Olympians Craig & Erika Brown Visit Miller Park

Olympians Erika & Craig Brown, brother and sister,  lifelong Brewers fans and Wisconsin natives, were on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitches prior to today’s game.

If you will recall, I wrote a feature on Erika back in January, as she prepared for the Sochi Olympics, so it was great to finally meet her and I know she enjoyed being back in her home state, with her family by her side.

The Brown family, full of Olympians!

The Brown family, full of Olympians!

Erika Brown

Craig and Erika Brown toss out the first pitches.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Erika and Craig began curling at a young age, taking after their parents who also played the sport.

Both Erika and Craig participated in the Sochi Olympics, Erika as  member of the Women’s U.S. Olympic Curling Team, and Craig was a member of the Men’s U.S. Olympic Curling team.

Their father, Steve Brown, was also the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling coach at Sochi.

“It was an unbelievable family experience for all of us, including mother Diane, who was also a member of the 1988 Olympic team with Erika in Calgary,” Steve said.

We’re proud to have them all out at Miller Park today.
Go Brewers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Bucks First Round Draft Pick Jabari Parker Visits Miller Park

On Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Duke forward Jabari Parker with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft; yesterday he made his first public appearance, greeting fans at the Milwaukee Public Market and then at Summerfest; and today, he visited Miller Park, where threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to today’s game vs. the Colorado Rockies. 

He’s certainly wasted no time immersing himself in the Milwaukee culture and he seems to be having a lot of fun along the way. Here are some photos and videos of Jabari’s afternoon here at the ballpark:

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Photo Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

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Photo Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Jabari

 

Welcome to Milwaukee, Jabari!

-Cait JohnandCait@brewers.com

Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Brewers Community Foundation, Participate in Check Presentation to Sojourner Family Peace Center

Prior to this afternoon’s game at Miller Park, Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore, participated in an on-field check presentation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center.

Sojourner Family Peace Center is focused on transforming lives impacted by domestic violence by supporting women, children and families. Sojourner is building a new Milwaukee facility at 6th and Walnut Streets with groundbreaking planned for September. This facility is designed to support families more effectively, leverage relationships with partners to have greater impact and provide state of the art crisis housing.

Brewers Community Foundation and the Milwaukee Brewers have been long and valuable partners with Sojourner Family Peace Center and along with Debbie and Mark Attanasio, are proud to contribute $300,000 to the Sojourner Family Peace Center’s Courage Campaign to raise $26.9 million for the new facility.

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Brewers Community Foundation has significant involvement in the organization’s $26 million capital campaign. Debbie Attanasio serves as Honorary Chairperson and Cecelia Gore is on the Fund Development Committee. The entire Brewers organization has identified a variety of ways to support the organization including K’s for a Cause, proceeds of sales from the Wives custom designed t-shirts and a special ticketed event in the Gehl Club.

Carmen Pitre, Executive Director of Sojourner Family Peace Center, and Suzy Walter, Campaign Chair of the Sojourner Courage Campaign, represented Sojourner Family Peace Center at today’s presentation.

 

#VoteBrewers #BallotParty Recap

Last week, during the Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks game on Wednesday, June 18, we held a virtual balloting party on the telecast on FOX Sports Wisconsin.

Fans tweeting and/or instagramming photos showing us how they were supporting the #VoteBrewers effort had the opportunity to win tickets in FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Suite.

We were overwhelmed by the response and your creativity and had a tough time nailing down the winners, but ultimately we selected these six:

And last night, these winners came out to cheer the Crew on to their 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies from the Suite at Miller Park.

Here are some photos from the event:

Thank you to the winners and all of you for supporting the Vote Brewers campaign…so far. It’s not over yet!

Fans can keep voting for their favorite Brewers until next Thursday, July 3 at brewers.com/allstar.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

CHIVAS GUADALAJARA AND SWANSEA CITY A.F.C. PROFESSIONAL SOCCER MATCH AT MILLER PARK LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY

“Futbol Fever” is spreading across the globe as the World Cup matches heat up; and this year, support is especially fervent in America as the U.S. Men’s National Team advances to the knockout stage.

We’re very excited to cheer on USMNT again next week, and with that, we’re especially excited that, this year of all years, we’ll be hosting the first-ever professional soccer match at Miller Park, giving fans a chance to watch the sport, at one of its highest levels, in person.

On Wednesday July 16, we’ll host popular Mexican soccer club C.D. Guadalajara, affectionately known throughout the world as Chivas, and Swansea City A.F.C of the English Premier League. Presented by Miller Lite, the event is part of the Chivas’ annual U.S. Tour, which includes four matches against some of the best teams from top soccer nations – Brazil, England, Germany and Mexico

One of the most historic and successful clubs in Mexico, Chivas has captured 11 First Division titles in Liga MX and has raised two Copa México trophies. Additionally, the 108-year-old team is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players, a concept that has made Chivas a steady contributor of players to the Mexican National Team. Standout players include Omar Bravo, Jesus Aldo DeNigris and Rafa Marquez Lugo. The team is managed by Carlos Bustos.

Established in 1912, Swansea City became the first Welsh team to play in the English Premier League after earning promotion in 2011. In 2013 they won the Football League Cup Final, which earned them a spot in the 2013-2014 UEFA Europa League. Swansea finished in 12th place in the EPL in the 2013-14 season and is led by Manager Garry Monk.

To preview this event, we held a press conference at Miller Park today with Chivas, who was represented by World Cup legend and current Chivas Sporting Director Juan Francisco “Paco” Palencia. From the Brewers end, Paco was joined by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Vice President – Brewers Enterprises Jason Hartlund and Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

L-R: Rick Schlesinger, Paco Palencia, Yovani Gallardo and Jason Hartlund. Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

L-R: Rick Schlesinger, Paco Palencia, Yovani Gallardo and Jason Hartlund.
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

“We’re very excited to talk about this great match, with what’s going on in the World Cup and the excitement in the United States. Since the U.S. has advanced to the round of 16, I think the level of interest in soccer locally and nationally is probably the highest it’s ever been,” said Rick Schlesinger.

Jason Hartlund noted that his group, Brewers Enterprises, which is responsible for non-game day events at the ballpark, has been trying to secure a match of this nature for the past two years. Finally, this year, the baseball schedule coincided with that of Chivas’ tour.

“Whether it’s an international soccer match, or concerts, or a religious convention, which we had last weekend, Miller Park is clearly more than just baseball, so we are always looking to have new and exciting events,” Jason said.

Paco, who Rick referred to analogously as either the Robin Yount or the Paul Molitor of Mexican soccer, spoke next. “We are very excited to come here and play the first-ever soccer match at Miller Park,” he said.

“We have to thank all the fans who are supporting the event…we take (the match) very seriously because it is a huge event for us.”

Paco mentioned that when he was a child, he was a baseball fan and had started to play the sport along with soccer; however, he decided to continue on with soccer.

Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who is from Mexico, had the opposite experience. Like Paco, he grew up a fan of both sports and had played them both through high school, when he had to decision. Fortunately for Brewers fans, he chose baseball, but he still follows soccer closely.

“It’s pretty exciting for all of us. Hopefully we have the support from everyone in Milwaukee and show both of these teams the love that everyone has for soccer here in Milwaukee…. It takes a lot of talent for those guys to go out there and run for 90 minutes and do what they do with the soccer ball. I have a lot of respect for those guys and it is going to be an exciting game,” he said.

“I enjoy watching games, especially an event like this whenever i have the opportunity to be there live, and watch a game….If I’m able to do it, I’ll be there,” Yovani said.

The Brewers presented Paco was with his own jersey and in turn, Rick, Jason and Yovani received Chivas jerseys as well.

Brewers-Chivas jersey exchange!  Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers-Chivas jersey exchange!
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Paco will also throw out the honorary first pitch later that evening when the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.

“I’ve never been in a professional stadium before,” Paco said. “Maybe Yovani can warm be up a little before the game.”

Following the conference, Paco and Yovani went out onto the field, or pitch, depending on how you look at it, to have a little fun and Yovani and Paco did get to toss both a baseball and a soccer ball around together:

Paco tries his hand at baseball.... Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Paco tries his hand at baseball….
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Yovani tries his foot at soccer. Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

…And Yovani tries his foot at soccer.
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Tickets are still available for this unique event, which is less than three weeks away. Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Tickets are available online at brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, and by phone at (414) 902-4000.

The pitch will be laid out in an east-west orientation with one goal in left field and the other goal near first base (see below). The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m. Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

Soccer Seating Miller Park

You can watch scenes from the press conference here:

8pm CT Update: Check out Paco’s pitch here:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Go To Bat for Sojourner Family Peace Center on July 22; Packages on Sale Now

Join Baker Tilly as it teams up with Kyle Lohse, Scooter Gennett and Brewers Community Foundation to support Sojourner Family Peace Center on Tuesday, July 22 as the Brewers take on the Reds at Miller Park.

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Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year. Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being.

Corporate packages for this unique event are on sale now. They include 10 Gehl Club tickets, a full buffet, two glasses of beer or wine per adult and an authentic autographed baseball signed by Kyle Lohse or Scooter Gennett for each guest.

Grab some co-workers and enjoy the game from the Gehl Club while supporting a great cause! Call (414)902-HOPE to reserve your package today.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Brewers Community Achievers: Shanna Reid

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.

The third honoree of 2014, Shanna Reid, was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Rockies game at Miller Park.

When Shanna was a young girl, her father instilled in her and her siblings the importance of education and giving back to those in need. After her father’s passing, Shanna started One Accord Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to youth who are aging out of foster care and group homes and who are attending college. In 2012, in honor of her father, who believed all young people should have the opportunity to pursue a college education, particularly those who show great promise but are unable to afford it, Shanna created the Tommie L. Reid Scholarship Fund. The money raised from One Accord Foundation’s annual Golf Outing and Fish Fry Events; to date, four students have been awarded scholarships to assist them with their basic needs for college.

Shanna Reid

Thank you, Shanna, for your commitment to the youth in Wisconsin who are pursuing a college education.

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.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Bring Toiletry Items With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks the second Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity of the year with a toiletries drive during the Brewers series against the Rockies.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new toiletry items (i.e., soaps, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, body wash, body spray, hairspray, etc.) with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Scooter Gennett.

2014 Gennett 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.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Rockies Series: Colorado Pork Chili Verde Tacos

The Brewers kick off a four-game set tonight at Miller Park against the Colorado Rockies and we’ve got Colorado Pork Chili Verde Tacos on the Double Clutch Menu.

For $10.25, you’ll get  two corn tortilla tacos, cilantro rice, and black bean and corn salsa.

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In addition, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball will also be available for $9.50.

As always, the Double Clutch is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

–Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Today, more than 250 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers (including players, coaches, Brewers Wives and front office staff), Brewers Community Foundation, Inc., Our Next Generation, organizers from KaBOOM!, and residents of the Milwaukee community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Our Next Generation. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April.

Brewers Community Foundation was the lead sponsor of this events as part of its Beyond the Diamond initiative, a series of community outreach events that take place during the season. These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation. 

The Brewers will take on the Colorado Rockies tonight in the first game of a four-game set, but that didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Khris Davis, Yovani Gallardo, Will Smith and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Here are some photos I captured at today’s event:

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A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of ensuring that all children get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults because #playmatters.

In central Milwaukee, where roughly 3 out of 4 children live below the poverty line, kids often lack safe and carefree environments to explore, learn, and grow. The new playground will bring more than 850 kids in Milwaukee one step closer to having the childhood they deserve.

The playground is the second build by the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

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