Bucks Team Up with City on a Hill for Neighborhood BBQ
In an effort to make a strong impact on the Milwaukee community, 10 Bucks interns teamed up with City on a Hill to enhance the community organization’s Neighborhood BBQ.
The Neighborhood BBQ, designed to rejuvenate, connect and educate those in the City on a Hill area, offered the residents a variety of entertainment options throughout the day. Face painting, bouncy houses, bingo, free food and live shows drew crowds to the City on a Hill parking lot transformed into what could be a called a mini festival.
“Collaborating with City on a Hill was great,” said Sam Lancaster, the Bucks fan experience intern from Nashville, Tenn. “Each week we met I could see the progress that our team and the City on a Hill staff were making. It was great to see this vision come to life and I was grateful to be a part of it.”
In addition to games, food and entertainment, City on a Hill wanted to provide residents with resources from the surrounding area. The Bucks interns focused on inviting representatives from local businesses and resource centers. Boys and men got in line for free haircuts provided by Razor Sharp. Children lined up to learn about fire safety, thanks to the Milwaukee Fire Department’s Survive Alive van. Community members were provided access to more personal information including mental health services, tax information, and voter education. The Army, Job Corps and Community Corps provided sign-up lists for recruitments. Working with Lisa Boughton and the City on a Hill crew, the community engagement team connected with 19 organizations that came together to provide resources for residents.
Matt Siegel, sales intern and member of the community engagement team from Long Island, New York, said the City on a Hill project left an everlasting impact on him. “I hope that the residents who attended the BBQ take the most out of the community booths and the information that was handed out,” he said.
The sponsorship and marketing team, led by Brooke Chapman, worked with the Milwaukee Bucks Game Operations staff to coordinate complimentary appearances from the Bucks entertainment crew. DJ O kept the tempo upbeat as the Rim Rockers performed their internationally acclaimed dunk show. Bango and the Hoop Troop gave basketball tips to children, young and old, while games on the Bucks outdoor sport court ran throughout the afternoon.
In all, the 2016 City on a Hill Neighborhood BBQ served over one thousand residents.
“I hope that each individual there got to enjoy the event that City on a Hill put on,” said Lancaster. “I hope they had a hot meal, a chance to use the community booths and time to relax and be entertained by the various shows and performances.”
City on a Hill is a faith-based nonprofit located in a former hospital on Milwaukee’s west side, where they are working collaboratively with partners and volunteers to alleviate symptoms of chronic poverty in their neighborhood, help young people break the cycle of generational poverty in their families, and train others in solutions to persistent poverty and racial disparity in their communities.
The Milwaukee Bucks and City on a Hill would like to give a special thanks to the following organizations for their collaboration:
The Mental Health Action Team
ATC Income Tax
BMO Harris Bank
Razor Sharp Barbershop
Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Community Service Corps
Milwaukee Fire Department
The Urban League
Milwaukee Bicycle Collective
Near West Side Partners
Milwaukee Academy of Science
MCFI – Smart Baby Program
Marquette University Police
Milwaukee Justice Center (Mobile Legal Clinic)
Hope Christian Schools
Signature Dance Company
Elliot Hughes & The Vision