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Honoring #44: American Family Insurance makes two $44,000 contributions to programs supported by Henry “Hank” Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation


Donations will provide scholarships for Milwaukee-area students.

American Family Insurance is paying tribute to #44 Baseball Hall-of-Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron with two $44,000 contributions to programs supported by his Chasing the Dream Foundation that will provide scholarship funds for students in the Milwaukee area.

One of the greatest baseball players of all time, Aaron was a 25-time All-Star and a World Series Champion. He spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League and two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League. His dignity, character and concern for others, in addition to his many baseball accomplishments, hold a special place in the hearts of fans.

Supporting foundation’s work

“With Opening Day approaching at American Family Field, we’re humbled to honor the life of Hank Aaron,” said Judd Schemmel, American Family associate vice president of partnerships and community investment. “Hank Aaron was dedicated to supporting young people and providing them with opportunities to pursue their dreams – something we’re also passionate about at American Family. We’re proud to help continue the work Hank cared so deeply about.”

Contributions provide scholarships for Milwaukee students

The first $44,000 contribution will be split between the endowed scholarship funds that the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation has in place at UW-Milwaukee, Alverno College and Milwaukee Area Technical College. The scholarships will support students working toward achieving the dream of a higher education.

The second $44,000 contribution will go to the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. This fund provides scholarships to low-income youth in Milwaukee, ages 9 to 12, to help develop their talents or skills. The scholarships will vary between $250 and $1,000 per student and will be administered through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

Said Billye Suber Aaron, wife of Hank Aaron: “Henry and I walked this journey called life together. We were fortunate to create opportunities for countless young men and women to achieve a variety of meaningful goals. I am humbled by American Family’s support to further our vision. Your willingness to partner with Chasing the Dream creates another opportunity to touch someone’s life. Thank you for your two $44,000 contributions. My dearly departed husband, Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron’s motto was to always keep swinging. Contributions such as yours make that possible.”

American Family announced an expanded partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers in January 2019 that includes community-based initiatives in addition to stadium naming rights.

These contributions are part of Free to Dream, a new initiative announced recently by American Family that supports investments and partnerships that close equity gaps and drive social impact in communities.

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About the American Family Insurance group
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Insurance has been serving customers since 1927. We inspire, protect and restore dreams through our insurance products, exceptional service from our agency owners and employees, community investment and creative partnerships to address societal challenges. We act on our belief in diversity and inclusion by constantly evolving to meet customer needs and preferences. American Family Insurance group is the nation’s 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group, ranking No. 254 on the Fortune 500 list. The group sells American Family-brand products, primarily through exclusive agency owners in 19 states. The American Family Insurance group also includes CONNECT, powered by American Family Insurance, The General, Homesite and Main Street America Insurance. Across these companies the group has more than 13,200 employees nationwide.