|Top: Attorney Todd Korb, Pastor Martha Austin, Brandi 'Iberia' Austin
Bottom: Attorney Kathleen Hume, Attorney Michael Hupy, Regina Slocum Mabra (wife of Black Excellence Honoree Monte Mabra)
On February 28, 2014, the last day of Black History Month, the personal injury law firm of Hupy and Abraham continued its tradition of sponsoring and attending the “29th Annual Black Excellence Awards.” The event took place at the Italian Community Center and Hupy and Abraham Attorneys Michael Hupy and Todd Korb were in attendance.
The Milwaukee Times presents the event each year and nearly 800 individuals have been honored for their contributions to the community since 1985. Without the “Black Excellence Awards,” the work of these people would have gone unnoticed.
Patrick Paolantonio and Marianne Lyles of WISN 12 emceed the event while Jamila Hunter, Vice President of Comedy Development for ABC, delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Hunter emphasized the importance of pursuing your dreams and enjoying your career.
During the program, thirty-four community activists were honored for their work and ten local high-school seniors were presented with $1,000 college scholarships. Monte Mabra, Director of Voice of the Fatherless Child Center, was among the honorees and Hupy and Abraham has continuously supported his work.
After the event, we received the following note:
Dear Hupy and Abraham:
Now that the "29th Annual Black Excellence Awards" activities have concluded, we at The Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you did to contribute to the success of our program.
This year marked some new aspects and milestones in the history of the "Black Excellence Awards." The celebration continues to branch out beyond the actual awards dinner and extend to include activities that reach into the greater community. This year marked the 26th year that we have been able to assist Milwaukee area college-bound youth in furthering their education with funds from the Louvenia Johnson Journalism Scholarship Fund. In addition, we now feature highlights from this year's awards celebration on our website, www.milwaukeetimesnews.com.
These advancements helped us continue to build on the intentions and traditions that our founders envisioned from the inception of the "Black Excellence Awards" program. We are truly thankful to them for their vision, and we also thank you as a Partner in Excellence. It is your generosity, community-mindedness, and participation in this unique community event that helps keep Milwaukee a place where good outcomes are still possible for all people.
Again, on behalf of the community, we appreciate your partnership and support of the "Milwaukee Times Black Excellence Awards" program.
Lynda J. Jackson-Conyers
Publisher and President
Jacquelyn D. Heath
Black Excellence Project Manager
We were honored to participate in this event.