Brewers & Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Honor Lourdes Castillo and James Novak
The Milwaukee Brewers announced details for the Eighth Annual Cerveceros Day events at Miller Park, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 as the Brewers take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 6:15 pm.
Cerveceros Day is hosted in conjunction with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW). On June 8, the Brewers will take the field in jerseys with the traditional “Brewers” script replaced by the Spanish language translation “Cerveceros.”
The event coincides with the HCCW’s 27th Annual “Fiesta Tailgate,” and the ballpark will take on a Latin flair all day with bilingual PA announcements and scoreboard features, mariachi bands and much more.
Additionally, the Brewers along with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin will honor Lourdes Castillo and James Novak as recipients of the 2013 HCCW Cerveceros Legacy Award. Castillo began working at Vieau School in 1967 and was named principal in 1993. She retired in 2008. Under her tenure, the school achieved a 95% attendance rate at the bilingual school on Milwaukee’s South Side. Castillo is still involved in education, helping teach and mentor the next generation of teachers at Cardinal Stritch University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MATC.
Novak graduated from Vieau school in 1960 where he eventually returned to teach physical education. Novak attended South Division High School and later the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he received a degree in Education. He helped many youths over his 38-year career with Milwaukee Public Schools and retired in 2008. Novak continues to work with youth as adjunct faculty at MATC.
Brewers Community Foundation will auction off the commemorative “Cerveceros” uniforms worn by the players and coaches. The online auction at Brewers.com begins on Tuesday, June 11 at Noon CT and concludes on Monday, June 17 at 5 p.m. CT. The money raised will go directly to Brewers Community Foundation and will be earmarked for the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin Scholarship Fund and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship Fund.