Downtown Employee Appreciation Week gets underway today


Milwaukee will rally around its downtown workforce this week as it celebrates “Downtown Employee Appreciation Week” with special events, office challenge games, giveaways and discounts.

The week, which runs today through Friday, acts as a thank you to downtown employees and businesses who help power Milwaukee’s economy.

Appreciation week festivities kicked off this morning with an opening ceremony in Red Arrow Park just before noon, followed by free lunch for the first 1,000 employees. Today’s lunchtime giveaways include mini subs and chips from Cousins Subs, brat sliders from Davians Catering, ice coffee samples supplied by Starbucks, and chocolate chip cookies courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton.

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The week’s series of office challenge games also started today. The games, presented by Associated Bank, will run each day from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at venues across the city – Red Arrow Park today, Pere Marquette Park on Tuesday, Schlitz Park on Wednesday, Zeidler Union Square on Thursday, and Cathedral Square Park on Friday. Games will include Corn Hole, Spin-to-Win and a Bucks Basketball Shootout.

Additionally, this year’s Appreciation Week lineup of activities includes a corporate volleyball tournament and a passport program in which employees who get an Appreciation Week passport stamped at three or more activities can enter to win downtown prizes.

Employees are encouraged to wear a paperclip all week to show that they are downtown employees. Their paperclip will function as their ticket for the week’s discounts and giveaways.

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For more information on Downtown Employee Appreciation Week, which is organized by Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, visit

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