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Brewers Community Achievers

What is the Brewers Community Achievers program?

The Brewers Community Achievers Program recognizes volunteers, philanthropists and other heroes in the community that have helped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways. Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism.

How will winners be acknowledged?

The winner of the award will receive four game tickets to a pre-selected game, on-field acknowledgement and the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game, along with a Brewers Community Achiever certificate and a gift bag filled with Brewers memorabilia. The winners' photo and name will be featured on the Brewers website during the season.

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How to nominate your Brewers Community Achiever:

Fans can nominate their Brewers Community Achiever online now or pick-up a nomination form at the Guest Relations Booth located on the Field Level Concourse at Miller Park.

Who is eligible to participate?

All adults and school-aged children throughout the State of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the Brewers Community Achievers Program.

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Brewers Community Achievers 2014 Monthly Winners

April Community Achiever: John Swanson

As a current teacher working with disabled youth at Lakeland School, about ten years ago, John collaborated with the YMCA to start the "Dream Team." The Dream Team is a baseball team for children with all levels of disabilities. The children learn about the game of baseball and sportsmanship. He started with 10 youth and now has 75 participants. He recruits volunteers of all ages to help and local sponsors to help support his efforts. He also recruits other little league teams to play against the Dream Team. John works tirelessly for the youth in Walworth County and he works effortlessly to make sure that youth with disabilities are giving opportunities to participant is sports.

May Community Achiever: Ethan Gulas

Last year, when Ethan was in the 4th grade, his teacher Mrs. Demmin, was diagnosed with breast cancer and was absent the majority of the school year. With Mrs. Demmin being Ethan's favorite teacher, it really affected him. When he came home from school one day, he had hundreds of pink ribbons. He decided to string them on a fishing line to hang in Mrs. Demmin's classroom for when she returns back to school; he wanted her to feel special. From that day, he decided he wanted to raise money for cancer. He purchased different colored ribbons; pink for breast cancer, yellow for childhood cancer and blue for prostate cancer. He wrote a letter to the school and his parents' employer asking for donations in support of Relay for Life. In return for their donation, Ethan provided the donors with a special ribbon, made by him. This project has helped Ethan grow and understand the difficulties that people face when dealing with cancer and him and his teacher have a stronger bond more now than ever!

June Community Achiever: Shanna Reid

When Shanna was a young girl, her father instilled in her and her siblings the importance of education and giving back to those in need. After her father's passing, Shanna started One Accord Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to youth who are aging out of foster care and group homes and are attending college. In 2012, in honor of her father, who believed all young people should have the opportunity to pursue a college education, particularly those who show great promise but are unable to afford it; Shanna created the Tommie L. Reid Scholarship Fund. With money raised from One Accord Foundation's annual Golf Outing and Fish Fry Events, to date, four students have been awarded scholarships to assist them with their basic needs for college.

July Community Achiever: Zach Blohm

As an Eagle Scout, one of the requirements is to get involved with a community project. Zach has gone beyond of what is expected. He is planning to expand and replace the existing playground area at Jefferson Elementary School in West Allis, which is currently and has been woefully inadequate for serving the needs of the school's 600+ students, many of whom come from homes of low income households. The playground will be named after Zach's deceased sister, Veronica, who was premature and only lived for 37 days. Zach spent the last year raising money, making plans, getting construction and equipment quotes. He has been working diligently with the Jefferson Elementary PTA and the school principal to coordinate fundraising events and attending numerous project meetings. He's involved many community volunteers and local businesses in the fundraising projects. To date, Zach was able to surpass the original goal of $55,000, which will allow for the purchase of additional playground equipment.

August Community Achiever: Harry Sweda

Harry is an 81 years young resident of Lublin, WI and has lived there his entire life balancing the demands of a family, a career and the commitment to his community. After retiring as a public school teacher and administrator for the Gilman School District, Harry served 15 years as a school board member. He spent 35 years volunteering as a Dept. of National Resources Instructor, teaching hunter safety, ATV safety and snowmobile safety classes. He spent 52 years as a registered official with the WIAA serving as an umpire for high school and softball games. He is also one of the founding members of the Lublin Park & Pavilion Committee. Harry has created a legacy of volunteerism that will outlive him. He taught his children that service and volunteerism is truly given when it is most needed not when it is most convenient or easy.

September Community Achiever: Lia Haile

At age 10, Lia started Lia's Hopeful Hearts Club, to help host birthday parties and special events for the kids and families at Hope House, a homeless shelter in Manitowoc. In her first week, Lia recruited 3 elementary school friends to join her Club. Over the last 18 months, Lia's Club has grown to over 600 members. Everyone is welcome to join, but must commit to one hour of their time per year to help with Lia's Hopeful Hearts parties, projects, events and donation drives. Lia's Club has sponsored numerous baby showers, food drives, birthday parties, ice cream socials and family movie and game nights. The Club also makes "Welcome Home Bags" for every child who first enters the door at the homeless shelter. The bags contain hygienic products, night lights for the toddlers and diapers and wipes for the infants. On top of her annual book drive and back-to-school items drive, Lia gives speeches to local schools and churches to raise awareness of homelessness in her community. Lia has touched the lives of hundreds of homeless individuals in the last 18 months. She has created more than a Club, she has initiated and established a way to bring joy and hope to the homeless families in Manitowoc.