2020 TAVERN TOUR

UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 IMPACT

With all the issues 2020 has brought us, we need your help. We are working hard to try to make our events safe and comfortable for everyone. Please recognize that the buses will likely not be an option this year. However, we are still going to try to put on the greatest show on earth…as safely as possible!

Take a look at what we have planned (schedule draft linked below), to see what we have come up with to allow both a virtual experience and a way to interact with players.

If you prefer to wait and go on the 2021 Tavern Tour instead, we will keep your tickets. However, if you have made lodging reservations already, you will need to contact the those facilities yourself to discuss options.

We hope you choose to join us!

Tavern Tour 2020 Schedule of Events (Draft as of 9/11/2020)


Things will be a little different this year for the 2020 Tavern Tour – but rest assured we still have lots of fun planned for you and plan to do it safely!

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR

Learn more about the NFL greats scheduled to appear by clicking on their name. *Players are subject to change.*

Gilbert Brown Sean Jones  
Santana Dotson   Earl Dotson  
Dorsey Levens   Frank Winters  
Tyrone Williams Craig Newsome  
  Steve McMichael

RSVP/TICKETS

It’s critical that you RSVP! We have had issues with no shows and it’s important you help us save costs for this event! This year, no lanyards will be required. Register for the event with a credit card to hold your spot. Your Credit card will be run for $100 per ticket if you do not have your entire RSVP’d party show up.

When RSVP’ing, make sure to select the quantity as the number of people that will be attending the Tavern Tour. Ex: I won four tickets to the Tavern Tour, but only 2 people are going. I make my quantity 2. If you want to be with a specific group, please list that in the Additional Notes before finalizing your check out.

ACCOMMODATIONS


THURSDAY NIGHT PRE-PARTY – TWO OPTIONS! | Thursday October 8, 2020

Gravedigger Tele-Night

Hosted at: The Graveyard (N22676 Hwy 53 | Ettrick, WI) Home of the Gilbert Brown Foundation!

Here’s your chance to be on Television! Join us Thursday October 8th from 6pm – 9pm for an exciting night! We will have TV camera’s, radio coverage, and live social media streaming!

You can physically be at this event as there is plenty of room to social distance. Drinks and food will be available. However, this event will be virtual as well, so everyone can join in on the fun, no matter where you are!

6:00pmIntroduction
Why are we doing it
Foundation Mission
How it began
6:15pmIntroduction of Players
Gilbert’s Player Appreciation Award (Player who contributed the most long term)
Auction Item Introduction and how to bid
6:30pmStory of Children We Have Helped: Caden Introduction
6:45pmGilbert’s Red Solo Cup Game Virtual audience involvement opportunity!
7:00pmStory of Foundation Supported Families
7:15pmSpin The Big Wheel! With help from the players!
7:30pmGuest Players Via Zoom Along with commercials and sponsor spotlights!
7:45pmAuction & Raffles
8:15pmCheck Presentations Campgrounds who have supported the Foundation
8:30pmPartnership With Country Fest
8:45pmWrap-Up: Events line-up for weekend and how to donate.

Pre-Party at Champions Riverside Resort

6:00pm – 7:00pmBar Chip Bingo
Play Bingo to win beer chips for your weekend! Cost to play is $3/card or 1 beer chip. First winner receives all the beer chips and the second winner gets free food at Champions!
7:00pmFind the Gravedigger Thursday Night Drawing
7:00pm – 10:00pmThirsty Thursday Total Madness Merchandise Sale!
Buy one item get one ½ price of equal or less value

Special merchandise available at both locations.


TAVERN TOUR | SATURDAY OCTOBER 10TH

All events held at Champions Riverside Resort.

8:00am – 11:30amStart your day out with a delicious “Champion” style breakfast.
8:30am – 11:30amBloody Mary Contest
11:00amChicken Q $9.93 – All proceeds benefit Gilbert Brown Foundation
12:00pmPlayer Introduction and Tavern Tour
Player Auctions –Champions site auction – Raffles – Silent Auctions
Outside Options!
1:00pm – 4:00pmFun activity stations throughout the campground (under tents)!
Wine/Beer – Chicken Dinners – Silent Auction – Meat Raffle
Gun Raffle – Live Auction
3:00pm – 4:00pmIce Cream Social at the Club Center
$4 all you can eat soft serve with tons of topping options!
Make a Spin T-shirt
$10 – Buy your tickets and the money goes to fundraising
efforts for your player!
4:00pm – 9:00pmSteak Dinner 12oz. New York Strip served with baked potato,
coleslaw and a roll.
5:00pm – 6:30pmPoker Run
6:30pmPlayer Introductions & Auctions

TAVERN TOUR EXTRAS

THE FOLLOWING EXTRAS FOR 2020 WILL BE UPDATED SOON & LINKS WILL BE ACTIVE SOON!

Tavern Tour Package

$35.00

Includes travel mug, Tavern Tour T-Shirt, and Sat. Evening Light Buffet

2019 Tavern Tour T-Shirt

$20.00

Sizes S-3XL

Chicken Q Dinner

$9.93

Includes chicken, baked beans, pickle, and buttered bread

GBF Autograph Pass

$25.00

You must have this to take photos of and with players. This is our Foundation policy and your permission to post on Social media sites.

Football with (1) signature………………………………………………………………………………………………………………$40

Mini Helmet with (1) signature………………………………………………………………………………………………………$45

Mini collector helmet with (1) signature………………………..……………………………….……………$60

Large helmet with (1) signature………………………………………………………………………………………………….$145

Large collector helmet with (1) signature……………………………………..……….…………………….$225

Jersey with (1) signature……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….$125

All additional signatures for an item are $25 per signature per item.

Any item you bring is the same price $25 per signature per item.


COMMON QUESTIONS

Where can I stay or make hotel accommodations?
Days Inn by Wyndham La Crosse Conference Center
Address: 101 Sky Harbour Dr, La Crosse, WI 54603 Directions
Phone: (608) 783-1000

Champions Riverside Resort
Address: W16751 Pow Wow Lane, Galesville, WI 54630 Directions
Phone: (608) 582-2995

How do I RSVP for the Boat Tour and/or Tavern Tour?
Please make all RSVP’s through the Gilbert Brown Foundation website by September 15th. On the website, you will be able to RSVP for the Boat Tour and RSVP for the Tavern Tour. Note that you MUST RSVP for the tours. Register for the event with a credit card to hold your seat. Your credit card will be run for $100 per ticket if you do not have your entire RSVP’d party show up. Anyone without a ticket will not be allowed on.

Can I raise money ahead of time and bring it to the event? Yes – no problem if you do any kind of raffle we need to help. We have a raffle license and need to comply with all the State of Wisconsin Rules.

What can I do to raise money ahead of time? We have a list of ideas we are happy to mail you that make it fun and entertaining. Please don’t hesitate to like The Gilbert Brown Foundation Facebook and the website is www.gilbertbrownfoundation.org Easy things are 50/50’s basket raffles at work or pot luck where you ask for donations – Little things add up quickly! We can provide autographed items for you to sell or use as a raffle item. Get creative! Ask your friends and family for donations. Gilberts Foundation is a 501C3 and donates to over 156 Charities in Wisconsin. The money we raise in Wisconsin stays in Wisconsin!

Pre-sales count! If you pre-sell autographs ahead of time – it counts. If you want to buy something for the family, friends, people at work, Holiday list …it counts – ALL money collected counts, IOU’s do not! The Foundation takes checks and credit cards! If you want items to pre-sell at your place of employment or tickets to sell email: lori@seversonandassociates.com

I have tickets, but my friends don’t. How can they join? Tickets can be purchased online for $100 each through the Foundation. CLICK HERE to purchase additional tickets. Anyone is welcome to join at Great River Harbor Campground on October 9th. There will be tons of things going on in the bar area to participate in.


ABOUT THE GILBERT BROWN FOUNDATION

The Gilbert Brown Foundation’s mission is service youth in an environment that promotes structure and life skills awareness, by introducing team-building skills and promoting diversity in the community.

Gilbert partners with the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners and makes appearances at various parks throughout the summer to raise funds for kids with cancer and other illnesses. Campers truly enjoy spending time, and talking, with the former Super Bowl Champion while raising money for a great cause. The Gilbert Brown Foundation has special events each quarter and works with organizations like Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The foundation puts on a free football camp for inner-city youth, hosts a turkey giveaway and supplies coats and toys for children during the holidays. The foundation has provided necessary school supplies for kids and regularly sends footballs to our brave men and women in the military. Being a Green Bay Packer, Gilbert loves his Wisconsin fans and has adopted the idea that “the money raised in Wisconsin, stays in Wisconsin!”


How The Money You Help Raise Is Spent:
Gilbert’s Foundation works hard to support the Foundations efforts by using a team of volunteers to manage the association. The following is a listing of projects the Foundation is currently supporting.

Brett Favre’s 4ward

The Foundation funds Scholarship programs to schools in Wisconsin.

We provide gas cards for kids with cancer enabling them to get necessary medical care.

We provide gas cards for breast cancer patients.

School supplies are purchased and delivered to inner-city children.

St. Jude’s Hospital

Donate auction items for various charities, raising over $40,000 for youth sports groups, individual cancer kids & families, memorials, area golf tournaments, breast cancer walks & runs, area football camps and scholarship fundraisers annually.

Teddy Bear Fund – provides supplies for inmates to create items that can be used within the Foundation. Gilbert himself visits the institutions and speaks about respect & mistakes.

The Foundation makes donations to area Churches including providing meals for those in need. Gilbert & his friends have attended and promoted these events.

Donations to The American Red Cross.

Gilbert puts on FREE football camps for inner-city youth.

Over 200 Autographed footballs are sent to the troops on a semi-annual basis.

Supports Make-a-Wish Foundation on a yearly basis.

The Foundation contributes to the MS organization.

Gilbert and other former NFL players have delivered speeches and worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs in addition to contributing funds.

Along with Bart Starr, The Foundation supports Raw Hide Boys Ranch.

The Foundation provides funds to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

Gilbert has taken on an Anti-bullying program to deliver to schools.