Cherry Starr attends groundbreaking for major Rawhide expansion

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 6:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 8:47 PM CDT
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NEW LONDON, Wis. (WBAY) - The widow of late Packers great Bart Starr is back in Northeast Wisconsin. Friday, Cherry Starr attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a major expansion at Rawhide, the ranch for troubled teens the Starrs co-founded.

Construction is already underway on the Starr youth home, which will be a 10,000-square foot facility, increasing capacity in the organization’s ability to work with and house at-risk youth in a safe, family-centered therapeutic environment. The current welcome center is also being renovated to offer more space for meetings and social gatherings.

The Starr family has been a big part of the Rawhide organization from the very beginning and continues to be a big part of the fundraising drive on this capital improvement project.

This is Starr’s second trip back to the area since her husband’s passing in 2019. She spoke about why Rawhide is so important and even held up a shovel for the groundbreaking.

“I would never dream this would develop as well as it has. I was real proud of it the way it was 15-20 years ago, but today it is extraordinary and so successful what we do to change boys’ lives,” Starr said.

Rawhide has been raising money for the project since March. So far they have five and half million of the six million dollars needed.

“A big thank-you to everybody that supported us and if you want to continue to give we still have a little bit more to go but we are thrilled with the support of this community,” said Rawhide President and CEO Alan Loux.

Cherry Starr says her husband would be just as proud.

“I know Bart is up there smiling down on us right now,” she addeding, “To see it first hand the way it’s developed and the new Bart and Cherry Starr home, I was truthfully overwhelmed. I was reduced to tears.”

The home is expected to be ready for people to move in by February.

Saturday, Starr will be in downtown Green Bay for a ceremony rededicating the Walnut Street Bridge as the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge.

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