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JOIN US IN CELEBRATING MILWAUKEE NEIGHBORHOODS!

The MANDIs celebrate Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods, and the many passionate, committed people working together to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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. From public nominations, a volunteer Selection Committee has named 15 finalists for the awards this year. Winners will be announced at a gala on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

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 event brings together more than 800 leaders from across the city. Finalists are selected from public nominations by a 40-member, independent, cross-sector volunteer committee.  

Videos detailing each finalist will be posted to the Neighborhood News Service for an online voting campaign for a “People’s Choice” award, between March 27th through April 5th at Milwaukeenns.org/MANDIvote2017.

Sponsorships and Individual Registrations are Available. 



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REGISTER NOW FOR THE MILWAUKEE AWARDS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Potawatomi Event Center 

SCHEDULE

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Registration and Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Dinner and Awards

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Neighborhood Desserts and Celebration

Parking: Valet service is available for $10 at the hotel entrance. 
Free parking is available in the casino parking lot.

Business or Cocktail Attire Suggested

REGISTRATION

Open Seating

  • $75 General Admission/$35 Neighborhood Resident (discounted rate)
  • Register online at lisc.org/Milwaukee or Call Amelia Pena at 414-930-1763
  • Open seating registration closes March 24th.

Reserved Table for 10

  • $1,000 Non-profit/ $2,000 Corporate
  • Contact Dawn Hutchison-Weiss at 414-930-1760.
  • Reserved table registration closes March 17th.

Late registrations will be considered as space is available.

MANDI 2017 sponsors



15 Named for Improving Central City Neighborhoods

“Unsung Heroes” Selected as Finalists for the 2017 Milwaukee Awards
for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI)

MILWAUKEE (December 7, 2016) — 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. From public nominations, a volunteer Selection Committee has named 15 finalists for the awards this year. 

“The MANDIs celebrate Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods, and the many talented, committed people working together to create a better future for our communities,” said Donsia Strong Hill, Executive Director, LISC Milwaukee.    

Finalists in five categories were announced at a public event at Mr. J’s Lounge on Milwaukee’s north side to an audience of one hundred community leaders. 

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the MANDIs recognize individuals, organizations, and projects that are improving conditions in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods. Finalists are selected from public nominations by a 40-member, independent, cross-sector volunteer committee. Winners will be announced at an Oscar-style gala at the 18th Annual MANDIs on Thursday, April 6th, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. The event draws a diverse audience of more than 800 leaders from the private, philanthropic and nonprofit communities.


MANDI 2017 finalists include:

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

  • Johnsons Park Revitalization in Lindsay Heights
  • Journey House Community Garden in Clarke Square
  • Green Tree Community Garden in Havenwoods 

MANDI 2017 Public Space Award finalists


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

  • City on a Hill
  • Milwaukee Christian Center (MCC)
  • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center

MANDI 2017 Cornerstone Award finalists


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

  • Diane De La Santos from City on a Hill
  • Darryl Johnson from Riverworks Development Corporation
  • Gretchen Mead from the Victory Gardens Initiative

MANDI 2017 Cornerstone Award


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

  • The Arts@Large Fill in the Gaps Initiative in partnership with the Milwaukee Public Schools
  • The Layton Boulevard Home Improvement Matching Grants Program
  • The Historic Wally Schmidt Tavern Redevelopment

MANDI 2017 Trailblazer Award


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

  • Innovation and Wellness Commons
  • Milwaukee Asian Public Market
  • Milwaukee TechForce Training Center

MANDI 2017 Building Blocks Award finalists


The “Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award” will be given to finalists who receive the most public votes
between March 27-April 6. 

Download Press Release (PDF file).



WHAT IS MANDI?

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) recognize individuals, organizations and projects that enrich central city neighborhoods. Sponsored by US Bank, the awards pay tribute to the people and organizations working tirelessly to make Milwaukee a great place to live, learn, work and grow.

MANDI CATEGORIES

  • BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award:Recognizes an organization for tenacious commitment and effectiveness
  • Northern Trust Navigator Award:Recognizes an individual for outstanding leadership and collaboration
  • PNC Trail Blazer Award:Recognizes an innovative approach to a community problem(s)
  • State Farm Building Blocks Award:Recognizes a real estate project that enhances the community
  • Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award:Recognizes a public space that enlivens a neighborhood

All of the finalists will be eligible for the Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award at the 2017 MANDIs. The Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award is an interactive category that allows the public to vote online for their favorite finalists starting April 1st.

MANDI is hosted by LISC Milwaukee. Winners are selected by an independent committee, and will be announced at a gala on Thursday, April 6, 2017. All MANDI winners receive a trophy and $1,000.


SPONSORS

MANDI 2017 sponsors