Chicago Bears to donate $50,000 to UW-Platteville tornado relief

Chicago Bears to donate $50,000 to UW-Platteville tornado relief

PLATTEVILLE­­­, Wis. — Brian McCaskey, senior director of business development and member of the Chicago Bears board of directors, will present a $50,000 check on behalf of the Chicago Bears to University of Wisconsin-Platteville officials Friday, July 11 at 2 p.m. in Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium.

The Bears, who called UW-Platteville their summer home from 1984-2001, are making the donation to the Pioneer Relief Fund to aid campus tornado victims of a June 16 storm. The press conference is open to the public.

An EF-2 tornado significantly damaged five university buildings and the stadium, where the Bears practiced for 18 years. This summer marks the 30th anniversary of their first training camp in Southwest Wisconsin.

The Pioneer Relief Fund is being used to support students and displaced faculty and staff affected by the storm with needs such as food and/or water, temporary housing, clothing and other supplies.

UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields has declared Friday Orange and Blue Day in honor of both organizations. He encourages everyone to wear the colors the university and the Bears share.

For more information on the tornado, visit the UW-Platteville website at

Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,