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Ultimate Fan Experience Sweepstakes Starts Today

The cliché “one of a kind…” is heard all too often, but the “2013 Milwaukee Brewers Ultimate Fan Experience” is something that would be next to impossible to replicate.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky fan will be chosen to receive the following prize package:

-          A Bob Uecker Game-Worn Sweater—a colorful, warm piece of history worn by a colorful man. The sweater comes complete with a Major League Baseball authentication hologram that shows Mr. Baseball wore the sweater during a Brewers radio broadcast this year.

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-          Yovani Gallardo’s Game-Worn 2013 Opening Day Jersey that was donned by the Brewers righthander for his fourth consecutive Opening Day start.  The jersey is authenticated by Major League Baseball.

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-          Four Round-Trip Southwest Airlines Tickets between Milwaukee (either to or from) and any location served by Southwest Airlines.

-          Four Field Diamond Box Tickets to any 2013 Milwaukee Brewers regular season game at Miller Park.

-          A Chance to Slide Down Bernie Brewer’s Slide along with three of your friends.

-          Bob Uecker Meet and Greet – Your group of four will meet “Ueck” on the field during batting practice before a Brewers game at Miller Park.  You will then be able to watch batting practice on the field and have your photo taken in the Brewers dugout.

-          Your Own Bobblehead – The Brewers will create a bobblehead in your image and produce the item for your personal collection.

Sweepstakes tickets are just $1, and the more times you enter, the better chance of winning. Tickets will be available at brewers.com/ultimatesweeps beginning today at 10 a.m. CT through Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. CT.  No purchase necessary. Entries are also accepted by writing to: Brewers Ultimate Fan Experience Sweepstakes, c/o Brewers Community Foundation, One Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

“We wanted to offer a package that was truly unique, and it all starts with an item like Ueck’s game-worn sweater,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We think this will be a very popular contest with an appeal to Brewers fans of all ages.”

The winning name will be drawn on or around Monday, June 17.  Net proceeds from the sweepstakes will benefit the programs supported by the Brewers Community Foundation. For complete rules and more information, please visit brewers.com/ultimatesweeps.

Ryan Braun, Brewers Community Foundation Team Up for Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build

The Brewers today kicked off their “Beyond the Diamond” initiative with a Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon.

Players, Brewers Wives and staff will help organizers from Habitat for Humanity and residents of the local community to build a home in a week’s time.  Members of the Brewers organization will also be making special guest appearances throughout the week.

They will join Habitat’s dedicated volunteers and sponsors on a variety of projects in Washington Park which include the following: Building new affordable homes, helping homeowners make needed repairs on existing homes, and increasing community safety.  For the second 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 to kick off the week-long project.  The sun was shining and attendees of the press conference included Braun, Ron Roenicke, Michael Gonzalez and Brewers Wives Karen Roenicke, Kristina Hart, Larisa Fraser and Susan Cutajar.

Tomorrow, the Brewers Wives will work on the site along with Habitat volunteers, sponsors and partner families.  Thursday morning, Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle sellers will join Habitat volunteers working together to build one of the three new affordable homes being constructed in the Washington Park neighborhood during the “Blitz Build.”  On Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, Brewers front office staff will get in the act and join volunteers from Habitat on the three houses.

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Michael Goelzer snapped some great photos from today’s events in the Washington Park neighborhood.  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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Boys & Girls Clubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation Announce Revitalization Plans for Sherman Park Baseball Field

Last night, Milwaukee Brewers front office staff, including President of Baseball Operations-General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, along with Craig Counsell, Special Assistant to the General Manager and his wife, Michelle, attended the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s Salute to Youth MVP Dinner & Celebration at the Pfister Hotel. Approximately 500 guests were in attendance at the event, which was co-chaired by Brewers Chief Operating Office, Rick Schlesinger.

At the end of the evening, Brewers Community Foundation presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to support the revitalization of Sherman Park baseball diamond, located in Milwaukee’s central city.The Sherman Park field will be one of only five fields in Greater Milwaukee that can accommodate multiple types of play.

“The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Sports programs is to provide members with access to youth sports that impart valuable life lessons such as teamwork and good sportsmanship as well as develop their leadership skills,” says Vincent Lyles, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. “This support from Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation will help do just that. ”

“On behalf of Brewers Community Foundation, the Sherman Park baseball field revitalization is consistent with our mission to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin,” says Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This revitalization project will make Little League baseball and softball accessible to Boys & Girls Clubs and other local residents, especially those who live in the inner city.”

In addition to the revitalization project, Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have been long-time supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs’ RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program  [Read more on how you can help support the RBI program here.] as well as Little Brewers softball, which is a statewide program that teaches young children the fundamentals of the game.

Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is also a partner in the project. It will be responsible for the field’s maintenance. Boys & Girls Clubs will have exclusive field access for the first two years. Construction will begin this year and the field will be playable for the start of the 2014 baseball and softball season.  It will include a new scoreboard, field fencing and dugouts, infield landscaping and paint field infrastructure.

Located on the corner of N. Sherman Blvd. and W. Burleigh St., the baseball field was highly used and known for its immaculate condition. The revitalized baseball field supports the growth of baseball and softball among central city children. The reconstructed field will be built with adaptive diamond dimensions to accommodate Boys & Girls Clubs baseball and softball programs for young people.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee celebrates 126 years of service. Known as the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in Milwaukee, the Clubs offers high quality after-school and summer programming for children ages 5-18, focusing on those who have major life obstacles, most often poverty. The Clubs operates 36 sites, which include six primary locations, 29 school sites, Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland in Hartland. Membership to the Clubs is only $5 per year, per child, but no one is ever turned away based on inability to pay. For more information, visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig grew up in the area and played baseball on the field.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

There is Still Time to Sign Up for the BCF 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk

The Brewers Community Foundation’s 15th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 20, starting at 8 a.m. and there is still time to sign up! All participants must be pre-registered and it is recommended that those interested register early for this event.LOGO-BCF-5kThe 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. Brewers coaching assistant/digital media coordinator Joe Crawford will be the honorary starter for this year’s event.

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For the $30 registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of eight Brewers 2013 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, the fundraising component returns as participants and fans are again encouraged to help raise additional funds to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin, 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. . When registering to participate, fans will also be able to set up a fundraising page to help raise funds for Fisher House Wisconsin.  Fundraising incentive levels start at $100 and increase incrementally to the Grand Prize, which includes a 2013 Brewers Team 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.

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. Follow @BrewersCF on Twitter and use the hashtag #SAUSAGE5K.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation Announces Full Support From Players

A great announcement came today from the Brewers Community Foundation. the official charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club.   This year, BCF is proud to announce that 100% of Brewers players have committed to providing financial or in-kind support to the community.   BCF raises financial support for nonprofit organizations in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin, these organizations provide critical services in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

“I am extremely proud of Milwaukee Brewers baseball players,” said Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation.  “They recognize the meaningful impact they can have by contributing to the community.  The programs supported by players have been phenomenal.”

Norichika Aoki at last year's S.C.O.R.E. event.

Norichika Aoki at last year’s S.C.O.R.E. event.

Through various community initiatives during the season, Brewers players, coaches, alumni, wives and staff members provide continuous support to organizations in the Greater Milwaukee area, including monetary contributions, time and special appearances.

Earlier this month, the Brewers announced a new 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 Community Foundation, players, coaches, alumni, wives and team personnel working hands-on in the community.

“Beyond the Diamond” events this year will include “S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day,” hospital visits, a playground build, and a Habitat for Humanity project.  Each month from May through August, all players, coaches and team personnel will be divided into groups to attend at least one of the following community outreach events:

  • May 8 (Basic Needs) Habitat Build-a-Thon
  • May 21 (Education) S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day
  • June 6 (Health) Children’s Hospital Visit
  • July 22 (Recreation) KaBoom Playground Build
  • August 20 (Health) VA Hospital Visit

We will have full reports from each of these events here on the blog.  I think it is going to be neat that not just players and coaches will be involved in these projects, but also front office staff.  For more information, please visit Brewers.com/community.  Congratulations to BCF and a special thank you to our players for understanding the importance of giving back to our community!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Mark Attanasio and Brewers Community Foundation Launch 2013 Leadership Council

Milwaukee Brewers fans, players, coaches and other supporters enthusiastically participate in season-long fundraisers that generate needed resources. Seizing the opportunity to build on the success of Brewers Community Foundation, Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio and Brewers Community Foundation have launched the 2013 Leadership Council.

“We are honored to have eight prominent businesses partnering with our organization on meaningful philanthropic efforts,” said Attanasio.  “Our 2013 Inaugural Leadership Council is a perfect example of teamwork and collaboration.  We hope that the Council generates opportunities to expand the impact we have on the community we all care deeply about.”

The 2013 Leadership Council includes:  BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Printing, Kapco, MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual and Wisconsin Energy Foundation. Each of these organizations has a long history of meaningful engagement with the community.

The 2013 Leadership Council will join Brewers Community Foundation in the sponsorship of six key events which benefit nonprofit organizations in Greater Milwaukee.  These events include:

  • Three “Drive for Charity” events at Miller Park (April 19-21, June 21-23 and August 30-September 1)
  • 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk, July 20
  • Brewers Community Foundation Ultimate Auction, August 6-20
  • Brewers Community Foundation Week, August 15-21

“This collective effort will create new opportunities to increase the magnitude of our initiatives,” said Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation.  “Our Leadership Council assures a winning season for our community.”

Over the past three seasons, Brewers Community Foundation has successfully raised close to $10 million in support of quality nonprofit organizations that focus on health, education, recreation and basic needs. These efforts have resulted in the organization playing a meaningful role in the overall community effort to improve the quality of life in Milwaukee and support efforts to address critical needs.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation’s 2013 Drive For Charity Kicks Off This Weekend

This weekend, the Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive for Charity will kick-off with a toiletry-item drive during the Brewers series against the Chicago Cubs.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new, full-size toiletry items such as toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, razors & shaving cream, bars of soap, bottles of body wash and deodorant. These items will be donated to the Guest House of Milwaukee.

Each fan that donates will receive a collectible Brewers player pin–this weekend’s pin is of pitcher Marco Estrada. Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

For the complete 2013 Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity schedule, please see below.

April 19-21 vs. Cubs

Brewers Community Foundation invites you to drop off any new, full-size toiletry items during the Brewers Community Foundation Drive For Charity. Each fan that donates will receive a Milwaukee Brewers collectible player pin featuring Marco Estrada. Bring your donation to the Chicago Cubs series from the gate opening through the second inning.

 

June 21-23 vs. Braves

Brewers Community Foundation invites you to drop off new school or art supplies during the Brewers Community Foundation Drive For Charity. Each fan that donates will receive a Milwaukee Brewers Player collectible pin featuring Chris Narveson.  Bring your donation to the Atlanta Braves series from the gate opening through the second inning.

 

August 30-September 1 vs. Angels

Brewers Community Foundation invites you to drop off any new or gently used winter wear during the Brewers Community Foundation Drive For Charity. Each fan that donates will receive a Milwaukee Brewers player collectible pin featuring Mike Fiers.  Bring your donation to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim series from the gate opening through the second inning.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

42 a Must-See for Baseball Fans

Last night, I was privileged to attend a special screening of “42,” the highly-anticipated Warner Bros & Legendary Pictures biopic of the late, great Jackie Robinson, with a special reception for community leaders, hosted in part by Brewers Community Foundation.

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The showing, which took place at Mayfair Mall’s AMC Theatres, was one of just three private screenings in the entire country. In addition to Milwaukee, the other screenings took place in Washington D.C. (hosted by Michelle Obama) and in Atlanta, GA (with Hank Aaron in attendance), also last evening.

The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Friday, April 12, but I’ve got a review for you here, plus details on a play based on Robinson’s life opening in Milwaukee called Jackie and Me.

First, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the 42 trailer to whet your appetite:

Although the movie is called “42,” referencing Jackie Robinson’s jersey number, this story is not only about Jackie—it’s also about legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.

Because, in Rickey’s words, “There is more than playing. I wish it meant only hits runs, and errors-only the things they put in the box score. Because…a baseball box score is a democratic thing. It doesn’t tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election.”

The movie opens in 1945 and chronicles Robinson’s journey from the Negro Leagues team the Kansas City Monarchs to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ AAA Club, the Montreal Royals and finally to his Major League debut on April 15, 1947 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers (a date we now commemorate across MLB as Jackie Robinson Day).

I will warn you that there are a few scenes that are tough to watch—but then you remember that this is not just a fictional movie; it’s something that actually happened less than 70 years ago, and you think about how, if it’s so hard for you to watch, how hard must it have been for Robinson to endure?

That’s the feeling the filmmakers are trying to convey. And they don’t just want you to sympathize with Robinson (although that’s a key theme in the film)—they want to illustrate the type of man that he was, how primarily with help from Rickey, his wife, and a reporter named Wendell Smith, he prevailed in the face of the greatest of adversity and went on to not only break the color barrier, but become the 1947 Rookie of the Year and stolen bases champion, a six-time All-Star, and World Series Champion (1955).

Story aside for a moment, the acting in this film is just superb. Chadwick Boseman, a relatively unknown actor, gives an amazing performance as Jackie Robinson and Nicole Beharie, an actress of similar stature is stunning and gorgeous in her role as his wife, Rachel. And although I will admit that I had my doubts when I heard Harrison Ford was playing Branch Rickey (especially after reading this article), he surprised me with a very believable and powerful portrayal. The other actors in the film, particularly those playing Robinson’s teammates or rivals, also did an excellent job. Whether it was someone lovable who sympathized with Robinson and reached out to him; or someone despicable (and there are plenty), you could tell that each character and line of dialogue was specifically chosen by screenwriter Brian Helgeland and really (excuse the pun) hits home.

One of my favorite people in the story is Pee Wee Reese the Brooklyn Dodgers’ All-Star shortstop, portrayed by Lucas Black. His prowess on the field aside, Reese is also famous for his support of Robinson through the most difficult times.

Here's a graphic from the movie's Facebook page, depicting a powerful scene between Reese & Robinson.

Here’s a graphic from the movie’s Facebook page, depicting a powerful scene between Reese & Robinson.

In the movie he says to Robinson, “Maybe tomorrow we’ll all wear 42. That way they won’t be able to tell us apart.”

It’s a moment of levity and a moment of foreshadowing because, as you’re likely aware, each year on April 15, in an inspiring, league-wide effort, Major League Baseball teams observe Jackie Robinson Day. On this day, all players and on-field personnel wear the number “42,” in honor of his indelible legacy and commemorating the historic date when Baseball truly became our national game. This year, because the Brewers have an off-day on Monday, April 15, we’ll celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on April 16 when the San Francisco Giants come to town.

There’s also another Brewers-Robinson connection: First Stage Children’s Theater will feature the play Jackie and Me at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee. It will be performed April 12 through May 5 and Brewers Community Foundation and Rickie Weeks are serving as sponsors of the production. Tickets can be ordered online at firststage.org.

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Now since the Brewers had a game last night, unfortunately none of our players were able to attend the screening. However, in Washington, in addition to the movie’s cast and crew, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was in attendance on his off-day. He tweeted:

Likewise, some of the Atlanta Braves spent their off-day seeing the movie as well:

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I hope you’ll take our recommendations and go and see this amazing film. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Please share your comments/reviews below.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Brewers Community Foundation Team Up for Thursday’s “Match Day”

On Thursday community members have the opportunity to work together as a team and make a difference in the Greater Milwaukee area by participating in the second annual Match Day.  This one-day online event, coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and other local funders, will support 21 different basic needs organizations that serve as a lifeline to thousands of individuals and families in need.

Match Day offers individuals, businesses and others a chance to support the organizations in our community that are helping meet individuals’ basic needs.  Individuals can donate to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund or to one or more of the 21 participating agencies this Thursday.  Thanks to more than $750,000 in matching funds contributed by a pool of funders including Brewers Community Foundation, each donation made online on Thursday will be proportionately matched, up to $750,000.  The inaugural Match Day event raised more than $1.8 million last year.

Donations could feed a family that may otherwise go without food this week, aid a veteran who is struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder or provide shelter to someone who has just lost their home.


To make a donation, please visit www.matchdaymke.org on Thursday to help support the 21 Basic Needs Organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Gifts can be made during the 24-hour online giving event on Thursday.  The minimum gift is $10.

Mark and Debbie Attanasio along with Brewers Community Foundation are the major sponsors for Match Day and have donated financially to this cause. Co-sponsors include The Faye McBeath Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

The non-profits benefitting from the funds raised include:

 

  • Advocates of Ozaukee
  • Center for Veterans Issues
  • Community Advocates
  • Daystar
  • Family Promise of Washington County
  • Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Food Pantry of Waukesha County
  • Friends of Abused Families
  • Guest House of Milwaukee
  • Hebron House of Hospitality
  • Hope Center
  • Hope House of Milwaukee
  • Hunger Task Force
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission
  • Pathfinders Milwaukee
  • Repairers of the Breach
  • Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • The Cathedral Center
  • Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
  • The Women’s Center

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

BCF 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk Registration Begins Tomorrow

Brewers Community Foundation’s 15th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 20, starting at 8 a.m. Registration will be available online at beginning this Friday, March 1.LOGO-BCF-5kThe 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. Brewers coaching assistant/digital media coordinator Joe Crawford will be the honorary starter for this year’s event.photo 2

All participants must be pre-registered and the event is expected to sell out quickly. It is recommended that those interested register early for this event.

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For the $30 registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of eight Brewers 2013 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, the fundraising component returns as participants and fans are again encouraged to help raise additional funds to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin. When registering to participate, fans will also 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 a 2013 Brewers Team 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. Currently, veterans from 23 different states of all generations travel to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for treatment at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, while 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receive treatment here in Milwaukee for their wounds or injuries. 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. Due to this need, the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to break ground in 2013.

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. Follow @BrewersCF on Twitter and use the hashtag #SAUSAGE5K.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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