Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, Doug Davis will host a Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday, Aug. 8 at Pinstrikes Bowling Center at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Miracle League of Milwaukee through the Doug Davis Foundation and the Brewers Community Foundation. Davis will be joined by Brewers teammates and coaches at the event. The Miracle League of Milwaukee will be Milwaukee’s first universally-accessible baseball league, for children with physical and mental disabilities. Lane sponsorship for the event starts at $1,000, which includes bowling for five people. Also included in the lane sponsorship is five tickets to an upcoming Brewers game, free food and drinks at the event, goodie bags including an autographed baseball, and opportunities for autographs from Brewers players. Individual spots are available for $200. Spectator tickets for the event are $75 and include food, drinks and autograph opportunities. To participate in the event or for more information, visit brewers.com/community, or contact Greg Harris with the Doug Davis Foundation at (847) 924-6140.
St Ann Center awarded gift to support center programs
The Center for Life Transitions in Milwaukee recently awarded a $25,000 grant to St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care to support the development of new programs at the center. “This gift is a wonderful symbol of our continuing, exciting partnership with the Center for Life Transitions,” said Sr. Edna Lonergan, president of St. Ann Center. “The mission of the Center for Life Transitions works seamlessly with our own mission to provide community-based health and educational services in meeting the spiritual, psychological, social and physical needs of all who participate regardless of faith, culture or ability to pay.”
The money will support the Buddy Program, a program which trains at risk youths from Milwaukee to be health care assistants at the St. Ann Center, and the Benevolent Touch Program, which provides Benevolent Touch National Instructor Certification training to participants on how to give safe and comforting care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“We emphatically support the professional, compassionate care St. Ann’s provides children, the disabled and seniors. Edna and the Center’s work are internationally recognized,” said Dr. Thomas Bachhuber, president of the Center for Life Transitions Board.
Salvation Army sees continued success in its Feed the Kids program
The Salvation Army of greater Milwaukee has surpassed the number of lunches it delivered to Milwaukee children in 2009. During the first four weeks of the organization’s Feed the Kids free lunch program it has delivered 36,905 lunches to Milwaukee area children, surpassing last summer by more than 1500 lunches.
“The economy continues to have every family rethinking how they will manage through these rough times, said Debra Lewis, Salvation Army Social Services director. “We hope meals from our Feed The Kids program helps families have one less thing to worry about.”
Jigsaw teams up with adobe to provide hope for cancer patients
Milwaukee-based Jigsaw, and Adobe’s Experience Design team recently partnered to offer an interactive wall, a minisite and a traveling exhibit for cancer patients at St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay.
“The idea behind the project was to create a community to fight cancer together online and offline,” said Jennifer Kuhn, an art director at Jigsaw who worked on the project. “We didn’t want to focus on technology, but to utilize technology to create an emotional and environmental experience that unites everyone whose life has been changed by cancer.”
The three-stage project features a rear-projected interactive wall that allows guests and visitors to write hand-written messages on a kiosk that will appear in the color changing field.
"Hope is the only thing you have left when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer,” said 89-year old Elizabeth Donovan. Donovan lost her husband and one of her children in the fight against cancer and has another child living with cancer. “Standing there reading very personal thoughts was very emotional, but to actually write a message and to see it appear in your own handwriting on this giant canvas, that was overwhelming."
The company also launched a mini-website that features the handwritten messages.
“It was a great reminder that behind all the computers and all the software are these amazing human beings, each with their own message,” said Marc Dennert, a senior experience developer with Adobe XD.
The companies plan to finalize the project with a traveling mini version of the walk. The traveling exhibit will be seen at cancer walks, cancer screening schools and other cancer related events in Northeastern Wisocnsin.