Green Bay Packaging builds legacy of support for kids
Supporting young people in the community is something Bryan Hollenbach and his company, Green Bay Packaging Inc., believe in strongly.
Founded in Green Bay in 1933 by George Kress, the paper packaging and coated label manufacturer has provided significant support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin for many years.
“Mentoring is very important to the development of anyone at any age and certainly plays a key role in the development of kids,” says Hollenbach, executive vice president of Green Bay Packaging. “(Big Brothers Big Sisters) has a great mission and we are happy to help them achieve their goals.”
The company, he says, also believes strongly in supporting the communities in which it conducts business. It has been a consistent supporter for BBBSNEW’s youth mentoring programs through sponsorship support of Golf For Kids’ Sake and Taste of the Town for many years.
Golf For Kids’ Sake, in particular, has evoked strong support from several of the company’s division leaders who sponsor the event on multiple levels with numerous foursomes taking part in the annual event at Thornberry Creek at Oneida. Participating employees often give above and beyond through additional fundraising opportunities during the event.
“Many of our leadership group is on the board or multiple boards of the various charities both in the Green Bay community and other communities if they live outside Brown County,” Hollenbach says, providing examples of support companywide to organizations like the Brown County United Way, March of Dimes, local homeless shelters and many others.
The George Kress Foundation – named for and created by Green Bay Packaging’s founder — also provides financial support to many charities in the various communities that the company does business, Hollenbach adds. The Foundation has also provided generous support of BBBSNEW over the years.
“We are always looking for opportunities to provide support for those organizations that are focused on supporting young people and giving them the guidance and mentoring that will help them reach their full potential,” Hollenbach says. “We also like to work with well-run 501c3’s that utilize the support to the fullest extent. BBBS checks all the boxes. BBBS is a great agency that delivers great value to the community.”