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BREWERS ANNOUNCE NEW FAN EXPERIENCE HONORING BUD SELIG AT MILLER PARK

Today we announced the construction of a new fan experience at Miller Park, a state-of-the-art attraction to honor retiring Commissioner of Baseball and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.

Known as the “Selig Experience,” the exhibit will be located on Miller Park’s Loge Level in the left field corner. A highlight of the attraction will be a multimedia presentation that tells the story of Selig’s role in saving Major League Baseball in Milwaukee, his successful efforts to bring the Brewers to the city, and his tireless efforts to promote and grow the game in his hometown.

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Miller Park already is known as a premiere destination for baseball fans, and the Selig Experience will take that to the next level. It will serve as a year-round attraction, adding another extraordinary enhancement to the overall fan experience.

“Commissioner Selig is the one person who ensured that the city of Milwaukee would continue as a Major League city, even when virtually all others had lost hope,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We want to mark his legacy with much more than a museum, and we believe the Selig Experience will tell his story in one of the most unique fan attractions in all of sports.”

L-R: Brad Shelton, Commissioner Selig and Rick Schlesinger at today's press conference.

L-R: Brad Shelton, Commissioner Selig and Rick Schlesinger at today’s press conference.

The exhibition space totals approximately 1,400 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. It will celebrate the fans’ love of the game, as told through the story of the Brewers founder.

The main multimedia show builds to a surprising 3D encounter with the Commissioner himself inside an authentic reproduction of Selig’s County Stadium office, using a technology found in only a handful of exhibits around the world. After the show, Milwaukee fans will be delighted to take a sneak peek into Selig’s office for themselves.

The design and production of the Selig Experience is being led by BRC Imagination Arts, an experience design firm that turns brands into destinations. For more than three decades, its masterful storytellers have been chosen by iconic brands and cultural attractions all over the world to inspire and engage their audiences.

“This exhibit is as much a celebration of the passionate Milwaukee Brewers fans as it is an homage to Commissioner Selig,” said Brad Shelton, Creative Director at BRC Imagination Arts. “We’re telling an emotional story of how the Brewers’ first fan brought professional baseball back to his friends and neighbors. Whether they take a quick tour between innings or spend more time examining every detail, this is an immersive experience that no Brewers fan will forget.”

Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers. In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

“I am humbled that the Brewers will chronicle the remarkable journey of the franchise through a fan experience at Miller Park named in my honor,” said Commissioner Selig. “The story of the Brewers revolves around the great sports fans of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, whose passion drove me to work toward bringing the National Pastime back to my hometown.  Given my affinity for history, I believe this exhibit will illustrate the extraordinary sense of community that the Brewers have always inspired.”

Earlier this year, the Brewers also announced that the Club will retire uniform #1 in Selig’s honor, signifying his role as founder of the franchise. The retired number will be displayed in time for Opening Day. Additionally, he was honored with a statue at Miller Park, which was unveiled on August 24, 2010.

Uihlein-Wilson Architects is also contributing to the initial design of the space for the Selig Experience.

 

 

Your Brewers Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are rapidly approaching, but if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, don’t panic: I’ve put together a Brewers Gift Guide for you, so this year, you can give the gift of the season…The baseball season, that is!

Even though it is the offseason, there really are a variety of options out there, so let me help you find that perfect present for every fan on your list.

Read on!

For Every Fan

  • Holiday 4-Packs

There is a reason they’re called Holiday 4-Packs–because they’re the perfect holiday gift for any and every Brewers fan on your list.

Starting at just $60 & featuring some of the season’s biggest games, when you get them a Holiday 4-Pack, you’re not just giving them tickets to a game, you’re giving the gift of Brewers Baseball, family time, memories and summer. Plus, for each pair you purchase, you’ll get a free ornament featuring Hank the Ballpark Pup.

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Want to give a 4-Pack as a gift, but don’t know your recipient’s schedule? We’ve got you covered. With the Fan’s Choice 4-Pack, your recipient can choose their games at a later date. These are only available for a limited time, so be sure to check out brewers.com/4packs today.

  • Gift Certificates

Everyone always loves gift certificates! Brewers gift certificates are good towards the purchase of tickets to ANY 2015 Milwaukee Brewers regular season baseball game at Miller Park as well as Spring Training home game tickets in Arizona.

  • Brewers On Deck Tickets

They don’t have to wait until April 6 to see the Crew in Milwaukee. Get them some tickets to spend some quality time with your favorite Brewers at Brewers On Deck, Sunday, January 25 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. A host of Brewers players as well as coaches, alumni, front office executives and broadcasters will be attendance for the Brewers annual Fan Fest. And with autographs, photo opportunities, coaches’ clinics, interactive games and more, Brewers On Deck features something for the entire family.

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  • Brewers Gear

You also can’t go wrong with the gift of Brewers gear. Shop at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park or online at brewers.com for some of the latest & greatest new merchandise–we’ve got everything from jerseys and caps to footwear and accessories!

 

For the Kids

  • A Brewers Kids Club Membership (14 & Under)

For just $25, get them a membership to the Brewers Kids Club! They’ll receive an I.D. card with lanyard, Brewers Kids Club card, Hank the Dog magnet, Milwaukee Brewers poster, drawstring bag and water bottle, plus six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers. In addition, they’ll have access to a few special events and unique opportunities, such as a tour of Miller Park, a party with the mascots, a pre-game parade and more. Click here to purchase/learn more.

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For the Dog Lover (& Dog!)

  • Hank the Dog Merchandise

We all fell in love with Hank the Ballpark Pup this year and if there’s an especially big fan of Hank on your list, you’ll want to check out some of the newest Hank items available in the Brewers Team Store:

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Plus, Hank merch is the gift that keeps on giving: 20% from the sale of Hank-related items benefits the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Extra-Special Gifts

  • Big Screen Video

Did one of your friends, family members or colleagues make it up on the Brewers scoreboard during a game this season? Surprise him or her by ordering a copy of that video–turn that memory into a lasting memento!

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  • Think Spring…Training

Looking for an extra-special gift? How about planning a trip to Spring Training in sunny Phoenix, Arizona?  Spring Training tickets are on sale now.

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  • Fantasy Camp (30 years +)

Send them to Brewers Fantasy Camp this January! This package includes airfare to and from Milwaukee and Phoenix, hotel, instruction and coaching from Brewers legends and much, much more.

And there you have it, a whole host of ideas to make Brewers Baseball your one-stop for holiday shopping. I hope this was helpful to you!

For more ideas and links, you can also visit brewers.com/giftguide.

-Cait

@CMoyer

MILLER PARK NAMED BEST BALLPARK IN SPORTING NEWS FAN POLL

The Sporting News announced that Miller Park has been voted the Best Ballpark in their online poll of baseball fans. The home of the Brewers, which was seeded number 12 at the outset, eventually defeated second seed Fenway Park to take the title after a series of match-ups in a tournament-style contest.

The tournament was held online at SportingNews.com and was based on the rankings of the home fields of all 30 Major League teams by M.E. Anderson, founder of the Twitter account @MLBCathedrals. Based upon those rankings, two 15-team brackets representing the American and National Leagues were created. Readers voted round-by-round until each bracket was left with one team.

Miller Park faced a tough battle in the first round, squaring off against Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers’ hometown field defeated Coors Field and then went on to best San Diego’s Petco Park in the second round. Miller Park downed division rivals Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to move into the finals of the National League bracket against the World Series-champion Giants AT&T Park.

After successfully winning the National League bracket, Miller Park was pitted against Major League Baseball’s oldest stadium, the highly-acclaimed Fenway Park, in the finals. After several days of voting, Miller Park was declared the victor earlier today.

“We are thrilled that Miller Park has been voted as the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues in the Sporting News Ballpark Bracket,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The fans’ opinions are our ultimate report card, so prevailing in this fan vote means a great deal to our organization.”

This is not the first time that Miller Park has been deemed the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues through a tournament-style bracket. In 2012, Miller Park won ESPN’s Battle of the Ballparks Bracket in a similar fan vote contest.

Earlier this year, Miller Park also earned honors in ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings. Fans voted the stadium experience at Miller Park the 10th-best overall out of 122 professional sports franchises (MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL) included in the survey.

Thank you to those who voted to help make Miller Park #1!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Early Entry Opportunity: Brewers Annual Clubhouse Sale

Last week, we gave you the details of the Brewers Annual Clubhouse Sale, will take place on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park. The sale features savings up to 80% on sale merchandise items and gives fans a behind the scenes look at Miller Park as it is held in the visiting clubhouse.

As usual, I’ll get a sneak peek at some of the items on sale and will give you a full preview of the sale here on the blog, so look for that to come later this week once they’re all set up….

And, like in the past, I have a special opportunity for you to gain early entry into the sale! That’s right, the first 100 readers to e-mail me at CaitCoversTheBases@Brewers.com will have the chance to come to Miller Park on Thursday, December 4 from 5-8 p.m. If you are selected, you’ll receive an email containing instructions by 7pm CT on Monday, December 1.

UPDATE: Wow! That was fast! All of the early entry spaces are spoken for. If you were selected, you will receive an email containing instructions by 7pm CT tomorrow-Monday, December 1.

I know a lot of the items at this sale are limited and the line is pretty long on Friday morning, so this is just one way to thank you for reading the blog and showing how much I appreciate your support by extending this offer to you.

Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.

For more information on the Brewers Clubhouse sale, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Artists Announced for Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite; Special Field Access Available Through Black Friday Sale

Today we announced the artists for the brand new Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite in 2015. The series will feature three postgame concerts performed by nationally acclaimed artists Joe Nichols, O.A.R. and the Goo Goo Dolls.

The series begins with Grammy Award nominee country artist Joe Nichols taking the stage after the Friday, May 29 game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nichols has entertained fans all across the country for over 15 years and has reached the charts with over a dozen singles, including “Gimmie That Girl,” “Yeah,” and “Sunny and 75.”

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On Saturday, June 13, following the Brewers game against the Washington Nationals, rockers O.A.R. will take the stage for the second concert in the Brewers Postgame Concert Series. O.A.R, which formed in 1996 in Maryland, released their eighth studio album, “The Rockville LP” in June of this year. They are best known for their hit singles “Hey Girl,” “Love and Memories,” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around).”

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The Goo Goo Dolls will round out the inaugural Brewers Postgame Concert Series, on Saturday, August 15 after the game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Buffalo, New York natives have recorded 10 albums including 1998’s “Dizzy Up the Girl,” which featured Grammy nominee for Record of the Year, “Iris.” The band has reached the charts with singles including “Slide” and “Name,” which both ranked on Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Songs from 1992-2012. The Goo Goo Dolls are currently touring in support of their 10th studio album, “Magnetic.”

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All fans who purchase tickets to one of the three games will automatically have access to that night’s free postgame concert. Single game tickets will be priced according to the Brewers demand-based pricing model, and will be available when 2015 single game tickets go on sale.

In a special Black Friday offer, 300 tickets for each concert date – each priced at only $129 – will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 28. Tickets will be available ONLINE ONLY at Brewers.com/blackfriday.

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This exclusive Black Friday ticket package includes a ticket to the game in the Dew Deck, a delicious buffet and postgame field access for the concert. Only fans who purchase a ticket through this unique offer will be guaranteed postgame field access.

In addition, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of Field Outfield Box seats for $49 through this Black Friday sale. That ticket will gain them access to the postgame concert, however it will not grant field access.

The Dew Deck ticket package and Field Outfield Box ticket offer will be available for 24 hours, or until they are sold out.

Season ticket packages including the three postgame concerts, Opening Day and all 20 of the All-Fan Giveaways are on-sale now. For additional ticket and other info, fans can call (414) 902-4000 or visit Brewers.com.

Remaining individual tickets for the postgame concert dates will go on sale at the Brewers annual Arctic Tailgate event in February.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Many Join Jonathan Lucroy in the Fight Against Muscle Disease at the 4th Annual Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala

Last night, many fans gathered to join Jonathan Lucroy in the fight against muscle disease by attending the 4th Annual Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala  at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street.

The event, which featured appearances by the Brewers catcher, UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, Pro Wrestler Sargent Slaughter, Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson, hockey player Scott Ford, and others, was in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA),a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s Disease and other related illnesses by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care, support services, advocacy and education.

Besides mixing and mingling with the celebrities, the over 350 people in attendance enjoyed craft cocktails and food pairings from SURG Restaurant Group’s best bartenders and restaurants including Carnveor, Umami Moto and Hom, and had the opportunity to bid on a variety of exciting experiences and items, including incredible sports memorabilia and a private meet and greet with Jonathan Lucroy during batting practice in silent and live auctions to benefit benefit MDA’s mission.

Joe Block and Jonathan Lucroy auctioned off a very special Brewers package to raise money for the MDA. Top: Jonathan poses with the winning bidders.

 

Events like the Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala play a crucial role in helping Wisconsin families impacted by muscular dystrophy achieve a victory in finding a cure–families, like that of 9-year-old Reagan Imhoff, a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA, who, along with and her parents, Jenny and Joe, visited with Jonathan Lucroy at Miller Park earlier this year.

Jonathan Lucroy with Reagan at Miller Park earlier this year.

Jonathan Lucroy with Reagan at Miller Park earlier this year.

Reagan  has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition  SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.

Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.

“MDA means hope and a brighter future, it means that one day no one will have to live with muscle disease because there will be a cure!” Reagan says.

“I enjoy helping people,” Jonathan said as he took the mic during the live auction. “I got to meet Reagan this season and she just put a smile on my face. Now let’s make some money!”

It was a pleasure to see Reagan and her family once again, as well as to meet other amazing MDA kids at this year’s event. Like Reagan, they all had amazing stories to share.

Here are some more photos from this very special night:

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Thank you to the folks at the Muscle Team Gala for allowing me to be part of this special event and thank you to all those in attendance for your support to a cause that will truly make a difference to so many.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Order a Clip of Your Miller Park Scoreboard Debut Online

One  of the more common questions we receive is about the Brewers scoreboard.

“I saw myself on the scoreboard during the game the other day, can I get a copy of that clip?”

And the answer is yes, yes you can. Just visit brewers.com/bigscreen, where the in-game scoreboard feed is provided.

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Did you participate in an in-game contest?  Was your birthday on the scoreboard?  Did you see your homemade sign on the screen?  Did your neighbor sing the National Anthem? Maybe your son was the “Play Ball” kid.  Whatever the case, these clips are  available online.

You can share the video online with friends and family and embed the video on your site.  You can also purchase a DVD of the clip for $40, which could make a very special holiday gift.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers #BREWITCHED Contest Winners Announced

The votes are in and we’re pleased to reveal the winners of this year’s #BREWITCHED pumpkin contest!

Congratulations! These three winners will receive a Brewers prize pack, which includes two tickets to Brewers On Deck and a baseball signed by Aramis Ramirez.

Thank you to all who entered. We hope you had a safe and happy Halloween!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

ONE DIRECTION ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN DATES FOR THE WORLDWIDE ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 STADIUM TOUR

Global superstars One Direction today announced additional dates for the highly anticipated ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 stadium tour, which will see the band perform in Australia, Japan and South East Asia in support their new album FOUR (to be released Nov. 17). The North American tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on July 9, 2015 at the Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, Cali. The full 17-city North American tour includes stops in East Rutherford, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Seattle, amongst others. Additional dates for the European and North American legs go on sale on November 1 at www.livenation.com.

Niall comments: “We could not be more excited about the new tour. We’ve started rehearsing songs from the new album and can’t wait for the fans to hear them live. We’re just so very thankful to our amazingly loyal fans – they make it possible for us to play in these incredible places and continue to surprise us every day with their unwavering support.”

Fans will have access to a pre-sale by visiting the band’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Citi® is the official credit card of the ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 North American tour. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Friday, Oct. 24 through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Additional details are available at www.livenation.com.

Tickets for the Miller Park show will go on sale on Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m. at Brewers.com/OneDirection, by phone at (414)902-4000 and at the Miller Park Box Office. Full details on the concert, including a seating map, are available at Brewers.com/OneDirection.

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The music video for the band’s lead single ‘Steal My Girl’ premieres globally on Friday, Oct. 24. The outlandish video, filmed in Palmdale, CA, is directed by Benjamin and Gabe Turner and features a cameo from Hollywood legend Danny Devito. The video will premiere on VEVO at 8:00 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. BST.

With a staggering 94 number ones and over 46 million records sold, in just four short years, One Direction have gone from energetic pop upstarts to international superstars. As the band’s song writing becomes more personal with each record, FOUR is set to be their most stunning yet. The album follows the global success of their huge sell out WHERE WE ARE stadium tour and the 3D film documentary THIS IS US. Fans also had the opportunity to relive this summers’ tour with the release of their second film WHERE WE ARE: THE CONCERT FILM, which broke records as the biggest ever Event Cinema audience across one weekend. The WHERE WE ARE: THE CONCERT FILM DVD will be released on Dec. 2. Add all this to their 3 billion YouTube views, 109 million combined Twitter followers and 33 million Facebook fans and it’s clear that Liam, Harry, Louis, Niall and Zayn genuinely are a worldwide phenomenon.

FOUR will be released globally on Nov. 17, 2014 via Syco/Columbia Records. Fans can receive the band’s first single “Steal My Girl” instantly if they pre-order the deluxe album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/1DFouriTdlx.

 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN 2015 EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

All dates and venues below subject to change.

 

EUROPE

6/10/15 Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion

6/13/15 Brussels, Belgium – King Baudouin Stadium

6/16/15 Horsens, Denmark – CASA Arena

6/19/15 Oslo, Norway – Ullevaal Stadion

6/23/15 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium

6/27/15 Helsinki, Finland – Olympiastadion

 

NORTH AMERICA

7/9/15 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium

7/11/15 San Francisco, CA – Levi’s Stadium (on sale Nov. 14)

7/15/15 Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field

7/26/15 Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium

7/28/15 Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium

7/31/15 Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium

8/2/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field

8/5/15 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

8/8/15 Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium

8/18/15 Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium

8/23/15 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field

8/25/15 Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park

8/27/15 Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium

8/29/15 Detroit, MI – Ford Field

9/1/15 Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

9/3/15 Buffalo, NY – Ralph Wilson Stadium

9/12/15 Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium

 

Join the conversation:  #OnTheRoadAgain1D

 

For more info visit

http://www.onedirectionmusic.com

http://www.columbiarecords.com

http://www.livenation.com

 

Join Jonathan Lucroy in the Fight Against Muscle Disease on November 13

Brewers fans can join Jonathan Lucroy in the fight against muscle disease by attending the 4th Annual Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13 at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) invites you to meet and mingle with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, other current and former Wisconsin professional athletes and high-profile business executives while enjoying craft cocktails and food pairings from SURG Restaurant Group’s best bartenders and restaurants including Carnveor, Umami Moto, Hom and more.

You can also bid on a variety of exciting experiences and items, including incredible sports memorabilia and a private meet and greet with Jonathan Lucroy during batting practice in silent and live auctions that will benefit MDA’s mission.

MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s Disease and other related illnesses by funding worldwide research. The Association also provided comprehensive health care, support services, advocacy and education.

By attending, you’ll play a crucial role in helping Wisconsin families impacted by muscular dystrophy achieve a victory in finding a cure–families, like that of 9-year-old Reagan Imhoff, who visited with Jonathan Lucroy at Miller Park earlier this year.

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A National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA, Reagan and her parents, Jenny and Joe, visited Miller Park earlier this summer.

Reagan  has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition  SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.

Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.

It was a pleasure to meet Reagan and her family; they are lovely people and I can see why this charismatic youngster was chosen to be an ambassador at the national level.

You can meet Reagan and mingle with current and former professional athletes at the annual MDA Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13.  Please contact the MDA office regarding sponsorships (including 10 tickets to the Muscle Team Gala) via phone at (262)432-7992 or email: estraw@mdasua.org.

I hope to see you there!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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