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Associated Bank Swings Into Baseball with “Hits for Homes”

Today at Miller Park, Associated Bank and the Brewers Community Foundation are launching “Hits for Homes,” a program that will directly benefit Housing Resources, Inc. (HRI), a nonprofit organization that provides support to low- to moderate-income homeowners and home buyers in the Milwaukee community. For every hit recorded by the Brewers during home games for the rest of the season, Associated Bank and Brewers Community Foundation will be teaming up to donate $250 to HRI, up to a combined $100,000.

“Associated Bank is a proud member of the Milwaukee community, and our partnership with the Brewers Community Foundation offers an opportunity to enhance our collective giving in Milwaukee,” said Christopher Piotrowski, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Associated Bank. “We recognized a need in our community, and the funds we raise will help ensure the individuals served by Housing Resources have access to essential home repair assistance.”

Hits for Homes

Before tonight’s game, there was a special pregame ceremony to launch the Hits for Homes initiative.

Donations will be given to HRI and used for affordable home repair grants designed to assist homeowners who experienced financial distress and deferred maintenance on their properties in Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County and Waukesha County. Associated Bank strongly believes in the mission of HRI to empower people to live their dream of successful home ownership through education, advocacy and supportive services. Associated has been a proud partner and supporter of HRI since 2013, and has a history of partnering to support homeownership in the Milwaukee community through advisory board and volunteers’ participation in teaching courses about homeownership.

“Thanks to organizations like Associated Bank and Brewers Community Foundation, we are able to help many families. We are excited about and grateful for this partnership,” said Housing Resources executive director, Trena Bond.

Each hit and corresponding donation will tallied on the Associated Bank Check Deck Screen, located above the Associated Check Deck. For more information about how to apply for grants from HRI, visit hri-wi.org.

“Brewers Community Foundation recognizes the critical need for affordable, safe housing. We are happy to partner with Associated Bank to positively impact children and their families,” said Cecelia Gore, executive director of Brewers Community Foundation.

In addition to Hits for Homes, fans can choose to open a Brewers checking account and debit card at Miller Park and receive a $75 certificate to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic or an Ultimate Brewers Experience. The Ultimate Brewers Experience will be on Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including opportunities for batting practice, playing catch in the outfield, pitching in the Brewers bullpen, going down Bernie’s slide, photo opportunities with a Brewers legend, Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages. The Brewers Checking account includes perks such as 2-for-1 ticket discounts on select games, a 10 percent discount at the team store, Brewers checks and debit cards, as well as exclusive access to the Associated Bank “Check In” gate located at left-centerfield. For more information, visit www.associatedbank.com/brewers100.

Fans can also stop by the Main Level Concourse near Section 113 to experience the Home Run Challenge game. Next to the game area, they will find Associated bankers who are available to answer questions and help them open a Brewers Checking account with added perks.

 

Milwaukee Brewers and Associated Bank Expand Partnership; Includes Newly Renovated “Check Deck” Seating Area

Today we announced an extension of our partnership with Associated Bank. The extension includes a newly-renovated seating option for fans, The Associated Bank Check Deck, formerly known as the Harley-Davidson Deck.

“We’re excited about Associated’s enhanced partnership with the Brewers organization as well as our increased prominence at Miller Park,” said Christopher Piotrowski, EVP and chief marketing officer at Associated Bank.  “We have been a business banking partner and official sponsor of the Brewers since 2006, the year we launched our unique Brewer-themed checking.  We are expanding our partnership for the community, the love of baseball and to support the Brewers in building an even better fan experience”.

Piotrowski explained that Associated is in the final stages of coordinating unique fan engagement activities for Brewer home games.  Other plans include a charitable extension of the Associated/Brewers partnership, special events for Associated customers, additional Miller Park ATM machines, and a Matt Garza gnome giveaway during the August 2 game. Fans can follow Associated Bank on Facebook for a future giveaway opportunity.

“Associated Bank has been a valued partner of the Brewers for a decade, and today’s announcement is another example of their committed support of the team and community,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This is a partnership on many levels, and offers benefits to fans and the community through hospitality, entertainment, promotional and philanthropic elements.”

The Associated Bank Check Deck can accommodate up to 42 fans and is available for group outings throughout the season. One of the premier features of the Check Deck is the “all-you-can-eat” buffet which begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after first pitch. The buffet features a range of delicious items including Klement’s bratwursts and hot dogs, pulled pork, grilled chicken breasts, baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, cookies and unlimited soft drinks. In addition, each ticket to the Check Deck comes with two complimentary draft beers per adult, a private bar, flat screen high definition TVs, and general admission seating.

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The expanded partnership with Associated Bank comes with benefits to the all of the bank’s customers.   Fans who bank with the institution and display a valid credit or debit card will have access to the Associated Bank “Check In” gate located in left-centerfield. It will provide bank customers easy and convenient access to the ballpark, especially for fans coming from the east parking lots. Brewers Checking customers also receive 2-for-1 ticket discounts on select games, a 10% discount at the Brewers Team Store, as well as Brewers checks and debit card.

Tickets for the Check Deck start at just $47 per person. To learn more information about the Associated Bank Check Deck or to purchase group tickets, fans can contact the Brewers group sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting Brewers.com/groups.

 

ABOUT ASSOCIATED BANC-CORP

Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) has total assets of $27 billion and is one of the top 50, publicly traded, U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services in over 200 banking locations serving more than 100 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

Unattended Promo Items Lead to Intentional Fun

For the past few days, I’ve had the Kyle Lohse Bobblehead with me, with hopes of capturing videos of the players talking about it, such as this one from Brandon Kintzler:

Or fun photos of it around the ballpark, such as this one:

After taking the last photo, I was momentarily distracted when someone began talking to me. So, I walked a few steps away, leaving the bobblehead behind.

Kyle chose that moment to emerge from the Clubhouse, walked right over to his bobblehead and picked it up, asking loudly to anyone within earshot: “Um, excuse me….Why is this unattended?

That’s because he knows that his teammates are just waiting for any opportunity to poke fun at, or play a joke on, him. But before you start to feel sorry for him… don’t.

He’d do the same to them in heartbeat.

It’s that kind of team with that kind of camaraderie, that kind of chemistry. They’re playing great baseball together and having fun–on and off the field.

And so, to further illustrate my point…. this is what happens when you leave promo items unattended in the dugout… in this case, a Kyle Lohse “face-on-a-stick” courtesy of Associated Bank (you can pick one of these up at Miller Park on the Field Level concourse down the first-base side) and this Sunday’s bobble, courtesy of Toyota.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Many Happy Campers Attend Field of Sweet Dreams Event at Miller Park

 

If you’re not familiar with it, Field of Sweet Dreams, presented by Copps, Pick ‘n Save and Kemps, is a giant slumber party for 350Brewers fans of all ages, put on by Brewers Enterprises. You get to set up your tent on the field, watch the game and a movie on the video board, play games, enjoy great food and more. Last year was the first year of the event and it was a smashing success. Being in the Consumer Marketing department, I helped promote the event, so I thought I should see for myself what it is really like. I asked Sarah Chmiel, Manager of Brewers Enterprises and Queen of the Field of Sweet Dreams, if she’d be open to my covering the event for John and Cait…Plus 9. She was all for it.

In fact, when I told my husband, Brian what I was planning on doing, he laughed. Then, when he realized I was serious, he laughed even harder. And, since we don’t own a tent (Did I mention, I am not a camper?), I had to ask our next-door neighbors and good friends, Tim and Jana, if they had a tent that I could borrow. They asked who it was for and when I told them it was for me, they also laughed. However, I will say that when I explained what I’d be using the tent for and the premise of the event, they thought it was a very cool thing and hooked me up with an Eddie Bauer Backpacking Sport Dome Tent. Perfect, I thought. A Sport Dome Tent for my night in a sports dome.

Those alternatives simply would not do. I wanted the full Field of Sweet Dreams fan experience. Also, I didn’t like the fact that he was implying that he didn’t think I could do this on my own.

“Okay, well, I am not coming down there to bring you anything you’ve forgotten or to help you set up that tent then,” he said.

So, I went on my merry way, leaving Brian to his own devices for the night (no doubt pizza delivery, the Brewers game and season six of Entourage on DVD).

Yep. Sure thing-I will get right on that.A lady and her children walked by, “How’d you get stuck setting up the tent?” she called.

Nope, it really was just me. So, when one of the directions read, “With a person at each front corner of the tent, flex the fiberglass poles into an upward position, forming two arches,” I looked around.

I decided to channel my inner Girl Scout. Yes, I was a Girl Scout and before you ask, no, we didn’t go on many camping trips; and the ones we did take did not involve tents, thank you very much.

Since I’d worked up quite the appetite setting up my tent, I headed up the steps to the Field Level Concourse where a smorgasbord featuring BBQ pulled chicken, Italian beef, hot dogs, baked beans, salad, corn on the cob, chips, pickles, brownies and beverages awaited me and the other hungry campers.Many fans were engrossed in the Brewers game, which was being shown on the video board and piped over the sound system. Below the video board, personalized scoreboard messages ran in a loop.

He had heard about the event too late last year, so he made sure to get his tickets early this year. They were having a great time, hanging out and watching the game when I checked in with them.

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When I caught up with Jessica and Luther Himsel and their children, Elijah and Ruby, they had just returned to their tent after a jaunt at the Associated Bank Kids Zone.

Following the game, fans were treated to Shrek the Third on the video board and had the chance to grab some “midnight snacks,” of nachos, chicken tenders, ice cream, popcorn, peanuts, Cracker Jack and candy.

Note: I do not want this little vignette to discourage anyone from taking part in next year’s event; I take full responsibility for what I am about to disclose to you.

And that’s when I noticed that the flap for the tent’s “side room” wasn’t fully closed. Using my hand, I tried to do my best imitation of Ryan Braun in our TV spot (where he swats the fly into the wall with his hand and the tag reads “Ryan Braun. Yeah, the guy can hit.”). Well, clearly, this girl can’t hit, so I grabbed the notepad I had been using to jot notes for this post and began taking some stronger cuts, trying to move the bugs in the direction of the open vent. After about ten minutes or so, I was tired.

I laid back, resting my head on my brand-new, rolled up Brewers blanket. (Okay, so maybe in all the excitement of going camping, I had forgotten my pillow, but as I noted above, there was no way I was calling Brian to ‘fess up.) I marveled at the view from my tent, the open roof providing a superb view of the night sky. I considered what a fun evening I’d had and all of the cool Brewers fans I had met.

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As I felt myself surrendering to sleep and my own sweet dreams, I breathed a sigh of contentment in being able to survive on my own (okay, me and 349 others) in the great outdoors (okay, great outfield … at Miller Park … which just happens to be my place of employment), despite my misadventures in entomology.


I watched as the little tent city sprang to life and fans began heading to the restrooms to wash up, packing up and disassembling their tents before enjoying the breakfast buffet, which featured scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mini-muffins and bagels, fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

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Despite the sleep crusties and bleary-eyedness of some of the kids–for most of whom, I am sure staying up so late was a rare treat– I saw a lot of smiles on the faces of the fans. It had been a wonderful outing to cap off the summer and everyone, including me, was going home a…well, happy camper.

As a side note, I was so proud of myself for sticking it out and not spending the night in my air-conditioned, bug-free office, or just packing it in at midnight and going home, that I was thinking I just might plan on taking in the real Arctic Tailgate experience by camping out prior to the on-sale next February. Gives me plenty of time to work on attaching that fly to the tent.

johnandcait@brewers.com

Update: Information on the 2011 event can be found here! Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 12 at 10am.

Craig Goes To Bat Ticket Package On Sale Now

I wanted to fill you all in on a very special ticket package called Craig Goes to Bat for Prostate Cancer, supported Associated Bank. For just $149, fans can purchase a ticket to the Gehl Club at Miller Park for the Friday, July 23 game vs. the Washington Nationals at 7:10p.

Fans taking advantage of the offer will be able to enjoy the full buffet in the Gehl Club, including two complimentary glasses of wine or beer. Fans will receive their Counsell autographed bat on the night of the game.

Proceeds from this event will flow to Brewers Community Foundation, the official charity of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, and all donations will be specifically earmarked for Prostate Cancer Foundation.

I hope you all will come out to Miller Park to join Craig Counsell and Associated Bank in supporting such a wonderful organization and cause!

 

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

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