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Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Brewers Community Foundation Week officially kicked off today with a great community outreach event on Milwaukee’s North Side.  A group of Brewers front office staff, players and their wives, volunteers from the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and other local volunteers came together today to build a new playground at the Northside YMCA.

The design of the playground was based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in May.  The Brewers had a tough game in Texas last night and an early morning arrival back to Milwaukee today.  That didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Tom Gorzelanny, Jim Henderson and Rob Wooten from joining the rest of the group at the build site.  Brewers photographer Scott Paulus captured some great photos from earlier today.

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Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than previous generations in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.

The new playground will give more than 1,200 children in the community with a safe place to play. Currently, the young children have a tot lot available, but the older children are in need of a great place to play and this will definitely help the neighborhood.

The playground is the first built in a collaborative effort by KaBOOM! and the Brewers. Additionally, the playground is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2013 to fulfill its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Beyond the Diamond is a series of community outreach events that will take place during the season from May-August.  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. 

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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation Week Activities for Today – Alumni Photos

The Brewers are back from a long road trip and that means Brewers Community Foundation Week kicks off at Miller Park tonight!

The Brewers are set to face the Reds tonight to start a four-game set and fans will have the opportunity to take a photograph with various Brewers alumni starting when the gates open until 7:45 pm. Photos will be available for $10 per person, per session (for example you can take photos with all eight alumni in the four separate sessions for $40), at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Fans will need to provide their own camera for their photos. The schedule of alumni is as follows (subject to change):

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Paul Wagner and Ken Sanders

6:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Craig Counsell and Larry Hisle

6:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Gorman Thomas and Jim Gantner

7:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Jerry Augustine and Dave Nelson

Don’t forget, the Ultimate Auction is open for bidding all week.  Check it out for some wonderful, one-of-a-kind opportunities!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation Week Begins August 15, Ultimate Auction Begins Tomorrow

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) Week begins Thursday, August 15 and features a week packed full of activities at Miller Park and around town to highlight the Foundation’s charitable impact in the community.  There really is something for everyone throughout this celebration of community.

BCF’s focused areas of interest are Health, Education, Recreation and Basic Needs with the activities throughout the week raising funds to support causes in the four areas.

BCF Week and the BCF Week Ultimate Auction are presented by The 2013 Leadership Council which is comprised of BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Lithograph, Kapco, MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Wisconsin Energy Foundation and West Bend Mutual.

One of the highlights of BCF Week is the “Ultimate Auction” which begins on Brewers.com tomorrow and will continue until August 20.  Fans will have the opportunity to bid on and win one-of-a-kind memorabilia items and unique experiences.  Fifteen exclusive packages will be available, including the opportunity to have a “Player-for-a-Day” experience at 2014 Spring Training, Mark Attanasio’s five front row seats next to the Brewers dugout for a game, and an all-expense trip to the Brewers Fantasy Camp.

Besides the online auction, fans can take part in BCF Week activities at the ballpark beginning with the next homestand that begins on August 15.  Every day of that homestand will host a different event or activity that can be found at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations (outside section 116).  With the current $10 voucher program going on at Miller Park for Brewers home games, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of special offers and fun activities.  Here is a rundown of BCF Week events and activities:

Thursday, August 15 – Autograph Alley

Fans will have the opportunity to take a photograph with various Brewers alumni starting when the gates open until 7:45 pm. Photos will be available for $10 per person at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Fans will need to provide their own camera for their photos. The schedule of alumni is to be determined.   We will post them to the blog as they are announced.

KaBoom Playground Build

On August 15, Brewers players and wives, staff and alumni along with people in the community will help KaBoom organizers in building a new playground on the grounds of the YMCA on 12th and North Avenue. KaBoom Playground Build is part of Beyond the Diamond which is a series of community outreach events that will take place during the season from May-August.  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.

I participated in one of these KaBoom Playground projects a few years ago in Dallas and I had a blast.  It was amazing to see how fast a vacant lot was transformed into a new playground.  I cannot wait to take part this year.

Friday, August 16 – BCF Carnival

Fans will have a chance to play Plinko, Brewers Prize Wheel and Bags for prizes at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Prizes will include Brewers game tickets, bobble heads, hats, pins and authenticated Brewers Locker Name Plates.

Saturday, August 17 – Wives’ Mystery Grab Bag

Everyone loves a good "Mystery Bag!"

Everyone loves a good “Mystery Bag!”

Players’ wives will be selling autographed items from their husbands.  Fans can buy each mystery bag for a $40 donation to the Brewers Community Foundation which is earmarked for various organizations.  The wives will be stationed at each entrance to Miller Park, as well as on the Club Level.  I definitely will take part in this and will do some sort of contest for whatever autographed ball I win.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 18 – BCF Treasure Hunt

Game-used items from past games and seasons will be available for purchase in a special treasure hunt at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other items of interest.

Pink Tie Guy

Doug Melvin with Commissioner Selg at the 2010 Pink Tie event.

Doug Melvin with Commissioner Selg at the 2010 Pink Tie event.

On August 18, the ‘Pink Tie-Guy’ event has returned by popular demand.  This year’s elegant evening will be held at Blu at the Pfister Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee. Donations of $1,000 per couple are requested. Donors receive a specially designed Pink Tie and attend a cocktail reception that include the Melvins, Honorary Pink Tie Guy Hank Aaron and a host of Brewers players, coaches and other front office staff.

Monday, August 19  – Bobble Bonanza

Brewers Bobble Heads will be available for $5 each at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). A certain allotment of each bobble head will be autographed by that player. Bobble heads include those from Norichika Aoki, John Axford, Carlos Gomez and former Brewers fan favorite Nyjer Morgan.

Tuesday, August 20 – Players Raffle

Fans have the chance to buy raffle tickets for $1 per ticket to win one of four autographed jerseys that are being raffled off. The four jerseys being raffled off are a Jonathan Lucroy Autographed Batting Practice Jersey, a Corey Hart Autographed Batting Practice Jersey, an Aramis Ramirez Cerveceros Jersey and a Yovani Gallardo Autographed Retro Jersey. After purchasing raffle tickets at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116), fans can put their ticket into the bin for the player of their choosing. A winner will be drawn to win each player’s autographed jersey and announced during the game. The four lucky winners will have until the end of end of the 7th inning to claim their prize.  This is a great opportunity to make a small donation and possibly win a big prize!

Wednesday, August 21 – Brewers Community Foundation Clearance Sale

The BCF Clearance Sale is one of the most popular events during BCF Week.

The BCF Clearance Sale is one of the most popular events during BCF Week.

Fans will have another chance to buy game-used items from past games and seasons as well as other Brewers items at the Brewers Community Foundation table on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations (behind section 116).  Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other items of interest.

Additionally, from August 15 – 21 at Miller Park, fans will have an opportunity to take part in “BCF Plinko.”  For a $5 donation, fans can play to win a prize with every drop.  Prizes will vary from game tickets to Drive for Charity pins, Brewers merchandise and mystery bags.

It will be an action packed week filled of many events and ways to take part.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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