Ryan Braun makes surprise appearance in Milwaukee on Wednesday
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Ryan Braun. Photo: Image by AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE - Ryan Braun made an appearance in Milwaukee on Wednesday, first making a charity appearance, then stopping by Miller Park.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke spoke to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he came in to visit, but did not want to be a distraction to the game itself between the Brewers and Cubs tonight.
He also helped out a charity he's served before.
Guess who stopped by, and even brought lunch! Great to have Ryan Braun here today!— ARCW (@ARCWisc) September 18, 2013
According to MLB.com Brewers writer Adam McCalvy, Braun was in town to make an appearance for an organization he has been involved with for years.
Braun delivered lunch and met today with employees of @ARCWisc. He was honorary chair of AIDS Walk Wisconsin last year.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 18, 2013
The AIDS Resource Center's Mike Gifford spoke with Newsradio 620 WTMJ about the visit.
"We were really excited that our longtime friend Ryan Braun stopped by for lunch today at the AIDS resource center of Wisconsin," he said. "He and his family have been involved in the fight against AIDS for so long and he's so close to our organization, it was great."
According to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Braun surprised the group at lunch by bringing pizzas. The organization is "Wisconsin's leading provider of integrated HIV prevention, care and treatment services."
Guess who came by for lunch? pic.twitter.com/0ri7Hp9EbA— ARCW (@ARCWisc) September 18, 2013
To learn more about the organization, click here.
In recent days, Omar Shaikh, the co-owner of the SURG Restaurant Group, publicly forgave him for use of performance enhancing drugs and credited him for "the amazing things he has done for his community."
"We're always happy to see Ryan," he said. "Quite honestly, we don't have enough champions in the fight against AIDS. We are really proud that Ryan Braun is one of our champions in the fight against AIDS."
A Tweeter tells TODAY'S TMJ4's James Kust that he was at Cardinal Stritch University as well on Wednesday.