Brewers Finish 2nd in Head & Shoulders and MLB’s 2014 “Season of the #WHIFF” Monthly Twitter Competition for July
Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of July 2014
Following successful third place finishes in each of the first three months of the season, in July we moved up to second place! That means that this year to date, we’ve helped secure a $30,000 donation to local RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.
Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Major Leagues during the 2014 regular season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.
The MLB Club winner of the overall competition will earn a bonus donation worth $20,000 to their local RBI league(s). The winning Club will be announced during the 2014 MLB World Series – stay tuned to find out who will bring home the highest donation!
For more information, visit www.MLB.com/Whiff.
Thanks to all who tweeted in the first four months of the season-let’s set our sights on finishing higher in the coming months! All you have to do is tweet #WHIFF + @Brewers. Up to 27 #WHIFF + @Brewers tweets per user per day will count toward out monthly total.
Tonight is Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Miller Park as we recognize the sacrifice of officers who have fallen in the line of duty and celebrate the commitment of all past and present law enforcement personnel.
We are pleased to welcome our local, county, state and federal law enforcement professionals; and are honored to acknowledge these men and women who keep our communities safe.
A special package was made available where a $5 donation from each ticket sold goes to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. to honor fallen Law Enforcement Officials. Over 750 tickets were sold as part of this effort.
Tonight, in a special pregame ceremony, we also welcomed three of Wisconsin’s finest officers that were injured in the line of duty:
First, Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dale Veto. On March 28, 2008, Deputy Veto laid down spike strips on Highway 151 near Sun Prairie to stop a stolen vehicle driven by a 15-yearold. The offender swerved to miss the spikes and swerved two more times at Deputy Veto until intentionally striking him at 65 MPH. Deputy Veto suffered two crushed legs and a separated shoulder. His doctors weren’t sure if he would ever be able to walk again. After 18 months of rehabilitation began working on desk duty, and more than two years later, on July 5, 2010, Deputy Veto returned to full duty.
Next, Milwaukee Police officer Anthony Wilson, who, along with three other MPD officers, was injured the morning of June 16, 2014, when a stolen car struck a marked police prisoner conveyance van. The officers were conveying a prisoner when their van was struck by the stolen car that ran a red traffic signal; and caused the police van to strike a light pole. Milwaukee Police arrested the three suspects shortly after the crash. Officer Wilson and one of the other officers have since returned to duty. The two other officers are still recovering from injuries.
Finally, Wisconsin State Trooper Justin Hansen. On January 26, 2014, Trooper Hansen was working in a snowstorm. He responded to two single vehicle crashes on Highway 41 near Oshkosh. A third vehicle lost control and slid into the crash scene, trapping Trooper Hansen between two vehicles, crushing both of his legs. Trooper Hansen’s injuries were so severe that doctors had to amputate his right leg below the knee. Trooper Hansen is currently doing rehabilitation therapy and is committed to returning to full duty as a State Trooper.
We thank these brave men and all law enforcement professional and their families that are joining us tonight. We are grateful for your service and sacrifice to the people of Wisconsin and to our nation.
John Shanks, Director of Law Enforcement Relations and Nate Catura, Law Enforcement Ambassador, from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial were also on hand to present a special recognition to George Petropoulos from Harley-Davidson, USA. Each year Harley-Davidson donates a motorcycle to the Memorial Fund that is raffled off, and to date have raised more than $600,000 for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
We had over 30 honor guard presenting colors tonight and State Trooper Justin Hansen, one of the three honored injured officers, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Thank you again to all past and present law enforcement personnel, for your dedication to keeping us safe. Enjoy the game!
The Brewers Community Achievers Program presented by AllState recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.
All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the program. Fans can nominate their Community Achiever online or pick up a nomination form at the Guest Relations Booth on the Field Level Concourse at Miller Park during the season.
This month’s honoree was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Pirates game at Miller Park.
This month’s honoree is Harry Sweda.
Harry is an 81-year-old young resident of Lublin, WI and has lived there his entire life, balancing the demands of a family, a career and the commitment to his community. After retiring as a public school teacher and administrator for the Gilman School District, Harry served 15 years as a school board member. He spent 35 years volunteering as a Dept. of National Resources Instructor, teaching hunter safety, ATV safety and snowmobile safety classes. He spent 52 years as a registered official with the WIAA serving as an umpire for high school and softball games. He is also one of the founding members of the Lublin Park & Pavilion Committee.
Harry has created a legacy of volunteerism that will outlive him. He taught his children that service and volunteerism is truly given when it is most needed not when it is most convenient or easy. Thanks Harry for being a lifelong volunteer in your community.
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.
Today, another “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS, was completed at Miller Park–this time by the Brewers Wives.
Earlier this week, Jonathan Lucroy’s wife, Sarah, completed the challenge and, in turn, passed it along to the Brewers Wives.
The Brewers Wives and Debbie Attanasio are all making personal donations to the cause and, today, a group of the Wives (along with Mark Reynolds, whose wife already did the challenge and nominated him) also completed the challenge, some with help from their husbands:
They have now passed the baton to the Pittsburgh Pirates Wives (the Brewers kick-off a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at Miller Park), and… you! That’s right, they’ve issued the challenge to ALL BREWERS FANS. So, now it is in your hands…complete the ice bucket challenge and/or donate online at ALSA.org.
Here are some stills:
And a GIF:
The list of people from the Brewers organization who have completed the challenge is growing. Take a look at some of the previous videos:
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.
And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.
Along with members of the organization getting cold and wet for a cause, Brewers Community Foundation has also made a donation of $5,000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Club and the Ice Bucket Challenge participants. Click here to join us in our support.
The Milwaukee Brewers will celebrate Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet at Miller Park on Saturday, September 27 against the Chicago Cubs. The evening will include numerous giveaways and prizes, and one lucky fan will win “The Ultimate Tailgate” grand prize: a 2014 Chevy Equinox and a $1,000 gift card to Pick ‘n Save.
The Chevy Equinox features a custom Brewers wrap and will be displayed at Miller Park and various Pick ‘n Save stores in the Greater Milwaukee area beginning this week.
Along with the Chevy Equinox, the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM will make special appearances at the store locations. In addition, five pairs of tickets for Fan Appreciation Night and Pick ‘n Save gift cards will be given away during each appearance.
All fans in attendance on Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet will receive a 2014 Brewers team photo and a 2015 Brewers magnetic schedule. Additionally, all fans will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win fabulous prizes, including autographed memorabilia, gift certificates to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and many additional prizes from team corporate sponsors (prizes subject to change).
Tickets for Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet are available at the Miller Park Box Office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.
Several Brewers players and coaches joined military families for a private tailgate lunch at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center this afternoon. Each branch of the military was represented.
Here are some photos from this special event:
As part of the organization’s community initiative known as “Beyond the Diamond,” Brewers players and coaches participate in a series of community outreach events throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel working hands-on in the community. The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
Fans who received vouchers for the Carlos Gomez, Kyle Lohse and Vintage Bobbleheads earlier this year will be able to pick up their items beginning tomorrow, Saturday, August 23.
For those three All-Fan Giveaway dates, the supply of bobbleheads was exhausted before all fans in attendance received their item. Those fans who were not accommodated were given a voucher, redeemable after the new supply of bobbleheads arrive at Miller Park.
Please note that fans must have their voucher to pick up the item.
Redemption opportunities include the following:
- Fans attending Brewers homes game may bring their voucher to the table located on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations. The table will be staffed from the time that gates open through the end of the game.
- On non-game days, or when the Miller Park gates are not open, fans may bring their vouchers to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic (Hot Corner) during its normal hours of operation. The Team Store by Majestic is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Redemptions will not be accepted in the Team Store by Majestic when the Miller Park gates are open for Brewers home games).
The opportunity to redeem will be available through Sunday, September 28.
If you’ll recall, earlier this season, we were working with the Brewers Wives and the Wisconsin Humane Society to create a Brewers Pet Calendar, featuring photos of the players and coaches with their pets and/or animals from the Wisconsin Humane Society. We also held a contest where one winner and her dog were selected to appear in the calendar (congrats again, Jessica!)
Well, the calendars have arrived and are now available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
Let me just say–they turned out great! All of the photos were taken by our team photographer, Scott Paulus.
This is an 18-month calendar, starting with September of 2014, which means you don’t have to wait until the New Year to display it.
They are $14.95 with proceeds benefiting the Wisconsin Humane Society.
One hammered baseballs, one chases them.
Hank the Ballpark Pup had the chance to meet his namesake, the great Hank Aaron, who is in town for Brewers Community Foundation’s annual “An Evening with Hank Aaron,” event.
Brandee and Steve Lendosky‘s son Derek passed away in an accident on August 4, 2013, just three days before his 10th birthday; this was a tremendous tragedy, but they have chosen to turn the experience into a way to both honor Derek’s life and spread his kindness to people they meet.
Random Acts Of Kindness (with no recognition needed) began happening in some of the most creative, inspiring and touching ways imaginable, spreading the message to “Do it 4 Derek” and think of others first.
And today is Derek’s Day at Miller Park.
Steve threw out the ceremonial First Pitch in Derek’s honor prior to the Brewers vs. Blue Jays game and Steve and his family, along with close to 500 others are at today’s game, performing random acts of kindness:
They’re here sporting bright green “Do it 4 Derek” tees and handing out $1000 in concession money and 16 signed baseballs (provided by the Brewers Community Relations department) to random fans.
If you are/were approached by someone in the group, there is no catch. They simply as that you visit their website to learn more (there you can view the Random Acts of Kindness Map and add to it) and, most importantly, that you pay it forward.