The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club unveiled Brewers Charities, Inc. in 2000 as a new charitable arm to the organization. The mission of Brewers Charities is to support activities and programs targeted at youth recreation, scholarship and education throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Brewers Charities also holds a number of fundraising events to support these programs including its annual Picnic At Miller Park, the 5K Sausage Run/Walk, scoreboard recognition program, and rummage sales through support from players, coaches and private foundations. Brewers Charities receives and reviews grant requests twice each year; April 1 and December 1.
Brewers Buddies Program
Last season, nearly 13,000 complimentary tickets were distributed to youth groups and community organizations through the Brewers Charities/Brewers Buddies program. This program is made possible through the generosity of season ticketholders, who turn in the tickets they cannot use for future games. The tickets are donated to the Brewers Buddies program and then distributed statewide to worthy organizations. For more information about participation in the Brewers Buddies program, please call 414-902-4509.
Brewers Charities Carnivalfest
Each summer, our players join more than 2,500 youngsters at Wick Field for Carnivalfest, hosted by MPS Recreation Division. Our players are on hand to teach kids the finer points of baseball, including fielding, hitting and pitching clinics along with autograph booths, games and a picnic to round out a great day of activities.
Girls of Summer League
Each summer, Brewers Charities helps fund the Girls of Summer softball league for central city girls ages ten to twelve. The program, in partnership with Girls Scouts of Milwaukee Area and MPS Recreation Division, promotes self-esteem, teamwork, sportsmanship and self-discipline for more than 250 area girls.
Little Brewers Club
The Milwaukee Brewers, Brewers Charities, Major League Baseball and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wisconsin sponsor the Little Brewers Club, a statewide baseball league for children between the ages of six and nine. The program has grown to 2,500 children and more than two dozen Boys & Girls Clubs and receives support through a grant by Brewers Charities.
The RBI League, Reviving Baseball in the Inner City, is an initiative of Major League Baseball which began more than 20 years ago in Los Angeles. The Brewers have joined many other major league teams in offering this program which targets inner-city teenagers ages thirteen to fifteen. Brewers' RBI teams have competed in regional competition. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is an important partner in the RBI League and Brewers Charities provides funding for the program.
Runners and walkers look forward to the annual Sausage Run/Walk, held each summer at Miller Park. Last year, 1,500 participants raced with the popular sausages, which run the entire 5K course. Prizes are also awarded for the most creative costumes in the race. All proceeds from the annual run/walk support the programs of Brewers Charities.
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Scoreboard Recognition Program
Fans can purchase a full or partial scoreboard message to celebrate a birthday, anniversary marriage proposal or other special occasion. Messages are accepted on a first come, first served basis and must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance. The Brewers accept one full scoreboard and ten single line shared messages per game. All scoreboard messages are displayed in the middle of the 3rd and 4th innings. Full scoreboard messages are $250 and can include an in-stadium camera option. Single line shared messages are $100. All proceeds support the programs of Brewers Charities. For more information, contact Meredith Malone at 414-902-4501.
Selig Scholars Program
The Brewers Charities/Allan H. Selig Scholars Program was created in the name of former Brewers' President and current Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. (Bud) Selig. Funding for the scholarships is the result of proceeds donated by Major League Baseball, from the All-Star Workout Day, part of the 2002 All-Star festivities held at Miller Park. Commissioner Selig has deep ties to Milwaukee and Wisconsin and he has also had a long-term commitment to educational excellence. A graduate of Washington High School in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin, Commissioner Selig believes the opportunity to pursue a college education should be made available to all young people, particularly those who show great promise but are unable to afford it. Twenty-three students are now receiving scholarships under the program.
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Student Achievers Awards Program
Brewers Charities has teamed up with the Bradley Foundation for 23 years to sponsor an incentive program for area students who demonstrate academic achievement as well as academic effort. The program recognizes nearly 25,000 students in grades 7-12 from over 750 schools in ten counties in Southeast Wisconsin. Each student was rewarded with a certificate and two Brewers game tickets. View the 2009 Student Achievers »
Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway
The Milwaukee Brewers, Brewers Charities and WMCS Radio/AM 1290 earmark the Thanksgiving holiday period to donate and deliver more than 300 turkeys to needy families in the Milwaukee area. Local non-profit organizations help identify families who would not be able to enjoy a turkey dinner and players and coaches volunteer their time to deliver the meals and brighten the Thanksgiving holiday for needy families in Milwaukee.