Results tagged ‘ Fundraising ’

Brewers Mini Marathon Preview: Race to Feature 11 Very Special Athletes

The second annual Brewers Mini Marathon and 10k is Saturday, beginning and ending at Miller Park.  Last year, the race started out with some thunderstorms and chilly temps, but this year it looks like sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the 70s (runners, start hydrating now!).

Runners of all types and abilities will be racing on Saturday, but a special group of runners are giving 11 special athletes an opportunity to race.  On Saturday, my TEAM TRIUMPH’s disabled “challenged” athletes will take part in the race.

Racing on this team are over 70 participants including 11 challenged athletes (called “Captains”) guided by one to four able-bodied athletes (called “Angels”) run. The Captains are pushed in a specialized racing chair and for almost all the 11 captains will be the first race they have ever experienced. The team will lead off the event starting a few minutes before racers and will have a dedicated tent located near the start/finish-line.

Bernie Brewer poses with some of the myTEAM TRIUMPH runners at the 2012 Brewers Mini Marathon.

Bernie Brewer poses with some of the myTEAM TRIUMPH runners at the 2012 Brewers Mini Marathon.

The only organization of its kind, myTEAM TRIUMPH enables hundreds of challenged athletes to experience the thrill and character-building benefits of participating in the greatest endurance events throughout the state.  They create opportunities for challenged athletes (disabled individuals of all ages) to take part in races and endurance events like the Brewers Mini. Becoming race finishers and receiving their congratulatory medal, the Captains finally get to experience the thrill, challenges and sense of accomplishment one achieves by participating in events such as a road race or triathlon. For many of the Captains, it is the first time they hear support and cheers from the many fans and spectators along the way.

Members of myTEAM TRIUMPH at the 2012 race.

Members of myTEAM TRIUMPH at the 2012 race.

Through their mission, they hope enrich the health and well-being of people with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.  I remember seeing a number of these participants in the race last year and it was very inspiring.  I’m very happy that the group is growing and will be back this year.  If you are participating in the race as a runner or a fan, be sure to give these runners a special cheer or wave as you see them.

In addition to the good that myTEAM TRIUMPH is doing, there are other ways racers can give back to the community through Saturday’s race.  Participants and their supporters are invited to give to the MACC Fund and Brewers Community Foundation through fundraising.  There is still time to raise money for this great organization as you can make donations through Saturday.  More information on the MACC Fund and the fundraising aspect to the race can be found here.

Packet pickup for Saturday’s race begins today from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park on the Club Level and continues tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Packet Pickup is organized alphabetically by last name, and you must have a photo ID to pick up.  You may pick up a packet for a friend. Please make sure you have a copy of their photo ID.  Remember there WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION OR PACKET PICKUP AND there are no transfers or refunds.  After you pick up your race packet, please double-check and make sure that the enclosed information is properly assigned to you.

I am not participating in this year’s race, but Cait is volunteering at the “Back of the Pack.”  If you want to join her, look for her among the volunteers who will be making sure no runner gets left behind.  If you are looking to volunteer, there are still many opportunities to take part.  Your organization, group or company can enjoy team-building while supporting our community. Groups are needed to help with Aid Stations and/or other areas. Please contact us at Race@Brewers.com or 414-902-4628 for more details or to reserve your group’s shift and receive sign up information!

Good luck to everyone participating in the race!

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Running For the MACC Fund

It’s the homestretch for the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K. If you have signed up and haven’t started training, what are you waiting for!? Less than two weeks until the big race!

And… that also means less than two weeks to help fundraise and support a very important organization, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

For over 35 years, the MACC Fund has raised over $41 million for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. It is a cause that has touched many lives, most likely someone you may know.

The MACC Fund works with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, the MACC Fund also sponsors research centers in Madison and Milwaukee.

The Brewers have teamed up with the MACC Fund to raise money for their cause. The race is a great way to shed some light on how important the MACC Fund is to childhood cancer research.  Visit BrewersMini.com to donate in the name of any person running the Brewers Mini.

So, if you’ve thought about participating in the physical race yourself, but don’t have the chance or the stamina this year, you can still participate in another race–the race to wipe out childhood cancer and related blood disorders—one child at a time.
If you’re running the race and have already started fundraising, that’s great! Please know your support and efforts are much appreciated We’d also like to hear from you–what’s been working? Have you tried campaign emails or letters? How about a fundraising party, teaming up with others, or getting creative? Garage sales, bake sales and car washes are some easy and fun ideas to help boost your total.

Last year, more than $100,000 was raised for the MACC Fund by participants in this event. With your help, we can push that number even higher. We’ve been checking out the Fundraising page on the brewersmini.com and we are thrilled to see terrific numbers coming in so far, but we still have a long way to go.

And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, Brewers Enterprises has some great ones to keep you motivated!

Various levels have been established to qualify for individual and group prizes. The top individual and group fundraisers will get their choice of prize within their qualifying level, all other fundraisers will be entered into a drawing for the remaining prizes for which they qualify. 

Prizes include everything from autographed baseballs and rounds of golf to tickets to Opening Day and the opportunity to take batting practice! For a full list of prizes, click here.

So there you have it. On Saturday, September 28, we all have two common goals–to finish the race strong and to help support this important cause.

You’re already online, so just click here to start your fundraising efforts right away!

Cheers!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Note: If you’d rather give of your time, the Brewers Mini is still looking for volunteers for race day and other tasks associated with the event! Click here for more.

Brewers 5K Run/Walk This Saturday! Still Time to Fundraise.

Although the Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk is sold out and the race is fast approaching, participants still have time to raise money to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin.

In 2013, Brewers Community Foundation will again be utilizing a fundraising component to raise additional funds that fall under one of the focused areas of interest for Brewers Community Foundation. This year all funds raised through this fundraising tool will be directed towards the Fisher House Wisconsin. The goal is to raise at least $100,000 to help Fisher House Wisconsin raise the necessary funds to break ground in 2013.

fisher-house-wi

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 are traveling to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for treatment at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, while 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are receiving 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. The anticipated ground breaking for Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled for 2013.

Brewers Community Foundation is encouraging all participants to set a personal fundraising goal and challenge themselves to earn one of their unique fundraising incentives which include: concession vouchers, Brewers tickets, the opportunity to watch Brewers batting practice from the field, an autographed baseball and the opportunity to throw out a first pitch at a game.

To be considered for incentives, fundraising must be completed by this Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm CT.

Participants can make a substantial impact by raising money by utilizing the fundraising tool. Email your friends, family and coworkers from your fundraising page and encourage them to make a difference in the lives of children and families, you can also like your page on your Facebook and Twitter social networking accounts.

Missed out on the race? You can still help Fisher House by making a donation.

Visit brewers.com/5ksausagerunwalk and click on the Fundraise tab to become a fundraiser, find a team and/or make a donation today.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Running For the MACC Fund, Just 3 Weeks to the Brewers Mini

It’s the homestretch for the Brewers Mini-Marathon. The event is sold out and if you have signed up and haven’t started training, what are you waiting for!? Less than three weeks until the big race!

In all seriousness, there is an important part of the Brewers Mini that we haven’t really touched on yet through the blog. There is the fundraising aspect to the race—raising money for a very important organization, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

For over 35 years, the MACC Fund has raised over $41 million for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. It is a cause that has touched many lives, most likely someone you may know.

The MACC Fund works with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, the MACC Fund also sponsors research centers in Madison and Milwaukee.

The Brewers have teamed up with the MACC Fund to raise money for their cause. The race is a great way to shed some light on how important the MACC Fund is to childhood cancer research.  If you would like to donate to Team John and Cait, you can do so by clicking here.  You can also visit BrewersMini.com to donate in the name of any person running the Brewers Mini.

JOHN
The MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. My family has always been involved and I’m proud to call a number of leaders of the organization good friends. MACC Fund Executive Director John, Cary, MACC Fund President Jon McGlocklin and my dad, John F. Steinmiller, who has served on the MACC Fund Board of Directors, have always been good examples for me of how important this organization is to the community.

From participating in the Children’s Fashion Shows when I was little (oops, my mom must have misplaced those photos), playing in the Hoop-It-Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament with my friends growing up, the Women For MACC Pasta Fest, attending the Bucks MACC Fund Game, working with Bob and Brian’s Radiothon and seeing the “MACC Star” on our Christmas tree every year, the MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. Growing up in the Milwaukee community, it is hard to miss any of their events.

The hardworking people who are a part of the organization as well as the children who benefit from their research will certainly be on my mind on September 22 when running this race.

CAIT

Childhood cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period. While I do not have the same personal ties to the MACC Fund that John does, I do know that the MACC Fund is a wonderful organization supporting a very important cause.

So, if you thought about participating in the physical race yourself, but didn’t have the chance, you can still participate in another  race–the race to wipe out childhood cancer and related blood disorders—one child at a time.
If you’re running the race and have already started fundraising, that’s great! Please know your support and efforts are much appreciated We’d also like to hear from you–what’s been working? Have you tried campaign emails or letters? How about a fundraising party, teaming up with others, or getting creative? Garage sales, bake sales and car washes are some easy and fun ideas to help boost your total.

I’ve been checking out the Fundraising page on the brewersmini.com and I’m thrilled to see terrific numbers coming in so far!

And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, Brewers Enterprises has some great ones to keep you motivated!

Various levels have been established to qualify for individual and group prizes. The top individual and group fundraisers will get their choice of prize within their qualifying level, all other fundraisers will be entered into a drawing for the remaining prizes for which they qualify. 

Prizes include everything from autographed baseballs and rounds of golf to a private gourmet dinner for two at Home Plate in Miller Park and the opportunity to take batting practice! For a full list of prizes, click here.

So there you have it. On Saturday, September 22, we all have two common goals–to finish the race strong and to help support this important cause.

We hope that you will help support Team John and Cait, or become a fundraiser yourself!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Note: If you’d rather give of your time, the Brewers Mini is still looking for volunteers for race day and other tasks associated with the event! Click here for more.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 374 other followers

%d bloggers like this: