Greater Milwaukee Foundation opens Miller Park for special day of public access
Partnership with Brewers Community Foundation at heart of September Gift to the Community
Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 2, 2015 – Experience the ballpark like never before as the Greater Milwaukee Foundation teams up with the Brewers Community Foundation to present a day of free, unprecedented community access to Miller Park.
On Sunday, Sept. 13, Miller Park will open its doors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s September Gift to the Community, with abundant opportunities for behind-the-scenes exploration and fun activities at every turn. Along with complimentary parking, the day will feature tours, mascot appearances and a live broadcast of the Milwaukee Brewers (away) game on the center field video board.
Guests also will have the option of giving back to the community by contributing school supplies to a collection that will benefit Milwaukee Public Schools. Donated items are welcome but not required for entry to Miller Park or participation in the free access day.
“Miller Park is more than a sports venue; it’s a community landmark – supported in part by the public – that has the ability to bring people together through common interests and activities,” said Ellen M. Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “We are proud to again be working with our strong partners at the Brewers Community Foundation to present a distinctive experience for greater Milwaukee while also providing the opportunity for visitors to give their own gift to the community by supporting a school supply drive.”
Aspects of the free access day include:
- Walking tours through the lower service level with glimpses of the Brewers batting cages and media interview room, through the visiting team clubhouse and dugout; along the warning track, around the field and through the bullpen
- Loge level glimpses of the press box, including the scoreboard control room, roof control room, Bob Uecker’s radio booth and press seating area
- Live broadcast of Milwaukee Brewers @ Pittsburgh Pirates game on main video board, with first pitch at 12:35 p.m.
- Presentations of the new, state-of-the-art Selig Experience throughout the day
- Meet the Klement’s Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer
- Access to the US Cellular Power Playground, including a batting cage, timed base run, kid-size version of Bernie’s slide and more.
- Free parking
- Concessions will be available for purchase
School supplies can be brought to the designated collection area outside the home plate entrance of Miller Park on Sept. 13.
“We appreciate the partnership that we have forged with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation,” said Cecelia Gore, executive director of the Brewers Community Foundation. “The impact that has been crafted for families in our community over the last 100 years has been significant. We often say, ‘when we all play on the same team – everyone wins.’ It is an honor to play on the same team as the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.”
Visit greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/gifts or call (414) 902-4080 for more information.
Throughout 2015, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has been offering monthly Gifts to the Community that provide the public with unique experiences while highlighting the resources that help define and enhance the community. The August Gift to the Community provided free access to local nature and ecology centers. So far, more than 200,000 people have joined the Foundation in this celebration of its centennial and service to the community.
New Gifts to the Community are revealed each month on FOX 6 Milwaukee.
About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
For a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,200 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world. Ending 2014 with more than $841 million in assets, it is also among the largest.
Mentioned in This Press Release
Recent Press Releases by Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The awards program started in 1982 thanks to a $4.3 million bequest from Dorothy Shaw, widow of James Shaw, a prominent Milwaukee attorney.
Foundation donors expanded their philanthropy by contributing more than $43 million to Foundation funds in 2016.
The growth in board leadership was implemented to expand its governance capacity.