February 14, 2018
Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County gets the opportunity to recognize a few outstanding community members at our Annual Meeting. Meet the winners, below, and learn more about the awards.
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“Being president of the Amani United community group gives me the opportunity to network with various individuals in a broad array of fields that can assist in building Amani to the community it once was; neighbors knowing and communicating with one another, establishing homeownership, and investing in our schools to try to assure students have a fair chance at receiving a quality education..
I am so privileged to be receiving the Gwen T. Jackson award. The small work that I do is no comparison to the great accomplishments that Ms. Jackson has achieved. I am truly honored to have someone acknowledged my role in the community.”
Barbara Smith, Gwen T. Jackson Award winner. Barbara is president of Amani United, a diverse group of residents working toward a healthy and sustainable community within the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee.
The Gwen T. Jackson Award was established in 1981 and is presented annually to the United Way volunteer who best exemplifies a spirit of volunteerism and dedication to one’s community and fellow man.
“I sat through many, many United Way presentations by Loaned Executives and speakers through the years while I was in corporate America. I would write a check, but didn’t fully understand and appreciate everything good the organization does for community and people until I started visiting agencies and saw how the funding was used. That’s when I really began to appreciate the impact of Untied Way, and what makes me come back year-after-year.”
Barbara Edwards, John A Puelicher Award winner. Barb has served as a Loaned Executive on six campaigns since 2011. She is a Grafton resident, married, and has two children and four grandchildren. For the 2017 United Way campaign, Barb was sponsored by ManpowerGroup.
The John A. Puelicher Award for Loaned Executive excellence was instituted in 2005. John (“Jack”) Puelicher led Marshall & Ilsley Corporation from 1963-1991 and was a strong United Way champion and volunteer.
“The roster of prior winners of this award is a list of our community all-stars. To be included on that list is such an honor. It is especially meaningful coming from an organization and team that is so important to me. I truly believe there is no more important organization in our community than United Way. I thank you for recognizing me.”
-Greg Marcus, Bill & Ethel Heller Award winner. Greg is president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation and currently serves as chairman of the board for United Way. Greg also served as campaign co-chair during the 2012 United Way campaign.
The Bill & Ethel Heller Award is presented annual to the individual, family or foundation which best epitomizes outstanding service to the community and leadership in financial support of United Way.