I have a wonderful life here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My friends
and family are supportive of my hobbies and interests. Animal
welfare is one of my passions. Spending time with my pets, Pembroke
Welsh Corgis adds to my joy in life. I love art, design, and home
decor. I am working on an aggressive renovation of my own home.
I am fortunate to be able to open my house up to many non-profit
fundraisers. Those events have become leading successes for the
organizations that I support.
One of my favorite activities in this area is The Milwaukee
LGBT Film/Video Festival. It brings not just the LGBT population
together, but the whole community. Likewise AIDS walk is an event
of great spirit. As the populations that HIV/AIDS touches is varied,
I think it is important to come together as a state to fight that
disease. Pride Fest is always lots of fun and showcases some of
the talent in the LGBT population.
In the last few years, I have appointed two different committees
to distribute funds on my behalf. The 25/25 Committee of the Cream
City Foundation was a group of women who chose where to distribute
my gift from the Joseph R. Pabst LGBT Infrastructure Fund. This
billboard project comes from the second committee I helped to
appoint, the 41/26 Venture Committee. They came up with the idea
of a campaign to influence Milwaukee and Waukesha Wisconsin Counties.
I am proud that these committees have felt empowered to make wise
decisions about how to best use the funds.
Comments from interviews with Joe about this
Cream City Foundation Gay Neighbor Billboard Campaign came
from a generous gift by the Joseph R. Pabst LGBT Infrastructure
Fund. Cream City Foundation, in partnership with the fund formed
the 41/26 Venture Committee who spearheaded this billboard campaign.
"I really do believe in the equitable and fair distribution
of funds. I think it's unfair to dictate all on my own where
the funds go, and to have a local committee, as with the 41/26,
creates a measure of fairness. I don't think any other local
LGBT funder has done that. It empowers people to do good work.
They were given pretty much fair range to decide what was best
for the community as a whole - and I am very grateful to them
all. The people who are on the billboards are extraordinary human
beings--Just amazing. This project is worthy of community awareness