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“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Five Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is just five weeks from Saturday!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 88, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee.

Last week, we told you about some of the great fundraising incentives we have to help raise money for these great causes and this week, we reveal the shirt that each registered rider will receive, along with a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

Hitting for the Cycle Tee

 

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Fun ‘Fore’ a Great Cause: The 7th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic

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

Whistling Straits

This was the seventh year of Davey’s tournament, and the third year that it’s been at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s also been played at  Blackwolf Run). I was excited for the chance to be up there this week because the Irish Course is just adjacent to Whistling Straits, the site of the 2015 PGA Championship. We’re just about six weeks out from the tournament, which will take place August 10-16 and we could see they were already preparing, building the stands, hospitality and merchandise tents.

A massive merchandise tent in the making!

A massive merchandise tent in the making!

Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a pullover, golf balls, a drawstring bag and beef jerky.

Davey Nelson poses with former Brewer Wes Obermueller. All attendees got a pullover like the one Davey is wearing.

Davey Nelson poses with former Brewer Wes Obermueller. All attendees got a pullover like the one Davey is wearing.

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: Jay Aldrich, Don August, Sal Bando, Mike Caldwell, Craig Coshun, Jim Gantner, Telly Hughes, Chris Jacke, Daniel Lee Martin, Greg Matzek, Randall McDaniel, Greg Meyer, Damian Miller, Charlie Moore, Willie Mueller, Wes Obermueller, Ken Sanders, Tony Smith, Gorman Thomas, Greg Vaughn, Paul Wagner, Steve Woodard and Robin Yount.

Some of the celebs during the opening remarks & introductions.

Some of the celebs during the opening remarks & introductions.

My group consisted of our celebrity, former Brewers pitcher Jay Aldrich, Tom Hecht, our VP-Corporate Marketing, Jeff Harding, our Director of Creative Design & Strategy, and John Creighton from Johnson Controls, Inc.

Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Outing

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 11 a par three. We got off to a decent start, but it wasn’t until the front nine that things really began to click.

But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing! A highlight was running into a flock of sheep, which help maintain the courses up at Whistling Straits:

We finished the day at -9 (62), which was good, but not good enough to win the tournament.

In a scramble, usually my drives from the ladies tees are a big advantage, but today I was directionally challenged off the tee.

In a scramble, usually my drives from the ladies tees are a big advantage, but today I was directionally challenged off the tee more often than not.

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.

It was a terrific day– wonderful weather, 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 four years.

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

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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.

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 http://www.openarmshome.com.

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

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-Cait

@Cmoyer

“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Six Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is just six weeks from tomorrow!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 88, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee. Each registered rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

BCF also has some great fundraising incentives, including Brewers tickets, a cycling cap, entry into a raffle for this custom Domane 6 Series bike (donated by the Lowlands Group) for anyone raising $500 or more, and much more.

 Scooter Gennett, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Jeffress pose with folks from the Lowlands Group--and the bike that fans who raise $500 or more can be entered to win.

Scooter Gennett, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Jeffress pose with folks from the Lowlands Group–and the bike that fans who raise $500 or more can be entered to win.

 

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Bring Toiletry Items 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 Twins.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Mike Fiers.

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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. Also, for $20 you can get a pin and an autographed Fiers Drive for Charity Card.

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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Don’t Miss Out on Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk

Have you registered for the Brewers Community Foundation’s 17th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk  yet? This popular event will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 18 starting at 8 a.m. Registration is limited, so you’ll want to snag one of the few remaining spots soon by visiting Brewers.com/5krunwalk.

The unique feature of this event is that participants actually get to test their skills against the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, who also run the course. The run will begin and end at the Klement’s Sausage Haus where the Brat, Hot Dog, Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage join the crowd on the course. The route also makes its way around the warning track of Miller Park.

All participants must be pre-registered. For the $35 registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of ten Brewers 2015 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.

This year's collectible #Sausage5K T-Shirt.

This year’s collectible #Sausage5K T-Shirt.

The unique feature of this event is that participants actually get to test their skills against the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, who also run the course. The run will begin and end at the Klement’s Sausage Haus where the Brat, Hot Dog, Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage join the crowd on the course. The route also makes its way around the warning track of Miller Park.

Race participants have helped to raise $175,000 in the past three years with all funds raised to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin. When registering to participate, fans will be able to set up a fundraising page to help raise funds for Fisher House Wisconsin.  Please note that the Run/Walk registration fee cannot be applied toward personal fundraising levels. Fundraising incentive levels start at $100 and increase incrementally to the Grand Prize, which includes an autographed baseball and an opportunity to throw out a first pitch.  The top prize is awarded to the highest fundraiser that raises over $5,000.

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. 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. The future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in late 2015.

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at brewers.com/5krunwalk. Any questions regarding the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk or the fundraising component can be directed to Meredith Malone at meredith.malone@brewers.com.

Feeling extra ambitious? Sign up for the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K! Choose from a 10K course, or a half-marathon course held at Miller Park in September. Click here for more details.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ANNOUNCE 100% PLAYER COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

We’re pleased to announce that every member of the team’s roster has committed to participate in Brewers Community Foundation and Community Relations activities for the 2015 season.  Through the various BCF and the Brewers Community Relations initiatives, players, coaches and staff are helping make a difference in our community.

Player participation started before the team even arrived in Milwaukee.  During Spring Training, members of BCF 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 initiatives.  Beyond the Diamond is an umbrella program and an integral part of the Brewers’ outreach effort. It features community involvement activities and opportunities to serve and generate additional support for quality nonprofit organizations.  The Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, the Salvation Army Feed the Kids event and the Children’s Hospital Visit are several of the initiatives in this year’s Beyond the Diamond.

This year’s involvement includes support for diverse organizations like: Ronald McDonald Charities, Sharp Literacy, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, The Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee Public Library, Make-a-Wish Foundation and several Little League groups including Beckum Stapleton Little League, Felix Mantilla and RBI.

For more information about Brewers Community Foundation and the Beyond the Diamond initiatives, please visit brewers.com/bcf and brewers.com/beyondthedimonad, respectively.

Kyle Lohse Visits Site of the New Sojourner Family Peace Center

Earlier this afternoon Kyle Lohse visited the construction site of the new Sojourner Family Peace Center where met with members of the staff and took a tour of the site led by the organization’s Executive Director, Carmen Pitre.

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Sojourner Family Peace Center, located in Milwaukee, transforms lives impacted by domestic violence.

In October 2014, Sojourner celebrated the start of construction for a new Family Peace Center. Based on the nationally known and proven Family Justice Center model, the new Center will transform our 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.

The new building is located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and is scheduled to open in late 2015. This co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding the current shelter, Sojourner Truth House, and the 24-hour hotline, Sojourner is joined with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, among others at the site.

This 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 2015 season (399 so far this season–49 of which have come from Lohse.

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.

For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit familypeacecenter.org. For information about Brewers Community Foundation, please visit Brewers.com/BCF.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Kyle Lohse to Visit the Sojourner Family Peace Center

This Friday at 1 p.m., Brewers starter Kyle Lohse will visit the construction site of the new Sojourner Family Peace Center.  At the event, which is open to the media, Lohse will tour the site and meet with members of the staff.

Sojourner Family Peace Center, located in Milwaukee, transforms lives impacted by domestic violence.  .

In October 2014, Sojourner celebrated the start of construction for a new Family Peace Center. Based on the nationally known and proven Family Justice Center model, the new Center will transform our 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.

The new building is located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and is scheduled to open in late 2015. This co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding our current shelter, Sojourner Truth House, and the 24-hour hotline, Sojourner is joined with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, among others at the site.

This 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 2015 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.

For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit familypeacecenter.org. For information about Brewers Community Foundation, please visit Brewers.com/BCF.

It’s Shatterproof Day at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) have once again teamed up with Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.

During tonight’s game at Miller Park, when the team takes on the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers will celebrate “Shatterproof Day.” Representatives from Shatterproof will be at Miller Park distributing literature and raising awareness for their cause.

Shatterproof is hosting Shatterproof Challenge Rappel Milwaukee today, a fundraiser where individuals and groups raise money to be able to rappel down the Hilton City Center.

Although I was not as brave as my former co-blogger John Steinmiller was last year, and did not participate in the event, I did attend it today in order to meet with the folks from the organization and to cheer on all of the fearless individuals work to help erase the stigma of addiction and tackle the disease.

Here are a few photos from the event:

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In addition, Brewers Community Foundation made a $10,000 contribution towards the organization in a ceremony before tonight’s game:

Shatterproof was started by Gary Mendell who lost his son, Brian, to the disease of addiction.  Following the tragic loss of his son, Gary committed himself to ensure others do not have to suffer the loss of a loved one due to the disease of addiction.  Shatterproof is in its second year, and its building a dynamic-national movement to decisively tackle the disease of addiction to alcohol and other drugs and bridge the gap in addiction resources.

For more information on Shatterproof, please visit shatterproof.org. For information on Shatterproof Challenge Rappel Milwaukee visit rappelmilwaukee.org.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers Community Foundation Week Begins May 4

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) Week begins on Monday, May 4, as the Brewers begin a 10-game homestand.  Returning for its sixth year, BCF Week features a week of activities at Miller Park to highlight the Foundation’s charitable impact in the community.

BCF’s focused areas of interest are Health, Education, Recreation and Basic Needs, and activities throughout BCF Week raise funds to support causes in each of the four areas. BCF Week and the BCF Week “Ultimate Auction” are presented by the 2015 Leadership Council, which is comprised of BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Lithograph, Co., Johnson Controls, Kapco, Lubar & Co., MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and We Energies Foundation.

One of the highlights of BCF Week is the “Ultimate Auction,” which begins at Brewers.com/bcfweek tomorrow (Tuesday, April 28) at 9:00 a.m. CT and continues through Tuesday, May 12 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.  Fourteen exclusive packages are available, including a personal 30-minute one-on-one clinic with Hitting Coach Darnell Coles, a chance to win Chairman and Prinicpal Owner Mark Attanasio’s five front row seats next to the Brewers dugout, the use of a suite at Miller Park for 20 guests and a chance for you and seven others to a win a personal tour of the Miller Park roof before the gates open.  A complete list of “Ultimate Auction” items can be found at Brewers.com/bcfweek.

Brewers Community Foundation Week is highlighted by exciting events including jersey raffles, the chance to win signed memorabilia and treasure hunts. Each event will take place daily at the BCF Week tables located on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116).  The events include the following:

DAILY EVENTS

Monday, May 4 – Mystery Bag Bonanza

Fans will be able to purchase a mystery prize from the BCF Week table for $5 apiece.  The bags will have various prizes ranging from pins, and T-shirts to autographed baseballs.

Tuesday, May 5 – Players Jersey Raffle

Fans will have the chance to buy raffle tickets for either $1 per ticket or $40 for a wingspan to win one of four autographed jerseys that are being raffled off. The four jerseys being raffled off are a Ryan Braun Milwaukee Bears (Negro Leagues Tribute Game) jersey, a Jean Segura gold jersey, a Martin Maldonado batting practice jersey and a Kyle Lohse batting practice jersey.  After purchasing raffle tickets, fans can put their ticket into the bin for the jersey(s) of their choosing.  A winner will be drawn for each of the autographed jerseys and announced during the game.  The four lucky winners will have until the top of the 7th inning to claim their prize.

Wednesday, May 6 – BCF Treasure Hunt

Game-used items from previous contests and seasons are available for purchase in a special treasure hunt at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse.  Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other game-used items.

Thursday, May 7 – Brewers Trivia Day

Fans will have the opportunity to play Brewers Trivia while watching the game.  Trivia cards will be available for $5 each and will include a Brewers Community Foundation commemorative player pin. Once the fan fills out the entire card, they return it to the BCF Week tables for an additional prize.

Friday, May 8 – BCF Carnival Night

Fans will have a chance to play Plinko, Prize Wheel and Bags at $5 per Plinko drop, Prize Wheel spin or Bags toss at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse. Prizes for all three games will include Brewers game tickets, bobble heads, hats, pins and Brewers game-used items.

Saturday, May 9 – Baseball Diamond Dig

Fans will have the opportunity to dig for Brewers “gems” for $5 per dig.  There will be different levels of gems representing different levels of prizes and five grand prize gems.  The grand prize gems will include one Club Level suite for a mutually-agreed upon 2015 Brewers home game (for 14 people, including 6 parking passes, food and beverages) and four autographed Brewers jerseys.  Once the fifth grand prize jewel is picked out of the box, there will no longer be a grand prize gem in the mix to be drawn.  If a winning gem is not selected on a scoop, the fan will automatically win a BCF player pin.

Sunday, May 10 – Hank Day

In celebration of Hank “The Ballpark Pup” Bobblehead Day, it’s Hank Bonanza in the BCF Week area. Fans have the opportunity to purchase Hank items, including the Hank Bobbleheads from the 2014 Brewers Mini Marathon, Hank pins and Hank beach towels.

Monday, May 11 – Bobble Bonanza

Fans can take home a Brewers bobblehead to complete their collection during Bobble Bonanza. Brewers Bobbleheads will be available for purchase for $5 apiece starting when gates open until they are sold out.

Tuesday, May 12 – Brewers Raffle

Fans have the chance to buy raffle tickets for either $1 per ticket or $40 for a wingspan to win Brewers prize packages.  After purchasing raffle tickets, fans can put their ticket into the bin for the prize package(s) of their choosing.  A winner will be drawn for each of the three prize packages and announced during the game.  The lucky winners will have until the top of the 7th inning to claim their prize.

Wednesday, May 13 – BCF Treasure Hunt

Game-used items from past contests and seasons are available for purchase in a special Treasure Hunt at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse.  Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other game used items of interest.

OTHER EVENTS

April 28 – May 12 – Ultimate Online Auction – Presented by the 2015 Leadership Council

Fans will have an opportunity to bid on 14 exclusive packages during an online auction within a two week period sandwiched around Brewers Community Foundation Week.  Some of the packages include the use of a suite at Miller Park for 20 guests, Mark Attanasio’s five front row seats next to the Brewers dugout and an all-expense paid trip to Brewers Fantasy Camp.

May 4 – May 13 – 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 Drive for Charity pins, Brewers merchandise and mystery bags.

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