Brewers Community Foundation Announces $5 Million Mark Reached in 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales
If you have been to a Brewers game in the last four years, surely you have seen the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle Ticket sellers working the crowd in their bright orange t-shirts. Today, at a press conference to announce the 50/50 Raffle has reached the $5 million mark in sales, the results of one program that BCF and the 50/50 Raffle have benefited was showcased.
The “Miracle League” field is a custom-designed field that features a special cushioned, rubberized playing surface that allows access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs. The league allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Joe Block hosted today’s press conference at the Miracle League field on 91st and Brown Deer on Milwaukee’s Northwest side.
“The Miracle League is a stellar example of our commitment to identify quality non-profit organizations that are making a difference,” said Executive Director of BCF, Cecelia Gore.
Following today’s press conference, Milwaukee Miracle League players joined Brewers players Marco Estrada, Brandon Kintzler and Jonathan Lucroy on the field for a little exhibition game.
“As a Brewers player, I’m really pleased and honored to be here to represent the team and players today,” Lucroy said. ”It’s important for me individually and my teammates here to contribute to these causes and help others who need it. It gives me a lot of pleasure to do that for others. My teammates talk very highly of the city and the people here. The support we have from the fans and the organization itself is awesome, we love playing here. It is a generous community and we , too, like to give back like so many fans have given back through the raffle.”
The BCF 50/50 Raffle is currently in its fourth season. The raffle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the 2013 season on July 7—the earliest date that milestone has been reached since the inception of the raffle in 2010.
Now in its fourth season, tickets for the BCF 50/50 Raffle are sold for just $2 throughout Miller Park from the time gates open during every Brewers home game. For each game, half of the net proceeds are given to a lucky fan and the other half benefits Brewers Community Foundation. Some of the non-profit programs previously supported by the Foundation include Arts at Large, Beckum Stapleton Little League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth and Family Services, Felix Mantilla Little League, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Susan G. Komen of Southeast Wisconsin, UPAF, United Way, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, and YWCA.
“We’ve raised $1.4 so far this year to date, which is about $75,000 more than this time last year,” Gore added. ”I would say this has been a grand success. We have the nicest raffle sellers I could ask for and they know that their efforts assist BCF with our ability to provide grants to more than 200 non-profit organizations.”
The press conference also featured a former 50/50 Raffle winner. Theresa Porter, won the 50/50 Raffle on Opening Day in 2012 and took home over $20,000. She took her family on a trip and continues to buy tickets at every game she attends. That, in turn, convinces her entire row to buy tickets because she tells the story of winning the raffle at every game she attends. Also, she is a breast cancer survivor herself and knows the importance the 50/50 Raffle to the Milwaukee community.
“After seeing the Miracle League Field here, it shows how this raffle really helps,” Porter said. ”As a breast cancer survivor, I feel that I too have benefited from what the raffle does on both ends.”
Through BCF, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to have the Milwaukee Brewers serve as leaders in the community. The BCF 50/50 raffle provides one of many opportunities to make a difference. Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. is the official charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers.