Join Brewers Players & Coaches for a Special “Koos for Kids” Fundraiser on June 14
Brewers bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel has always had a desire to help children and so, about 11 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.
Why is the organization called Koos for Kids? Koos is Marcus’ nickname, which he says, came from his mother’s German accent.
“I’d be out in the backyard and get called in, so Marcus became Mar-koos,” he said. The name Koos then just stuck.
Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.
They’ve also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball. And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.
And, on Sunday, June 14, you have the opportunity to help support this terrific cause.
The Brewers take on the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m. that day and, following the game, Marcus, along with Brewers players and coaches, will be making their way to the Milwaukee County Zoo for an annual Koos for Kids event.
Here’s a photo from last year’s event:
For just $20, you’ll receive a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event go to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community.
“Some of our Koos for Kids kids who are terminally get to attend the event. Last year, one of the kids, Colton, got to come on stage and meet the guys. He just recently passed away. So when you look back at the reason why you do things, that’s it. This is why we’re doing this. Just seeing kids being with their favorite Brewers, seeing them light up,” Marcus told me.
Stay tuned. Closer to the event, we’ll be following up to let you know the anticipated attendees.
Last year’s event raised over $70,000, so the bar has been set. Help raise it: Click here to reserve your ticket today.
Why not make it a doubleheader of Brewers fun? Be sure to get your tickets to the Brewers vs. Nationals series, too.