RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A plethora of celebrities including Larry the Cable Guy among others were in Rice Lake Thursday for a good cause. The Rice Lake Celebrity Charity Classic helps giving back to kids in the Rice Lake community by raising money for local charities such as the Boys and Girls Club. WEAU’s Neil Hebert reports.
‘Hey Guy, can you come on out and shank a couple for the kids?’ I says, ‘Yeah, I can do that,'” Charlie Berens, a native of Wisconsin, said about being asked to come play in the golf outing.
You probably know him as the Manitowoc Minute Guy. And if you were wondering, his real voice isn't close to what his videos online portray.
Berens is from Elm Grove in Southern Wisconsin. Raising money to give kids more opportunities is something he’s always deemed essential.
“It just supports so many kids and this kind of thing is important: to have a place to go after school,” Berens said. “I volunteered at a Big Brothers Big Sisters when I was in high school. It’s always been an organization I’ve cared a lot about.”
Larry the Cable Guy has a connection to Wisconsin, too; his wife grew up in Spooner. Being a household name across America, the comedian chooses to use that prominence for good.
“Whenever you can reach a certain level in your business and you’re able to do things like this and help out, it’s always fun,” Larry said. “It’s fun to be able to lend your name to help raise money. Plus, you get to golf.”
He’s also a Packers fan.
“I became a Packer fan in the ‘90s when Brett Favre was getting interviewed,” Larry said. “And I go, ‘He’s got my shirt on!’ So ever since I saw Brett wearing a Git-R-Done shirt, I’ve been a Packers fan.”
Larry is a 16 handicap on the links, but Berens isn’t your typical golfer.
“That’s the philosophy,” Berens said as his alter ego. “Just cuz you lose a couple 2-3 balls doesn’t mean you can’t find a couple 2-3 balls if you go in dem ponds, okay? Do you ever bring a fishing pole with you when you golf?”
Personally? I don’t, but Berens continues to ‘Keep ‘er movin’’ on the course and Larry the Cable Guy will always ‘Git-R-Done’.