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MANDI 2015 WINNERS' AND FINALISTS' VIDEOS

PHOTOS OF MANDI 2015 AWARDS CEREMONY


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MANDI 2015 Winners Announced

Presented by Cecelia Gore, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation, the Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award was given to HOME GR/OWN’s Ezekiel Gillespie Park. The Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award recognizes a public space that helps build the community. Ezekiel Gillespie Park was developed in partnership with Walnut Way Conservation Corp. This multi-use park –the first of the city’s HOME GR/OWN strategy for transforming vacant lots- features native plants, fruit trees and sustainable water systems.

Presented by Paul Fehrenbach, Vice President and Community Investments, BMO Harris Bank, the BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award was given to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. The BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award recognizes an organization for their commitment and effectiveness over time. The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has a long-standing commitment to Milwaukee, playing an active role in the revitalization of some of the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods and people.

Presented by Jamie Reeve III, Vice President, Northern Trust, the Northern Trust Navigator Award was given to Venice Williams of Alice’s Garden. The Northern Trust Navigator Award recognizes an individual for leadership and collaboration. Venice fosters an environment at Alice’s Garden where people not only exchange gardening knowledge, but share their lives.

Presented by Eugene Manzanet, Vice President, PNC Bank, the PNC Trail Blazer Award was given to Sisters Diversion Project, Benedict Center. The PNC Trail Blazer Award recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem. The Sisters Diversion Project, working in conjunction with police and prosecutors, offers an alternative to incarceration to stop the cycle of prostitution.

Presented by Michael Reid, Sales Leader, State Farm, the State Farm Building Blocks Award was given to The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health. The State Farm Building Blocks Award recognizes a real estate project that advances the community. Transformed from a 100-year old cold storage warehouse in the Pabst Brewery, the Zilber School of Public Health has reinvigorated this historic area and become a trusted community partner in improving health outcomes for Milwaukee.

Presented by Sang Kim, Regional President, Wells Fargo, the Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award was given to Cream City Gardens and Rain Harvesting Project, Guest House of Milwaukee; Sisters Diversion Project, Benedict Center; Express Yourself Milwaukee. The Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award is a brand new interactive award category where the winner is chosen by the public through an online voting system. The three groups who received the most votes received $1000.

Presented by Mayor Tom Barrett, the Vision Award was given to Leo Ries. Leo Ries was recognized with the Vision Award for his work with LISC, partnerships created in Milwaukee communities and revitalization of Milwaukee neighborhoods. Leo was recognized with the award as he is stepping down as Executive Director of LISC Milwaukee.

Lisa Glover, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer from US Bank was the Master of Ceremony. Speakers included Tom Barrett, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee; Leo Ries, Executive Director from LISC Milwaukee; Michael Rubinger, President and CEO from LISC; Ellen Gilligan, President and CEO from Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Barbara Markoff, Assistant Vice President from US Bank.




Fourteen Named for Improving Central City Neighborhoods
 

“Unsung Heroes” Selected as Finalists for the 2015 Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI)

Milwaukee (December 11, 2014) — The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) celebrate the “good news” of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen the community.

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and corporations who are improving conditions in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods.     

The MANDIs celebrate Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods and the many passionate, committed residents and their partners working together to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities, said Leo Ries, Executive Director, LISC Milwaukee.

Finalists are selected from public nominations by a 40-member, independent, cross-sector volunteer committee. Winners will be announced at an Oscar-style gala on Wednesday, April 15th, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, and featured through video vignettes.

Finalists are selected for five award categories. A sixth category, the “Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award” will be awarded to three finalists who receive the most public votes during the month of April.


FINALISTS


The “Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award” recognizes a public space that helps build the community. Finalists include:

  • Holton Bridge Swing Park
  • HOME GR/OWN’s Ezekiel Gillespie Park
  • The ARTery 

Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award finalists

(Left to Right) Larry Adams, Walnut Way; Cecelia Gore, Brewers Community Foundation; Tim McCollow, HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee; Curtis Williams, Walnut Way; Jacob Liptack, Walnut Way; Jeremy Davis, Walnut Way


The “BMO Harris Cornerstone Award” recognizes an organization for their commitment and effectiveness over time. Finalists include:

  • Rotary Club of Milwaukee
  • Express Yourself Milwaukee
  • Pan-African Community Association

BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award finalists

(Left to Right) Paul Fehrenbach, BMO Harris Bank; Fessahaye Mebrahtu, Pan-African Community Association;
Angelica Varona Camara, Pan-African Community Association; Lori Vance, Express Yourself Milwaukee;
Liz Keuler, Rotary Club of Milwaukee; John Bernaden, Rotary Club of Milwaukee


The “Northern Trust Navigator Award” recognizes an individual for leadership and collaboration. Finalists include:

  • La’Ketta Caldwell, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
  • Venice Williams, Alice’s Garden
  • Todd Hutchison, Impact Seven

Northern Trust Navigator Award finalists

(Left to Right) Jamie Reeve, Northern Trust; Venice Williams, Alice’s Garden;
La’Ketta Caldwell, Boys and Girls Club; Todd Hutchison, Impact Seven


The “PNC Bank Trail Blazer Award” recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem.

  • Cream City Gardens and Rain Harvesting Project, Guest House of Milwaukee
  • Sisters Diversion Project, Benedict Center
  • Mobile Bike Hub, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors

PNC Bank Trailblazer Award finalists

 (Left to Right) Charlotte John-Gomez, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors; Jezamil Vega-Skeels, Layton Boulevard
West Neighbors; Jorian Giorno, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors; Cindy Krahenbuhl, Guest House of Milwaukee;
Erik Koepnick, Guest House of Milwaukee; Jeanne Geraci, Benedict Center; Gene Manzanet, PNC Bank


The “State Farm Building Blocks Award” recognizes a real estate project that advances the community.

  • Veterans Administration Community Resource and Referral Center, MLK Drive
  • Zilber School of Public Health

State Farm Building Blocks Award finalists

 (Left to Right) Jon Fernandez, State Farm; Magda Peck, Zilber School of Public Health; Scott Drees, Wangard Partners


The announcement was made on December 10th before 100 community leaders at Botana’s Restaurant located at 816 South 5th Street.


What is MANDI?

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) recognize individuals, organizations and projects that enrich 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.

MANDI Categories

Northern Trust Navigator Award recognizes an individual for outstanding leadership and collaboration.

Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award recognizes a public space that enlivens a neighborhood.

PNC Trailblazer Award foran innovative approach to a community problem.

State Farm Building Blocks Award recognizes a real estate project that enhances the community.

BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award recognizes an organization for tenacious commitment and effectiveness.

Vision Award for outstanding financial investment in Milwaukee’s central city.


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