MILWAUKEE, Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Briggs & Stratton is preparing for its 17 th year as title sponsor for Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, scheduled for this Saturday, September 15. Briggs & Stratton's employee team, Team Briggs, has a record number near 500 participants for the event. This year the Company's employee base has also raised nearly $7,000 for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the beneficiary of Saturday's event. Since 1978 the event has raised just over $13 million for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
"We are proud to be a part of this Wisconsin tradition," said Todd Teske, Briggs & Stratton Chairman, President and CEO. "The nearly 500 members of Team Briggs are a great example of the Briggs & Stratton Neighborhood in our own community."
Briggs & Stratton held several recruitment efforts for Team Briggs for this year's event. When asked what makes her register for the Briggs & Al's Run & Walk every year, Briggs & Stratton employee Mary Lou Janowitsch said, "It's a tradition for me. I love spending the day with my family and co-workers, and doing something good for children right in our own backyard.""Children's Hospital of Wisconsin continues to provide top quality care for children across the Midwest," Teske added. "Briggs & Stratton is proud to support this world class hospital that is located right in our own backyard. "Children's Hospital of Wisconsin truly appreciates Briggs & Stratton Corporation's long standing commitment and support to Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital. This support helps provide the exceptional care that kids receive at Children's Hospital," said Peggy Troy, MSN, RN, president and CEO of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. "This event could not be as successful as it is without Briggs 17 years as our title sponsor." The Company is also hosting the finish line celebration at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard on the Summerfest grounds. Entertainment will be provided by The Briggs Bluesbusters and Alter Ego. Participants can also enjoy a health and fitness fair on the grounds. Admission is free. Registration is available this Saturday near the starting line. For more information about registration or the event, visit www.alsrun.com. Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America's number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of standby generators, along with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity ®, Snapper ®, Ferris ® and Murray ® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2010, Children's Hospital invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. For more information, visit the website at chw.org. SOURCE Briggs & Stratton Corporation