Brewer players and coaches Wives play an important role in our outreach efforts to support our community each season. Each summer, they team up with Brewers Community Foundation to raise funds through a number of special events. This season the proceeds from the events supported the tornado disaster relief funds, St. Joseph's Women Outpatient Center, Milwaukee County Children's Court, Foundation for Children with Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis), the House of Peace and Brewers Community Foundation. In addition, several of the wives along with their husbands support area children with game tickets, food vouchers and donations to youth baseball groups.
Through the Brewers Wives collective efforts, they raised more than $110,000 this season to support a number of great community causes.
Wives Dinner Deliveries
Each month, the Brewers Wives deliver meals to the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for battered women and children and Children's Hospital. The wives serve the meals to the families and provide gift bags. The dinners were generously donated by Maggiano's Little Italy.
Milwaukee County Children's Court Adoption Program
Brewers Wives partnered with Brewers Community Foundation, purchased toys valued at $5,000 to be donated to the Milwaukee County Children's Court. The toys will be distributed to children that have found the blessing of a family through adoption. Every year, hundreds of children are adopted in Milwaukee. The gifts to the children will add to the excitement of their day when the Judge grants them with the legal, joyous gift of a family and a home!
Habitat for Humanity Build-a-Thon
On May 14 & 15, several Brewers wives and coaches took part of the Habitat for Humanity Milwaukee Build-A-Thon. The organization built ten (10) affordable homes in Milwaukee's central city. Brewers Community Foundation and Brewers outfielder, Ryan Braun served as Presenting Sponsors, donating $50,000.00 towards this worthwhile effort.
Wives Basket Raffle
In June, Brewers Wives sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a baskets filled with their husband's favorite things for a small donation at 2 for $10, 5 for $20 and Arms length for $50. The event raised over $15,000 in support of St. Joseph's Women Center Safety Seat Passenger Program.
Wives Mystery Brown Bag Event
In July, fans donated $40 in exchange for a mystery bag which contained an autographed baseball by a Brewers player or coach. Brewers Wives were stationed at tables throughout the ballpark selling the mystery bags. The event raised over $51,000 in support of Brewers Community Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
Grand Slam Golden Mixer Event
The month of July, Brewers Wives hosted the 2nd Annual Grand Slam Golden Mixer Event at Stone Fire Pizza Co in New Berlin in support of the Foundation for Children with Cancer. The fun, family-friendly event gave fans the opportunity to interact with Brewers players, coaches and their families. The experience included various food buffets, beverages, endless complimentary game play, a photo booth, the opportunity to meet your favorite Brewer players and the chance to play games along side with them. Silent auction items went home to the highest bidders. Foundation for Children with Cancer is to provide financial assistance for the families of children with pediatric cancer. By providing tangible and direct financial support, families are given a greater chance to focus on their child's treatment and recovery. The event raised $38,000 in support of the Foundation for Children with Cancer.
Doug & Ellen Melvin events in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife Ellen have been passionate supporters of breast cancer prevention ever since Ellen Melvin lost her mother to this disease. This season, the Melvin's have launched a campaign to generate support for two organizations ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis) and the House of Peace. In 2011 they were able to generate $104,000.00. This is the seventh year that the Melvin's have put together a campaign under the Step up to the Plate banner to build awareness of and support for breast cancer research, health education, screening and treatment programs for women throughout Southeast Wisconsin.
In seven seasons, the Melvin's personal fundraising efforts are approaching nearly half a million dollars in support of a variety of cancer related programs. The Melvin family has been personally touched by the disease and began the series of Step Up to the Plate fundraising events in memory of Ellen's mother, Elsie Schultz, who died of breast cancer more than 20 years ago.
Breast Cancer Showhouse Visit
The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse was founded in 1998 as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization by Nance Kinney, a breast cancer survivor. Its mission is to support breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Several Brewers wives visited the Showhouse and received a personal tour.