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Brewers to go commercial-free for charity

Brewers to go commercial-free for charity

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MILWAUKEE -- Brewers fans will be able to enjoy their team commercial-free on Tuesday night, and it's for a good cause.

The team and Fox Sports Wisconsin are collaborating on a unique telecast that features the Brewers-D-backs game, of course, but also a Brewers Community Foundation auction featuring exclusive memorabilia and "experience" items. They include:

• A chance to coach first base in Spring Training
• A party for 50 in the Brewers clubhouse
• A pitching clinic with Trevor Hoffman and Rick Peterson
• A hitting clinic with Dale Sveum and Casey McGehee
• A ticket package featuring principal owner Mark Attanasio's front-row seats
• Twenty tickets to the owner's suite

Bidding opened Aug. 3 and continues until 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday. You can see the entire list of auction items, and place your bids, at Brewers.com. Brewers wives will be manning computer terminals at Miller Park for in-person bids.

"We recognize the community faces a number of challenges," Attanasio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week. "This is a fun way to be helpful with those challenges. In a tough year, we have gotten tremendous support from the community. This is a way we can give back."

Throughout the telecast, FS Wisconsin will air a series of vignettes highlighting some of the programs and not-for-profit organizations affiliated with the Brewers Community Foundation, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Hunger Task Force, the Fatherhood Initiative and S.C.O.R.E for Excellence Day. BCF focuses its support in four areas: health, education, recreation and basic needs.

"We are excited to join forces with the Brewers Community Foundation to gear an entire telecast toward raising money for programs that make a difference for people and families in our community," said FOX Sports Wisconsin senior vice president and general manager Mike Dimond. "This is a chance for Brewers fans to bid on some fabulous items that they can't buy anywhere else."

All proceed from the auction will benefit BCF, which has already raised $1.5 million for worthwhile causes in 2010.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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