The MACC Fund started on the Milwaukee Arena floor on Dec. 10, 1976 when the Bucks retired the familiar #14 jersey of the “Original Buck,” Jon McGlocklin. “Jonny Mac” as his good friend and MACC Fund co-founder, Eddie Doucette, called him. Jon’s “Rainbow Jumper” brought the Bucks many wins. (He might have used it to score the first points in Bucks franchise history.).
The Bucks have played an integral role in the creation, development and history of the MACC Fund since that cold December day in 1976. The way I understand it, Eddie and Jon approached the venerable Bucks owner, Jim Fitzgerald, about sponsoring a preseason game to benefit the MACC Fund. Now, 33 years later, thanks to the generosity of Bucks owner Senator Herb Kohl, we are on the eve of the 34th annual Milwaukee Bucks MACC Fund Game. The Bucks will be in a border battle with the Minnesota Timberwolves whose lineup includes former Marquette standout and their 2010 #1 draft choice, Lazar Hayward.
“KidsFest” starts out the night at 5:30 PM. Sponsored by Chili’s Restaurants of Wisconsin, KidsFest offers family fun with games, clowns, face-painting and family priced food. The ticket to the Bucks MACC Fund Game is your ticket to pregame fun. Good seats will be available before the game starting at $10 each at the Bradley Center ticket office.
The Bucks dedicated this game to the MACC Fund 33 years ago and the organization’s passion to help the children has continued ever since. The kids will help with the game as well. Three-year-old Liam Merz of Wauwatosa who is being treated in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will present the honorary game ball. Ten-year-old Noah Polzin of Waukesha will introduce the Bucks and Timberwolves over the Bradley Center’s Public Address system. Plus, the Bucks have donated a Suite for the children and their families. MACC Fund board members and friends have given an additional 100 tickets for the kids. Think of how much fun they will have cheering on the Bucks.
Plus, if those kids are among the first 1,000 kids 14 and under, they will get a autographed card of Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings autographed by each of them. Isn’t that nice of them to sign all of those? Doesn’t that say a lot about the character of the Bucks on and off the court under the ownership of Senator Kohl, the outstanding leadership of GM of the Year, John Hammond and the impressive coaching of Scott Skiles. Ironically, Scott’s first game as a professional player was the Bucks MACC Fund Game.
We will also take a moment at half court to thank two other great friends of the MACC Fund as well. Trek Bicycle Corp. will present a big check from their 2010 Ride for Hope and the WBCA will present a big check as well from their 33rd annual All-Star Games.
It promises to be another great night in the history of the MACC Fund which all started on the Milwaukee Arena floor during a Bucks game in 1976 when the voice of the Bucks, Eddie Doucette, joined forces with “Jonny Mac” in what would become their lifelong mission to help kids with cancer like Eddie’s son Brett. The MACC Fund’s first “success story,” Brett is now married and living in Arizona.
We hope to see you there. For the 34th year, thanks again, Bucks! Go Bucks Go!
~John Cary – Executive Director
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