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A Proper, Painted Dedication for Green Bay Packers Fans


Packers fans know how to paint the green and gold on their faces before cheering for their team, but people gathered to put strings of green and gold beads around their necks to dedicate a special piece of art Sunday in Wittenberg.

A mural painted on the side of Hanke's Sentry Grocery Store made its mark on the community that has more than 20 other murals in their town, however this one is different.

Green Bay Packers fan Jackie Sickler stopped to gaze at a new wall of Packers history painted for the fans.

"I love Aaron Rodgers," Sickler said. "Before Aaron, was Donald Driver and Reggie White. You just love the whole team."

And a team of two painters are working for the fans.

"It's the Alisha and Carole show," Carole Bersin, one of the mural painters, said.

The two women, Carole Bersin and Alisha Rheal are the artists working on finishing a nearly $20,000 Green Bay Packers mural, sized 14 feet by 90 feet, 19 feet in the air, after painting nonstop together since the beginning of September.

"We're staying in the same place," Bersin said. "We drive together. We eat together."

People donated money for their face to be painted customized in the mural, which the painters said was more than 40 of them, and was a factor that contributed to not finishing it in time for the dedication Sunday night in Wittenberg.

"It's a tribute to the Packers and the Packers' fans," Elaine Diffor, Walls of Wittenberg member, said.

The painters admitted before starting the mural, they didn't know much about football. However, after Diffor and her husband took Bersin and Rheal to a real Packers game, they noticed the passion and tradition after the game was finished, and they were inspired to add one more thing to their masterpiece.

"I got home and I woke," Bersin said. "I got to thinking to myself, we have to put that (the little boy with the Packers player on the little boy's bike) in the mural."

So, Bersin said they added to the plan.

"One of the only things that wasn't on the mock up that did make the mural was the boy with the Packers player riding his bike at the end of the mural, which is one of many Packers traditions.

"Normally we don't dedicate murals," Diffor said. "This one is totally donated by Packers fans, and that's why we dedicated it."

While Bersin and Rheal fill in the last custom faces onto the mural, their work and long hours on the piece showed they're just as dedicated as the team is to the game.

"They (The Packers) are the most loved team in the NFL," Bersin said. "I believe that's because the fans own the team, and you can't beat that."

And the fans are dedicated to the team.

"They're going to have to keep going around the building because over the years you're going to have many more great players," Sickler said.

The painters said they only used about nine gallons of paint in all to cover the wall, and they hope to finish the mural in the next two weeks.


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