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Bart Starr and a Legendary Tradition

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This Rawhide legend begins with a call.

Days after capturing the NFL Championship, Packers legend Bart Starr received a call. A man introduced himself as John Gillespie and shared his dream, a modest home for troubled boys in New London, WI, called Rawhide. Without thinking twice, Bart asked John to join him for dinner at his home in Green Bay so they could discuss further.

“Do you want to come to Green Bay right now?” Starr said.

In the early days of Rawhide, Bart brought a great deal of attention to the organization. He championed its mission, inspiring business leaders and fellow players to chip in. Eighteen of Bart’s Packers teammates and nearly 100 Fox Valley business leaders came together at a luncheon on December 16, 1966 to secure the 700-acre campus Rawhide remains on today.

The list of Packers legends who attended the fundraiser is a Who’s Who of gridiron giants:

Fuzzy Thurston | Elijah Pitts | Bob Long | Ken Bowman | Carroll Dale | Jerry Kramer |  Hank Jordan | Jim Taylor

Bart again pledged his support two years later. At the time, Bart only made $10,000 a year playing football; however, by capturing the MVP of Super Bowl II, Bart won a brand new, candy red Corvette.

“Bart never had an agent, not in 16 years, and he never had any money either,” Cherry said.

Though driving a family station wagon at the time, Bart Starr and his wife Cherry donated the Super Bowl MVP Corvette. They held a public raffle, selling tickets for $1, with all proceeds benefiting Rawhide. With a population of just 47,000, Green Bay helped raise $40,000 in three days. Bart’s generosity allowed Rawhide to serve more youth and planted the roots for a legendary tradition of giving.

Bart and Cherry fondly tell that story, not asking for praise, but rejoicing in the incredible joy it brought them.

“The Gillespies actually gave us the best gift of our marriage,” Cherry said. “We’re so thankful they asked us to help.”

Bart and Cherry remain dedicated to Rawhide as wonderful role models for hundreds of boys. They have donated countless hours sharing the Rawhide story, helping raise funds and visiting with the boys.

Follow our rawhideMVP and join a legendary tradition of serving Wisconsin’s at risk youth and their families. They need your support.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have been a member of the Green Bay Packers,” Bart Starr says from his office in Birmingham, Ala., “but on another plateau is the Rawhide Boys Ranch because of what it has meant … to so many youngsters who need this type of facility to change, grow, mature and expand their lives.”

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Bart Starr Autographed Football Giveaway Entry Terms & Conditions


Rawhide, Inc. is giving away one (1) football autographed by Bart Starr. To be eligible to win, you must text ‘rawhidemvp’ to 51555 by 12:01 am (01:01) on December 31, 2017.

Rawhide, Inc. is offering a prize to one randomly drawn individual who enters during the entry period. Winners will be notified by Rawhide on December 31, 2017, or within five (5) days after that date. Rawhide, Inc. will notify the winner through the phone number used to enter the giveaway.

Arrangements for shipping the prize are the responsibility of the winner. If the prize is not claimed within five (5) business days after notification, the winner forfeits the prize and Rawhide, Inc. will randomly draw a different winner. A prize is typically shipped within two to three weeks of confirmation of shipping address.

By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation, of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice/photograph and municipality of residence for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium including, but not limited to, newspapers, television, and distribution over the internet.

By entering, you are agreeing to receive a maximum of 15 texts per month from Rawhide, Inc. Message & data rates may apply. Text STOP to end.

The odds of being selected as a winner depend on the number of entries received.

To be eligible to win, you must be 18 years of age or the legal age of majority in your state or jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Limit one entry per mobile number.

Rawhide, Inc. employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

Rawhide, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time. Rawhide, Inc. also retains the right to make substitutions of equivalent kind and of approximate value in the event of the unavailability of any prize.

By entering the promotion you agree that Rawhide, Inc. and each of their respective affiliates, will have no liability, and will be held harmless from and against any liability or loss, including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, for all matters related to your acceptance, possession, experience with, use or misuse of the prize or participation in the promotion.

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