MILWAUKEE — Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and his wife, Laurie have donated $100,000 to #ConnectMilwaukee, the Green Bay Packers organization announced today.
The Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation campaign is seeking $1 million in funds in its ongoing mission to support social justice and racial equality in Wisconsin communities. Thus far, they have raised $800,000.
“We have much work ahead as we move toward a more just society,” said Mark Murphy. “The Green Bay Packers organization is pleased to support our players’ desire to help their chosen organizations as they work for meaningful change. I’m very proud of our players – they are committed to making a difference in the state through their support of these great organizations. My wife, Laurie, and I are also honored to support a number of Black-led organizations that focus on changing long-standing racial inequalities in a variety of areas including education, internet access, housing, and maternal and infant mortality.”
In addition to the funds, foundation leaders loved what the donation signifies.
“Every gift to the MPS Foundation is meaningful. However, let’s be honest, this is Wisconsin – there’s something extraordinary about receiving a donation from the CEO of the Green Bay Packers,” said Wendell Willis, Executive Director, MPS Foundation in the press release. “Mark and Laurie Murphy have a big megaphone and I think this says loud and clear to the business community and people all over the state that this campaign matters. That our kids matter.”
The MPS Foundation focuses on green playgrounds and outdoor learning environments, teacher and student supplies, college scholarships, and career exploration and funding for immediate needs in the school district.
In addition to their $100,000 donation to #ConnectMilwaukee, Mark and Laurie Murphy donated $50,000 each to organizations all over the state including We All Rise Green Bay, Urban Triage in Madison, and Maroon Calabash in Milwaukee. These donations were done in support of player donations to the Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee and Sherman Phoenix.