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Surviving the Shatterproof Challenge

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.

"Just walk down the building!" said one staff member.

“Just walk down the building!” said one staff member.

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

Logan Schafer with Mendall (c) and Cary Kimmel of Shatterproof talk before tonight's game.

Logan Schafer with Mendall (c) and Cary Kimmel (r) of Shatterproof talk before tonight’s game.

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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

John is Jumping Off a Building for Shatterproof and You Can Help!

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.

ShatterProof Logo with Tagline

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)!

It doesn't look THAT high!

It doesn’t look THAT high!

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!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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

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.

Brewers Drive For Charity

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.

Gomez DFC Pin

Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Announce Partnership With Shatterproof

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

johnandcait@brewers.com

Sixth Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament Set for June 30

 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 meredith.malone@brewers.com 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!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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.

Brewers “Beyond the Diamond” Community Initiative Returns in 2014

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!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation Announces Partnership with Waterstone Bank

Brewers Community Foundation today announced a new partnership with WaterStone Bank.  Through the partnership, WaterStone Bank will serve as the title sponsor for an in-stadium promotion called “WaterStone Bank’s K’s for a Cause.”

WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation will each make a donation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the 2014 season.  At a later date this season, a Brewers pitcher and Brewers Community Foundation staff will join representatives from WaterStone Bank for a visit to the Sojourner Family Peace Center.

“We have had a longstanding partnership with Sojourner Family Peace Center.  The work they do for families is critical to the well-being of our community,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore.  “We are thrilled to partner with WaterStone Bank.  This effort increases the impact we can have to improve the quality of life for others.”

WaterStone Bank and Sojourner Family Peace Center will receive logo messaging on the “strikeout meter” sign at Miller Park, which is located on the right field fascia.  The display will include the total number of strikeouts by Brewers pitchers at Miller Park this season.

Over the past four seasons, Brewers pitchers have recorded the second-most strikeouts at home (2,698) among all Major League teams.  Only the Atlanta Braves have tallied more strikeouts in their home ballpark during this stretch (2,715).

“It is an honor to partner with Brewers Community Foundation to continue our relationship with the Sojourner Family Peace Center,” said Doug Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of WaterStone Bank. “We appreciate the significant contributions they each make to our community.”

 -John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation:

Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.  Funding efforts support nonprofits that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

 

WaterStone Bank:

Established in 1921, WaterStone Bank is a financial institution with offices in Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Franklin/Hales Corners, Germantown/Menomonee Falls, Oak Creek, Oconomowoc/Lake Country, Pewaukee, Waukesha/Brookfield, and West Allis.

 

Sojourner Family Peace Center:

Sojourner Family Peace Center’s mission is to create peaceful communities in which domestic respect and a life free from violence is the right of every woman, man, and child.  For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit www.familypeacecenter.org.

Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk Registration Open!

Brewers Community Foundation’s 16th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 26, starting at 8 a.m. Registration is now available 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 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.

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.

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 2014 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 Yovani Gallardo autographed baseball and an opportunity to throw out a first pitch.  The top prize is awarded to the fundraiser who raises the most 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 May 2014.

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.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Mini Marathon and 10K Set for September 20; Registration Now Open!

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to increase your fitness level and/or run a race? Great–let us help you with that!

The third annual “Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s” is set for Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Registration is now available online at www.brewersmini.com.

Last year a combined 7,000 runners, representing 38 states, participated in the Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) and the 10K race (6.214 miles). The races both begin and end at beautiful Miller Park and offer scenic and unique courses that will take participants around and through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), and the Miller Park warning track.  Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2015, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Refreshing snacks and water will be provided by Sendik’s at the finish line. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

Race participants helped to raise over $145,000 during the first two years of the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, with all fundraising proceeds benefiting the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by the Brewers Community Foundation and participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and submit online donations.  Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering by April 30, $75/$55 for those registering between May 1 – July 31, $85/$65 for those registering between August 1 – September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available).  The earlier you register, the more you save!

Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19, 2014.

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at www.brewersmini.com and www.brewers.com.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Ryan Braun, Michael Blazek and Marcus Hanel at Today’s Hunger Task Force Food Drive

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It was a very busy and cold morning at Helfaer Field today.  As the Thanksgiving week continued, Brewers Community Foundation teamed up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 for a drive-thru food drive in the parking lot.  Since I am finally thawing out from three hours in the sub-20 degree temperatures this morning, I thought I would post some photos from the activities this morning.

Ryan Braun, Michael Blazek and Marcus Hanel were on hand along with a number of Brewers employees collecting food and handing out bobbleheads to donors.

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The food drive itself lasts until 6 p.m. tonight, so you can still donate throughout the day.  It was a wonderful event and I was happy to be a part of it.  The generosity I saw throughout the activities this week was awesome.  This community should be proud of the way it gives back.

Don’t forget, you can also help the Hunger Task Force through the online “turkey hands” auction.  The framed, original designs from Brandon Kintzler, Tyler Thornburg, Jonathan Lucroy and Jim Henderson are up for auction now on Brewers.com thru Sunday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

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–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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