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Early this morning, Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” rang in holiday cheer with a visit to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Dressed as Santa, Hank and his elves delivered toys and supplies to dogs and cats at the facility.
“Wherever Hank goes, he brings cheer to those he meets along the way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the holidays upon us, we wanted to have Hank visit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society as a reminder that many share a similar experience of being strays. The Humane Society does tremendous work and we appreciate their efforts as partners with the Brewers and Hank.”
Thousands of animals come through the doors of the Wisconsin Humane Society every year, and hundreds of them are looking for a “forever home.” Hank, a former stray, visited with his friends today, bringing loads of toys and supplies donated by the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation.
“The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to open your heart and home to a needy animal,” said Anne Reed, Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “The holidays are also one of the busiest times for us for adoptions, and we look forward to welcoming Hank back to visit with all of us and to make some new friends.”
The holiday décor included the limited-edition Hank holiday ornament, which decorated the tree on display at the Wisconsin Humane Society. The ornament is included as a bonus gift for every fan who purchases two of the Brewers popular “Holiday 4-Packs.”
The Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 for the Wisconsin Humane Society this year through the sale of Hank-themed merchandise and other fundraisers. The newest Hank-themed merchandise will also be on display at the event.
Here’s some more fun and photos from today’s event:
12/12/14 Update: When the doors opened to the public at noon yesterday, the Wisconsin Humane Society had several families waiting in line for them outside their doors to adopt Myrtle and Minerva, a couple of the pups that were featured on our social media sites and the morning shows who came out to cover Santa Hank’s visit.
Myrtle (the elf we memed above) went home with Jamie and Pete of Menomonee Falls, where she’ll have a cat sibling to keep her company and a 1-year-old (human) sister to grow up with and Minerva went home with Jennee & Dan of Milwaukee. She’ll have two cat siblings and a dog brother who was also adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Here are some photos of the puppies with their new moms.
It’s likely only a matter of time before Millie and the rest of the dogs and cats find their own happy homes–maybe it will be one of our readers, so be sure to write in and let me know so we can feature you!
12/12/14 Update #2: I just received word that Millie was also adopted! She found a home with the Kott Family from Ixonia:
I’m so happy I can bring you this good news to kick start the weekend.
Be sure to let me know if you become a new cat or dog mom or dad!
Today, Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 to help feed Milwaukee-area families in need by hosting the “Thanksgiving Drive Thru Food Drive” at Miller Park.
The drive has been in full swing since 4:30 a.m. this morning with lots of donations pouring in.
And, those who showed up not too long ago got a little surprise:
Ryan Braun came in last night from his offseason home in California to be here this morning to assist with the food collection and greet those fans making a donation.
“It is always nice to see people supporting these types of events, especially this time of year. It’s so important,” he said.
The slugger, who also met with media this morning, says he is enjoying spending his offseason with his baby girl, Celine Elysse, who was born in September. The new dad is looking forward to many of her “firsts,” including her first Thanksgiving tomorrow.
Brewers Bullpen Catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel was also out there lending a helping hand today, on the heels of his successful coat drive last week, as were the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer:
Food can be dropped off at Helfaer Field at Miller Park tonight until 6 p.m.
Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last.
BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO JOIN WITH HUNGER TASK FORCE AND CBS 58 TO HELP FEED MILWAUKEE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 next week to help feed Milwaukee-area families in need as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.
On Wednesday, November 26, the three organizations will host the “Thanksgiving Drive Thru Food Drive” at Miller Park. Food can be dropped off at Helfaer Field at Miller Park on November 26 between 4:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“Brewers Community Foundation looks forward to partnering with the Hunger Task Force annually as they work diligently throughout the year to provide food for families,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “On behalf of Mark and Debbie Attanasio, our front office staff, players and other supporters, we want to thank everyone for their contributions as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season.”
Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last. A number of Brewers special guests will be on hand throughout the day to collect donations.
“Once again our friends at CBS 58 and the Brewers Community Foundation are spending the day before Thanksgiving collecting donations from big hearted folks making a difference right before the holiday,” said Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Hunger Task Force. “It’s an easy, fun way to donate and help a family before gathering together with your own.”
“Donating food to feed the hungry is a wonderful way to put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving this Holiday,” said Mark Strachota, Vice President/General Manager of CBS-58. “CBS 58 is proud to work with Brewers and the Hunger Task Force to make this happen.”
Brewers Community Foundation along with the Milwaukee Brewers have eclipsed $4 million in fundraising during 2014, with support coming from Brewers ownership, community relations department, fans, players, wives and sponsors, and special events throughout the year.
Over the past five years, Brewers Community Foundation has generated more than $15 million to support local nonprofit organizations benefiting health, education, recreation and basic needs.
“We are very appreciative of the wide range of support that we receive from fans, players and others,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “The critical issues we impact support efforts to improve the quality of life in our community.”
Several events and initiatives that aided Brewers Community Foundation throughout the year included:
- Brewers Community Foundation Week
- Game Day 50/50 Raffle
- An Evening with Hank Aaron
- Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K, Presented by Sendik’s
- 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk
Brewers Community Foundation Week was a major success for the foundation’s fundraising goals. BCF, along with the Leadership Council, raffled off player jerseys, hosted a scavenger hunt, held a carnival night and hosted an auction of unique Brewers-themed items to help build up the proceeds. The Leadership Council is comprised of 10 corporate partners, including BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Printing, Johnson Controls, Kapco, Lubar & Co., MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and We Energies Foundation.
Another significant factor was the 50/50 raffle presented by Northwestern Mutual. In comparison to last year, the raffle saw an increase of more than $600,000, totaling over $2.25 million in revenue in 2014. In addition to the raffle, the Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K, Presented by Sendik’s contributed significant donations to the MACC Fund.
Brewers Community Foundation benefitted many local organizations through their fundraising efforts. Youth organizations such as Restoring Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Beckum Stapleton Little League, Felix Mantilla Little League, Journey House and La Liga Cristiana all received grants from Brewers Community Foundation. The Boys and Girls Club Milwaukee Chapter and the Sojourner Family Peace Center were beneficiaries of these philanthropic efforts. In addition, 17 students received scholarships toward higher education in Wisconsin.
Through the Foundation, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to serve as leaders in the community. Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Today, we came across this tweet from the NFL and two things stood out to us.
One, we couldn’t help but notice the Brewers cap sported by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still.
But much more than that, two, we’ve been touched by the story of his 4-year-old daughter Leah, and her battle with pediatric cancer.
This week on Thursday Night Football, the Bengals will take on the Cleveland Browns and Leah will be in attendance to see her dad play for the first time, as she has been recovering from surgeries.
During a break in the game, the Bengals will make a $1.25 million dollar donation to Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital for pediatric cancer research. The donation encompasses proceeds from the sale of Still’s jersey and Leah is expected to be part of the ceremony.
Leah, we admire your bravery and love your attitude. We also love your dad’s cap. The Brewers are donating $1000 to the fight against pediatric cancer and we’re encouraging our fans to do the same.
Donations can be funneled through Brewers Community Foundation by clicking here. Be sure to select “In Honor Of” and earmark the donation for Leah Still.
In the fight against cancer–no matter the team, no matter the sport and no matter what–we’re all on the same team.
The Brewers Wives play an important role in our team’s outreach efforts to support the community. This summer, they teamed up with Brewers Community Foundation to raise funds through a number of special events. The proceeds from the events supported the Salvation Army “Feed the Kids” Summer Lunch Program, The Next Door Foundation, Humane Society of Wisconsin, Wounded Warriors, After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD), Wisconsin Breast Cancer Show House, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Tonight, the Brewers Wives presented a $50,000 check to Brewers Community Foundation. They thank the fans that contributed by purchasing raffle tickets, mystery bags and attending special events.
This weekend is the final Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity for 2014, with a pet supplies drive during the Brewers series against the Reds.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new pet supplies with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers pin featuring Hank the Brewers Ballpark Pup.
Items that will be collected include canned or dry puppy, dog, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; towels; stainless steel food and water bowls.
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.
Saturday is also Wisconsin Humane Society Day at Miller PArk. All fans in attendance that night will also receive a BobbleHank.
To raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research and prevention, last night, the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and thousands of Brewers fans joined forces to “Pink Out Miller Park.”
Each fan attending the game had a specially-designed card affixed to their seat, and at the end of the 4th inning, they held them up to form this image, turning the ballpark into a sea of pink and white, including ribbons that have become synonymous with efforts related to breast cancer research and awareness.
“The Journal Sentinel approached us with this concept recently, and we recognized immediately that it would be a great way to cap our many efforts related to breast cancer research, prevention and treatment,” said Milwaukee Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Nearly everyone has been impacted by this disease, and we are grateful to be involved in what we know will be a memorable and impactful event.”
“Pink Out Miller Park” was presented by Boston Store. Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin was the supporting sponsor.
Prior to the game, there were many other related events occurring, including the following:
- Brewers President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, did a check presentation for $57,500, funds that were raised through their donations and a personal campaign. Over the past 9 seasons, the Melvins have raised $520,000 for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
- There was an on-field presentation recognizing Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin for their efforts to defeat breast cancer.
- The Ceremonial 1st Pitch was tossed by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Publisher Betsy Brenner, a breast cancer survivor.
- Eleven breast cancer survivors took the field with our starting lineup and stood with the players for the national anthem.
In addition, fans could contribute to the cause through several on-site fundraising opportunities. Proceeds from the following initiatives will all go toward After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD and the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center:
- A raffle was held on the Field Level Concourse. Prizes featured a ceremonial first pitch before a 2015 Brewers game, a spot in a Mini Famous Racing Sausages race, an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field, and more.
- Pink hankies were sold outside of Miller Park.
Fans were also encouraged to help raise awareness through social media, using the hashtag #PinkOutMillerPark. Here are a few moments captured by fans last night:
Thank you to those who participated in this very special night at Miller Park.
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.
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.