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Former Packers come out for 7th annual ‘Swing Against Cancer’ in Wisconsin Rapids

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 7:47 PM CDT
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - When so many fundraisers are being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the bigger community events in Wisconsin Rapids still went on.

The 7th annual ‘Swing Against Cancer’ took place on July 12th and 13th at the Ridges Golf Course. 34 groups of four came together to raise money for community members battling cancer.

Several former Green Bay Packers were on hand, including Pakcers Hall of Famer Johnnie Grey, Bill Ferrario, Perry Kemp, and Darrell Thompson.

“If you think about a time that people need help, it’s right about now. People losing jobs, been laid off, people have been furloughed. People taking pay cuts. And I thought it was great if we can make it happen,” former Packer Gary Ellerson said.

The event had been pushed back from its original date of June 29th, due to the pandemic.

“We went back and forth for weeks whether we should do this or not. We talked to the community, the people that golf in it and we talked to the committee. Even though this thing is going on, there are still people in need,” organizer Stan Sukow said.

In the past six years, ‘Swing Against Cancer’ has gifted almost $130,000. There were seven recipients Monday, but at the request of the committee they were not on hand, and instead will have their gift delivered to them.

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