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Charitable Favre gives back to community

Mar. 8, 2008 9:40 PM
 
Former Packers receiver Javon Walker, far left, celebrates with Brett Favre after Favre hit a home run on his first at bat during the Brett Favre Celebrity Softball Game on June 6, 2004, at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
Former Packers receiver Javon Walker, far left, celebrates with Brett Favre after Favre hit a home run on his first at bat during the Brett Favre Celebrity Softball Game on June 6, 2004, at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
Seated from left, Brett Favre's mother, Bonita, his wife, Deanna, his brother Scott and his sister Brandi sign copies of the book "Favre" on Oct. 8, 2005, at the Lambeau Field Atrium. Proceeds from the event were donated to charity. File/Press-Gazette

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Brett Favre is known for his contributions on the field, but what he's done off the field has bolstered the community in many ways.

In 1996, Favre started the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation, an organization that raises money to provide assistance for disadvantaged or disabled children in Wisconsin and Mississippi. His annual golf tournament for cystic fibrosis and celebrity softball game raise money for the foundation.

Here are just a few of the causes Favre and his family have contributed to:

Wisconsin charities

  • Rawhide Boys Ranch, an organization helping troubled and at-risk teenage boys near New London.

  • Special Olympics.

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brown County, a support group for abused and neglected children.

  • Cerebral Palsy of Wisconsin.

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater athletic program for athletes in wheelchairs.

  • Starbright, a program available at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where sick children are able to connect with other hospitalized children through a private computer network.

  • Young Artists Workshop, a summer arts program at St. Norbert College for youths with disabilities.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay.

  • Deanna Favre's HOPE Foundation, assistance for women who are underserved or underinsured during their battle against breast cancer.

    Mississippi charities

  • Special Olympics.

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer, a support group for families with cancer.

  • MHG Development Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes community wellness through Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss.

  • Hope Haven, a home for battered women and children.

  • Gaits to Success, a therapeutic horsemanship for the mentally disabled.

  • Hurricane Katrina Relief fund, funds raised for the American Red Cross' assistance.

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