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BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S 5K FAMOUS RACING SAUSAGES RUN/WALK ENTRY FORM AVAILABLE TODAY

Brewers Community Foundation’s 17th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 18, starting at 8 a.m. Registration will be available online at brewers.com/5krunwalk beginning today, Monday, January 19.

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The unique feature of this event is that participants actually get to test their skills against the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, who also run the course. The run will begin and end at the Klement’s Sausage Haus where the Brat, Hot Dog, Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage join the crowd on the course. The route also makes its way around the warning track of Miller Park.

All participants must be pre-registered and the event is expected to sell out quickly. It is recommended that those interested register early for this event. The cost is $30 for those registering by April 30, 2015 and $35 for those registering between May 1, 2015 until registration closes on June 23, 2015 (or upon sell-out).

For the registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of ten Brewers 2015 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.

Race participants have helped to raise $175,000 in the past three years with all funds raised to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin. When registering to participate, fans will be able to set up a fundraising page to help raise funds for Fisher House Wisconsin.  Please note that the Run/Walk registration fee cannot be applied toward personal fundraising levels. Fundraising incentive levels start at $100 and increase incrementally to the Grand Prize, which includes an autographed baseball and an opportunity to throw out a first pitch.  The top prize is awarded to the highest fundraiser that raises over $5,000.

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Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital are eligible to stay for free at the Fisher House if they need to overnight. The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and ensures that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. The future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in late 2015.

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at brewers.com/5krunwalk. Any questions regarding the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk or the fundraising component can be directed to Meredith Malone at meredith.malone@brewers.com.

 

Reminder! Last Day to Vote for T-Shirt Friday Designs

Today is the final day that fans can cast their vote for their favorite T-Shirt Friday design.

Back by popular demand, T-Shirt Fridays will return to Miller Park for the 2015 season. All fans in attendance during each of the seven Friday home games from June through August will receive a complimentary Brewers–themed T-shirt (available in both medium and extra-large sizes).

This year, the promotion comes with a twist – fans will decide the designs for each of seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways.

A dozen possible T-shirt designs were posted at Brewers.com/shirtvote last Monday. Fans have been able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. Their first choice will receive seven points, their second choice will receive six, and continuing to their seventh and final vote which will receive one point. Voting remains open, but will close at 11:59 p.m. CT tonight.

 

Once the results are in, they will be tabulated and the seven winning designs will be revealed during a special presentation at Brewers On Deck this Sunday, January 25. By the way, the attendees were announced on Friday, so click here if you missed that!

While individual tickets are not yet on sale, fans can guarantee their spot at Miller Park for T-Shirt Fridays – plus receive free Opening Day tickets – with a Brewers 10-Pack, on sale now at brewers.com/10packs or by calling (414) 902-HITS (4487).

Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media, and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines,  by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6.

 

Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s Set for September 26; Registration Now Open

The fourth annual “Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s” is set for Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Registration is now available online at brewersmini.com.

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Last year a combined 7,200 runners, representing 39 states and 6 countries, participated in the mini-marathon (13.1 miles) and the 10K race (6.214 miles). The races both begin and end at beautiful Miller Park with unique courses that take participants past Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) and the opportunity to run inside Miller Park on the field warning track.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2016, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race party at Miller Park with live music will also take place. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

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Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade and misting stations along the way. Refreshing snacks and water will be provided by Sendik’s at the finish line. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

During the first three years of the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, race participants have helped to raise over $190,000 with all fundraising proceeds benefiting the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by the Brewers Community Foundation and participants can create their own fundraising page at brewersmini.com and submit online donations.  Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering by April 30, $75/$55 for those registering between May 1 – July 31, $85/$65 for those registering between August 1 – September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available).  Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25, 2015.

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at brewersmini.com and brewers.com.

Bernie Brewer and Mariner Moose Make Bet on Sunday’s Packers vs. Seahawks Game

So today started off like any other Friday… but it’s not every day you come across a mascot Twitter feud that results in a friendly wager on this Sunday’s Packers vs. Seahawks game.

Take a look at this conversation between our own Bernie Brewer (the most followed MLB Mascot on Twitter, thank you very much) and Mariner Moose.

 

Like me, fans seemed pretty excited by this exchange:

 

Just another reason to look forward to Sunday’s showdown… the chance to see Mariner Moose in a Packers jersey! :p

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

BREWERS ON DECK TO INCLUDE OVER 50 PLAYERS, COACHES, BROADCASTERS & ALUMNI

Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.

This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the event. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.

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Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

PLAYERS COACHES ALUMNI
Michael Blazek Hector Gomez Gerardo Parra Darnell Coles Jerry Augustine
Ryan Braun Brooks Hall Wily Peralta Joe Crawford Cecil Cooper
Juan Centeno Jim Henderson Shane Peterson Matt Erickson Craig Counsell
Matt Clark Jeremy Jeffress Jason Rogers Mike Guerrero Rob Deer
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Logan Schafer Marcus Hanel Jim Gantner
Khris Davis Brandon Kintzler Will Smith Rick Kranitz Larry Hisle
Mike Fiers Kyle Lohse Michael Strong Jerry Narron
Yovani Gallardo Adam Lind Tyler Thornburg Ron Roenicke
Scooter Gennett Jonathan Lucroy Rob Wooten Ed Sedar
David Goforth Hunter Morris John Shelby
Carlos Gomez Jimmy Nelson Lee Tunnell

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events will be released next week.

Jonathan Lucroy Advances to Round 2 of #FaceofMLB!

Last month, MLB Network set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook. In Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the #FaceofBrewers on social media and you selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.

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MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.

Yesterday, Luc was pitted against the San Diego Padres’ Matt Kemp in Round 1 of the competition and we’re pleased to tell you that Luc was victorious and by quite a large margin!

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Thank you to all who voted! You’ve got a few weeks to rest up your voting fingers-it looks like Luc will take on the Giants’ Buster Posey in Round 2 on February 4.

Stay tuned for more information on that!

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Hank the #BallparkPup Named “Dog of the Year” in The CW Network’s World Dog Awards

Our lovable dog, “Hank, the Ballpark Pup,” has been named “Dog of the Year” at the CW Network’s World Dog Awards! Hosted by George Lopez, the event aired on the CW Network tonight.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with World Dog Awards Host, George Lopez.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with World Dog Awards Host, George Lopez.

 

The awards show put the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlighted special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

 

The “Golden Hydrant” was presented to Hank by Paris Hilton on stage at the Barker Hanger, the site of the event in Los Angeles. 

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with Paris Hilton, Terrell Owens and his adoptive family.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with Paris Hilton, Terrell Owens and his adoptive family.

Hank traveled to Los Angeles via Southwest Airlines with a Brewers contingent to accept the award “in person.” Prior to the event, Hank walked the green carpet where he was greeted by members of the Hollywood and national media.

The “Dog of the Year” award was presented to the canine who made the biggest impact on pop culture in 2014. Hank was one of five finalists and was elected via a public vote on the CW Network website.

Hank first appeared as a stray at Brewers Spring Training on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. He became a fixture at camp and immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet lovers across the world. Stories on Hank appeared everywhere from the London Daily Mail to PEOPLE Magazine, and nearly every major national news and talk show across the United States.

Hank has teamed up with the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) to initiate fundraisers benefitting the efforts to feed, care for and shelter homeless animals. In addition, 20 percent of Hank merchandise sales, such as his book and other Hank collectibles, are also donated to the WHS. To date, the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 through this program.

Hank’s rise to the pop culture limelight since first walking on the field in February has been nothing short of tremendous. He has warmed the hearts of thousands of Brewers fans and dog lovers alike and continues to make a positive impact on the Milwaukee community.

Vote for Jonathan Lucroy as #FaceofMLB Today!

Last month, MLB Network set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook. In Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the #FaceofBrewers on social media and you selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.

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Now, it’s your turn to help Vote for Luc as the Face of MLB!

MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.The second round takes place today (Thursday, January 15) from 8am CT until 7am CT tomorrow.

Luc is pitted against the San Diego Padres’ Matt Kemp and we need your help voting like crazy for Jonathan Lucroy via social media.

Here’s how to make your votes count:

ON TWITTER:

Any tweet containing both #JONATHANLUCROY and #FACEOFMLB will count toward our totals. Retweets also count, so be sure to follow @Brewers to help spread the word.

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ON FACEBOOK:

On Facebook, you’ll need to visit MLBNetwork’s Facebook Page and comment on this Lucroy vs. Kemp post using both #JONATHANLUCROY and #FACEOFMLB. This is very important…only comments that contain both hashtags made on that particular Facebook post will count.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Jonathan Lucroy to Join Senator Johnson at State of the Union Address

This morning, Sen. Ron Johnson announced  that Jonathan Lucroy will be his guest when the president offers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

The senator remarked: “Mr. Lucroy, the All-Star catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, has become a hero to Wisconsin sports fans with his excellent performance on the field. But to me, he is an even bigger hero off the field: He is using his baseball fame to highlight some great Wisconsin charities.”

Among them:

  • He supports initiatives to support the finest among us, the Americans who have served in the armed forces, by supporting Fisher House Wisconsin, planned as a “home away from home” for the families of veterans receiving care at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.
  • He invites wounded heroes to Brewers games and meets with them, and he visits veterans hospitals in Wisconsin, in St. Louis, in Washington and on road trips.
  • He regularly visits patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
  • He traveled with veterans in November on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials in Washington.
  • He has provided $5,000 scholarships to military families.
  • Donated $10,000 to Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa.
  • He has served as a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk and the Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity. He has recorded public service announcements for the Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run Walk on behalf of the Fisher House.
  • He works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and with the Miracle League of Milwaukee, which provides opportunities for all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability.

Jonathan said, I am honored that Senator Johnson has asked me to be his guest at the State of the Union. We both share a passion for veterans and serving those who serve us, and I am looking forward to the privilege of being in our nation’s Capital for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Sen. Johnson said, “The president inspired millions when he spoke of Americans of differing opinions coming together for the common good. Nearly two centuries ago, Alexis de Tocqueville was astonished at the way Americans came together voluntarily to solve problems left to the state or aristocrats in other countries. Mr. Lucroy’s charitable service illustrates these ideals by shining a light on the good work Wisconsinites are doing for their communities. It is an honor to in turn honor Mr. Lucroy.”

World Dog Awards To Air Tomorrow; Tune in to the CW Network to See if Hank Wins Dog of the Year

Over the weekend, I shared images of Hank on the start of his journey to Los Angeles, where he attended the World Dog Awards.

Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which was held and taped at the Barker Hangar in LA.

In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.

I’ve got some more photos and footage from that trip to share with you, but my lips are sealed: you’ll have to tune in to the show tomorrow (January 15) at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out which dog won!

Friday, January 9:

Hank traveled on Southwest Airlines flight 900 from General Mitchell International Airport to LAX:

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Hank checked in to  the Hotel Palomar, a very dog-friendly hotel, where he was greeted like the celebrity he is:

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Saturday, January 10:

Hank had a little downtime on Saturday morning, so he went for a walk:

After strolling down Rodeo Drive, he also located the three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to canines:

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Hank then walked the “Green Carpet” in advance of the award show:

Hank then attended the World Dog Awards, which was hosted by George Lopez:

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There, Hank met many celebrities–both human and canine. We’ve got a lot more great photos to share from the event, but I’ll wait to post them until after the show airs on Thursday.

Sunday, January 11:

Hank’s whirlwind Hollywood weekend came to an end as he traveled back home to Milwaukee:

Again, don’t forget tune in to the show tomorrow night at 7pm CT on the CW Network to see the results (at the very least, you’ll see Hank’s nomination). You’ll also want to follow @Brewers that night as we live tweet along with the show. 

Then, check back here and on our various social sites for more fun photos from the weekend.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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