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Dream Big Dinner Celebrates Class of 2019

On Thursday, May 2, College Possible donors, supporters and education partners gathered to celebrate the Dream Big Dinner. This event celebrates the success of College Possible in helping first-generation Milwaukee students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. Thanks to the generosity of more than 350 attendees, College Possible raised a record amount at the event. View photos from the evening below.

The Dream Big Dinner honored the following awardees for their dedication and passion for College Possible’s mission of helping Milwaukee students from low-income backgrounds earn college degrees:

Maurice Thomas, Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, Pat Wilmeth Award

Herb Kohl Philanthropies, Foundation Friend Award

Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Corporate Partner of the Year Award

Speakers included Maria Capistran, a College Possible student and 2019 Mount Mary University graduate. During her remarks, Maria detailed her experience as a first-generation college student and young mother.

“I look forward to crossing the stage on May 18th because it means more than just a diploma. It means I beat out all of the odds that were not in my favor. It means being able to give back to those who helped me get one step closer to my goal, but most importantly, it means I can give my daughter a life with so many opportunities to make a difference in this world.”

This year marked the sixth anniversary of the Dream Big Dinner, which has more than doubled in size since its inception. College Possible Milwaukee thanks all those in attendance as well as the following major sponsors for the success of the dinner: Jennifer and Tom Florsheim/Weyco Group, The Michael and Billie Kubly Family, Madeleine and David Lubar, Susan and Robert Mikulay, Kimberly and Rick Dillon, Jackie and David Gay/EY, Christine and Barry Holloway, Camille and Dave Kundert, Shelly and Dick Seesel, UW-Milwaukee, ManpowerGroup and the Kelben Foundation.

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