Charlie Berens offers Packers fans a way to help out with Hurricane Ida relief — at Chicago Bears' expense, of course
Wisconsin comedian Charlie Berens is putting his money where his "Go Packers and (Expletive) Da Bears" T-shirt is for the season opener against the New Orleans Saints.
To help out Louisiana residents impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Ida, Berens is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the shirt that bears his signature "Manitowoc Minute" sign-off to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
"Let's show the Saints what Midwest nice is all about, okey-dokes?" Berens says in an Instagram post announcing the donation efforts. One Bears fan commented, "I want to hate this ... but can't. Class act Charlie."
The offer applies to shirts purchased this week at manitowocminute.com, in advance of the Packers-Saints game on Sunday. The game has been moved from New Orleans to TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, due to the aftermath of Ida.
Berens will also auction off a Packers cooler as part of his appearance at a free Packers-Saints watch party on Sunday in the Titletown District in Green Bay. The cooler was autographed by former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler when the two went fishing together this summer on Lake Winnebago and filmed their adventures for a YouTube video.
It will be filled with a hodge-podge of goods from Berens' home bar, including Jolly Good soda and a cherry-stained muddler. Money raised will go to Hurricane Ida relief efforts.
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Berens will be joined by musician Adam Greuel of Wisconsin bluegrass group Horseshoes & Hand Grenades for his appearance from 2:30 to 3:25 p.m. Sunday. The two released an album, "Unthawed," as Berens & Greuel in November. The nine tracks include such songs as "Ope Nope," "Goin' Up Nort'," "Supper Club Shuffle" and one that could be a good bet to be performed on game day: "LaFluer."
It's a musical and intentionally misspelled tribute to Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, and be warned, it's ridiculously catchy with its "LaFluer, LaFluer, flower of the frozen tundra, Green Bay's gonna love ya" chorus.
The watch party also will feature music from local cover band Johnny Wad from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and a large screen to show the game at 3:25 p.m. Food and drink will be sold on site.
Berens will be back onstage in Green Bay for a stop Dec. 3 at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon as part of his Midwest Survival Guide Tour. His new book, "The Midwest Survival Guide: How We Talk, Love, Work, Drink, and Eat ... Everything with Ranch" comes out Nov. 16 from HarperCollins Publishers.
Tickets to the Resch show are $25 and up at ticketstaronline.com.
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