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Frederick Birts (Left Center) and Attorney Chad Kreblin from Hupy & Abraham,
S.C. (Right Center) receive awards at the 2006 YMCA Black Achievers Gala from
Harvey “Jock” Johnson, Retired Vice President, YMCA Northside Branch (Left)
and Kent Johnson, YMCA President and CEO of Metropolitan Milwaukee (Right).


On September 15, 2006, Fred Birts was honored at the 25th Anniversary YMCA Black Achievers Gala. The event was held at the Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee, and was attended by many Milwaukee community leaders. Attorney Michael Hupy was also honored at the Gala for his sponsorship of Frederick H. Birts, the 2006 Achiever of the Year Runner –up. Mr. Birts volunteered 235 hours of his time to the Black Achievers Program, an adult volunteer program founded in 1971 in Harlem, New York. The Milwaukee Black Achievers Program is headquartered at the YMCA Northside branch. 

Mr. Birts, a retired Milwaukee Police Sergeant, was one of 36 adults who contributed more than 3,400 hours of service to benefit hundreds of children and teens involved in Black Achievers in the city of Milwaukee. He served on the planning committee and chaperoned the teens on the Black College Tour held during Spring Break. He also served as an advisor, participated in the Speakers Bureau and chaperoned the Teen Summit.

Over the last fifteen years, Hupy & Abraham has been a yearly sponsor of the Black Achievers Program. Since 1994, ten of our firm’s adult mentors have been recognized for their exemplary service to the community in exceeding 100 hours in one year.