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The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation will take part in the groundbreaking of Fisher House Wisconsin tomorrow at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee (5000 W. National Avenue). The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and feature appearances from Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and television announcer Bill Schroeder. Brewers Community Foundation has made contributions to Fisher House Wisconsin over the past few years.
“Brewers Community Foundation has always been supportive of our veterans and armed forces,” said Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation. “Fisher House Wisconsin is a terrific organization that allows us to localize that support, and this will be great to have in our neighborhood.”
The Fisher House program is a unique, private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, as well as the hardships of military service, by offering shelter and support during a medical crisis. Located on the grounds of VA hospitals and other military medical centers, Fisher House facilities give a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment.
Fisher House provides an option 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. Nationwide, Fisher House served over 22,000 families last year at its 64 houses.
Currently, 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are utilizing the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for treatment of their wounds and injuries. Without Fisher House, they must arrange overnight accommodations at area hotels or with friends and family during their course of treatment.
The need is so great that the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States of America, allowing veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital to stay overnight at no cost. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2015.
Fisher House Wisconsin will be over 13,000 square feet inside with 16 bedroom suites capable of accommodating up to eight people per suite. The warm and comfortable interior of the suites will be professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. Functionally, guests and their families will have access to well stocked kitchens and inviting living rooms, complete with a library and toys for children. Highly trained staff and caring volunteers are available to help all Fisher House guests.
The proposed budget for the project is $6 million, much of which will be funded by the Fisher House Foundation. However, fully half of the project cost will need private support from the community. For more information on Fisher House, please visit fisherhouse.org.
I will post photos from tomorrow’s event here on the blog.
Brewers Community Foundation Week begins on Memorial Day – Monday, May 26, as the Brewers begin an eight-game, nine-day homestand. Now in its fifth 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 2014 Leadership Council, which is comprised of BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Printing, Johnson Controls, Kapco, 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 Brewers.com today and continues through Tuesday, June 3 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 the use of a suite at Miller Park for 20 guests, Chairman and Prinicpal Owner Mark Attanasio’s five front row seats next to the Brewers’ dugout and an all-expense trip to Brewers Fantasy Camp. A complete list of “Ultimate Auction” items can be found at Brewers.com/bcfweek.
Throughout the upcoming homestand, fans will be able to play Plinko on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations. For a $5 donation per drop, fans will have the chance to win a prize. Prizes include game tickets, Drive for Charity pins, Brewers merchandise and mystery bags.
Additional daily events during Brewers Community Foundation Week will take place at the BCF Week tables located on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). The events include the following:
Monday, May 26 – Players Jersey 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 include a Rickie Weeks autographed batting practice jersey, a Ron Roenicke autographed road gray jersey, a Jonathan Lucroy batting practice jersey and a Scooter Gennett autographed road gray jersey. After purchasing raffle tickets, fans can put their ticket into the bin for the player of their choosing. A winner will be drawn for each player’s autographed jersey, which will be announced during Monday’s game. The four lucky winners will have until the top of the 7th inning to claim their prize.
Tuesday, May 27 – BCF Scavenger Hunt
Fans have the chance to purchase a Brewers Community Foundation Pin and Scavenger Hunt card for $5. The Scavenger Hunt card will have 16 squares on it, with different questions and activities to do within Miller Park. When the card is completely filled out, bring the card back by the bottom of the 5th inning to redeem for a Brewers prize.
Wednesday, May 28 – Brewers Best Buddies Raffle
Fans will have an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for $1 for an opportunity to win a Brewers Sponsor Package. The top prize is a package including items from Brewers sponsors such as $100 SURG Restaurant Group Gift Card, a Miller Lite Beer Cooler, two round-trip vouchers on Southwest Airlines, a year’s supply of Klement’s Brats and summer sausage gift package, and a year-long print and digital subscription to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The winning raffle number will be announced on the scoreboard and prizes must be claimed by the top of the 7th inning.
Friday, May 30 – BCF Carnival Night
Fans will have a chance to play Plinko and Brewers Prize Wheel for $5 per Plinko drop or Prize Wheel spin at the Brewers Community Foundation table, located on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations (behind section 116). Prizes for both games will include Brewers game tickets, bobbleheads, hats, pins and Brewers game-used items.
Saturday, May 31 – Ultimate WI Sports Package Raffle
Fans will have an opportunity to buy raffle tickets at $1 for an opportunity to win an Ultimate Wisconsin themed Package. The top prize is a package including two Brewers baseball tickets for a mutually agreed-upon 2014 game and two Badger Football tickets for the game on September 6 vs. Western Illinois. Other prizes will include “Best of Wisconsin” gift baskets or Brewers items. The winning raffle numbers will be announced on the scoreboard and prizes must be claimed by the top of the 7th inning.
Sunday, June 1 – BCF Treasure Hunt
Game-used items from past games and seasons are available for purchase in a special treasure hunt at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations (behind section 116). Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other game-used items of interest.
Monday, June 2 – 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 a Grand Prize gem. The Grand Prize gem will include a suite to the Brewers game on Friday, June 27 when the Brewers take on the Rockies, valid for 14 people including 6 parking passes, food and beverages. Once the grand prize jewel is picked out of the box, it will not be put back in. If a winning gem is not selected on a scoop, the fan will automatically win a BCF Pin.
Tuesday, June 3 – Bobble Bonanza
Take home a Brewers bobblehead to complete your collection during Bobble Bonanza. Brewers Bobbleheads will be available for purchase at $5 apiece starting when gates open until sold out. There is a limit of six bobbleheads per person.
-John & Cait
Talk About Team Building: Ryan Braun, Brewers Community Foundation Team Up for Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build
This week, Brewers Community Foundation kicked off their “Beyond the Diamond” initiative with a Habitat for Humanity “Blitz Build.”
A crew of more than 100 volunteers has come together in the Washington Park neighborhood this week to launch the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s 30th year of building homes, community and hope at the annual event. During this May building session, Habitat will add six owner-occupied houses to a block that is already home to seven Habitat families–boosting the home ownership rate to nearly 75 percent.
And this week, Brewers players, wives and front office staff are part of the group joining Habitat’s dedicated volunteers and sponsors on a variety of projects in the neighborhood which include the following: Building new affordable homes, helping homeowners make needed repairs on existing homes, and increasing community safety.
For the third year in a row, Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Habitat’s Blitz Build and has teamed up with Ryan Braun and Brewers Wives to lend support through a joint $50,000 donation.
Today, a press conference was held regarding the project and community volunteers worked alongside members of the Brewers organization to build a new home in the Washington Park neighborhood. Ryan Braun, Mat Garza, Logan Schafer and Kyle Lohse exchanged their bats for hammers and were joined by Ron and Karen Roenicke; Brewers Wives Patty Iorg, Melissa Kintzler,Gail Narron, Sarah Lucroy, Kristin Duke, Nichole Bianchi, Katie Wooten, Janelise Maldonado, Jackie Caplinger & Kathleen Reynolds; and Cecelia Gore, executive director of Brewers Community Foundation.
“We are proud to be the lead sponsor of Habitat’s first Blitz Build of the year,” said Cecelia. “Since this partnership started, we have seen how much hard work these families put into building their homes, and also the joy and pride they feel when they become homeowners. We’re excited to be part of that again, and glad that we can provide this opportunity for more families in Milwaukee.
“It’s great to have the chance to give back to the Milwaukee community,” said Ryan. “I’m happy to continue partnering with Habitat for Humanity so that more families have the change to build homes and give their kids a safe place to grow up.”
This is really a great way for the Brewers to kick off “Beyond the Diamond.” It truly a team effort that includes Brewers players, staff and their families.
Today, we honored Derek Jeter for his contributions to Major League Baseball in a special pregame ceremony at Miller Park that included Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Doug Melvin, Dick Groch and Mark and Debbie Attanasio.
In recognition of a career well-played, Dick Groch, Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager, presented Derek with a bronze replica of his Louisville Slugger bat. In 1992, as a scout for the Yankees, Dick recommended that the team select Derek as their first-round draft pick. It was Dick’s pleasure to assist in signing Derek to a Major League contract and it was an honor for him to present the bat to the Yankees all-time hits leader today.
Derek has certainly made his mark in the baseball records and he has made an impact in the lives of young people through his Turn 2 Foundation which supports signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and toward healthy lifestyles.
Oh behalf of the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Doug Melvin and Dick, also presented Derek with a $10,000 check for his foundation.
Finally, in addition, Derek was also presented with a stay at the American Club in Kohler, along with a golf trip to Whistling Straits so he can enjoy his retirement.
Congratulations Derek! May you enjoy retirement as much as we have enjoyed your professionalism and play on the field.
Everything was falling into place this morning as I prepared for my rappel down the side of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. The sun was out, the temperature was cool and the wind was relatively calm. My nerves calm as well as I rode the elevator up from the lobby to the Polaris restaurant for check-in around 11 a.m. this morning.
Maybe it was that I had spent many memorable family birthday dinners at the Polaris restaurant as a kid and it brought back some good memories, but I was ready to make the 240 foot drop for Shatterproof.
I met Sophia Minnaert of FOX Sports Wisconsin, who also was making the rappel today, at the Polaris (I suggest doing this with a friend, it makes things a little easier). We signed our lives away (a lot of waivers) and walked around to pick up our equipment. Harnesses, clips, straps, helmets, ropes, gloves and walkie-talkies. Getting dressed took a long time. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and they knew what they were doing.
“Safety first, safety last and safety always,” was the motto. The staff from Shatterproof and Over The Edge made us feel comfortable and safe every “step” of the way. Some of the staff had been “cavers”–explorers of caves all over the world. We met a firefighter from Green Bay who was on the rescue squad and had a love of climbing. Everyone was so nice and helpful, it made the drop much more comfortable.
The drop itself didn’t take too long, but was great. Of course, the view from the top of the Hyatt was fantastic–the clear day made it perfect. I looked down and saw my Dad and my friend Jeno down at the bottom. I think they might have been more nervous than I was! I waved to them at the top as I started to lower myself down and they nervously waved back.
During the training session before the rappel down the wall, they said to “trust the rope.” That was hard to do at first, but as you trusted the rope, the drop got more comfortable. It was very smooth and somewhat relaxing.
As I landed, a sense of relief and accomplishment came over me. We made it and we helped raise awareness for a great cause. As I stated in my first blog about this event, Shatterproof is a new organization, but has a great message. Shatterproof has “four strategic pillars” that it uses:
1. Unite, amplify and empower the voices of millions of American families struggling with addiction
2. End the stigma of the disease in order to make treatment more accessible
3. Research and innovate to identify and put into practice evidence-based programs and strategies
4. Advocate for changes in public policy to advance effective treatment and recovery.
With that being said, you can still make a donation on my personal donation page. It would be great to get over the $1,000 mark! Thanks to all of my friends who have donated so far! My wife, Kate, my parents, my sister, Mary Kate, LJ and Sarah Rosales, Matt Armitage, Mike Drescher, Andrew Rutberg, Michelle and Mike Peterson, Emily Begel and, the founder of Shatterproof, Gary Mendall. Thank you for making the jump with me today and contributing to this great cause!
Over the next 20 years, Shatterproof will focus on three measurable goals:
1. Reduce by 50% the number of people addicted to alcohol and other drugs
2. Reduce by 50% the number of deaths from addiction-related substances
3. Reduce by 50% the societal costs of addiction.
I was happy to help Shatterproof make steps to those goals today.
FOX Sports Wisconsin cameraman Mario Hurt caught the above footage that aired on tonight’s broadcast.
A special thank you also goes out to Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer and Brewers Senior Director – Community Relations Katina Shaw who stopped by the event this afternoon. They were a little disappointed they missed our jump and tried to talk us into doing it again. I thought for a split second to go back up, but had my fun for the day.
This evening at Miller Park, Shatterproof Day continued. Mendall threw out the ceremonial first pitch and representatives of the group had an information table set up with plenty of information and facts on the organization. Stay tuned to the blog
Be sure to visit Shatterproof.org to learn more about the organization and how you can help. It takes more than a simple jump to help the more than 22 million Americans struggling with diseases of addiction and the more than 100 million family members who share their pain.
The other day I received an e-mail from Tyler Barnes, Brewers vice president – communications. Tyler and I exchange countless e-mails each day. In the nine years that I have worked for him, this one will always stick out.
“Hi, John. Do you have any interest in jumping off a building?” it read.
I was a bit startled, but kept my composure and read on. I learned that I wouldn’t technically be jumping off a building, rather I would be rappelling. That made me a little more comfortable. Add that it will benefit charity and I was in.
With a high-risk operation like rappelling down an 18-story building in downtown Milwaukee, it is clear that Tyler probably reached pretty far down the staff totem pole before getting to me (or maybe not, who knows!). After reading more into the cause, I was happy to get the call and happy to promote the event.
The cause we will be supporting: looking to end the stigma and suffering of those affected by diseases of addiction. On Tuesday, Brewers Community Foundation will partner with Shatterproof to celebrate “Shatterproof Day” at Miller Park. Shatterproof addresses the issues of addiction and provides families with much needed support. In addition, they work to promote addiction related research.
As a part of the daylong celebration, Shatterproof will host the “Shatterproof Challenge” in downtown Milwaukee where about 80 people will join me to rappel down the side of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Sophia Minnaert of FOX Sports Wisconsin will be there rappelling as well. Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer is also scheduled to appear at the event. For some odd reason, Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin wouldn’t allow Schafer to rappel (definitely for the best)!
The height of the hotel is about 230 feet tall, a far cry from my only wall climbing/rappelling experience that came as an 11-year old kid at YMCA Camp Minikani (Camp friends: what was the height of that wall? 30 feet? Regardless, it seemed like 230 feet at the time.). This will be a challenge, but a far-cry from the challenges facing the beneficiaries of Shatterproof.
The cause here is what is important. Addiction to alcohol and drugs is the third largest killer in the United States behind cancer and heart disease. This disease impacts over 25 million Americans and 135,000 lives are lost to this each year. Shatterproof is in its infancy as an organization and I am happy to help them get the word out about a disease that our society is often afraid to face. Getting the cause out to the public in a way like this is long overdue.
Beyond what takes place in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday, Shatterproof will be well represented at Miller Park later that night. A Shatterproof table will be set up on the Field Level concourse distributing literature and Shatterproof President Gary Mendall will toss the ceremonial first pitch.
Mendall founded Shatterproof after the death of his son, Brian, who suffered from the disease of addiction and took his own life in 2011. With a personal gift of $5 million, and a goal of transforming the way addiction is prevented and treated, Shatterproof was born.
How can you help? There are a number of ways. I have set up a personal fundraising page where you can give to the cause and show your support. Thanks for whatever donation you can offer! Or, you can join me on Tuesday by rappelling yourself. There is still time to register and raise the funds needed to rappel down the side of one of Milwaukee’s most iconic buildings.
For more information on Shatterproof and their resources they offer, visit shatterproof.org.
Stay tuned to the blog as I will have pictures and video from my “jump” on Tuesday!
This weekend marks first Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity of the year with a winter accessories drive during the Brewers series against the Chicago Cubs.
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 Carlos Gomez.
Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation today announced a partnership with Shatterproof, a national organization that is committed to protecting children from developing addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.
On May 6 at Miller Park, when the Brewers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Brewers will celebrate “Shatterproof Day” and Brewers Community Foundation will present a grant to the organization. Shatterproof staff will be at Miller Park distributing literature to raise awareness for the cause, and a representative from the organization will toss the ceremonial first pitch that evening.
That same day, Shatterproof will host the “Shatterproof Challenge” in downtown Milwaukee, where approximately 80 participants will rappel down the side of the Hyatt Regency hotel. Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer will autograph a baseball for each participant and Brewers representatives will be on hand to support the initiative. Those who would like to learn about how they can participate in this event can do so at https://secure.shatterproof.org/page/content/milwaukee-2014/.
“We appreciate the work that Shatterproof does to address the issue of addiction in our society,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The work that it does is critical, not just to prevent addiction before it has a chance to take hold, but also to battle the stigma attached to the disease.”
Shatterproof was founded by Gary Mendell after he lost his son, Brian, to the disease of addiction. Shatterproof is building an organization to educate and empower families, educators, healthcare providers, legislators and others to address addiction on a national scale. For more information on Shatterproof, please visit www.shatterproof.org.
–John and Cait
On Monday, June 30, Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and FOX Sports Wisconsin broadcaster Dave Nelson will host his 6th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at Whistling Straights Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin. The 18-Hole Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and dinner.
All teams for the tournament will be comprised of a five-person group, and play will consist of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers. Registrations are being accepted as a foursome and a celebrity golfer will be paired with each group to make up the five-person team. Registration fees are $2,700 per foursome. A golf clinic led by American Club golf pros and a putting contest will take place at 9:00 a.m., and a buffet brunch will be served prior to the start of the tournament. The tournament is limited to 30 foursomes. For those who do not plan to golf, tickets to the reception/dinner only are available for $150 per person.
An additional preview event is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, consisting of a golf experience at Whistling Straits Straights Course followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Championship Locker room. Rates for the preview event are $6,300 per foursome and includes Monday’s event.
Proceeds will benefit Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. For additional information, sponsorship opportunities or to sign up for this memorable golfing experience visit Brewers.com/davey or contact Meredith Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 902-4501. Also check out our Facebook page, Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Open Arms.
This event is always a fantastic time and I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in it the past few years. Check out the 2013 event recap for a taste of the fun you’ll have when you sign up!
Open Arms Home for Children 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. Dave Nelson has served as Board Director for over four years. Brewers Community Foundation is the charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club and supports non-profits that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs with a particular focus on low-income and disadvantaged youth and their families in greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Today, we announced the return of the organization’s community initiative called “Beyond the Diamond,” which features a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel working hands-on in the community. The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
“Beyond the Diamond” events this year will include “S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day,” hospital visits, a military luncheon, playground build, Habitat for Humanity project, and more. Each month from May through August, players, coaches and team personnel will be divided into groups to attend one of the following community outreach events:
- May 14 (Basic Needs) Habitat Build-a-thon: Brewers players, staff, alumni and Brewers Wives will assist organizers from Habitat for Humanity and residents of the local community to build a home. The event is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation.
- May 28 (Education) S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day: Brewers players and alumni will visit a middle school and deliver the important message of S.C.O.R.E. T-shirts and game tickets will be given to the selected school. S.C.O.R.E., an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence, is the Brewers signature character education program.
- June 24 (Recreation) KaBoom Playground Build: Brewers Wives, staff and alumni will assist organizers from KaBoom and residents of the local community to build a new playground at a site to be determined. Brewers players will also attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, thank the volunteers and take group photos with volunteers and supporters. The playground build will be sponsored by players, Brewers Wives and Brewers Community Foundation
- July 11 (Basic Needs) Guest House Room Renovation: Brewers Community Foundation, Brewers players, Brewers Wives and staff will partner with the Guest House, a homeless shelter for men, to build a rainwater collection and picnic shelter for the City Cream Garden Project.
- July 26 (Recreation) RBI Tournament Visit: Players will visit the central leagues during their tournament and interact with them. Youth players will take part in a Major League Moment (joining Brewers players on the field) prior to the game and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
- August 8 (Education) Wisconsin Humane Society PAL Graduation: Players and Brewers Wives will participate in The Humane Society’s People and Animals Learning (PAL) Graduation. PAL is a two-week summer camp for underserved Milwaukee children, ages 10-13. The kids are paired up to train a shelter dog for two weeks, along with other confidence-building and violence prevention activities. At the graduation, kids show off their new dog-handling skills and receive diplomas. Players will assist in handing out the diplomas during the graduation ceremony.
- August 22 (Health) Military Luncheon: Brewers players and alumni will have an exclusive lunch with troops and their families at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. Each military branch will be represented.
Stay tuned to the blog for additional information on each program/event as we get closer to the dates!