At a press conference held at Miller Park moments ago, the Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for the “Give-Back Game,” an event that is a major philanthropic endeavor to raise proceeds for great causes. With the Give-Back Game, nearly all proceeds from ticket sales from the Brewers final home game on Sunday, September 25 against the Cincinnati Reds will be donated to charity.
Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger along with members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to announce the details.
“Dating back to his first year of ownership of the Brewers, Mark Attanasio has always done something special for the final home game each year, an initiative to show his appreciation to our fans and the community,” Schlesinger said. “We wanted to do something at another level this year, and out of that came the idea of the Give-Back Game. It’s not just a gift to the fans, it’s an opportunity to raise significant funding for these four great partners.”
Here’s how it works…
Starting immediately, fans can purchase tickets in person at the Miller Park box office, via phone (414-902-4000) or online by going to brewers.com/giveback. At the time of purchase, fans will be asked to choose between one of four charities for their donation to benefit:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
- Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
- The MACC Fund
- Wisconsin Humane Society.
Fans will be able to choose a ticket for $10, and can elect to contribute more in increments of $5 up to $50. (For donations of greater than $50, fans may call 414-902-4000.)
Tickets will be made available by level and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning with Field Level, then on to Loge Level, Club Level and finally the Terrace Level. Fans can get the best seats in the house for a great price, all while helping local causes.
A portion of every presold ticket will also be donated to a general fund that will be split between the four participating charities. Season Seat Holders may contact their representative to specify which charity they would like their donation to go to.
After all of the fan donations have been made, the Brewers will contribute an additional $50,000 to the charity that generates the most donations. Regardless of the results, each charity will automatically receive a donation of $20,000 from the Brewers. Every ticket sold after today will result in those additional proceeds being added on top of that $20,000.
To help the cause, several Milwaukee Brewers players have teamed up with the four charities to help promote the game. Each player will use their social media platforms tweeting with the hashtag #GiveBackGame to promote not just the entire initiative, but also their specific charity’s involvement. Keon Broxton/Boys & Girls Clubs, Corey Knebel/Make-A-Wish, Tyler Thornburg/MACC Fund and Scooter Gennett/Wisconsin Humane Society.
In addition, media partners in the community have stepped up to help promote the effort, with each cause backed by a different media group. “Teammates” include The MACC Fund/620 WTMJ, 94-5 KTI Country and TODAY’S TMJ4; Make-A-Wish Wisconsin/FM106.1, V100.7, 97.3 NOW, 95.7 Big FM, News/Talk 1130 WISN and Big 920 Sports; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee/FOX Sports Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Humane Society/WKLH, WHQG, WJMR and WNRG.
On Saturday night, country music star Kip Moore was in the house for a postgame concert following the Brewers vs. Pirates game, presented by 94.5 KTI Country.
Kip dropped by the Fox Sports Wisconsin booth where he chatted with Matt Lepay and Bill Schroeder about a number of topics, including, of course, baseball.
Kip, who grew up rooting for the Braves, said he’s always loved baseball and it runs in his family–his grandfather played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals alongside the likes of Stan Musial.
Following his time on TV, Kip attended a meet and greet with fans in the 2011 Brewers Suite before returning to his green room to finish watching the game and prepare for his set.
After the game, fans who had purchased on-field passes streamed on to the base path between first and third to take in the show from a very cool vantage point. Approximately 30 minutes later, Kip took the stage, where he put on an amazing show. He even ran from his stage behind second base all the way to the Visitors’ dugout, where he hopped on top for some hugs and dancing with fans in the stands during his Double Platinum breakout hit, “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.”
Here are some photos from the show:
Thanks to Kip for coming out to Miller Park and putting on such a great show!
Tomorrow (Saturday, August 27), country music star Kip Moore will take the stage following the Brewers vs. Pirates game, presented by 94.5 KTI Country.
The show is FREE to all fans with a valid ticket for that night’s contest and will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
In addition to the postgame show, there will be more country fun to be had at Miller Park.
The country band Saving Savanna will be playing at Fridays Front Row before the game pregame and we will have a special concession item for the night, the “Honey-Butter Chicken Biscuit.” This Southern-friend chicken breast on a flaky butter biscuit drizzled with honey butter will be available by Section 229 for $7.50.
Fans who purchased the (now sold out) special Country Night ticket package will also receive a Brewers Trucker Hat, modeled here by Chase Anderson, Jhan Marinez and Jake Elmore.
Brewers players (well, okay, Scooter Gennett) were getting into the spirit by “horsing” around before BP:
Singer/songwriter Kip Moore quickly established himself as one of country music’s premier rising stars when he shot out of the gate with his debut album Up All Night spawning three number one smash hits including “Beer Money,” the Platinum certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and Moore’s Double Platinum breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.”
A relentless road warrior, multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore recently kicked off the second leg of his Wild Ones Tour that will include a string of headlining dates in the UK and Ireland as well as shows scheduled in Australia for the first time. Moore’s new single “Running For You” was heralded by Billboard as “a career song from the album” and was the most added song in country radio in its debut week. The single is taken from Moore’s critically-acclaimed second album Wild Ones – declared by Huffington Post as “one heck of an album… set to produce hit after hit after hit” while Entertainment Weekly proclaims it “reaches for the stadium’s nosebleeds.”
All fans who purchase tickets to the game will automatically have access to the free postgame concert. However, on-field passes are for the show are limited and available for $45 at brewers.com/concerts.
Tonight marks the fifth annual Law Enforcement Night at Miller Park as we welcomed over 1,000 of our local, county, state and federal law enforcement professionals.
This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, while raising awareness and funds for the National Law Enforcement Museum, currently under construction in Washington, DC. Pre-game festivities began outside the ballpark and featured a display from the Police Unity Tour of Wisconsin and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Wisconsin Chapter.
During our pregame ceremonies, our nation’s flag was presented by honor guards from law enforcement departments throughout Wisconsin including: Brookfield PD; Caledonia PD; Dodge County SO; Eau Claire Co SO; Eau Claire PD; Fond du Lac PD; Green Bay PD; Jefferson County SO; Kenosha County SO; Menomonee Falls PD; Oak Creek PD; Pleasant Prairie PD; Stoughton PD; Sun Prairie PD; Waukesha County SO; West Allis PD; Winnebago County SO; Milwaukee HOC; and Wisconsin State Patrol.
Our national anthem was led by Jennifer Schaefer from West Allis and was accompanied by a flyover from the Coast Guard Helicopter from Traverse City, piloted by Lieutenant Adam Morehouse, Lieutenant Commander Pablo Smith, Air Crewman Nate Hill and Rescue Swimmer Nick Trimpe.
Officer Mike Klementz from McFarland Police Department threw out a ceremonial first pitch in memory of fallen officer Ryan Copeland.
“We are excited to partner with the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball for this special evening honoring law enforcement. Each year the Milwaukee Brewers staff and ownership has gone above and beyond to support and honor law enforcement” said Craig W. Floyd, President & CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Coming together at Miller Park to honor our nation’s law enforcement officers while enjoying a fun night of baseball is a great way to raise awareness and funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. I’m thankful to the Brewers for welcoming us each year.
”The Milwaukee Brewers will donate $5 from each law enforcement ticket sold directly to the Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Additionally, each ticket sold for this special package included a Milwaukee Brewers Law Enforcement Challenge Coin.
Tonight we are honored to acknowledge the men and women who keep our communities safe. We thank them, all law enforcement professionals and their families for their service and sacrifice to the people of Wisconsin and to our nation.
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the appointment of three executives to new positions in the organization, including Andrew Pauls to vice president of business development, Tai Pauls to senior director of hospitality and special events, and Mike Schwartz to senior director of strategy and analytics.
“These three executives are leading new departments that will generate new opportunities for us to grow our business and enhance the fan experience at Miller Park,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “Andrew, Tai and Mike have been key performers in our organization and are uniquely suited to these leadership roles.”
Andrew Pauls, who is in his 11th season in the organization, has spent the past six seasons (2011-16) as senior director of corporate marketing. He served as director of corporate marketing from 2009-10 and manager of suite sales from 2005-08. In his new role, Pauls will assist with sales within all revenue generating departments, while continuing to manage a number of the Club’s corporate partnerships.
A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Pauls is a 1998 graduate of the University of Oregon where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations. He began his career in New York City at the public relations firm, Ruder Finn. Prior to working with the Brewers, Pauls also founded and managed a web development company in New York and a sales and marketing consulting firm in Milwaukee.
Tai Pauls began her career with the Brewers in the ticket sales department in 2006. She transitioned into the suites department as manager of suite services before moving to the Brewers Enterprises department in 2008. There she managed non-game events at Miller Park, most recently as director of Brewers special events. In her new role, Pauls will continue oversight of special events and will work closely with other fan-facing departments to develop a holistic focus on guest, client and event hospitality. Additionally, she will guide the Club’s partnership with Delaware North Sportservice, working with the ballpark concessionaire on food and beverage strategy and customer service at Miller Park.
A Milwaukee native, Pauls graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with degrees in sports management and fine arts.
Schwartz rejoined the Brewers organization in January 2016 as director of food and beverage hospitality. He previously spent six years with the Brewers in the baseball operations department (2004-09), most recently as coordinator of baseball research and special projects. In his new position, Schwartz will be responsible for leading and developing a newly-created department that will provide strategic, quantitative, and qualitative support to all functions within the Brewers business operations.
Prior to returning to the Brewers, Schwartz served as a brand manager at Kraft Heinz Company. A 2004 graduate of Indiana University, Schwartz earned a dual bachelor’s degree in sport marketing and management, and business management. He earned his master of business administration degree in 2011 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Schwartz and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, son Matthew (4), daughter Thea (3), and son Nathaniel (1).
Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or the RBI Program, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, we honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.
This month’s honoree is actually the entire Milwaukee Brewers 18U Traveling Team.
This year, the RBI Milwaukee Brewers earned the #1 Playoff seed by making their first-ever appearance at the RBI World Series earlier this month in Cincinnati. The team finished with a record of 35-8-1, winning three summer tournaments.
The team includes: Jonathan Pinales, Savier Pinales, Maxwell Montgomery, Jon Cabab, Josiah Roundtree, Sean Quiles, Antonio Valadez, Keaton Rock, Kiante Mack, Cameron Lefore, Fernando Rodriquez, Mario Hunter, Tyrese Mitchell, Garrett Erfourth, Amir Moton-Thompson as well as Manager Miguel green and Assistants Ricardo Munoz, David Frazier and Javier Pinales.
Congratulations to the RBI Milwaukee Brewers 18U Traveling Team on a fantastic season!
This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a school supplies drive during the Brewers series against the Pirates.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring are invited to bring new school supplies (backpacks, lunch bags, notebooks, folders, binders, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, etc. ) with them to Miller Park. In return for a donation of school supplies (or $5), they will receive a special Brewers player pin.
Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.
Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.
As part of FOX Sports Wisconsin’s “Art of Hitting” telecast Tuesday, they taped a segment with 9-year-old Luka Braovac, who got a hitting lesson from Brewers Coach and former Major Leaguer Jason Lane.
Luka has brain cancer. He was diagnosed at age 7 and has endured numerous treatments over the last two years. His condition is improving. He watches Brewers games regularly and his favorite players are Jonathan Villar and Scooter Gennett.
Those two surprised Luka during the lesson and had some fun with him before BP yesterday. Manager Craig Counsell even invited Luka to sit in during his pre-game media session. The family then watched BP, went to TGI Friday’s for dinner, and made a booth visit during the game. Jonathan Villar promised Luka a win and delivered, notching his 50th stolen base on the season in the process.
Luka was joined by his two sisters and his parents, Bob and Carol Ann. They are connected to the G9 Project. G9 stands for “Gold in September” for Childhood Cancer, a Wisconsin based foundation to help raise awareness, funding for childhood cancer research, and support for families who have children diagnosed with cancer.
The Milwaukee Brewers, in conjunction with Gold In September (G9), will host the “#growGOLD Game” at Miller Park on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The event will feature numerous initiatives to raise awareness for research into childhood cancer.
Utilizing a noble model of turning the world gold, G9’s mission is to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspire action to help every child, everywhere, until cures for cancer are found. The childhood cancer non-profit was founded by Annie Bartosz, a then 11-year old girl from Hartland, Wis., who lost her twin brother, Jack, to cancer in 2012. Gold (G) is the national color for pediatric cancer research, and September (the 9th month) is the recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, together they make G9.
For this game, the Brewers and their opponent, the Chicago Cubs, will sport gold ribbons on their jerseys to promote the cause. In addition, players will be encouraged to wear gold wristbands as part of their uniforms.
Prior to the game, members of G9 will start things off with a ceremonial first pitch and Brewers Community Foundation will present the charity with a special donation in an on-field ceremony. Following the game and throughout the night, the Brewers will light Miller Park gold to call attention for those passing by.
“We are committed to spreading the message of G9’s #growGOLD initiative,” said Brewers Community Foundation Excusive Director Cecelia Gore. “One of our ownership pledges is to be a leader in the community, and we appreciate the opportunity to help support and raise awareness around critical issues that face children and their families.”
“We are proud to have the Milwaukee Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation join us as we Grow Gold and raise awareness of the need to support efforts to eradicate childhood cancer as a major health concern. Through our partnership with national organizations like the Brewers, we are working to help every child everywhere survive cancer and have a future filled with hope and promise.” says Sarah Bartosz, President of G9.
With summer winding down and school right around the corner there is no better time than now to join the Brewers at Miller Park. Starting tonight at 6:20 p.m. against the Colorado Rockies the Crew begins a 10-game homestand, which also includes matchups against division opponents from Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Highlights include the final Free-Shirt Friday, Country Night, a Brewers Beach Towel Giveaway, Kip Moore Postgame Concert and the Kids’ Chest Protector Backpack Giveaway.
Monday, August 22 vs. Colorado Rockies – 6:20 p.m.
Miller High Life Mondays – Terrace Reserved tickets are just $6 for all Monday home games with a 6:20 p.m. start time, courtesy of Miller High Life.
Brew Crew & the Zoo – For just $20, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game, one adult general admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo and a free lunch cooler. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.
Tuesday, August 23 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24 vs. Colorado Rockies – 1:10 p.m.
Brew Crew & the Zoo – See above
Kids & Senior Citizens Discount Days – For most weekday afternoon home games, kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save 50% on tickets. Excludes Labor Day, All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats.
Thursday, August 25 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:10 p.m.
Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – Season Seat Holders receive 25% off food, beverage and merchandise during select games by simply presenting their Season Seat Holder ID Card. Season Seat Holders also enjoy the opportunity to enter Miller Park 30 minutes prior to the general public to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For more information, visit brewers.com/sshappreciation.
RBI Athlete of the Month – Each month, an RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) Athlete is recognized for their dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance. Prior to the game, the Athlete of the Month will be recognized and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. This month the 18U Team will be recognized for advancing to the championship game.
Brewers Wives Volunteer for Ronald McDonald House’s Lunch 2 Go Program – Brewers Wives will help pack lunches at the Ronald McDonald House for their Lunch-2-Go program. The Lunch-2-Go program provides brown bag “to-go” lunches for guests of the Ronald McDonald House. The goal of the program is to eliminate both the worry and the cost of a lunch for families residing in the House. Three times a week, Lunch-2-Go volunteers prepare items that families can pack into individualized brown bag lunches and take on their way out.
Brew Crew & the Zoo – See above
Friday, August 26 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:10 p.m.
Free-Shirt Friday – All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers T-shirt, courtesy of Xperience Fitness. Choice of Adult M and Adult XL only.
Miller Lite Beerpen – Every Friday home game, fans 21 and older can be a part of the Miller Lite Beerpen in the right-field Loge Bleachers. Fans can buy a Loge Bleacher ticket at the regular price and receive a free Miller Lite Brewers hat. For information, visit brewers.com/beerpen.
Student Night – Every Friday home game, high school and college students can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved tickets and $15 Loge Bleachers tickets. They also can enjoy a happy hour at certain concession stands from the time gates open through the end of the first inning. Happy hour pricing includes hot dogs, nachos, 12oz sodas and 12oz beers for $3 each. For more information, visit brewers.com/students. Excludes the Miller Lite Beerpen.
Saturday, August 27 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 6:10 p.m.
Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – See above
Brewers Beach Towel – The first 10,000 fans 21 and older in attendance will receive a Brewers Beach Towel, courtesy of Miller Lite.
Country Night – There’s somethin’ ’bout a trucker hat. Join the Brewers for Country Night at Miller Park on Saturday, August 27 as the Crew takes on the Pirates, then stick around after the game to enjoy a free postgame concert by Platinum-selling country artist, Kip Moore. Plus, you can even get your very own Brewers trucker hat through this Country Night special ticket package.
Kip Moore Postgame Concert – Following the game, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore will take the stage to perform a free postgame concert, courtesy of 94.5 KTI Country.
Sunday, August 28 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 1:10 p.m.
Kids’ Chest Protector Backpack – All fans 14 and under in attendance will receive a Kids’ Chest Protector Backpack, courtesy of Kwik Trip.
Kids Eat Free Sunday – Every Sunday home game, all kids 14 and under will receive a voucher upon entrance to Miller Park good for a free hot dog, apple slices, a bottle of water and an ice cream treat, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save, Blue Bunny & Heinz.
Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run – Kids 16 and under can run the bases after Sunday home games, courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy.
Monday, August 29 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 6:20 p.m.
Miller High Life Mondays – See above
Tuesday, August 30 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 7:10 p.m.
Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – See above
Brew Crew & the Zoo – See above
Gear up for the “Back to School” season with official merchandise from the Brewers Team Store. Now through September 7, when fans participate in the sixth and final installment of the Brewers Batter Box promotion – Hank’s School Box, they will receive a free Hank the Ballpark Pup Drawstring Bag!
Fans are able to assemble their own Brewers Batter Box by purchasing four different products from the following categories: Hank Items, Stationary or School Items, Majestic Athletic Product, Headwear, Plush Novelties, Official or Novelty Baseball, and Pet Product. In addition to the four products fans add to their boxes, they will also receive a free Hank the Ballpark Pup Drawstring Bag. Stop by the Brewers Team Store and get ready for “Back to School” today!
Each of the four items purchased must be from a separate category. Offer valid at any of the Brewers Team Store locations. While supplies last. See stores for details.