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The second annual Brewers Mini Marathon and 10k is Saturday, beginning and ending at Miller Park. Last year, the race started out with some thunderstorms and chilly temps, but this year it looks like sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the 70s (runners, start hydrating now!).
Runners of all types and abilities will be racing on Saturday, but a special group of runners are giving 11 special athletes an opportunity to race. On Saturday, my TEAM TRIUMPH’s disabled “challenged” athletes will take part in the race.
Racing on this team are over 70 participants including 11 challenged athletes (called “Captains”) guided by one to four able-bodied athletes (called “Angels”) run. The Captains are pushed in a specialized racing chair and for almost all the 11 captains will be the first race they have ever experienced. The team will lead off the event starting a few minutes before racers and will have a dedicated tent located near the start/finish-line.
The only organization of its kind, myTEAM TRIUMPH enables hundreds of challenged athletes to experience the thrill and character-building benefits of participating in the greatest endurance events throughout the state. They create opportunities for challenged athletes (disabled individuals of all ages) to take part in races and endurance events like the Brewers Mini. Becoming race finishers and receiving their congratulatory medal, the Captains finally get to experience the thrill, challenges and sense of accomplishment one achieves by participating in events such as a road race or triathlon. For many of the Captains, it is the first time they hear support and cheers from the many fans and spectators along the way.
Through their mission, they hope enrich the health and well-being of people with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics. I remember seeing a number of these participants in the race last year and it was very inspiring. I’m very happy that the group is growing and will be back this year. If you are participating in the race as a runner or a fan, be sure to give these runners a special cheer or wave as you see them.
In addition to the good that myTEAM TRIUMPH is doing, there are other ways racers can give back to the community through Saturday’s race. Participants and their supporters are invited to give to the MACC Fund and Brewers Community Foundation through fundraising. There is still time to raise money for this great organization as you can make donations through Saturday. More information on the MACC Fund and the fundraising aspect to the race can be found here.
Packet pickup for Saturday’s race begins today from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park on the Club Level and continues tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Packet Pickup is organized alphabetically by last name, and you must have a photo ID to pick up. You may pick up a packet for a friend. Please make sure you have a copy of their photo ID. Remember there WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION OR PACKET PICKUP AND there are no transfers or refunds. After you pick up your race packet, please double-check and make sure that the enclosed information is properly assigned to you.
I am not participating in this year’s race, but Cait is volunteering at the “Back of the Pack.” If you want to join her, look for her among the volunteers who will be making sure no runner gets left behind. If you are looking to volunteer, there are still many opportunities to take part. Your organization, group or company can enjoy team-building while supporting our community. Groups are needed to help with Aid Stations and/or other areas. Please contact us at Race@Brewers.com or 414-902-4628 for more details or to reserve your group’s shift and receive sign up information!
Good luck to everyone participating in the race!
If you have been to a Brewers game in the last four years, surely you have seen the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle Ticket sellers working the crowd in their bright orange t-shirts. Today, at a press conference to announce the 50/50 Raffle has reached the $5 million mark in sales, the results of one program that BCF and the 50/50 Raffle have benefited was showcased.
The “Miracle League” field is a custom-designed field that features a special cushioned, rubberized playing surface that allows access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs. The league allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Joe Block hosted today’s press conference at the Miracle League field on 91st and Brown Deer on Milwaukee’s Northwest side.
“The Miracle League is a stellar example of our commitment to identify quality non-profit organizations that are making a difference,” said Executive Director of BCF, Cecelia Gore.
Following today’s press conference, Milwaukee Miracle League players joined Brewers players Marco Estrada, Brandon Kintzler and Jonathan Lucroy on the field for a little exhibition game.
“As a Brewers player, I’m really pleased and honored to be here to represent the team and players today,” Lucroy said. ”It’s important for me individually and my teammates here to contribute to these causes and help others who need it. It gives me a lot of pleasure to do that for others. My teammates talk very highly of the city and the people here. The support we have from the fans and the organization itself is awesome, we love playing here. It is a generous community and we , too, like to give back like so many fans have given back through the raffle.”
The BCF 50/50 Raffle is currently in its fourth season. The raffle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the 2013 season on July 7—the earliest date that milestone has been reached since the inception of the raffle in 2010.
Now in its fourth season, tickets for the BCF 50/50 Raffle are sold for just $2 throughout Miller Park from the time gates open during every Brewers home game. For each game, half of the net proceeds are given to a lucky fan and the other half benefits Brewers Community Foundation. Some of the non-profit programs previously supported by the Foundation include Arts at Large, Beckum Stapleton Little League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth and Family Services, Felix Mantilla Little League, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Susan G. Komen of Southeast Wisconsin, UPAF, United Way, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, and YWCA.
“We’ve raised $1.4 so far this year to date, which is about $75,000 more than this time last year,” Gore added. ”I would say this has been a grand success. We have the nicest raffle sellers I could ask for and they know that their efforts assist BCF with our ability to provide grants to more than 200 non-profit organizations.”
The press conference also featured a former 50/50 Raffle winner. Theresa Porter, won the 50/50 Raffle on Opening Day in 2012 and took home over $20,000. She took her family on a trip and continues to buy tickets at every game she attends. That, in turn, convinces her entire row to buy tickets because she tells the story of winning the raffle at every game she attends. Also, she is a breast cancer survivor herself and knows the importance the 50/50 Raffle to the Milwaukee community.
“After seeing the Miracle League Field here, it shows how this raffle really helps,” Porter said. ”As a breast cancer survivor, I feel that I too have benefited from what the raffle does on both ends.”
Through BCF, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to have the Milwaukee Brewers serve as leaders in the community. The BCF 50/50 raffle provides one of many opportunities to make a difference. 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.
Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. is the official charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers.
This weekend marks the third and final Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive for Charity of the year with a winter accessories drive during the Brewers series against the Los Angeles Angels.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new or gently-used winter wear (hats, scarves, mittens and gloves) to donate. Each fan that donates will receive a collectible Brewers player pin–this weekend’s pin is of Jean Segura. Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.
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!
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
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
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
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.
The 1993 season marked the final campaign in the Hall-of-Fame career of Robin Yount, and we will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of his retirement as a player this Friday at Miller Park.
On Friday, Robin will participate in a pre-game ceremony on the field before the Brewers face the Washington Nationals. He will be joined by former teammate and fellow Hall-of-Famer, Rollie Fingers.
Yount’s 20-year Major League career was spent entirely in Milwaukee and he retired following the conclusion of the 1993 season. His number 19 was retired in a ceremony on May 29, 1994 at Milwaukee County Stadium.
The celebration will include a presentation of an original painting commissioned to remember the occasion. The first 30,000 fans through the gates for the Brewers vs. Nationals game that day will receive a poster of the painting that will be presented to Yount during the ceremony. Yount will also toss the ceremonial first pitch.
In addition, Brewers Community Foundation will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Yount to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).
“Robin’s contributions to the Brewers are far too numerous to list, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back for this special occasion,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “His time in Milwaukee was marked by great personal and team success, and it’s an era that will forever be remembered as a magical time for baseball in Wisconsin.”
Yount finished his career with 3,142 career hits and was the first player to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Brewer after being inducted on July 25, 1999. Yount broke into the big leagues at age 18. He won the American League Most Valuable Player awards in 1982 (shortstop) and 1989 (outfield), becoming the third player in Major League history to win that award at two different positions.
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks today was named the Brewers nominee for the 2013 Branch Rickey award presented by the Rotary Club of Denver. This is the first year fans have been able to vote for their choice for the Branch Rickey award and enter a drawing for a trip to the 2013 World Series. Fans can use online voting through Facebook by visiting the Branch Rickey Award website.
Fans may vote as many times as they would like during the Fan Voting period which ends Monday, August 12, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. CT.
Unlike the many baseball awards based on statistics, the Branch Rickey Award recognizes individuals who give unselfishly of themselves to their communities. These men are strong role models for today’s young people. All of the honorees personify Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self.”
Year in and year out, Weeks has given back to the Milwaukee community. Weeks has supported the American Diabetes Association, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, the Beckum-Stapleton Little League and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Wisconsin. He has also contributed to scholarship programs for Milwaukee-area students and, since 2008, has sponsored the “Rickie’s Rookies” ticket program which provides hundreds of tickets and t-shirts to youth groups across the state.
Each Major League team was asked to nominate a humanitarian from their team for the 2013 award. A National Selection Committee, composed of 450 members of the sports media, past award winners, baseball executives and Rotary district governors, has been invited to vote on the nominees. The independent accounting firm of RubinBrown will verify the results. The Fan Vote will be taken into account in selecting the winner.
The Rotary Club of Denver plans to announce the 2013 Branch Rickey Award honoree in mid-September. This year’s winner, along with all the previous recipients, will be invited to attend the Branch Rickey Award banquet on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Denver. The winner will be inducted as the 22nd member of the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame. Presenting sponsor is AMG National Trust Bank.
The late Branch Rickey, known to millions as “Mr. Baseball,” is credited with breaking the color barrier in the Major Leagues in 1945 when he signed Jackie Robinson, the first modern-day African-American player. He also hired the first Hispanic player, Roberto Clemente. Rickey was portrayed by Harrison Ford in the recent Jackie Robinson movie “42.”
Rickey helped develop the farm system in baseball and stimulated the sport’s expansion into more cities. Always an advocate for underprivileged children, he spearheaded the development of the famous “Knot Hole Gang,” to allow kids to attend big league games.
The Milwaukee community is lucky to have the support of a guy like Weeks. He is a quiet guy off the field and doesn’t look for recognition for his large heart, but he is well deserving of this award.
Today, 4,000 people took part in the sold-out Brewers Community Foundation’s 15th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and it was a huge success!
The top time was 15:55:20 (a 5:08 pace, wow!) by Ben Garbe of New Berlin and the top finisher in the mascot division was Polish. If you ran today’s race, click here for searchable results. This link will take you to a .PDF of complete results as well.
The weather was absolutely perfect as Milwaukee was given a little relief from the recent humid air of the past week. Brewers coaching assistant Joe Crawford served as the Celebrity Starter for this year’s race.
Fundraising efforts for the event raised money for Fisher House Wisconsin, which 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.
For more on the event, follow @BrewersCF on Twitter.
We’ve compiled some of the photos and tweets we’ve received via Twitter and Instagram, but we’d love to see yours, too! It was cool to see people taking photos along the way during the race. Tweet and/or Instagram your comments and photos using the hashtag #Sausage5K.
This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place 10 weeks from today, on Saturday, September 28. Registration is still open and you can save by signing up by Wednesday, July 31.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and finished the race today and thanks to the many volunteers who helped put on such a great event. There is nothing like that feeling of crossing the finish line and it was great to see the smiles on the faces of everyone as they crossed the line.
-John and Cait
On Saturday, we’ll host our eighth annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park as the Crew takes on the Miami Marlins at 6:10 p.m.
As part of the Negro Leagues Tribute, the Crew will wear reproductions of uniforms worn by the Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League.
The team played only one season before disbanding but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill. The Miami Marlins will join in by donning uniforms of the Minor League Miami Marlins, who were a Triple-A franchise in the International League from 1956-1960. Hall-of-fame pitcher Satchel Paige was a member of the Marlins towards the end of his playing career from 1956-58.
We will also honor former Negro League players George Altman and Lonnie Harris in a pre-game ceremony. An autograph session with the two honorees will take place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.
Altman, 80, was an outfielder for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1955. Nicknamed “Jo-Jo,” he played three months in the Negro Leagues before signing with the Chicago Cubs. He played for the Cubs (1959-62, ’65-67), St. Louis Cardinals (1963) and New York Mets (1964). Altman was a National League All-Star in 1961 and 1962. In addition, he spent seven seasons playing in Japan, where he finished his baseball career in 1975.
Harris, 83, played eight seasons in the Negro Leagues (1953-1960) as an outfielder with the Birmingham Black Barons and Memphis Red Sox. Nicknamed “Showboat,” he earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1953 and played in the East-West All-Star Games in 1953 and 1955. While serving in the U.S. Army, Harris won a batting title. In addition to his accomplished baseball career, he earned three bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from the University of Memphis. After graduating, he taught special education and worked with the Board of Education for 20 years.
The activities continue on Sunday, July 21 beginning at 1:45 p.m. when Altman and Harris will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC). We are once again partnering with the MKDC and the church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.
In previous years, we’ve recognized pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012), pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame. During our initial Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.
The game-worn Milwaukee Bears uniforms worn by Brewers players and coaches will be auctioned off at Brewers.com, starting at 9 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 23 and continuing through Monday, July 29 at 5 p.m. CT. The proceeds from the auction will go to Brewers Community Foundation to benefit the Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. For additional information or ticket info, fans can visit Brewers.com.
Although the Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk is sold out and the race is fast approaching, participants still have time to raise money to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin.
In 2013, Brewers Community Foundation will again be utilizing a fundraising component to raise additional funds that fall under one of the focused areas of interest for Brewers Community Foundation. This year all funds raised through this fundraising tool will be directed towards the Fisher House Wisconsin. The goal is to raise at least $100,000 to help Fisher House Wisconsin raise the necessary funds to break ground in 2013.
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. Currently, veterans from 23 different states of all generations are traveling to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for treatment at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, while 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are receiving treatment here in Milwaukee for their wounds or injuries. 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. Due to this need, the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. The anticipated ground breaking for Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled for 2013.
Brewers Community Foundation is encouraging all participants to set a personal fundraising goal and challenge themselves to earn one of their unique fundraising incentives which include: concession vouchers, Brewers tickets, the opportunity to watch Brewers batting practice from the field, an autographed baseball and the opportunity to throw out a first pitch at a game.
To be considered for incentives, fundraising must be completed by this Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm CT.
Participants can make a substantial impact by raising money by utilizing the fundraising tool. Email your friends, family and coworkers from your fundraising page and encourage them to make a difference in the lives of children and families, you can also like your page on your Facebook and Twitter social networking accounts.
Missed out on the race? You can still help Fisher House by making a donation.
Visit brewers.com/5ksausagerunwalk and click on the Fundraise tab to become a fundraiser, find a team and/or make a donation today.