Results tagged ‘ Cecelia Gore ’

Brewers Partner with Shatterproof

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

On Tuesday, May 5 at Miller Park when the team takes on the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers will celebrate “Shatterproof Day.” Representatives from Shatterproof will be at Miller Park distributing literature and raising awareness for their cause. That same day, Shatterproof is hosting Shatterproof Challenge Rappel Milwaukee, a fundraiser where individuals and groups raise money to be able to rappel down the Hilton City Center.  In addition, Brewers Community Foundation will make a financial contribution towards the organization.

“We are pleased to once again partner with Shatterproof and contribute to their battle against addiction,” said BCF Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “We appreciate the work they do to raise funds and awareness, and we look forward to welcoming them to Miller Park next month.”

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

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

Brewers Community Foundation Presents “Hitting 4 the Cycle;” Biking Event set for Saturday, August 8

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) has launched an exciting new event, “Hitting 4 the Cycle.”

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

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

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

“Brewers Community Foundation is very excited to host the first ever ‘Hitting 4 the Cycle’ benefit bike ride,” said BCF Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “This is a great opportunity to positively address critical issues in our community by supporting four quality organizations, all while enjoying a bike ride in our community and capping it off with a Brewers game.”

Inaugural sponsors for the benefit include Prairie Springs, the Paul Fleckenstein Trust and the Lowlands Group.  The Wisconsin Bike Federation will also be actively supporting the benefit bike ride.

For more information or to sign up, please visit brewers.com/bcf.

Brewers Community Foundation Hosts “Pearls for Teen Girls” Participants

Today, Brewers Community Foundation hosted 15 “Pearls for Teen Girls” participants at Miller Park.

Pearls for Teen Girls focuses on assuring success for young ladies striving to be successful in school and life.  Today, the girls were here to learn more about the Brewers and careers from women in the Brewers front office including Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, Cecelia Gore; Senior Director of Community Relations Katina Shaw; Director of Accounting, Vicki Wise; and VP of Entertainment & Broadcasting, Aleta Mercer.

The girls also enjoyed a tour of the ballpark, had lunch, played a trivia game and got to meet Hank the Ballpark Pup:

Thanks to the young ladies for coming out today; we hope you learned a lot and enjoyed your time at Miller Park!

 

Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic a Swingin’ Success

Ah, the rare off-day during Spring Training. Yesterday was one of just two offdays for the Crew this spring and many of the players marked the occasion  by heading out to the golf course for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic, which was held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

A number of the Brewers players and coaches, along with several other celebrities participated in the event, which benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Prior to the tournament, Bob addressed the crowd, as did Bailey, a 14-year-old whose Wish was granted in April of 2012. Bailey chose to go fishing in Hawaii and spoke eloquently about what that experience mean to him and his family in terms of raising their spirits.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

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While no Brewers were in the winning groups, everyone had a blast; and, most importantly, the tournament raised over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO JOIN WITH HUNGER TASK FORCE AND CBS 58 TO HELP FEED MILWAUKEE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 next week to help feed Milwaukee-area families in need as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

On Wednesday, November 26, the three organizations will host the “Thanksgiving Drive Thru Food Drive” at Miller Park. Food can be dropped off at Helfaer Field at Miller Park on November 26 between 4:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

“Brewers Community Foundation looks forward to partnering with the Hunger Task Force annually as they work diligently throughout the year to provide food for families,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “On behalf of Mark and Debbie Attanasio, our front office staff, players and other supporters, we want to thank everyone for their contributions as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season.”

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Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last. A number of Brewers special guests will be on hand throughout the day to collect donations.

“Once again our friends at CBS 58 and the Brewers Community Foundation are spending the day before Thanksgiving collecting donations from big hearted folks making a difference right before the holiday,” said Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Hunger Task Force. “It’s an easy, fun way to donate and help a family before gathering together with your own.”

“Donating food to feed the hungry is a wonderful way to put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving this Holiday,” said Mark Strachota, Vice President/General Manager of CBS-58. “CBS 58 is proud to work with Brewers and the Hunger Task Force to make this happen.”

BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS REACH $4 MILLION IN FUNDRAISING FOR 2014  

Brewers Community Foundation along with the Milwaukee Brewers have eclipsed $4 million in fundraising during 2014, with support coming from Brewers ownership, community relations department, fans, players, wives and sponsors, and special events throughout the year.

Over the past five years, Brewers Community Foundation has generated more than $15 million to support local nonprofit organizations benefiting health, education, recreation and basic needs.

“We are very appreciative of the wide range of support that we receive from fans, players and others,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore.  “The critical issues we impact support efforts to improve the quality of life in our community.”

Several events and initiatives that aided Brewers Community Foundation throughout the year included:

–          Brewers Community Foundation Week

–          Game Day 50/50 Raffle

–          An Evening with Hank Aaron

–          Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K, Presented by Sendik’s

–          5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk

Brewers Community Foundation Week was a major success for the foundation’s fundraising goals.  BCF, along with the Leadership Council, raffled off player jerseys, hosted a scavenger hunt, held a carnival night and hosted an auction of unique Brewers-themed items to help build up the proceeds.  The Leadership Council is comprised of 10 corporate partners, including BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Printing, Johnson Controls, Kapco, Lubar & Co., MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and We Energies Foundation.

Another significant factor was the 50/50 raffle presented by Northwestern Mutual.  In comparison to last year, the raffle saw an increase of more than $600,000, totaling over $2.25 million in revenue in 2014.  In addition to the raffle, the Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K, Presented by Sendik’s contributed significant donations to the MACC Fund.

Brewers Community Foundation benefitted many local organizations through their fundraising efforts. Youth organizations such as Restoring Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Beckum Stapleton Little League, Felix Mantilla Little League, Journey House and La Liga Cristiana all received grants from Brewers Community Foundation.  The Boys and Girls Club Milwaukee Chapter and the Sojourner Family Peace Center were beneficiaries of these philanthropic efforts.  In addition, 17 students received scholarships toward higher education in Wisconsin.

Through the Foundation, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to serve as leaders in the community.  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.

 

 

Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk Generates Generous Donation for Fisher House Wisconsin

On July 26, runners and walkers participated in the 16th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk here at Miller Park, generating much needed resources in support of Brewers Community Foundation.

This year, 5K participants were encouraged to fundraise online for Fisher House Wisconsin, which 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.

Tonight, Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation presented a $25,000 check to John Quinette, the Executive Director for Fisher House Wisconsin.

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Many thanks for all the online contributions as well as the generous donations from Jimmy Nelson and Jonathan Lucroy.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Fisher House Wisconsin Groundbreaking Event a Success

Today, the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation participated in the groundbreaking of Fisher House Wisconsin at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. The ceremony took place in front of a standing room crowd of over 400 people.

Included in the dignitaries were Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers television play-by-play announcer Bill Schroeder, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (4th Congressional District, Wisconsin).

The afternoon ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance which was led by Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel.  A South Milwaukee native, Wetzel was awarded a Medal of Honor for actions he performed in the Vietnam War. It was an honor to be in the presence of someone so brave and the respect he was given all afternoon was incredible and well-deserved.

Gore, Walker and Moore all spoke at the event to talk about the importance of the Fisher House to Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Also on hand to speak today was Dan Buttery who spearheaded fundraising efforts to get Fisher House built here, and, Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. Fisher, an avid baseball fan, admitted to being a bit nervous as he will be throwing out the first pitch tonight at Miller Park.

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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.

For more information on Fisher House, please visit FisherHouse.org.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Lucroy and Schroeder to Participate in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fisher House Wisconsin

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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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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.

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“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.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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