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Sixteen Innovators Named for Improving Central City Neighborhoods
On December 11, 2013, 16 finalists were named for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) to be held on April 9th. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and corporations who improving conditions in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods. 150 community and corporate leaders packed Kasana’s at 241 West Broadway to hear the news.
"Milwaukee's neighborhoods have their challenges, no question. But you can't help but be inspired by the individuals and groups who work with tremendous passion and tenacity to turn things around and to create a better life for all of our fellow citizens. The MANDIs are an opportunity for us all to acknowledge these neighborhood leaders for their work," said Leo J. Ries, Executive Director for LISC Milwaukee.
Finalists are selected from public nominations by an independent, cross-sector volunteer committee. Winners will be announced at a gala on Wednesday, April 9th, at the Pfister Hotel.
Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award: recognizes a public space that helps build the community. Finalists include:
Front Row: John Miceli, Journey House board member; John Dargle, Milwaukee County Parks; Eugene Manzanet, PNC; Corey Zetts, Laura Bray. Back Row: Aaron Zeleske, Urban Ecology Center; Kimberly Gleffe, River Revitalization Foundation; Mary McCormick, Rotary Club of Milwaukee; Melissa Cook, Department of Natural Resources; Cecelia Gore, Brewers Community Foundation; Ken Leinbach, Urban Ecology Center; Glenna Holstein, Urban Ecology Center
BMO Harris Cornerstone Award: recognizes an organization for their commitment and effectiveness over time. Finalists include:
Brian Sonderman, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity; Stephanie Harling, Havenswood Economic Development Corporation; Anna Benton, BMO Harris; Perry Huyke, United Methodist Children’s Services; Melissa Songco, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity; Paul Fehrenbach, BMO Harris; Welford Sanders, Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation
Northern Trust Navigator Award: recognizes an individual for leadership and collaboration. Finalists include:
Jamie Reeve, Northern Trust; Jan Christenson, YMCA of Greater Milwaukee
(Not pictured: Charles Brown and Howard Snyder)
PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award: recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem
Front Row: Ben Gramling, 16th Street Community Health Center; Chris Capper, Just One More Ministry; Lee Schulz, Independence First Mobility Store; Chris Goller, PNC Bank; Jacob Stein, Independence First Mobility Store; Nadia Bogue, 16th Street Health Center. Back Row: Amanda Milford, 16th Street Community Health Center; Alex Hernandez, 16th Street Community Health Center, Iris Gonzalez, 16th Street Community Health Center
State Farm Building Blocks Award: recognizes a real estate project that advances the community.
Paul Williams and Bobbi Marsells, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee; Kelly Savage, State Farm; Charlotte John-Gomez, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors; Welford Sanders, Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation
LISC’s Board also announced that the Vision Award will be presented to Northwestern Mutual. This award is given to a foundation or corporation with a strong commitment to transforming Milwaukee. The board is recognizing Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s strong philanthropic focus on neighborhood investment, and for choosing to downtown Milwaukee for their corporate headquarters.
Tony Polston, Northwestern Mutual; Leo Ries, LISC Milwaukee; John Kordsmeier and Shawna Mauren,
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Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation are “the Oscars of the Community Development World”. The MANDIs recognize efforts to strengthen Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods.
While many people are working hard to improve Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, their stories are often untold. The MANDIs recognize the inspiring, innovative, and tenacious work of people who are improving the quality of life in our central city, says Leo Ries, LISC Milwaukee Executive Director.
Finalists and winners are selected by an independent, cross-sector volunteer selection committee. The committee reviews nominations and selects three finalists in each of five categories. Winners will be announced at a gala event at the Pfister Hotel in the spring. This annual event brings together corporations, foundations, lenders, small businesses, developers, and nonprofits for a night of celebration and fun.
Northern Trust Navigator Award for an outstanding individual that has provided leadership and collaboration.
Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award for the creation or use of public space that contributes significantly to the overall well-being of the community.
PNC Trail Blazer Award for an innovative approach to a community problem.
State Farm Building Blocks Award for a real estate project that contributes significantly to the enhancement of the community.
BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award for a long-standing commitment that demonstrates persistence and
effectiveness over time.
Vision Award for outstanding financial investment in Milwaukee’s central city.
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