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Fans Treated to “Inside the Brewers” Discussion with Debbie and Mark Attanasio

Tonight I had the pleasure of joining Debbie and Mark Attanasio for an intimate “Inside The Brewers” program at the Rubenstein Pavilion on Prospect Avenue, an event presented by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee in conjunction with their special exhibit Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American.

The Q and A and discussion was moderated by Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson, who welcomed Debbie and Mark to the stage by playing special “walk-up” songs–“My Girl” by the Temptations for Debbie and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder for Mark.

Brian Anderson moderated the "Inside the Brewers" discussion with the Attanasios.

Brian Anderson moderated the “Inside the Brewers” discussion with the Attanasios.

Topics covered including what it was like to buy a Major League Baseball team, how the couple initially bonded over baseball, the importance they place on giving back to the community, and family life.

Brian then took the couple on a stroll down memory lane by showing them a series of photographs and asking them to talk about the time and event depicted–what they remember, how they felt, anecdotes, etc.

For me, this was the most interesting part of the evening as I can’t recall ever seeing an interview done in this style. Photos included “never before seen” pictures of Mark and Debbie as children, family photos and photos from special points in time during their tenure with the Brewers.

Here are just a few of the photos, along with a short description (Click on a photo to start the gallery). Those in attendance were treated to many little side stories along the way, complete with loving banter that had us all in stitches.

The event concluded with questions from the audience. Those topics ranged from “Are you committed to keeping the Brewers in Milwaukee?” (the answer was an emphatic “YES!”) to what they enjoy most and least about the city. They both agree what they love the most is what a welcoming place Milwaukee is, but admit it can be “a touch cold.”

I’m so glad I was able to attend the event. It was a real treat and offered a rare chance for fans to do a deep dive with the owner of a professional sports team. I found it very informative and a lot of fun.

This evening was being presented by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee in connection with the current Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit, Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, which opened earlier this month. Mark and Debbie, along with Bud and Sue Selig, also serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the exhibit, which runs through September 7.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at tonight's private preview event.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at the preview of the Chasing the Dreams exhibit.

The exhibit consists of a core panel developed by and on loan from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. It has been augmented by artifacts on loan from local organizations and individuals and explores how baseball has served as an arena in which values, identity, ethnicity, and race have been projected, contested, and occasionally solidified.

The exhibit celebrates well-known Jewish heroes such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, as well as iconic baseball pioneers such as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, and Ichiro Suzuki. It also highlights baseball’s extended family of vendors, team owners, minor leaguers, amateur players, scouts, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and fans.

Here are some photos from the museum and the exhibit itself:

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Click here for additional information and to plan your trip.

-Cait

@CMoyer 

 

Join Mark and Debbie Attanasio for an “Inside the Brewers” Discussion on July 8

On Wednesday, July 8, you can join Mark and Debbie Attanasio for an intimate “Inside The Brewers” program at the Rubenstein Pavilion on Prospect Avenue.

The Q and A and discussion will be moderated by Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson, and you’ll learn what it’s like to be behind the scenes and part of the Brewers ownership family.

The event is being presented by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, and only 250 tickets are available for this very special evening. For more information on how you can secure your place at this special event, visit jewishmuseummilwaukee.org.

This event is being offered in connection with the current Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit, Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, which opened earlier this month . Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Bud and Sue Selig, also serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the exhibit, which runs through September 7.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at tonight's private preview event.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at the preview of the Chasing the Dreams exhibit.

The exhibit consists of a core panel developed by and on loan from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. It has been augmented by artifacts on loan from local organizations and individuals and explores how baseball has served as an arena in which values, identity, ethnicity, and race have been projected, contested, and occasionally solidified.

The exhibit celebrates well-known Jewish heroes such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, as well as iconic baseball pioneers such as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, and Ichiro Suzuki. It also highlights baseball’s extended family of vendors, team owners, minor leaguers, amateur players, scouts, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and fans.

Here are some photos from the museum and the exhibit itself:

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Click here for additional information and to plan your trip.

-Cait

@CMoyer 

 

Mark Attanasio, Commissioner Emeritus Selig Speak at “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American”

Milwaukee Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio introduced Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. (Bud) Selig tonight at a members preview for a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee called, “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American.”

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at tonight's private preview event.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at tonight’s private preview event.

Mark and Debbie Attanasio and Bud and Sue Selig serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the exhibit, which opens to the public starting on Sunday, June 14 and runs through September 7.

The exhibit consists of a core panel developed by and on loan from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. It has been augmented by artifacts on loan from local organizations and individuals and explores how baseball has served as an arena in which values, identity, ethnicity, and race have been projected, contested, and occasionally solidified.

The exhibit celebrates well-known Jewish heroes such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, as well as iconic baseball pioneers such as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, and Ichiro Suzuki. It also highlights baseball’s extended family of vendors, team owners, minor leaguers, amateur players, scouts, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and fans.

Here are some photos from the museum and the exhibit itself:

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Click here for additional information and to plan your trip.

-Cait

@CMoyer 

 

Brewers Wives Distribute Lunches as Part of Salvation Army’s “Feed the Kids” Summer Meal Program

Today the Brewers Wives were in the community helping distribute lunches for the Salvation Army’s “Feed the Kids” Summer Meal Program.

Brewers Wives Feed the Kids

Earlier this season, the Brewers Wives helped kick off the program and held a basket raffle to benefit it.

Thank you for helping meet the needs of children in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods.

-Cait
johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Brewers S.C.O.R.E. Big Today With Students at Milwaukee College Prep School

The annual S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company took place today at Milwaukee College Prep School’s 38th Street Campus. The excitement level of these first through sixth graders was through the roof. They were probably the most fired up I have seen a S.C.O.R.E group in my seven or eight years of participating in the program! Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson hosted the program. He was joined by Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and, Brewers alum, Larry Hisle.

The S.C.O.R.E. program is one of the Brewers “Beyond the Diamond” program initiatives. S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis on education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engage students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets were provided to each student in the school today. “Beyond the Diamond” is a series of community outreach events that take place throughout the Brewers season in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and Brewers Community Relations.

Anderson called a few students up to hear their thoughts on what School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence meant to them and Gennett, Gomez and Hisle each shared their thoughts as well.

Gennett talked about how helping in your community can be as simple as picking up trash in your neighborhood or checking on a neighbor. He also talked about the importance of having pride in your community.

Gomez talked about taking advantage of opportunities to improve your life. Specifically, he talked about how he took advantage of his abilities on the baseball field and continually worked hard to become a Major League Baseball player. Always working hard was the theme of what he had to show and it is clear that Gomez practices what he preaches.

Anderson introduced Hisle to the group as one of his role models. Hisle talked about how role models in the kids lives–teachers, parents or older siblings–can be of help when growing up.

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The kids were very well-behaved, but very excited to have the Brewers at their school today. I didn’t think they could scream any louder, but then Anderson introduced The Famous Racing Sausages and, well, the kids turned it up and absolutely went bananas.

Milwaukee College Prep is a charter school in Milwaukee with three campuses and over 1400 kids. Principal Maggy Olson did a great job of welcoming the Brewers into her school today. We wish her and the rest of the fabulous teachers the best of luck the rest of this afternoon as the kids will be pumped up the rest of the afternoon! I will be fired up the rest of my day as the dance party before the event was pretty energizing!

A special thanks goes out to Kurt Konicke, branch manager for The Gordon Flesch Company, who attended the event and addressed the children. The Brewers Community Relations Department, Katina Shaw and Erica Bowring along with Andrew Lukinich and Mary DeLatt of the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, were also there and put a lot of work into making sure the children of Milwaukee College Prep had a day they will never forget. Looking at the faces of these kids today, the hard work of every one involved did pay off.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

5-County, 5-Day Celebration Kicks Off Friday

This Friday, the red-hot Brew Crew returns home for the start of our ever-popular 5-County, 5-Day Celebration.

5cty

From Friday, April 11-Tuesday, April 15, residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha Counties can purchase half-price tickets for all reserved seats.

To purchase tickets for the 5-County, 5-Day Celebration, visit brewers.com/5county.

 

Third Annual Match Day Scheduled for Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, community members have the opportunity to work together as a team and make a difference in the Greater Milwaukee area by participating in the third annual Match Day.  This one-day online event, coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and other local funders, will support 20 different basic needs organizations that serve as a lifeline to thousands of individuals and families in need.

Match Day offers individuals, businesses and others a chance to support the organizations in our community that are helping meet individuals’ basic needs.  Individuals can donate to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund or to one or more of the 20 participating agencies tomorrow.  Thanks to $750,000 in matching funds contributed by a pool of funders including Brewers Community Foundation and The Ceres Foundation, each donation made online on Thursday will be proportionately matched, up to $750,000.  Over the past two years, more than $4.6 million was raised overall through the event.

Donations could feed a family that may otherwise go without food this week, aid a veteran who is struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder or provide shelter to someone who has just lost their home.

To make a donation, please visit www.matchdaymke.org tomorrow to help support the 20 Basic Needs Organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.  Gifts can be made during the 24-hour online giving event on Thursday.  The minimum gift is $10.

Mark and Debbie Attanasio and Brewers Community Foundation are co-sponsors for Match Day, along with The Ceres Foundation, and have donated financially to this cause. Supporters include Erv and Beverly Colton, The Faye McBeath Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee, along with numerous contributors.

The nonprofits benefitting from the funds raised include:

  • Advocates of Ozaukee
  • Cathedral Center
  • Center for Veterans Issues
  • Community Advocates
  • Daystar
  • Family Promise of Washington County
  • Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Food Pantry of Waukesha County
  • Friends of Abused Families
  • Guest House of Milwaukee
  • Hebron House of Hospitality
  • Hope Center
  • Hope House of Milwaukee
  • Hunger Task Force
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission
  • Pathfinders Milwaukee
  • Repairers of the Breach
  • Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center

Friday, 3/14/14 Update: Thank you so much for all of your support for the 2014 Match Day! It was a huge success:

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers On Deck Attendees Announced

Nearly 30 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

This is the signature off season event for the Brewers and is fun for the entire family.  Keep in mind that this year, admission is FREE and tickets are not required.  Just show up and walk in!

Here is the list Brewers fans have been waiting for! 

Players:

Jeff Bianchi

Michael Blazek

Ryan Braun

Hiram Burgos

Khris Davis

Marco Estrada

Mike Fiers

Yovani Gallardo

Scooter Gennett*

*1/23/2014 Update: Unfortunately, Scooter is no longer able to attend Brewers On Deck.

Caleb Gindl

Tom Gorzelanny

Brooks Hall

Sean Halton

Donovan Hand

Johnny Hellweg

Jim Henderson

Elian Herrera

Brandon Kintzler

Kyle Lohse

Jonathan Lucroy

Hunter Morris

Jimmy Nelson

Mark Reynolds

Jason Rogers

Logan Schafer

Jean Segura

Kevin Shackelford

Will Smith

Tyler Thornburg

Rob Wooten

Coaches:

Ron Roenicke

Joe Crawford

Mike Guerrero

Marcus Hanel

Garth Iorg

Rick Kranitz

Jerry Narron

Ed Sedar

John Shelby

Lee Tunnell

Alumni:

Jerry Augustine

Craig Counsell

Rollie Fingers

Jim Gantner

Larry Hisle

Geoff Jenkins

Dave Nelson

Gorman Thomas

Bob Uecker

Robin Yount

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Food donations will be accepted through the Hunger Task Force (peanut butter is requested by the Hunger Task Force, in particular).  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the  autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

Fans also have the opportunity to enter to win autographs from their favorite players via a #BrewersOnDeck Vine & Instagram contest, which runs through Monday, January 20.

Stay tuned for our annual preview of Brewers On Deck later this week!

–John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening With Paul Attanasio”

Congratulations to our five blog readers who won tickets to the Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening with Paul Attanasio” last week.

We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!

Evening with Paul Attanasio

 

For those of you who don’t know, Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer. He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.

On Saturday evening, Paul was a special guest at the Oriental Theatre and took part in a question and answer session  where he discussed his career, influences and his thoughts on the film industry today with Artistic and Executive Director of the Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson.

An Evening with Paul Attanasio

Artistic and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson, introduces the evening's event.

Artistic and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson, introduces the evening’s event.

We found the retrospective to be informative and incredibly interesting. Paul had attended Harvard Law School before he got an internship at the Washington Post. There, he ended up having the opportunity to audition for the role of  film critic. At the young age of 24, he was selected and spent three years in the job.

During the event, Jonathan read an excerpt from a review Paul had written on the 1987 Sylvester Stallone movie, “Over the Top” and Paul laughed along with the audience as he admitted to being quite green  and having “two gears”–one condescending and sarcastic about the film and one highly praising and glowing.  Read Paul’s review of “Over the Top” here.

Jonathan and Paul discuss Paul's career and the film industry during Saturday's event.

Jonathan and Paul discuss Paul’s career and the film industry during Saturday’s event.

But Paul says he learned a lot during his time as a film critic and considers it his education in the industry. He made a lot of connections and he was able to develop his writing skills as well. He left the Post when producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave him a screenwriting job.

Flash forward to today and Paul’s been nominated for just about every industry award there is, including the Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe.

The audience was treated to clips from Paul’s movies and TV shows, followed by his insight into certain elements of the plot, characters, dialogue and more.

Toward the end of the evening, Paul looked ahead to his next projects, including reading the opening scene for The Vatican, a project he is working on with Showtime.

Finally, the audience had a chance to ask their own questions of Paul as the evening concluded.

Were you in attendance on Saturday night? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Have any recommendations for films that we can still have a chance to check out between now and Thursday, when the Festival wraps up? Please share!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Film Festival, we hope you can get there this week. More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.

Milwaukee Film Festival 2013

Enjoy!

–JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Milwaukee Film Festival to Feature “An Evening With Paul Attanasio”

With the Brewers season over, Brewers fans (and employees like myself) find themselves with a little more free time on their hands.  Milwaukee is a great city and has a lot of activities to fill that void including an event that began late last week, The Milwaukee Film Festival.

Now you are probably thinking to yourself, ‘Why are John and Cait selling me on the Film Festival?  What do they know about films?”  I am not promising I am a movie expert by any means.  I am your average fan of movies, but I just wanted to shed some light on an event that is fun and exciting in town.  I also love some of the unique theaters in Milwaukee like the Oriental and Downer—both showcased throughout the festival.  We are lucky to have an event like this in our city and I am happy that the Brewers recognize the importance of culture like this by sponsoring the festival.

Last Thursday, the Film Festival hosted its annual Opening Night Party at the Discovery World Museum on the lakefront.  It was a great event with a lot of energy and excitement.  A live performance from local singer/songwriter Evan Christian was featured along with the Milwaukee debut of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble came from New York City to perform and can be seen in Brothers Hypnotic, a featured film at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival.  They brought the house (or tent) down with their hip hop and jazz combo that filled the room with unique sounds.

Another part of this year’s film festival that is close to the Brewers is “An Evening With Paul Attanasio.”  Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer.  As a part of a special event this Saturday at the festival, Paul Attanasio will be honored.  He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.

Paul Attanasio

Paul Attanasio

The event will take place at the Oriental Theatre at 7:30 p.m.  Paul Attanasio will discuss his career, influences and his thoughts of the film industry today.  I’m guessing he might also talk a little Brewers baseball as he closely follows his brother’s team.

Cait and I will be at Saturday’s event so if you have any questions about Paul Attanasio’s previous film projects or the industry in general, let us know and we will pass the question on to him and get it answered for our wrap up.

As a part of the Brewers Community Foundation sponsorship of the Milwaukee Film Festival, weekday Education Screenings for area elementary, middle and high school students have been made possible. Each day finds nearly 1,000 students at the Oriental Theatre for an incredible cinematic experience–complete with the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages to greet them on the way out!

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I do have a list of movies that I would like to see before the festival ends next week (click here for a complete schedule).  Again, I’m no expert and am not pretending to be a critic, but these films looked interesting to me and I thought I would share:

Muscle Shoals – Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Fox Bay Cinema Grill

Earth – Friday, 7:00 p.m. Oriental Theatre

Google and the World Brain – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Fox Bay Cinema Grill and Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m. Downer Theatre

2001: A Space Odyssey – Saturday, 10;30 p.m. Oriental Theatre (I’ve seen it before, but never on the big screen!)

12 O’Clock Boys – Monday, 7:15 p.m. and Thursday, October 10 Oriental Theatre

More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.

What is your favorite baseball movie of all-time?  Vote below or if I forgot your favorite, let us know in the comments section below.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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