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At a press conference held at Miller Park moments ago, the Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for the “Give-Back Game,” an event that is a major philanthropic endeavor to raise proceeds for great causes. With the Give-Back Game, nearly all proceeds from ticket sales from the Brewers final home game on Sunday, September 25 against the Cincinnati Reds will be donated to charity.
Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger along with members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to announce the details.
“Dating back to his first year of ownership of the Brewers, Mark Attanasio has always done something special for the final home game each year, an initiative to show his appreciation to our fans and the community,” Schlesinger said. “We wanted to do something at another level this year, and out of that came the idea of the Give-Back Game. It’s not just a gift to the fans, it’s an opportunity to raise significant funding for these four great partners.”
Here’s how it works…
Starting immediately, fans can purchase tickets in person at the Miller Park box office, via phone (414-902-4000) or online by going to brewers.com/giveback. At the time of purchase, fans will be asked to choose between one of four charities for their donation to benefit:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
- Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
- The MACC Fund
- Wisconsin Humane Society.
Fans will be able to choose a ticket for $10, and can elect to contribute more in increments of $5 up to $50. (For donations of greater than $50, fans may call 414-902-4000.)
Tickets will be made available by level and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning with Field Level, then on to Loge Level, Club Level and finally the Terrace Level. Fans can get the best seats in the house for a great price, all while helping local causes.
A portion of every presold ticket will also be donated to a general fund that will be split between the four participating charities. Season Seat Holders may contact their representative to specify which charity they would like their donation to go to.
After all of the fan donations have been made, the Brewers will contribute an additional $50,000 to the charity that generates the most donations. Regardless of the results, each charity will automatically receive a donation of $20,000 from the Brewers. Every ticket sold after today will result in those additional proceeds being added on top of that $20,000.
To help the cause, several Milwaukee Brewers players have teamed up with the four charities to help promote the game. Each player will use their social media platforms tweeting with the hashtag #GiveBackGame to promote not just the entire initiative, but also their specific charity’s involvement. Keon Broxton/Boys & Girls Clubs, Corey Knebel/Make-A-Wish, Tyler Thornburg/MACC Fund and Scooter Gennett/Wisconsin Humane Society.
In addition, media partners in the community have stepped up to help promote the effort, with each cause backed by a different media group. “Teammates” include The MACC Fund/620 WTMJ, 94-5 KTI Country and TODAY’S TMJ4; Make-A-Wish Wisconsin/FM106.1, V100.7, 97.3 NOW, 95.7 Big FM, News/Talk 1130 WISN and Big 920 Sports; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee/FOX Sports Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Humane Society/WKLH, WHQG, WJMR and WNRG.
We have a special guest with us at today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, today is Rayner’s Wish Day at Miller Park.
Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Cardinals game, Rayner had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches. He also had the opportunity to meet his favorite player, Ryan Braun, and visit Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.
Here are a just a few photos from Rayner’s special day:
Here’s hoping we’ll pull out another exciting win today. Rayner said we always win when he comes to games, so I’m feeling pretty good about this one.
Kelci, 9, and her family traveled from Milwaukee down to Arizona to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale where she had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches during batting practice (including her favorite player, Carlos Gomez) and also threw out the first pitch–to another favorite, Jonathan Lucroy.
Today, we were happy to have Kelci out to visit us again, this time at Miller Park. She was here today to film a video with Time Warner Cable Sports:
While here, Kelci and her mom, Karen, were interviewed and in between filming, Kelci found time to work on her homework… with a little help.
Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse “pitched in” to help her list off the state capitals. (For those scoring at home, Kelci told me later that Matt Garza was the most helpful at this task).
Kelci also got a giant hug from her favorite player, Carlos Gomez, after reuniting with him:
She even pitched a little pitcher’s batting practice to Kyle Lohse:
Here are a few more photos from Kelci’s afternoon at the ballpark:
As I write the Brewers are leading 5-0 in the first, including home runs by Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind, so it looks like her special day is going to be capped off by a pretty good game, too.
We are pleased to welcome another special guest to today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Arizona, today is Adam’s Wish Day at Maryvale.
Adam Fritz, 16, and his family traveled from New Berlin, Wisconsin to fulfill Adam’s wish to attend Brewers Spring Training and meet Ryan Braun.
Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Reds game, Adam took a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale where he received his own uniform and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players during batting practice.
He also enjoyed some quality one-on-one time with Ryan Braun, talking with him and even getting to play catch.
Adam is a pitcher on his high school team back home and Ryan was very impressed by his arm.
“My favorite part was getting to meet Ryan Braun,” Adam told me. “We talked about baseball, where I’m from…and he told me I’m an inspiration to him.” Ryan, who gave Adam his batting gloves straight off his hands after BP, also surprised Adam with a baseball bat inscribed, “To Adam, Continued success in all that you do! Keep fighting! All my best-Ryan Braun.”
Adam also threw out the first pitch:
Here are a just a few photos from Adam’s special day:
Adam was accompanied by his parents, Kevin and Michele; his brother, Austin and his brother’s girlfriend, Lizzy. The family is here for the week and plans to tour Chase Field and attend another Brewers game at Maryvale.
We have a special guest with us at today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Arizona, today is Kelci’s Wish Day at Maryvale.
Kelci, 9, and her family traveled from Milwaukee, Wisconsin down to Arizona on Saturday. They’re here until Wednesday and today and tomorrow are the crux of the trip–she’s fulfilling her wish to attend Brewers Spring Training.
Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Royals game, Kelci took a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale, had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches during batting practice (including her favorite player, Carlos Gomez) and also threw out the first pitch–to another favorite, Jonathan Lucroy:
Tomorrow, she has the opportunity to tour Chase Field and attend the Brewers game again.
When I asked Kelci why this was her wish, she said, “I like watching baseball.”
When I asked her why, she said, “There are barely any fights. I like how they bat and stuff.” Seems like as good a reason as any!
Here are a just a few photos from Kelci’s special day:
Kelci was accompanied by her parents, Dewey and Karen; her sister Kylee; her aunt, Lynn; and her grandmother, Ann.
Earlier this season, thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, we held Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park. Zachary came out to Miller Park for a game and received the VIP treatment with a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse, the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches and the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.
A huge fan of the Brewers, that was truly Zachary’s wish come true. And today, he had another cool experience–the chance to interview Carlos Gomez, thanks to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Check it out here:
Great job, Zachary–and thank you for being such a loyal fan. We’re big fans of you, too.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is celebrating its 30th birthday at Miller Park today!
Prior to today’s game, approximately 2,000 wish kids and their families, volunteers, medical referral sources and sponsors from across the state joined together for a special tailgate. The party included a buffet lunch, entertainment, carnival games, raffles, mascots and a program featuring Honorary Chair, Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Following the tailgate, the guests entered Miller Park in time to see 8-year-old wish kid Caleb Teisl throw a ceremonial first pitch and 7-year-old Gianna Spittel take part in the Major League Moments promotion, along with a pre-game check presentation for $30,000 from Brewers Community Foundation, Kyle Lohse and Ryan Braun.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes are a special type of medicine that give children a break from doctors’ visits, hospital stays and treatments and provide them something positive with which to look forward.
I had the privilege of being part of Zach Sprader’s Wish Day recently at Miller Park and it truly is a special experience for not only the child, but everyone involved.
Since the organization was founded in 1984, it has granted more than 5,000 wishes. “This is an important moment in Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s history,” said Patti Gorsky, President & CEO. “It’s a true celebration of the impact that thousands of wishes have made on wish kids, their families and communities across Wisconsin.”
Last year, the chapter granted a record-breaking 340 wishes, and currently more than 270 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. Click here for more information about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.
Today’s celebration is sponsored by Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Badger Mutual Insurance Company, GE Healthcare, Green Bay Packers, Mouse Moments Travel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MillerCoors, Robert W. Baird, Johnson Controls/Luxaire Heating and Air Conditioning and two anonymous donations.
We have a special guest with us at today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, today is Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park.
Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Nationals game, Zachary took a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches. He also had the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.
Here are a just a few photos from Zach’s special day:
In addition to Zach’s special Day, we’ll be hosting folks from Make-A-Wish Wisconsin again on Sunday, July 13 when the organization celebrates its 30th birthday with an unforgettable tailgate party, chaired by Brewers pitcher, Kyle Lohse. Wish families, volunteers and medical referral sources from all across the state will gather for a party recognizing 30 years of making wishes come true for Wisconsin children with life-threatening medical conditions.
We’re in the fourth inning as I write this and the Crew leads 4-2. Here’s hoping we’ll pull out a win today. Zach said we always win when he comes to games, so I’m feeling pretty good about this one.