BREWERS ANNOUNCE 100% PLAYER COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

We’re pleased to announce that every member of the team’s roster has committed to participate in Brewers Community Foundation and Community Relations activities for the 2015 season.  Through the various BCF and the Brewers Community Relations initiatives, players, coaches and staff are helping make a difference in our community.

Player participation started before the team even arrived in Milwaukee.  During Spring Training, members of BCF had the pleasure of speaking with each player individually about the challenges in the Milwaukee community and the team’s commitment to having an impact on children and their families in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

In addition to financial support, those on the Brewers roster committed to participate in a number of initiatives.  Beyond the Diamond is an umbrella program and an integral part of the Brewers’ outreach effort. It features community involvement activities and opportunities to serve and generate additional support for quality nonprofit organizations.  The Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, the Salvation Army Feed the Kids event and the Children’s Hospital Visit are several of the initiatives in this year’s Beyond the Diamond.

This year’s involvement includes support for diverse organizations like: Ronald McDonald Charities, Sharp Literacy, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, The Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee Public Library, Make-a-Wish Foundation and several Little League groups including Beckum Stapleton Little League, Felix Mantilla and RBI.

For more information about Brewers Community Foundation and the Beyond the Diamond initiatives, please visit brewers.com/bcf and brewers.com/beyondthedimonad, respectively.

Congratulations to Breaking Barriers Essay Contest Winner Brianna Guzman!

Brianna Guzman, an 8th grader from J.F. Cooper Elementary School in Milwaukee, WI, is the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s Breaking Barriers Essay Contest where students shared their personal stories of overcoming obstacles in life.

Sponsored by the Milwaukee Brewers, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the essay participants study the life of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and the values he developed to overcome life’s challenges – courage, determination, commitment, perseverance, integrity, justice, teamwork, citizenship and excellence.

Brianna was honored on the field  before tonight’s game.

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Congratulations, Brianna Guzman on your award winning essay in this year’s Breaking Barriers contest in Milwaukee.

Kyle Lohse Visits Site of the New Sojourner Family Peace Center

Earlier this afternoon Kyle Lohse visited the construction site of the new Sojourner Family Peace Center where met with members of the staff and took a tour of the site led by the organization’s Executive Director, Carmen Pitre.

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Sojourner Family Peace Center, located in Milwaukee, transforms lives impacted by domestic violence.

In October 2014, Sojourner celebrated the start of construction for a new Family Peace Center. Based on the nationally known and proven Family Justice Center model, the new Center will transform our community’s response to family violence and ultimately make Milwaukee and its surrounding communities a healthier, safer and more peaceful place to live. This model is a best practice for delivering care to families impacted by domestic violence.

The new building is located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and is scheduled to open in late 2015. This co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding the current shelter, Sojourner Truth House, and the 24-hour hotline, Sojourner is joined with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, among others at the site.

This year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation are partnering to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program.  WaterStone Bank and BCF will each make a donation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the 2015 season (399 so far this season–49 of which have come from Lohse.

The strikeout total for each game and the season is displayed on the “strikeout meter” sign at Miller Park, which is located on the right field fascia.

For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit familypeacecenter.org. For information about Brewers Community Foundation, please visit Brewers.com/BCF.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Selig Experience Unveiled at Miller Park; See it For Yourself Beginning Tomorrow

Tonight, the Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, was unveiled at a private function that included Selig and his family, current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio, Manager Craig Counsell, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Rachel and Sharon RobinsonBarry Alvarez and several Brewers players and coaches, as well as other special guests.

The event kicked off with a program on the field at Miller Park, which included remarks from Uecker, Manfred, Attanasio and Selig, in addition to Brad Shelton, the Creative Director/Project Development at BRC Imagination Arts, the experience design agency that led the design and production of the Selig Experience.

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“This is one of those really rare unique times in life where you see a little boy’s dreams come true,” Selig said. “When you look around and you walk Miller Park tonight… you see Henry Aaron sitting there, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker…The last 51 years are filled with really great memories.”

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Following the program, guests were invited to view the Experience and enjoy dinner. Here’s your own sneak peek at the Experience:

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Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers.

In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

Hearing some of the reactions from the Brewers players and coaches, it’s easy to see that the Experience resonates with those who grew up in the area as well as those who may not know as much of the history of the city and team.

“It was definitely pretty cool. It was good to learn more about the history behind the team, Bud Selig, and Miller Park, even,” said pitcher Mike Fiers. “It was cool to see his office, the different pictures, the clips from some of the games, to see a lot of coaches now that you didn’t realize were part of Brewers history like that. Great experience. It really makes you appreciate everything we have here.”

“I knew most of the history, growing up just over the border, but it was still really cool to see. I texted Dale Sveum to tell him his home run on Easter Sunday (1987) made it into the Experience,” said Third Base Coach Ed Sedar.

Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel is a Wisconsin native, so the Experience was especially meaningful to him: “It was great. Very well done. I came to games at County Stadium when I was young.  I was there for Robin Yount’s 3000th hit. I was in 5th grade in 1982. I remember all of that. Those were my childhood heroes. I love how they integrated the past with the present. Coming out of it, I was pretty pumped up. I thought they did a great job,” said Hanel.

The attraction will debut to the public tomorrow (Friday, May 29) when the gates to Miller Park open (5:40 pm) prior to the Brewers game against the Diamondbacks.

Visit Brewers.com/SeligExperience for more information, including how to register in advance to see it.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Selig Experience Unveiling Event Set for Tonight; Public Opening Tomorrow

The Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, will be unveiled tonight at a private function.

Stay tuned to the blog and our social media platforms for photos, updates and livestreams from this special unveiling.

Then tomorrow, the attraction will debut to the public when the gates to Miller Park open (5:40 pm) prior to the Brewers game against the Diamondbacks.

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Located on Miller Park’s Loge Level in the left field corner, the Selig Experience will be accessible to the general public during all Brewers home games, from the time that gates open until the 7th inning. Admission is free for those with tickets to the game, and the attraction will also be open to selected tour groups.

Fans can register in advance to see the Selig Experience at Miller Park by visiting Brewers.com/SeligExperience. Additional details include the following:

1)     Every game, there will be two “reserved” shows. All other shows will be on a first come, first served basis.   There is no charge for reserving a space in advance.

2)     Fans must have a separate game ticket for entry into Miller Park, but there is no additional charge for admission to the Selig Experience.

3)   Fans may reserve up to four spots for a tour, but may only register for one tour in advance. Registrations for multiple shows in advance will result in cancellation of all reservations.

4)   Each show is limited to no more than 35 guests.

5)     For the first reserved show each game day, fans must report to the Selig Experience no later than 10 minutes prior to the game’s scheduled start time, and the show will be scheduled to start approximately at the time of the game’s first pitch. The second reserved show will begin approximately one hour after the game’s first pitch, and fans will need to arrive 10 minutes prior to that scheduled show time. Late arrivals will not be granted access to the Selig Experience.

A highlight of the attraction is a multimedia presentation that tells the story of Selig’s role in successfully bringing the Brewers to Milwaukee, saving Major League Baseball in the city with his commitment to build Miller Park, and his tireless efforts to promote and grow the game in his hometown.

The exhibition space totals approximately 1,500 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. It celebrates the fans’ love of the game, as told through the story of the Brewers founder.

The main multimedia show builds to a surprising encounter with the Commissioner himself inside an authentic reproduction of Selig’s County Stadium office, using a technology found in only a handful of exhibits around the world. After the show, Milwaukee fans will be delighted to take a sneak peek into Selig’s office for themselves.

The design and production of the Selig Experience is being led by BRC Imagination Arts, an experience design agency that Turns Brands into Destinations™. For more than three decades, its masterful storytellers have been chosen by iconic brands and cultural attractions all over the world to inspire and engage their audiences.

Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers. In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

Uihlein-Wilson Architects is also contributing to the initial design of the space for the Selig Experience.

 

Kyle Lohse to Visit the Sojourner Family Peace Center

This Friday at 1 p.m., Brewers starter Kyle Lohse will visit the construction site of the new Sojourner Family Peace Center.  At the event, which is open to the media, Lohse will tour the site and meet with members of the staff.

Sojourner Family Peace Center, located in Milwaukee, transforms lives impacted by domestic violence.  .

In October 2014, Sojourner celebrated the start of construction for a new Family Peace Center. Based on the nationally known and proven Family Justice Center model, the new Center will transform our community’s response to family violence and ultimately make Milwaukee and its surrounding communities a healthier, safer and more peaceful place to live. This model is a best practice for delivering care to families impacted by domestic violence.

The new building is located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and is scheduled to open in late 2015. This co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding our current shelter, Sojourner Truth House, and the 24-hour hotline, Sojourner is joined with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, among others at the site.

This year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation are partnering to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program.  WaterStone Bank and BCF will each make a donation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the 2015 season.  The strikeout total for each game and the season is displayed on the “strikeout meter” sign at Miller Park, which is located on the right field fascia.

For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit familypeacecenter.org. For information about Brewers Community Foundation, please visit Brewers.com/BCF.

Selig Experience at Miller Park Opens Friday-Reserve Your Spot Now

This Friday night, we will host the public opening of the Selig Experience, one of the most unique attractions in sports. And, for a limited time, you can skip the line and reserve your place to be among the first Brewers fans to take it all in.

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The attraction will debut that night when gates to Miller Park open at 5:40 pm prior to the Brewers facing the Diamondbacks (7:10 first pitch). The Selig Experience is open to the general public during all Brewers home games, from the time gates open until the 7th inning. Fans must have a separate game ticket for entry into Miller Park, but there is no additional charge for admission to the Selig Experience.

Fans can register in advance for one of two reserved tours during each remaining Brewers home game by visiting  brewers.com/SeligExperience.

Get Geared Up For Star Wars Night at Miller Park This Saturday

In a time in the near future, in a ballpark near you, the Milwaukee Brewers will host Star WarsTM Night Presented by Kohl’s. On Saturday, May 30, join the Brewers as they duel (with bats, not lightsabers) the Arizona Diamondbacks at 3:10 p.m. in an epic battle against the Dark Side at Miller Park.

A number of Star Wars characters will make special appearances throughout the afternoon and evening.

In addition, fans can purchase limited edition Star Wars merchandise at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park:

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We’ll also have some special Star Wars-themed concessions to choose from on Saturday:

Star Wars & Wookie Cookies

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Gingerbread flavored cookies in the shape of Star Wars characters will be available at all permanent concession stands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Leia Cinnamon Rolls

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Two cinnamon rolls topped with sweet frosting, served warm, will be available near Sections 125 & 435

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, Han Burgers (a cheeseburger) will be available in Sections 110, 211, 226 & 413. Yoda Soda, a mixture of lime juice, sugar, sparkling water and sherbet ice cream, will be available in Sections 127 & 227.

Fans are encouraged to dress in costume and are permitted to wear masks, but the Brewers ask all aspiring Jedis to leave their lightsabers at home.  Any and all lightsabers, toy guns or weapons will not be permitted in Miller Park.  Fans will still be permitted to use the Force, so long as they do not bring in an actual device.

Earlier this month, fans were asked to post an original video to reenact their favorite Star Wars scene and/or deliver their favorite line from the film on Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #PitchFirstIWill. Patrick Ryan has won the contest after submitting this video:

Patrick receives four Loge Infield Box tickets to the game along with four Jedi Luc bobbleheads, as well as the opportunity to throw out the first pitch prior to the game.

For more information about Star Wars Night presented by Kohl’s or other theme nights at Miller Park, please call 414-902-4777 or visit Brewers.com/specialevents.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

NOTE: Only those fans who purchased the sold-out Star Wars Night ticket package will receive a limited-edition Jonathan Lucroy “Jedi Luc” bobblehead. A valid voucher is required to pick up the bobblehead and fans can retrieve the giveaway at redemption tables located by sections 406, 435 and one on the first base side on the Field Level Concourse.

Brewers Community Achievers: Patrick Mickelsen

The Brewers Community Achievers Program recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.

This month’s honoree is Patrick Mickelsen. Patrick was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Giants game at Miller Park and also threw out a first pitch:

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In 1978, Patrick received a fresh turkey from his place of employment.  He considered himself to be pretty blessed so he wanted to help those less fortunate, so he decided to donate the turkey.  He encouraged some of his friends and co-workers to do the same. After a great response, The Turkey Club was born.  The Turkey Club was founded for the sole purpose of providing turkeys to families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday.  All turkeys collected are donated to food pantries and meal programs in Milwaukee, Washington, Jefferson and Waukesha counties.  The Turkey Club hosts a number of fundraising activities to help purchase turkeys.  Patrick, the founder and president of The Turkey Club have put in a great deal of time and support for the past 36 years.  Because of his commitment and dedication to families in need are able to have a bountiful dinner.

Thank you, Patrick!

Do you know someone who is a Community Achiever?

Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism. Nominate them today by clicking here.

All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the Community Achievers Award program.

-Cait

@CMOYER

Score a Free Autographed Baseball with $150 Purchase in the Brewers Team Stores

Now, when fans purchase $150 or more of Official Players Licensed merchandise in the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, they will receive a free autographed baseball from a Brewers player, courtesy of the MLB Player’s Association.

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Examples of merchandise include, but are not limited to: player tees, specialty player tees, player bobbles, pennants, jerseys of current players, 8×10 photos, etc. Game used items (i.e. Authentics Kiosk), as well as much of the newly arriving All-Star Gear (more on that to come!) are also included  in this promotion.

The baseballs fans will receive will be randomized, but that’s part of the fun! This promotion ends on Sunday, June 6, or while supplies last.

-Cait

 

 

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