MILWAUKEE (9/14/2013) - On its 36th birthday, Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin shows no signs of slowing down. Today's downtown event raised more than $1 million for kids by approximately 12,500 people walking, running and wheeling to support the hospital.
"Briggs & Stratton is proud to continue our title sponsorship for this great event," said Laura Timm, Vice President - Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Briggs & Stratton Corporation. "Hundreds of our employees participate every year, affirming our commitment to helping Children's Hospital make a difference in the lives of children in our community. We truly are honored to help mark the 36th anniversary of Briggs & Al's Run & Walk."
"We are extremely grateful to our community sponsors for their continuing support on so many levels," said Peggy Troy, CEO, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. "Every year, we see the enormous crowd of people gathered on Wisconsin Avenue and feel immense gratitude for the backing of our community."
Stacy Bartsch, Children's Hospital fundraising manager and event organizer, credits the combined efforts of individual participants, teams and fundraisers, together with the support of sponsors such as Briggs & Stratton, Boston Store and Tricom Funding for the success of the event. "This event is deeply meaningful to Children's," said Bartsch. "The efforts made by so many individuals and teams to raise pledges in support of Children's Hospital helps us continue to provide the best care for children."
Children's Hospital is ranked the No. 4 pediatric hospital in the nation, according to Parents magazine. Gifts and pledges raised during Briggs & Al's Run & Walk help fund the programs, services and research initiatives that help thousands of children each year. Since 1978, Briggs & Al's Run & Walk has raised more than $15 million for Children's Hospital.
Briggs & Stratton is the title sponsor of the annual event. Other major sponsors include Boston Store, Marquette University and Tricom Funding.
Top finishers in the men's, women's and wheelchair divisions are:
1. Joe Sepe, 25:07
2. Thomas Breitbach, 25:18
3. Scott Mueller, 25:54
1. Denise Manthy, 30:07
2. Cassandra Nelson, 30:21
3. Heidi Ertl, 30:43
Wheelchair - handcrank category:
1. Melissa Smith, 24:21
2. Robert Gorzek, 27:10
Wheelchair - pushrim category:
1. Steven Smith, 24:36
2. Bobby Swanson, 27:09
3. Serena Jaros, 38:25
For more information about Briggs & Al's Run & Walk, call (414) 266-1520, visit alsrun.com or facebook.com/briggsalsrun.
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and wellbeing of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in 9 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals report. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2011, Children's Hospital invested more than $100 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.