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Hitting the Links at the 8th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to play in the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.


This was the eighth year of Davey’s tournament and the third at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s been played at  Blackwolf Run).

Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a shoe trees, a duffel bag and a rain jacket (which fortunately we didn’t need out there on the course!)

Then, the morning started off with golf pros walking the line at the driving range and a putting contest, along with a buffet brunch.

Each foursome in the tournament was paired with a celebrity golfer  to make up a five-person team. Team play consisted of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers.

Among the many celebrities in the tournament were current Brewers personnel and alumni players:  Zach Davies, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Paul Wagner, Greg Vaughn, Wes Obermueller, Doug Melvin, Jason Lane, Darnell Coles, Sal Bando, and Willie Mueller;  Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Telly Hughes, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin

My group consisted of former basketball player Tony Smith; former Brewers general manager Sal Bando; current Brewers coach Jason Lane; and my friend from Fox Sports Wisconsin, Brian Mikolajek.

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 9, a par four. We started off slow and scrambled for a couple of pars, but in the end, we never made a bogey and came away with one eagle and seven birdies to put us at -9 on the day (63).

A beautiful day on the golf course for a great cause!

A beautiful day on the golf course for a great cause!

Each hole also consisted of different challenges with opportunities to win various prizes for things like longest drive, longest putt, or closest to the hole.

Considering that our 63 was six shots better than my group last year, I felt like it was a very strong score–until we got back to the clubhouse and found that the winning group had posted a -18!

But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing!We had wonderful weather, a fun day, the chance to play a beautiful championship course and, most importantly, we were helping a great cause: Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Davey has served as Board of Director for over five years.

Following golf, there was a reception and silent auction, followed by a live auction.

During dinner, we learned more about Open Arms and heard stories about the children whose lives we were helping, all by taking a day off of work to play golf.

My boss, Tyler Barnes, VP of Communications, was on hand to speak about his personal experience at Open Arms as he and his family had visited South Africa over the holidays.

The entire presentation was very touching and moving and I’m so happy that this event has been able to raise money to support the organization, which Davey and many others have dedicated a lot of time and energy into making a success.

For more information on Open Arms, please visit the website at

Here are some more photos from the day and I hope to see you out at the tournament next year!

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Bring Toiletries With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a toiletries drive during the Brewers series against the Nationals. 

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring are invited to bring new toiletry items (i.e., soaps, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, body wash, body spray, hairspray, etc.) with them to Miller Park. In return for a donation of toiletries (or $5), they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Jeremy Jeffress.

Jeffress Pin

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.



Brewers Players Host Habitat Build at Miller Park

Today, as part of the Brewers Beyond the Diamond community outreach initiative, we hosted a Milwaukee Habitat garage build at Miller Park.

Ryan Braun, Chase Anderson, Alex Presley and Michael Blazek joined some of the Brewers Wives and staff members to frame the garage that will accompany the Habitat home that Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring on North 39th street. The garage will be framed in the parking lot near Helfaer field and will be on display for tonight’s game against the New York Mets. The framed walls will then be transported to the Washington Park neighborhood, on Milwaukee’s near west side, where they will be erected at the home.

Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring one of 10 new construction homes Milwaukee Habitat will begin work on in 2016. The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. In addition to new construction, Milwaukee Habitat will be rehabbing 12 homes and completing 60 repair projects throughout the year; all part of their neighborhood revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood.



David Goforth visits the Sojourner Family Peace Center

Brewers pitcher David Goforth visited the Sojourner Family Peace Center earlier this afternoon to tour the site and meet with members of the staff.

Sojourner Family Peace Center is a non-profit community organization that exists to end domestic violence and create peaceful communities. Based on the nationally known and proven Family Justice Center model, the Sojourner Family Peace Center transforms the community’s response to family violence and ultimately make Milwaukee and its surrounding communities a healthier, safer and more peaceful place to live. This model is a best practice for delivering care to families impacted by domestic violence.

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Once again year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation are partnering to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program. WaterStone Bank and BCF will each make a donation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the 2016 season. The strikeout total for each game and the season is displayed on the “strikeout meter” sign at Miller Park, which is located on the right field fascia. Last season, the “K’s for a Cause” campaign raised a total of $20,100, bringing the two-year grand total to $39,600.

For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit For information about Brewers Community Foundation, please visit


The Milwaukee Brewers invite fans to join Matt Garza and his teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday, August 14. Participants will enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with their favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women through the progression of recovery.

Last year’s event was fun-filled and tickets went fast, so you’ll want to be sure to secure your spot now.

There are several packages from which to choose for interested participants, from the simple “Dug-Out Ticket,” which includes admission to the event and complimentary appetizers and beverages, to the “Grand Slam Sponsor Package.” The Grand Slam package includes a bowling lane for up to five guests, shoe rental, sponsorship opportunities, T-shirts, a VIP reception and much more. It also includes five field level tickets to a future Brewers home game and an opportunity to watch the Brewers take batting practice on the field. To top it all off, Matt Garza will take a picture with the group at their lane.

Other great packages such as the “Brew Crew” and “The Batter” include unique prizes and features, all while helping raise money for a worthy cause.

Meta House has been blazing new trails in women’s substance abuse treatment since their doors opened in 1963. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. In 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.

For more information on the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, visit or call (414) 902-4532.


Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) Week begins on Thursday, May 12, as the Brewers begin a seven game homestand.  Returning for its seventh year, BCF Week features activities at each game through May 19 to support the Foundation’s charitable impact 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 the Greater Milwaukee area and Wisconsin.  BCF Week and the “Ultimate Auction” highlight this initiative, and are presented by the 2016 Leadership Council, which is comprised of BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Lithograph, Co., Johnson Controls, Lubar & Co., MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and We Energies Foundation.

One of the highlights of BCF Week is the “Ultimate Auction,” which begins at this Saturday, May 7, at 9:00 a.m. CT and continues through Tuesday, May 17 at 11:59 p.m. CT.  Fans will have the opportunity to bid on and win one-of-a-kind memorabilia items and unique experiences.  Fifteen exclusive packages are available, including a meet & greet with Hank “the Ballpark Pup,” a trip to 2017 Fantasy Camp in Maryvale, Arizona, a chance to win Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio’s five front row seats next to the Brewers dugout and a chance for a fan and seven friends to win a personal tour of the Miller Park roof before gates open.  A complete list of “Ultimate Auction” items can be found at

Brewers Community Foundation Week is highlighted by exciting events including premier memorabilia raffles, Baseball Bingo and BCF’s Annual Treasure Hunt sale.  Each event will take place daily at the BCF Week tables located on the Field Level concourse on the first base side.  The events include the following:



May 12: Brewers Alumni Raffle – Enter the Brewers Alumni Raffle to win one of four premier packages featuring signed and game-used memorabilia from Brewers alumni. Items include game used bats, jerseys and more from some of the more popular Brewers alumni.



May 13: Bobble Bonanza – Fans can take home a Brewers Bobblehead to complete their collection during Bobble Bonanza.  Various Brewers Bobbleheads will be available for purchase for $5-$15 each starting when gates open until inventory sells out.


May 14: Jersey Sale and Batting Practice Watch Raffle – Fans can stop by the BCF Table (Field Level Concourse, first base side) to purchase an assortment of game-worn and autographed Brewers jerseys. Additionally, for just $5 they can enter to win the experience of a lifetime in the “BP Watch Raffle.” The winner of the drawing will receive four Field Level tickets and four passes to watch batting practice on the field prior to a mutually-agreed upon 2016 Brewers game.


May 15: Treasure Hunt and Blind Baseball Grab – Game-used, autographed Brewers items from previous seasons are available for purchase in a special “Treasure Hunt” sale at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse.  Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other game-used items.  Additionally, for just $20 fans of all ages can don a blindfold and randomly choose from an assortment of signed baseballs. At least one Hank Aaron autographed ball will be in the mix.


May 17: Treasure Hunt – The “Treasure Hunt” sale at the Brewers Community Foundation table continues on the Field Level concourse. Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other game-used items.


May 18: Legends Raffle and BP Watch Raffle – Fans have the opportunity to enter the “Legends Raffle” to win one of four premier items signed by Brewers legends Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, CC Sabathia, and Rollie Fingers.  Additionally, for just $5 they can enter to win the experience of a lifetime in another “BP Watch Raffle.”  The winner of the drawing will receive four Field Level tickets, as well as four passes to watch batting practice on the field prior to a mutually-agreed upon 2016 Brewers game.


May 19: Baseball Bingo – Fans who visit the BCF Table can pay $5 to play “Baseball Bingo”. This fun activity for all ages allows participants to play bingo while watching the Brewers take on the Padres. Each bingo card will have a randomized combination of the abbreviations of baseball scoring plays (HR, F-9, 6-4-3, etc).  When that play occurs in the game, participants can mark off the corresponding space.  Once five spaces in a row are marked off, we have a winner. The first 10 winners will receive a select Brewers prize. Just for playing, all participants will receive a collectible player pin.


Other Events

All Week: Partners Raffle – Fans can enter to win a package generously donated by corporate partners of the Brewers.  One lucky winner will receive a year’s supply of Miller Beer, a year’s supply of Klement’s Sausages, a year-long subscription to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and two round-trip Southwest Airlines vouchers. Raffle tickets are $5 each. The winner will be chosen and contacted on May 19.      


Each day of the week: Plinko – For a $5 donation per drop, fans will be able to play Plinko and have the opportunity to win a prize with every drop.  Prizes vary from game tickets to collectible player pins to Brewers merchandise and much more.


For more information please visit The “Ultimate Auction” begins at on May 7 at 9:00 a.m. CT and continues through May 17 at 11:59 p.m. CT.


Bring Peanut Butter With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a peanut butter drive during the Brewers series against the Marlins.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring peanut butter with them to Miller Park to support Feeding America. In return for a donation of peanut butter (or $5, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Chris Carter.

Chris Carter Brewers Pin

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.




Today we are pleased to announce that every member of the team’s roster has committed to participate in Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) and Community Relations activities for the 2016 season.  Through the various BCF and Brewers Community Relations initiatives; players, coaches and front office staff are helping to make a difference in our community.

Player participation started before the team even arrived in Milwaukee.  During Spring Training, members of BCF and Community Relations had the pleasure of speaking with each player individually about the challenges in the Milwaukee community and the team’s commitment to having an impact on children and their families in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

In addition to financial support, those on the Brewers roster committed to participate in a number of community and philanthropic initiatives.  Beyond the Diamond is an umbrella program and an integral part of the Brewers outreach effort, and it features community involvement activities and opportunities to serve and generate additional support for quality nonprofit organizations.  The Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a Brewers Block Party and Children’s Hospital visits are several of the initiatives in this year’s Beyond the Diamond program.

Brewers Community Foundation supports nearly 200 organizations annually. This year’s involvement includes support for diverse organizations such as; Ronald McDonald House Charities, Sharp Literacy, Inc., Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Wisconsin Humane Society, Fisher House Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Library, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and several Little League groups including Beckum-Stapleton Little League, Felix Mantilla Little League and the RBI Program.

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For more information about Brewers Community Foundation and the Brewers Community Relations Beyond the Diamond initiatives, please visit and, respectively.


Brewers Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd Annual “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike ride and event. On Saturday, August 13, Brewers Community Foundation will once again give bike lovers and Brewers fans the opportunity to combine their two favorite activities. Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes, (22, 44, 88, or 100 miles) that will culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that evening’s Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds game.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money raised will support a number of local organizations that, consistent with Brewers Community Foundation’s vision, focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Registrants/fundraisers may qualify for incentives outlined at Urban Ecology Milwaukee, Dream Bikes, and St. Ben’s Community Meal Program are the beneficiaries identified for 2016.

Milwaukee Brewers host their first "Hitting 4 the Cycle" charity Bike ride Saturday August 8th, 2015 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.  Scott Paulus/Brewers
“Brewers Community Foundation focuses on identifying opportunities to support organizations that are addressing critical issues in our community,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “We are excited to launch the 2nd annual “Hitting 4 the Cycle” benefit bike ride. The ride provides another opportunity to participate in a fun activity while doing good for the community.”
Sponsors for the benefit include Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust, The Lowlands Group, and UnitedHealthcare. The Wisconsin Bike Federation will also be actively supporting “Hitting 4 the Cycle.”

For more information or to register, please visit To learn more about Brewers Community Foundation and register for other events, please visit

Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Food Drive in Full Swing at Miller Park

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.

Mb-15 BCF-HTF Thanksgiving Social Graphic-Food Drive

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’s a special time to give back a little to the community. I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the community here. Anytime you get around the holiday season, it’s just special to have a positive impact on other people. Something I’ve definitely enjoyed doing the last few years,” he said.

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This is the third year in a row that Ryan has been back to Milwaukee for this event.

“It’s fun. Hunger Task Force does some amazing things in the community. Brewers Community Foundation does such a great job, just being involved and giving back and having a positive impact. Just being a part of that is something that I’ve always enjoyed and continue to have fun doing,” Ryan said.

The slugger, who also met with media this morning, says he feels good and is recovering well from the back procedure he had after this season ended.

“Just doing my rehab and physical therapy four days a week and definitely feel pretty good right now,” he said, saying that he doesn’t expect it to have much of an impact on his typical offseason training program.

Other than that, Ryan said he’s enjoyed spending time with his family, including his 14-month-old daughter Celine Elysse.

“It’s a little chaotic. My daughter is now mobile, so just chasing her around most of the time….It’s amazing. Anyone who is a parent has seen the transition, I’m sure,” he said. “Every day right now it’s a new word, it’s a new phrase, a new expression. She’s very social. We’ve got our hands full. It’s a lot of fun.”

Following today’s event, Ryan said he will travel to Utah to spend Thanksgiving with his in-laws.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, over on Snapchat, Ryan had this special message for Brewers fans today:

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.



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