Thursday, August 28, 2008
August 28, 2008
Green Bay Packers tackle Mark Tauscher received this year’s Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Service Award at the annual Welcome Back Packers luncheon at the Lambeau Field.
Taucher was honored for his involvement with area schools, hospitals, food pantries and civic organizations. In 2005, he established the TRIFECTA (Taucher’s Reading Initiative For Every Child to Achieve) Foundation as a means to encourage literacy in Wisconsin. The foundation has raised more than $110,000 so far.
Tauscher, who played college football at the University of Wisconsin, has been involved in numerous other community and nonprofit programs.
He once cut his trademark long hair to raise $25,000 for St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield and organized a charity basketball game to benefit cancer research.
Tauscher, 31, is beginning his ninth season with the Packers.
Vince Lombardi initiated the luncheon tradition in the 1960s as a way for fans and players to mix prior to the start of the regular season. Players are randomly placed at tables with fans.
Almost 1,000 people attended the luncheon, which is sponsored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. This year's event was sold out in April. Head coach Mike McCarthy spoke about the upcoming season that begins Sept. 8 against the Minnesota Vikings.