Brewers Community Foundation has teamed up with “Koos for Kids” to donate over 350 brand new winter coats to students at Metcalfe Elementary School. In a school assembly at 1 p.m. today (Thursday), Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel and his wife, Jill, will deliver winter jackets to students who range from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
“We are excited to continue our annual coat donation to local children in need,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “This is the seventh year we are holding this event and, now more than ever, it is important that we ensure the youth in our community are able to keep warm during the cold winter months. This is just one small way we are able to help disadvantaged youth in our community.”
Earlier this year, Brewers Community Foundation provided a significant inventory of school supplies for the teachers and each student in the school through the Drive for Charity initiative. Brewers Community Foundation, along with “Koos for Kids,” are proud to provide needed resources to students that are working hard every day to achieve vital academic goals.
“Koos for Kids” was formed in 2005 and focuses on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in Southeast Milwaukee. The annual coat donation is just one of the several ways that the organization has helped terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area. Including today’s donation, “Koos for Kids” has donated nearly 3,500 coats to local kids.
Metcalfe Elementary School is located at 3400 W. North Ave, Milwaukee.
BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO JOIN WITH HUNGER TASK FORCE AND CBS 58 TO HELP FEED MILWAUKEE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 next week to help feed Milwaukee-area families in need as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
On Wednesday, November 26, the three organizations will host the “Thanksgiving Drive Thru Food Drive” at Miller Park. Food can be dropped off at Helfaer Field at Miller Park on November 26 between 4:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“Brewers Community Foundation looks forward to partnering with the Hunger Task Force annually as they work diligently throughout the year to provide food for families,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “On behalf of Mark and Debbie Attanasio, our front office staff, players and other supporters, we want to thank everyone for their contributions as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season.”
Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last. A number of Brewers special guests will be on hand throughout the day to collect donations.
“Once again our friends at CBS 58 and the Brewers Community Foundation are spending the day before Thanksgiving collecting donations from big hearted folks making a difference right before the holiday,” said Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Hunger Task Force. “It’s an easy, fun way to donate and help a family before gathering together with your own.”
“Donating food to feed the hungry is a wonderful way to put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving this Holiday,” said Mark Strachota, Vice President/General Manager of CBS-58. “CBS 58 is proud to work with Brewers and the Hunger Task Force to make this happen.”
The Milwaukee Brewers will host their annual Fantasy Camp from January 18-25, 2015 in Phoenix at Maryvale Baseball Park – the team’s Spring Training home. Brewers Fantasy Camp allows fans to live out their dreams of playing in the big leagues and gives them a taste of working, playing and living like a Major Leaguer.
Registration for Brewers Fantasy Camp is open at Brewers.com/fantasycamp. Fans will want to act soon as spots are filling up quickly with just four openings still available. Brewers Fantasy Camp includes round-trip coach airfare to and from Milwaukee and Phoenix, along with hotel accommodations (double occupancy). Travel dates are set for Sunday, January 18 and Sunday, January 25.
Fantasy campers will receive an authentic Brewers uniform and batting practice jersey. They will be separated into six teams and will participate in daily baseball drills under the instruction of a number of Brewers greats, including Jerry Augustine, Chris Bosio, Jeff Cirillo, Brady Clark, Cecil Cooper, Rob Deer, Jim Gantner, Darryl Hamilton, Pete Ladd, Bill Schroeder, Greg Vaughn and Fernando Vina.
Two games will be played at Maryvale Baseball Park during each day of camp. A daily newsletter with player stats and information will be distributed and a nightly happy hour and Q&A session with the coaches will conclude each day.
Also included in the package is a daily hot breakfast at the hotel, catered lunch each afternoon in the clubhouse, care from professional clubhouse staff members and athletic trainers, a professional massage therapist and a farewell awards banquet. Participants will also be introduced on the field prior to a Brewers 2015 home game and will be invited to play a game at Miller Park next summer.
Packages are $4,199 for each participant. Camp is open to men and women ages 30 and above. Fans can register online at Brewers.com/fantasycamp or by calling (414) 321-8605. Fans can also follow updates on Twitter at @BrewersFanCamp.
Many Join Jonathan Lucroy in the Fight Against Muscle Disease at the 4th Annual Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala
Last night, many fans gathered to join Jonathan Lucroy in the fight against muscle disease by attending the 4th Annual Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street.
The event, which featured appearances by the Brewers catcher, UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, Pro Wrestler Sargent Slaughter, Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson, hockey player Scott Ford, and others, was in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA),a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s Disease and other related illnesses by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care, support services, advocacy and education.
Besides mixing and mingling with the celebrities, the over 350 people in attendance enjoyed craft cocktails and food pairings from SURG Restaurant Group’s best bartenders and restaurants including Carnveor, Umami Moto and Hom, and had the opportunity to bid on a variety of exciting experiences and items, including incredible sports memorabilia and a private meet and greet with Jonathan Lucroy during batting practice in silent and live auctions to benefit benefit MDA’s mission.
Events like the Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala play a crucial role in helping Wisconsin families impacted by muscular dystrophy achieve a victory in finding a cure–families, like that of 9-year-old Reagan Imhoff, a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA, who, along with and her parents, Jenny and Joe, visited with Jonathan Lucroy at Miller Park earlier this year.
Reagan has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.
Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.
“MDA means hope and a brighter future, it means that one day no one will have to live with muscle disease because there will be a cure!” Reagan says.
“I enjoy helping people,” Jonathan said as he took the mic during the live auction. “I got to meet Reagan this season and she just put a smile on my face. Now let’s make some money!”
It was a pleasure to see Reagan and her family once again, as well as to meet other amazing MDA kids at this year’s event. Like Reagan, they all had amazing stories to share.
Here are some more photos from this very special night:
Thank you to the folks at the Muscle Team Gala for allowing me to be part of this special event and thank you to all those in attendance for your support to a cause that will truly make a difference to so many.
With the holidays approaching, the Milwaukee Brewers Holiday 4-Packs will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, November 14, at 10 a.m. CT.
Fans will be able to choose from five great 4-Pack options, including the popular Weekend Plan. If shoppers order by Friday, December 19, their 4-Packs will be delivered in time for the holiday, ready for giving to any Brewers fan on the shopping list.
In addition, the Brewers are offering a free “Hank, The Ballpark Pup” ornament gift-with-purchase to fans with every pair of 4-Packs ordered.
Brewers Holiday 4-Packs include many of the most anticipated games of the 2015 season. All four set plans include at least one All-Fan Giveaway date, while both the Weekend Plan and the Promo Plus Plan include two All-Fan Giveaways. The Promo Plus and Weekend Plans both include tickets to one game featuring a postgame concert, part of the recently announced Brewers Postgame Concert Series Presented by Miller Lite. The Fan’s Choice Plan allows fans to select four games of their choice from an assortment of 38 games.
The Fan’s Choice Plan offers several great matchups including games against the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, division rivals St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs and Interleague contests against the Chicago White Sox and American League Champion Kansas City Royals. This plan also contains select All-Fan Giveaway dates like the Garza Gnome giveaway on Sunday, August 2 against the Cubs and T-shirt Friday on August 28 against the Cincinnati Reds.
Holiday 4-Packs range in price from $60 – $168 and are available in the Field Outfield Box, Club Outfield Box, Loge Infield Box, Loge Outfield Box, Terrace Box, Loge Bleachers and Terrace Reserved seat locations.
Standard shipping and handling fees apply. Advance parking packages are also available. Fans should call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/4packs for pricing and plan information, or to make a purchase.
In addition to 20 All-Fan Giveaways announced earlier this week, today we added another benefit to enhance the Miller Park experience for Brewers fans in 2015. The Brewers Postgame Concert Series Presented by Miller Lite will debut during the 2015 season, and will feature concerts performed by three nationally-acclaimed touring acts following three weekend games at Miller Park.
The schedule includes concerts after the Friday, May 29 game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks; the Saturday, June 13 contest against the Washington Nationals and the Saturday, August 15 game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“We survey our fans often, and one idea that is frequently referenced is the creation of a concert series following games,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Miller Park is a great option for major concerts, so we know this will be terrific added value for Brewers fans in 2015.”
All fans who purchase tickets to one of the three games will automatically have access to that night’s free postgame concert. Single game tickets will be priced according to the Brewers demand-based pricing model, and will be available when 2015 single game tickets go on sale.
Further information regarding the artists that will perform in the inaugural series, plus a special, limited offer for holiday shoppers, will be announced later this month.
Season ticket packages including the three postgame concerts, Opening Day and all 20 of the All-Fan Giveaways are on-sale now. For additional ticket and other info, fans can call (414) 902-4000 or visit Brewers.com.
One of the more common questions we receive is about the Brewers scoreboard.
“I saw myself on the scoreboard during the game the other day, can I get a copy of that clip?”
And the answer is yes, yes you can. Just visit brewers.com/bigscreen, where the in-game scoreboard feed is provided.
Did you participate in an in-game contest? Was your birthday on the scoreboard? Did you see your homemade sign on the screen? Did your neighbor sing the National Anthem? Maybe your son was the “Play Ball” kid. Whatever the case, these clips are available online.
You can share the video online with friends and family and embed the video on your site. You can also purchase a DVD of the clip for $40, which could make a very special holiday gift.
Today we announced the team’s 2015 Spring Training schedule, which consists of 31 Cactus League games, including 16 at Maryvale Baseball Park.
The Brewers will open the spring schedule on Wednesday, March 4, against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team at Maryvale Baseball Park. This will mark the first time the Brewers will face a collegiate team in an exhibition game since 1983 when they played the Arizona State University men’s baseball team. It will also mark the first-ever contest between the Brewers and the Panthers.
The Brewers will host their National League Central rival Chicago Cubs on Saturday, March 14. The spring slate includes one scheduled split squad date on Sunday, March 15 vs. the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park and also against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Following an off day on Monday, March 16 – the first of two off days (also off on Monday, March 30) – the Brewers will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria on Tuesday, March 17.
The Brewers will play three night games this spring. They include Friday, March 13 against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex (7:05 p.m. local start time); Tuesday, March 24 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Talking Stick (6:40 p.m.); and Friday, March 27 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. All other spring games are day games, most of which will begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time (the games on Thursday, April 2 and Saturday, April 4 will begin at 12:05 p.m.).
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Friday, February 20. All position players have a report date of Wednesday, February 25. The first full workout is scheduled for Thursday, February 26.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers’ home Spring Training games will go on sale at 9 a.m. CT on Monday, December 8 at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 9, 2015. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8). In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5. Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
Date Time (local) (CT) Opponent Location
Wednesday, March 4 1:05 p.m. 2:05 p.m. vs. UW-Milwaukee Maryvale
Thursday, March 5 1:05 p.m. 2:05 p.m. at LA Angels of Anaheim Tempe
Friday, March 6 1:05 p.m. 2:05 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Maryvale
Saturday, March 7 1:05 p.m. 2:05 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers Maryvale
DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME BEGINS SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Sunday, March 8 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at Los Angeles Dodgers Camelback Ranch
Monday, March 9 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Kansas City Royals Maryvale
Tuesday, March 10 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Reds Maryvale
Wednesday, March 11 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at San Francisco Giants Scottsdale
Thursday, March 12 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Colorado Rockies Maryvale
Friday, March 13 7:05 p.m. 9:05 p.m. at Seattle Mariners Peoria
Saturday, March 14 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Chicago Cubs Maryvale
Sunday, March 15 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics Maryvale
1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at Texas Rangers Surprise
Monday, March 16 OFF DAY
Tuesday, March 17 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at San Diego Padres Peoria
Wednesday, March 18 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at Kansas City Royals Surprise
Thursday, March 19 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. San Francisco Giants Maryvale
Friday, March 20 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Maryvale
Saturday, March 21 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at Texas Rangers Surprise
Sunday, March 22 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox Maryvale
Monday, March 23 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at Colorado Rockies Talking Stick
Tuesday, March 24 6:40 p.m. 8:40 p.m. at Arizona Diamondbacks Talking Stick
Wednesday, March 25 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics Maryvale
Thursday, March 26 1:05 p.m. 3:05 pm vs. Seattle Mariners Maryvale
Friday, March 27 7:05 p.m. 9:05 p.m. at Cincinnati Reds Goodyear
Saturday, March 28 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Cleveland Indians Maryvale
Sunday, March 29 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at Oakland Athletics Mesa
Monday, March 30 OFF DAY
Tuesday, March 31 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Reds Maryvale
Wednesday, April 1 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at Chicago Cubs Mesa
Thursday, April 2 12:05 p.m. 2:05 p.m. at San Diego Padres Peoria
Friday, April 3 1:05 p.m. 3:05 p.m. at Cleveland Indians Goodyear
Saturday, April 4 12:05 p.m. 2:05 p.m. vs. Cleveland Indians Maryvale
- Home games in bold
- Note: Daylight-Saving Time begins on March 8
- All Games/Times subject to change
Did you follow along with our Brewers #20in15 All-Fan Giveaways reveal last week?
In case you missed it, in 2015, we have slated a team-record 20 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season.
There are 10 Sundays when every fan in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring different Brewers personnel, two Sundays when all fans in attendance will receive Brewers gnomes for the first time ever, seven T-Shirt Friday dates (and you get to help choose the designs!) and one date where you will help determine the giveaway.
“Through surveys and various feedback forums, we know that our ‘All Fan Giveaways’ are one of the most popular added values that we offer at Miller Park,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With that in mind, we are excited to be presenting a team-record 20 of these dates in 2015, which include not only Bobbleheads and t-shirts, but also the new Gnome items.”
In case you missed it, the #20in15 All-Fan Giveaways lineup is as follows:
The All Fan Giveaways start with the Rob Deer Bobblehead presented by Toyota on April 12 when the Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m. This is the first Bobblehead for the former Brewers great, who spent five seasons with the Club and hit 137 home runs, while racking up 385 RBI.
All fans in attendance for the April 26, 1:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals will receive a Wily Peralta Bobblehead, presented by U.S. Cellular. The Brewers 2014 Most Valuable Pitcher of the Year, this will be the first-ever Bobblehead of Perralta. Peralta notched career-highs with 17 wins and 154 strikeouts, which also led the team.
Helping celebrate Mother’s Day, “Hank the Ballpark Pup” will receive his second Bobblehead on May 10, when the Brewers host the Chicago Cubs at 1:10 p.m. Hank will be adorned in pink in honor of the holiday.
To commemorate his upcoming retirement, Commissioner Bud Selig will be recognized with a Bobblehead on May 31 when Milwaukee takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:10 p.m. Earlier this year, the team announced that they will retire uniform number one in 2015, in honor of Selig for his commitment to keep Major League Baseball in Milwaukee.
On June 14, all fans who attend the 1:10 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals will receive a Carlos Gomez Bobblehead. Gomez will be dressed in his 2014 National League All-Star jersey, celebrating his second consecutive All-Star nod.
On June 28, former Brewers great Paul Molitor will have his Bobblehead day. The Hall of Famer played 15 seasons in a Brewers uniform and appeared in over 1,800 games.
The next month on July 19, outfielder Khris Davis, who belted 22 homers in 2014, will be recognized with a Bobblehead giveaway as the Brewers host the Pirates
The Brewers will introduce a new promotion for the 1:10 p.m., August 2 game against the Chicago Cubs as all fans in attendance will receive a Matt Garza Gnome. This will mark the first of two gnomes that will be given away in 2015.
To recognize his 60th year in baseball, the Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker will have a Bobblehead day on August 9 when the Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. The Bobblehead will be modeled after the statue that was unveiled last year in Uecker’s favorite spot – the last row of Miller Park.
The Brewers will recognize catcher Jonathan Lucroy and his record-breaking season with a Bobblehead on the August 16, 1:10 p.m. game against the Phillies. Lucroy finished the 2014 season with 53 doubles and 46 as a catcher. His 53 doubles matched a Brewers team record, while his 46 as a catcher set a new Major League record.
The Brewers will once again give away a “Vintage Brewers Bobblehead” on August 30 when the team takes on the Cincinnati Reds at 1:10 p.m. The Bobblehead is a nod to the past as it will be a replica of some of the first items of this kind created nearly 50 years ago. This year’s Vintage Brewer Bobblehead will be donning a Brewers retro jersey.
Scooter Gennett will join Matt Garza as the second player in 2015 to be honored with a Brewers Gnome giveaway. Gennett has hit for a combined .300 average in his first two seasons with the Brewers.
Finally, fans will decide the “All Fan Giveaway” item to be given away at the Sunday, October 4 (1:10 p.m.) season finale against the Chicago Cubs. An online vote will be conducted later to determine the giveaway.
For the second year in a row, “T-shirt Fridays” will return to Miller Park for 2015. On Friday home games during the months of June, July and August (June 12, June 26, July 17, July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 28), all-fans will receive a Brewers T-shirt. New this season, fans will have the opportunity to choose each of the seven T-shirt designs to be given away this season.
Beginning in January, several different T-shirt designs will be displayed at Brewers.com. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs, with the top seven winners being selected for “T-shirt Fridays.” The seven winners will be unveiled at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 25.
While individual tickets won’t go on sale until early next year, you can still lock in your favorite giveaways with Season Ticket Packages.
The complete promotional schedule for the 2015 season will be announced at a later date. For more information about All-Fan Giveaways and information on various ticket plans, fans are encouraged to visit Brewers.com/allfans.
Stay tuned for more details on the fan voting for the T-Shirt Fridays and the final All-Fan Giveaway of 2015.
Brewers Community Foundation along with the Milwaukee Brewers have eclipsed $4 million in fundraising during 2014, with support coming from Brewers ownership, community relations department, fans, players, wives and sponsors, and special events throughout the year.
Over the past five years, Brewers Community Foundation has generated more than $15 million to support local nonprofit organizations benefiting health, education, recreation and basic needs.
“We are very appreciative of the wide range of support that we receive from fans, players and others,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “The critical issues we impact support efforts to improve the quality of life in our community.”
Several events and initiatives that aided Brewers Community Foundation throughout the year included:
- Brewers Community Foundation Week
- Game Day 50/50 Raffle
- An Evening with Hank Aaron
- Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K, Presented by Sendik’s
- 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk
Brewers Community Foundation Week was a major success for the foundation’s fundraising goals. BCF, along with the Leadership Council, raffled off player jerseys, hosted a scavenger hunt, held a carnival night and hosted an auction of unique Brewers-themed items to help build up the proceeds. The Leadership Council is comprised of 10 corporate partners, including BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Printing, Johnson Controls, Kapco, Lubar & Co., MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and We Energies Foundation.
Another significant factor was the 50/50 raffle presented by Northwestern Mutual. In comparison to last year, the raffle saw an increase of more than $600,000, totaling over $2.25 million in revenue in 2014. In addition to the raffle, the Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K, Presented by Sendik’s contributed significant donations to the MACC Fund.
Brewers Community Foundation benefitted many local organizations through their fundraising efforts. Youth organizations such as Restoring Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Beckum Stapleton Little League, Felix Mantilla Little League, Journey House and La Liga Cristiana all received grants from Brewers Community Foundation. The Boys and Girls Club Milwaukee Chapter and the Sojourner Family Peace Center were beneficiaries of these philanthropic efforts. In addition, 17 students received scholarships toward higher education in Wisconsin.
Through the Foundation, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to serve as leaders in the community. 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.