It’s Thursday night football once again, and on Thursday it’s all happening for a good cause.

On Thursday night the Packers will face off against the Oakland Raiders for the 56th Annual Bishop’s Charities Game.

The game raises money for Catholic charities of the Diocese of Green Bay.

Over the years the game has raised $3.7-million for charities associated with the Diocese.

The charitable contest started back in 1961 when the Diocese brought the idea to Vince Lombardi.

Since then, the Packers organization has continued to make annual contributions to support those in need in our community.

The game itself starts at seven PM.

Local five will have coverage from the game on our newscast at ten PM.

General ticket sales should be directed to Packers.com, the Packer ticket office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Bishop David L. Ricken and Packers alumni Kevin Barry and Gerry Ellis will be available from 4:30-6 p.m. for autographs and photos at the Fan Walkway outside the Tundra Tailgate Zone on the southeast side of the stadium.

Complimentary autograph cards will be provided courtesy of The Compass, the official newspaper for the Diocese of Green Bay. Kevin Barry, a Racine, Wis. native, played offensive tackle for the Packers from 2002 to 2006.

He played college football at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

He made the Packers as an undrafted free agent. Barry wore jersey #71 in Green Bay.

The Packers often used what they called the U-71 package where Barry served as a tight end to create a power-running formation.

Gerry Ellis, a 7th round draft pick in the 1980 NFL draft, played seven years for the Packers.

He is a native of Columbia, Missouri, where he attended the University of Missouri.

Ellis had 3,826 rushing yards in his NFL career and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1994.

Following his playing career, Ellis worked as a construction worker.

Since retiring, he is part of the band “Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns.”

Ellis and his band play locally and around the state.

In his spare time he enjoys golfing, fishing and entertaining people. Ellis currently resides in De Pere, WI.