On Thursday, April 19, College Possible donors, supporters and educational partners gathered to celebrate the fifth annual Dream Big Dinner. This event celebrates the success of College Possible in helping Milwaukee students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college graduation. Thanks to the generosity of the event’s nearly 450 attendees, College Possible raised a record of over $186,000 during a live Raise the Pennant for a grand total of nearly $320,000. View photos from the event.
The Dream Big Dinner honored the following awardees for their dedication and passion for College Possible’s mission of helping low-income Milwaukee students earn college degrees.
Susan and Robert Mikulay, Pat Wilmeth Most Likely to Succeed Award
The Ruth and Gene Posner Foundation, Foundation Friend Award
Physicians Realty Trust, Corporate Partner of the Year Award
Speakers included AmeriCorps alumna Tiffany Kelly, Board Chair David Gay and graduate speaker Marquell Moorer. During his remarks, Marquell Moorer (Augsburg University ’18) spoke directly to 13 Class of 2018 graduates in attendance, telling them, “as you leave college. . . stay strong. Whatever you do, remember your purpose in life.” Marquell also thanked his former high school coach Kari Houghtaling for her being a “true mentor, role model and friend.”
This year marked the fifth 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, Madeline and David Lubar, Susan and Robert Mikulay, Kimberly and Rick Dillon, Jackie and David Gay, Camille and Dave Kundert, Shelly and Dick Seesel, Ernst & Young, UW-Milwaukee, Silver Lake College and the Kelben Foundation.
See our Media Sponsor, BizTimes Milwaukee’s coverage of the event.
Story written by Beth Bendtsen