Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers' star Christian Yelich, sold out his Home Plate Charity Benefit event on May 11, raising about $325,000 for economically disadvantaged Little League Baseball teams in the Milwaukee region. See photos of the event taken by Milwaukee Business Journal photographer Scott Paulus in the slideshow below.
Many of Yelich's team-mates and Craig Counsell, Yelich’s manager, attended the event. Also in attendance were Wisconsin comedian Charlie Berens and singer Kelley James. About 300 business and community leaders from the Milwaukee area attended the event. It was held at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, in downtown Milwaukee, and was organized by Team Lammi and prominent Milwaukee restaurant owner Omar Shaikh.
Yelich was raising money for the first time as part of his increased community involvement in southeast Wisconsin. Yelich played for the Brewers in 2018 and won the National League Most Valuable Player award that year. He said that the city "welcomed" him with open doors.
Yelich said, "I am excited to give back the city of Milwaukee. It is a community that I have been so grateful for."
The event featured a number of Milwaukee business and community leaders, including Dr. David Margolis from Children's Wisconsin; David Marcus, of Marcus Investments LLC; Kate Braasch, of Marquette University; Sophia Minneart, of the Milwaukee Brewers; Tan Lo, of Barrett Lo Visionary Development and Milwaukee attorney David Gruber. Also present were Milwaukee chef Adam Pawlak, and Buddy Julius, of The Firm LLC.