Results tagged ‘ Brewers Community Foundation ’

Vote for Ryan Braun for the 2014 Branch Rickey Award

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.

Fans can vote online at http://BranchRickeyAward.org and via Facebook.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

BREWERS GO BEYOND THE DIAMOND AT RAINWATER HARVEST PAVILION LAUNCH PARTY FOR HOMELESS SHELTER

Brewers players and community volunteers were on hand at the Guest House of Milwaukee this afternoon to put the finishing touches on a rainwater harvesting pavilion. This pavilion was made possible through a generous gift from Brewers Community Foundation and Brewers infielder Rickie Weeks. The pavilion, which collects rainwater, diverting it from the sewer and storing it for use in the Guest House’s Cream City Gardens, not only enhances the green infrastructure of the gardens, but also creates a place for the neighborhood community to gather and learn

Participants included Brewers players Rickie Weeks and Khris Davis, shelter guests and staff from the Guest House of Milwaukee, and representatives from Friedens Community Ministries, VetterDenk Architects, Orta Construction, Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions, Arts@Large, Picnic Tables by Ray, as well as local artists.

 

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“We’re very grateful for the generosity of Brewers Community Foundation, Rickie Weeks and the many community partners involved in making this project happen,” said Cindy Krahenbuhl, Executive Director of the Guest House of Milwaukee. “The rainwater harvesting pavilion will provide a space for neighbors to gather, formerly homeless individuals to learn about urban agriculture, and benefits our urban environment by recycling rainwater. Our other projects, including the painted benches, will beautify our often overlooked neighborhood as well.”

For over 30 years, the Guest House of Milwaukee has been opening doors for people experiencing homelessness, with their mission providing shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. They provide shelter and services to 86 men, and supportive services and permanent housing to over 300 individuals and families in Milwaukee County. Other services include employment support as well as counseling and addiction recovery clinic services.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

YMCA Day at Miller Park

Today is YMCA Day at Miller Park and we’re pleased to welcome 1,400 children from the YMCA of Metro Milwaukee Day Camps who are joining us for today’s game against the Reds.  They are the special guests of Brewers Community Foundation who provided all of the game tickets for the kids, along with a souvenir back pack.

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Prior to the game, representatives from several camps participated in a pregame ceremony with the Brewers Community Foundation.

YMCA DAY

 

A group of YMCA campers, singing and dancing along to "YMCA."

A group of YMCA campers, singing and dancing along to “YMCA.”

Enjoy the game kids!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Fans Go To Bat for Sojourner Family Peace Center

Tonight, fans came out to support Sojourner Family Peace Center by taking part in a special event inside Miller Park’s Gehl Club during the Brewers vs. Reds game at Miller Park.

Baker Tilly teamed up with Kyle Lohse, Scooter Gennett and Brewers Community Foundation for the affair which was sold in Corporate Packages that included 10 Gehl Club tickets, a full buffet and beverages, plus an authentic autographed baseball signed by Kyle Lohse or Scooter Gennett for each guest.

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Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year. Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being.

 

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Brewers Community Foundation & Special Olympics Partner for “Over the Edge” Event at Miller Park Tomorrow

For all cause-conscious thrill seekers, Brewers Community Foundation and Special Olympics Wisconsin have teamed up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel down the side of Miller Park.

Tomorrow, Brewers Community Foundation and Special Olympics Wisconsin will host “Over the Edge at Miller Park,” where those raising $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to rappel down the side of  our beloved ballpark.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin. Special Olympics provides services for people with intellectual disabilities, providing not only sporting competitions but leadership opportunities and self-esteem and confidence boosters. Special Olympics Wisconsin is a statewide organization which provides nearly 10,000 intellectually-disabled individuals with year-round sports training and competition in approximately 180 communities across Wisconsin.

Special Olympics Wisconsin athlete Jerry Halboth from Williams Bay, Wis. recently competed in athletics at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey in June. Less than one month later, he’s embracing a new challenge—rappelling Miller Park.

Participants are asked to fundraise $1,000 to experience this thrilling event. Other popular edge packages include “Toss Your Boss” and “Cast Your Coach”, where companies, students, etc. can collect donations to send leaders over the edge, and the ever-popular, “Buddy Rappel” for the ultimate experience with a friend or family member. A one-story training wall is on-site so participants can get a feel for the harness before they take it to new heights. No prior rappelling experience is required. All participants will be treated like VIPs while supporters cheer them on during their thrilling descent.

Special Olympics Wisconsin is proud to partner with the Brewers Community Foundation, Yelp, Baird, Eaton, and FOX Sports Wisconsin. For more information, to sign up, or to donate, please visit http://overtheedge.fundraising-brewers.com.

In addition to rappelling, there will be fun for the entire family, including music and entertainment. All are invited to attend the event as well in a special spectator viewing area, just above the TGI Friday’s entrance at the northeast corner of the stadium.

Please note that traffic delays are expected around Miller Park this weekend as a full closure of I-94 eastbound and westbound, between Highway 100 and U.S. 45, will be in effect from Friday at 11 p.m. through Monday at 5:30 a.m. Northbound and southbound traffic on I-894/U.S. 45 will remain open. Please plan accordingly.

For those scoring at home, this is the second rappelling event that we’ve been involved with this season. Earlier this year my former blog c0-author, John Steinmiller, rappelled down the side of the Hyatt in downtown Milwaukee for Shatterproof. Get a feel for the experience by reading his recap here.

 

7/19 Update:

Here are some photos from today’s successful event!

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship Recipients Honored

Tonight, we were pleased to welcome 16 Wisconsin students who will be attending college this fall with the help of the Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship Programs.

Four programs are currently offered through Brewers Community Foundation: The Allan H. Selig Scholarship, named in honor of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig; The Michael J. Bonan Scholarship; the Miller Park Community Scholarship Program; and the Player Scholarship Fund which this year was supported by Ryan Braun.

Since the scholarship program began in 2003, 116 students have received scholarships from Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship programs. Tonight, we added sixteen more.

Here’s the Class of 2014:

Allan H. Selig Scholarship Recipients:
•       Verenis Estevez
•       Darlan Perkins
•       Brianna Christian
•       Alexandria Muench
•       Henry Healy

Michael J. Bonan Scholarship Recipients:
•       Alex Bristol
•       Ian Griffith

Miller Park Community Scholarship Recipients:
•       Aaron Wilder
•       Emily Thiede

Player Scholarship Recipients:
•       Maleah Brody
•       Jack Carroll
•       Hope Dalebroux
•       Adriana Sanchez
•       Vanessa Skenandore
•       Alma Lopez
•       Erin May

In addition,  LULAC Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship recipients were also recognized tonight:
•       Viridiana Banuelos-Barco
•       Marisa Roman
•       Carla Echeveste
•       Destiny Watson
•       Stephanie Mercado
•       Adriana Cordero

Here are a few photos from the pregame ceremony:

Congratulations to these hardworking young men and women and thank you to Brewers Community Foundation for providing these opportunities!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

6th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic a Hit Again!

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.

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This was the sixth year of Davey’s tournament, but just the second 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 pullover, duffel bag and umbrella (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: Craig Counsell, Robin Yount, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Jay Aldrich, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Paul Wagner, Mike Caldwell, Scott Podsednik, Greg Vaughn, Wes Obermueller, Brady Clark, and Willie Mueller;  Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin

It was fun to mix and mingle with everyone, including having the opportunity to catch up with Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark:

Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark catch up at the Davey Nelson Golf Tournament.

Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark catch up at the Davey Nelson Golf Tournament.

 

My group consisted of our celebrity, Greg Meyer, a NFL referee and longtime friend of Davey’s and Mike, Dan and Joe Stanislawski, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

L-R: Greg, Michael, Dan, Joe and Cait

L-R: Greg, Michael, Dan, Joe and Cait

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 8, a par five. We got off to a great start with a birdie, but we never really got into a great rhythm after that. Aside from a couple that Greg sank for us, it was one of those days where the putts just wouldn’t drop.

But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing! We finished the day at -3 (69), which was good, but not good enough to win the tournament.

My drives were decent yesterday, but my short game and putting left much to be desired--sorry team!

My drives were decent yesterday, but my short game and putting left much to be desired–sorry team!

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. Someone even had a hole-in-one on one of the par-3’s!

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We didn’t mind at all because despite an early threat of rain (and a downpour on the way home!), 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 four years.

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

Looks like brat is going to put in a bid on one of the prizes!

Looks like brat is going to put in a bid on one of the prizes!

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.

Tyler tells of us of his life-changing trip to Open Arms.

Tyler tells of us of his life-changing trip to Open Arms.

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!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

Go To Bat for Sojourner Family Peace Center on July 22; Packages on Sale Now

Join Baker Tilly as it teams up with Kyle Lohse, Scooter Gennett and Brewers Community Foundation to support Sojourner Family Peace Center on Tuesday, July 22 as the Brewers take on the Reds at Miller Park.

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Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year. Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being.

Corporate packages for this unique event are on sale now. They include 10 Gehl Club tickets, a full buffet, two glasses of beer or wine per adult and an authentic autographed baseball signed by Kyle Lohse or Scooter Gennett for each guest.

Grab some co-workers and enjoy the game from the Gehl Club while supporting a great cause! Call (414)902-HOPE to reserve your package today.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

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

This weekend marks the second Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity of the year with a toiletries drive during the Brewers series against the Rockies.

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 Scooter Gennett.

2014 Gennett 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.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation & Special Olympics Partner for “Over the Edge” Event at Miller Park

For all cause-conscious thrill seekers, Brewers Community Foundation and Special Olympics Wisconsin have teamed up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel down the side of Miller Park.

On Saturday, July 19, Brewers Community Foundation and Special Olympics Wisconsin will host “Over the Edge at Miller Park,” where those raising $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to rappel down the side of the iconic ballpark.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin. Special Olympics provides services for people with intellectual disabilities, providing not only sporting competitions but leadership opportunities and self-esteem and confidence boosters. Special Olympics Wisconsin is a statewide organization which provides nearly 10,000 intellectually-disabled individuals with year-round sports training and competition in approximately 180 communities across Wisconsin.

Opportunities for a “buddy” rappel are also available for those raising $1,500 or more. Companies also can collect donations for the opportunity to “toss your boss” and send those in charge over the edge of Miller Park. For those a bit squeamish about making the rappel down the side of the building, a one-story training wall will be available for participants to get a feel for the harness on the day of the event.

For more information and to sign up for the event, please visit http://overtheedge.fundraising-brewers.com. When signing up, there are simple instructions to distribute donation information to family, friends and co-workers. All are invited to attend the event as well in a special spectator viewing area.

For those scoring at home, this is the second rappeling event that we’ve been involved with this season. Earlier this year, John Steinmiller rappeled down the side of the Hyatt in downtown Milwaukee for Shatterproof. Get a feel for the experience by reading his recap here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

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