Trio of Crew fans up for All-Star honor
Three Brewers boosters come up big in their communities
Three finalists per Major League club were chosen out of thousands of nominations from across the United States and Canada of "everyday All-Stars," people who have gone above and beyond to serve their community.
Fans are invited to vote in the All-Stars Among Us campaign, a presentation of People Magazine and Major League Baseball, for the 30 winners from June 8-24. One winner will be chosen as a representative of every club, and all 30 will be honored Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star Game. One club representative also will be featured in People Magazine.
Here are the finalists for Milwaukee:
David Bahr of Livermore, Calif., founded a youth group food drive in 2003 to help families in need. His program coordinates multiple organizations in a single outreach program, allowing students to assume leadership roles. The program now includes 1,200 youth volunteers. Last year, they distributed three tons of food to nine food pantries.
Milwaukee's Loyal Mehnert's "Everyday Journeyman Project" began with January's 4,200-mile Plymouth-Dakar charity rally. It continues with a 2,175-mile solo hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. All money raised will be donated to assist Habitat for Humanity's Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts.
Mary Nachreiner of Sauk City, Wis., was inspired by her daughter Kelly's decision to become an organ donor and created a life-saving legacy. Nachreiner began promoting organ donor awareness after Kelly was killed in an auto accident, and helped make Wisconsin a leader in organ donation.
Meanwhile, vote for your favorite players with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 sites, and look for Walt Disney Pictures G-Force All-Star Game ballots at Major League and Minor League ballparks.
The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.