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Brewers Community Foundation Teams Up With Community Groups to Deliver 500 Thanksgiving Meals to Area Families

A Thanksgiving tradition continued this morning in Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation partnered with 1290 WMCS-AM, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, Feeding America and the Hunger Task Force to make sure 500 area families had everything they needed for Thanksgiving dinner.

Milwaukee Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson, Brewers alum Larry Hisle and Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore joined 1290 WMCS Operations Manager TJ Jackson, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and representatives from Feeding America and Hunger Task Force for a press conference outside the 1290 WMCS headquarters on Sherman Blvd. and Capitol Dr. in Milwaukee.

Following the press conference, the group traveled with a number of baskets to the Guest House, a Milwaukee homeless shelter for men, and the Meta House, a substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women.  Later in the morning, the rest of the Thanksgiving food baskets were picked up by families who registered with the radio station to receive the meals.

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Photos from today’s event were taken by Michael Goelzer, Milwaukee Brewers Photos.

This is the 18th year that the radio station has held this special holiday meal program and the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have teamed up with 1290 WMCS to help solicit funds, food and family recipients.  Families are identified through letters and e-mails sent to the radio station.  Local community service organizations can also recommend people in need.

In addition to Brewers Community Foundation and 1290 WMCS, Feeding America is donating food boxes which include fixings for the families (dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned yams, corn, green beans, fruit, applesauce and cake mixes).  The Hunger Task Force is donating turkeys and fresh produce.

For more information on how you can give back to Brewers Community Foundation and other projects BCF does in the community click here.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Thanksgiving Basket Delivery

Yesterday, I participated in the Brewers Community Foundation’s Annual Thanksgiving Basket Delivery.  The BCF along with its partners, 1290 WMCS-AM, the Milwaukee County Sheriff, Feeding America and Hunger Task Force presented 500 full Thanksgiving meals for those in need.  The recipients of the meals were selected by WMCS-AM through letters and e-mails submitted to the station.

After a short press conference at Miller Park, we loaded up some boxes and headed over to the Guest House just north of Marquette University’s campus.  The Guest House is a homeless shelter for men that gives more to men than a roof over their head, but also works to find jobs, health care, education and other social services for its guests. 

We delivered over 15 full Thanksgiving meals to the Guest House that included everything you need for the traditional Thanksgiving meal–dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, cake mix, canned yams, corn, green beans, fruit, and, of course, a turkey.  Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation presented the Guest House with a $10,000 contribution.  It was a great gesture in a time of giving.

Special thanks go out to Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson and former Brewers great Larry Hisle for their assistance yesterday.  You could see the excitement in the eyes of the recipients at the Guest House yesterday when they saw the former All-Star slugger (who is now an All-Star in the community).  Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and numerous representatives from 1290 WMCS-AM were also on hand for yesterday’s delivery.

The remaining meals will be distributed today and tomorrow by WMCS-AM.

Click this link to see some of the video highlights from yesterday.

 

From the Brewers family to your family, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Brewers Team Up With Local Partners to Give Thanks

The Brewers and Brewers Charities today along with friends with 1290 WMCS-AM Radio Milwaukee, Feeding America, the Hunger Task Force, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters teamed up to deliver Thanksgiving baskets to 500 area families.  A press conference was held just a few minutes ago here at Miller Park to kick off the deliveries to all parts of the Milwaukee area.  Brian Anderson was on hand to host the press conference.

 
This initiative was started 15 years ago by WMCS Radio and joined by the Brewers and Brewers Charities in the following year.  Feeding America, the Hunger Task Force and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office have joined in subsequent years to strengthen the program and this year, the Brewers Wives organization and the Brotherood of Firefighters joined the cause.

Each box includes all the fixings necessary for a complete Thanksgiving meal: stuffing mix, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, macaroni & cheese, canned yams, corn, green beans, fruit, applesauce, corn muffins, cake mixes and frosting.  In addition, turkeys will be included in each meal box.  The Brotherhood of Firefighters also donated smoke detector vouchers for each family and will install the detectors free of charge.

This is a wonderful program that the Brewers and these other Milwaukee-area groups organize for the community.  Last year, the program fed 300 families and this year–in times where many more people are in need–it will feed 500 families.

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Brewers Charities Executive Director Cecelia Gore makes some last minute preparations to the Thanksgiving Basket Press Conference this morning.

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Brewers play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson joined by Mike Jonas (center) of the Hunger Task Force and DeWayne Smoots (right) of the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters.


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Mary Fischer, wife of Brewers Third Base Coach Brad Fischer, Brian Anderson, Brewers alum Larry Hisle, Brewers Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel and his wife, Jill were all on hand for this morning’s press conference and will all spend the day delivering baskets around the Milwaukee community.

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Marcus Hanel talks with Jason Newton of WISN-TV 12 about the Thanksgiving program. 

 

– John

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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