MILWAUKEE, Wis., April 25, 2014
Baird is pleased to announce it has presented the Baird Community Involved Player of the Year Award to Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. Steve Booth, President and Chief Operating Officer for Baird, presented the award to Rodgers at the Wisconsin Sports Awards last night. The third annual event, which was created to celebrate excellence in high school, college and professional sports statewide, was held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Kern Center.
Baird selected Rodgers for this award due to his ongoing commitment to the community and his support of a wide variety of causes and charitable events not only in Wisconsin, but also across the country. Rodgers is particularly active with the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), which is dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. He has hosted the annual fundraising banquet, “An Evening with Aaron Rodgers,” in Milwaukee since 2010 on behalf of the MACC Fund. In recognition of his many contributions to the community, Baird will donate $5,000 to the MACC Fund in Rodgers’ name.
“Baird is very pleased to recognize Aaron for his dedication and commitment to making a difference by presenting him with the Baird Community Involved Player of the Year Award. He sets a terrific example of giving back that has inspired many others to do the same,” Booth said. “This award aligns well with Baird’s long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities in which our associates live and work.”
“Aaron has been a wonderful supporter of the MACC Fund since 2010,” said John Cary, Executive Director of the MACC Fund. “We congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition and thank him for choosing the MACC Fund to receive this donation from Baird. This gift will continue to help the MACC Fund continue to support childhood cancer and related blood disorder research in Wisconsin impacting the treatment of children throughout the state, the nation and the world.”
Other causes Rodgers has supported include The Salvation Army and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. He has also participated in the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon, the Vince Lombardi Golf Classic, the 2009 ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic and the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nev., all benefitting charitable organizations. His community involvement goes back to his days at the University of California-Berkeley where he participated in the fundraiser “Touchdown for Kids,” with money donated to local youth programs for every touchdown pass connection between him and his teammate Geoff McArthur.
About the MACC Fund
The MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc., supports translational research in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and scientific research in the MACC Fund Research Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin and in the MACC Fund Childhood Cancer Research Wing at the University of Wisconsin’s Carbone Cancer Center. Since the MACC Fund began in 1976, thanks to the generosity of its donors, it has contributed nearly $50 million to pediatric cancer and blood disorder research in the state of Wisconsin. This research has had a statewide, national and global impact on the treatment of children everywhere. The overall cure rate for childhood cancer has risen from 20% to 80% during this time with the MACC Fund’s support playing an important role in that progress. The MACC Fund is dedicated to beating that final 20% and even children in the 80% category might still encounter “late effects” however which requires continued research as well. Please visit www.maccfund.org for more information.
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 2,900 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $100 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 9 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014 – its 11th consecutive year on the list. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at www.rwbaird.com.
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