Vainisi monument groundbreaking is Thursday

Richard Ryman
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
New Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, left, talks with scouting director Jack Vainisi during a luncheon introducing Lombardi at the Northland Hotel in downtown Green Bay on Feb. 3, 1959. Press-Gazette archives

Groundbreaking for a monument honoring Green Bay Packers scout Jack Vainisi is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday on the northeast corner of Lombardi Avenue and South Ridge Road.

Vainisi was a key behind-the-scenes player in the building of the Lombardi-era Packers teams.

The project designer is Corrie Campbell, owner of Legends Monuments and Events, which was responsible for the Walk of Legends monuments east of Lambeau Field. Campbell also is a Brown County supervisor.

Green Bay Packers business manager Jack Vainisi, left, huddles with coach Vince Lombardi at practice on Oct. 13, 1959. Vainisi and Lombardi were the architects of the Packers’ championship teams of the 1960s. Vainisi, the Packers’ top scout, started finding and drafting those teams’ key players as early as 1952.

The privately funded project was spearheaded by Jack's brother, Sam Vainisi, a former owner of the property where the monument will be built, and the late Sandi Campbell, founder and creator of the Walk of Legends project. The property now is owned by Tim Kuehn, who also owns Margarita's Famous Mexican Food & Cantina.

The groundbreaking will be attended by Vainisi family members, public officials and Press-Gazette Media Packers reporter Pete Dougherty, who nominated Vainisi for the "contributors" category for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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