Briggs extends sponsorship of Al’s Run, donates $1 million to Children’s Hospital

Annual event set for Saturday morning

Briggs & Stratton headquarters
The Briggs & Stratton headquarters in Wauwatosa.

Wauwatosa-based Briggs & Stratton Corp. donated $1 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and extended its sponsorship of the annual Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk through 2022, the hospital announced Monday.

The 41st annual Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk is set to take place Saturday morning, starting at North 12th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue on the Marquette University campus and ending at the Summerfest grounds.

“Briggs & Stratton believes that it’s not just exceptional products and services that make a company great – it’s what the company stands for,” said Lauren Vagnini, Briggs corporate communication manager. “Throughout its 110-year history, Briggs & Stratton has had a commitment to the Milwaukee community, and that commitment only continues to grow. Our $1 million donation to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is an example of that and something we are so proud to continue to support. ”

Briggs first became the title sponsor for the event 23 years ago and has donated more than $5 million to the hospital.

“Events like Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk are the most powerful way to engage the community and generate support that makes a difference for kids,” said Meg Brzyski Nelson, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation president. “We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Briggs & Stratton – their support has been critical to the services we provide to kids and families throughout the state.”

The Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk draws around 15,000 participants annually. The event has raised more than $20 million since it started in 1977.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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