Goessl.
Women's Division Winners: Forward Financial Bank
Men's Division Winners: Peterson Concrete
Mixed Division Winners Implant Dentistry
We want to thank our friends at Sierra Pacific, who really spring into action when presented with the opportunity to build a flower box for BRI's park area. They were able to repurpose wood from their factory to make a beautiful wheelchair accessible flower bed. Sierra Pacific took it a step further and put the finishing touch of soil, vegetable and flower plants in the box.
Shown above are BRI employees with Sierra Pacific representatives Ted Dahl and Lance Dehne
The Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus held their annual Tootsie Roll Drive to benefit Special Olympics and BRI. The Knights are great supporters of BRI and Special Olympics and we wish to extend them many thanks for their gracious donations.
Shown is Medford Knight, Tom Roberts presenting a check to the Taylor County Special Olympics
Shown is Medford Knight, Tom Roberts presenting a check to BRI Director, Amber Fallos
We would like to extend our thanks to Carol Roush, who is pictured presenting Amber Fallos a memorial donation to BRI in memory of her husband, Gene. Carol shared wonderful memories of Gene. His support and love for the work that happens at BRI high amongst them. She also shared how grafeful their family has been over the years for the support of staff and friends at BRI.
Ken Burisek, RAM Award Recipient
A BIG congrats to Ken Burisek for receiving an award for the RAM (Rest Area Maintenance) program. Ken has been in charge of keeping up the waysides for 10 years. Ken and his crew do a great job each year. The crew will be starting up again on May 23rd.