Every year in Green Bay, one preseason game is recognized as the annual Bishop's Charities Game, dating back to 1961 when Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocease of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest.
Now in its 54th year, this year's edition will be held Thursday night for the preseason finale when the Packers host the Kansas City Chiefs at 6:00 p.m. CT, the last tune-up before the regular season begins.
To date, the game has raised $3.7 million for the diocease's charitable efforts. Continuing a tradition, Bishop Ricken will greet fans at the game and present an award to the MVP from last year’s Bishop’s Charities Game, Tim Masthay.
The game will be televised on the regional 14-station Packers TV Network with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon on the call and on Telemundo Wisconsin in Spanish language. It will not be televised nationally.
As usual, the game will also air on the 50-station Packers Radio Network with Larry McCarren and Wayne Larrivee calling the action.
For those in Green Bay, the Packers Pro Shop will be open to all visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday before the parking lot, Pro Shop and Lambeau Field atrium all open to ticketed guests only at 2:00 p.m.
Fans going to the game will receive a magnetic game schedule as part of a giveaway when they enter the stadium.
The national anthem will be sung by Christian recording artist Amanda Vernon of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Halftime entertainment will include four teams from the Mayville Youth Football League playing each other as part of the Packers' recogintion of USA Football Month. The teams will also be on the field during the national anthem.
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