Brewers Community Foundation announces end-of-season funds raised
Charitable arm of the Brewers raised more than $2 million in 2021
MILWAUKEE – Brewers Community Foundation (BCF), the charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers, today announced that more than $2 million was raised this season through the Foundation’s numerous events, programs, donations and fundraising initiatives.
In 2021, approximately 125 non-profit organizations received funding from BCF to support programs in the areas of health, education, recreation, basic needs and social justice issues including: Fisher House Wisconsin, Sharp Literacy, Habitat for Humanity, African American Chamber of Commerce, United Community Center, Penfield Children’s Center and Journey House.
Every player on the team's roster, along with investors, Brewers Wives, fans, sponsors, and members of the front office, contributed to BCF through financial contributions and involvement in community events. This support comes in a year that saw American Family Field start at limited capacity and grow to full capacity – a factor that directly contributes to the fundraising efforts of BCF.
“BCF relies on our generous fans and many community efforts to raise money for these integral community organizations,” said BCF Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “I’m proud of the support we’ve been able to provide and as the season progressed, we had increasingly more ability to partner with our fans and fundraise within the community. We are thankful for the support and for the opportunity to provide funding to many essential non-profits in Wisconsin.”
BCF partners with fans and supporters to fundraise through various initiatives, including the 50/50 Raffle at every Brewers home game, the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk, Drive for Charity, Ultimate Auction and BCF Week. The Leadership Council – a group of corporate partners whose vital support makes many of these initiatives possible – includes: American Family Insurance, Aurora Health Care®, Delta Dental of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls, Lubar & Co., Molson Coors, Milwaukee Admirals, Northwestern Mutual® and We Energies Foundation.
A longtime fan-favorite, the 50/50 Raffle allows fans the opportunity to make a contribution to BCF while also taking a chance at winning half of that day’s proceeds. The largest winning prize for a lucky fan in 2021 was more than $40,000.
Brewers fans hit a home run in supporting BCF’s four Drive for Charity events in 2021, hosted as both drive-thru and in-ballpark collections. Fans donated non-perishable food items, school supplies, toiletry items, new hats, mittens and scarves to support Hunger Task Force, Meta House, Cathedral Center and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
In addition, BCF provided more than $800,000 in grant support to charitable organizations.
BCF harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in the Greater Milwaukee area and throughout Wisconsin. Over the past decade, BCF has generated more than $42 million to support local non-profits in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Approximately 200 non-profit organizations receive funding annually through the Foundation’s initiatives. Visit brewers.com/BCF to learn about ways you can join the team that goes to bat for those in need.