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This weekend is another Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a school supplies drive during the Brewers series against the Pirates.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new school supplies with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special 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.
Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.
As you know, the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS, has been sweeping the globe and has passed through the Brewers Clubhouse along the way.
Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez. Padres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon and Ron completed the challenge yesterday.
And it continues to spread, not only in the Clubhouse, but throughout the organization.
Last week, we announced that Brewers Community Foundation donated $5000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Brewers and today, both Brewers Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo, and I completed challenges issued to us personally and issued challenges of our own:
But the biggest challenge we can issue is to simply join us in fighting ALS, whether you get wet or not.
ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. 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.
According to The Wall Street Journal, as of Thursday, the ALS Association had raised $7.6 million in donations in two weeks, compared with $1.4 million raised during the same two-week period last year. In addition, over 145,900 new donors have stepped up to the plate to help strike out ALS.
Visit ALSA.org to do your part.
On the off-chance you’ve missed all the excitement over the past two weeks, people have been dumping buckets of ice water over their heads all across the country as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS.
The challenge has been hitting celebrities, pro athletes and everyday folks alike and the Brewers have been no exception.
And the players aren’t the only ones helping out this worthy cause. Managers are getting in on the fun and showing their support, too.
Yesterday, on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, Padres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon.
And today, Ron good-naturedly accepted and completed the challenge, with a little help from Coaches Garth Iorg and Ed Sedar:
Here are some stills:
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 the team 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.
To raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research and prevention, the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and thousands of Brewers fans are joining forces for a placard display that will “Pink Out Miller Park.”
On Saturday, September 6, the Milwaukee Brewers will face the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park at 6:10 p.m. Each fan attending the game will have a specially-designed card affixed to their seat, and at the end of the 4th inning, they will hold them up to form a giant image in the ballpark. The image (rendering attached) will turn 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” is presented by Boston Store. Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin is the supporting sponsor.
Prior to the game, there will be many other related events occurring, including the following:
- Brewers President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, will do a check presentation of funds that were raised through their donations and a personal campaign. Proceeds benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – ABCD, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
- There will be an on-field presentation recognizing Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin for their efforts to defeat breast cancer.
- The Ceremonial 1st Pitch will be tossed by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Publisher Betsy Brenner, a breast cancer survivor.
- Breast cancer survivors will take the field with our starting lineup and stand with the players for the national anthem.
- A donation from Brewers Community Foundation will be made to support related charities.
“Journal Sentinel is proud to partner with the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Store, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center and After Breast Cancer Diagnosis to bring this historic ‘Pink Out’ to Miller Park and to Milwaukee,” Brenner said. “It’s a very visible demonstration of our shared commitment to end breast cancer in our lifetimes – and our support of the women and families who battle this disease every day.”
In addition, fans can 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 will be held on the Field Level Concourse. Prizes will feature 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 will be sold outside of Miller Park.
Fans will be encouraged to help raise awareness through social media, using the hashtag #PinkOutMillerPark.
More information is available at Brewers.com/pinkout.
The commemorative “Cerveceros” jerseys worn by Brewers players and coaches during Sunday’s Ninth Annual Cerveceros Day at Miller Park will be available for fans to purchase through an online auction at Brewers.com/auction. The weeklong auction begins today at 10 a.m. CT and closes on Monday, August 18 at 5 p.m. CT.
Proceeds raised during the auction will go directly towards Brewers Community Foundation, and will be earmarked for the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin Scholarship Fund and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship Fund.
“Cerveceros” is the Spanish translation for “Brewers.”
Sharp Literacy, Inc., Ryan and Larissa Braun & Brewers Community Foundation Partner on New “Growing Power” Mural at Miller Park
Sharp Literacy Inc. has partnered with Ryan Braun and his wife, Larisa, and Brewers Community Foundation on the creation of a “Growing Power” mosaic mural which will be featured throughout the rest of the regular season at Miller Park on the Loge level.
The three panel, traveling mural will begin its tour at Miller Park and travel to various schools during the 2015/2016 school year. The mural project is in conjunction with Sharp Literacy’s 12th “We Love to Learn” book entitled There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City, which will be published this fall. The mural and book will teach children about simple nutrition, where good foods originate and the concept of healthy eating for a strong, healthy life.
Lynda Kohler, President and CEO of Sharp Literacy was on hand prior to tonight’s game, along with Sharp’s Artist in Residence, Sally Duback, who created the mural with assistance from the 5th through 8th grade students at Lutheran Special School and Education Services.
Fans can visit the Growing Power Mural Project at Miller Park on the Loge Level.
Thank you Sharp Literacy for using imaginative learning experiences to build literacy skills for nearly 7,000 elementary school students in 34 of Milwaukee’s most at-risk schools!
Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk Generates Generous Donation for Fisher House Wisconsin
On July 26, runners and walkers participated in the 16th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk here at Miller Park, generating much needed resources in support of Brewers Community Foundation.
This year, 5K participants were encouraged to fundraise online 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.
Tonight, Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation presented a $25,000 check to John Quinette, the Executive Director for Fisher House Wisconsin.
Many thanks for all the online contributions as well as the generous donations from Jimmy Nelson and Jonathan Lucroy.
Today, Lyle Overbay and Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin (RMHC) donors came together for a milestone event at the Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa.
RMHC is in the final stages of an expansion project that will nearly double the size of the existing House with an additional 32 guest rooms, as well as a fitness center, music room and expanded dining facilities. Through July 2014, the campaign has raised $8.4 million toward a financial need of more than $10 million and today, RMHC was excited to announce that Lyle Overbay will serve as the official ambassador for the “home stretch” of the capital campaign to expand.
In honor of his number, RMHC will be counting down to the last 24 days of construction and the completion of the expansion project.
Brewers Community Foundation is a longtime partner of RMHC with support from other players including Robin Yount, Prince Fielder, Randy Wolf as well as the Brewers wives. For the last two years, RMHC has been the recipient of the Stolen Bases Happy Faces campaign in coordination with Northwestern Mutual Foundation.
About RMHC Eastern Wisconsin
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. is dedicated to easing the burden of families whose lives have been disrupted as a result of their child’s illness or injury. They provide a “home away from home” and caring outreach initiatives. More than 35,000 families from 568 Wisconsin communities, 48 states and 26 foreign countries have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House since it opened its doors in 1984. The Ronald McDonald House mission is supported by more than 500 volunteers.
Today, over 3400 people took part in the sold-out Brewers Community Foundation’s 16th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and it was a huge success!
The top finishers were Katie Meyers and Steffen Uhrich and the top finisher in the mascot division was Italian. If you ran today’s race, click here for searchable results, which will be available this afternoon.
The weather was just right for the event and 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.
I’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 9 weeks from today, on Saturday, September 20. Registration is still open and you can save by signing up by Thursday, 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.
Fan voting for the 2014 Branch Rickey Award began this week and Brewers fans can vote for our nominee, Ryan Braun.
The Branch Rickey Award is an honor that recognizes professionals in MLB for exceptional community service.
The award was named in honor of Branch Rickey, who was voted “Most Influential Person in Sports in the 20thCentury” by ESPN’s SportsCentury panel. Rickey was credited with breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. As President and General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, he signed the first black player, Jackie Robinson.
Rickey was also dedicated to community service, encouraging the expansion of the “Knothole Gang” program to offer underprivileged kids who could not afford a ticket a chance to attend Major League games.
Each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs nominates one person from their team for the annual award.
Among the charities supported by the Brewers nominee, Ryan Braun, are Brewers Community Foundation, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish, YMCA Wisconsin and Sharp Literacy.
A National Selection Committee, comprised of members of the sports media, past Branch Rickey Award winners and Rotary District Governors in Major League cities vote on the nominees to choose the winner each year. This year, fans also have the opportunity to help decide the winner by casting votes on Facebook. The independent accounting firm of RubinBrown LLP verifies the ballots.