At Hupy & Abraham we are committed not just to the injured but to the community as well. We strive to make a difference in Milwaukee, the states of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, and nationwide. The following list represents just some of the local and national organizations that we support:
· Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
· Milwaukee Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
· Milwaukee County Council of Boy Scouts
· Milwaukee Urban League annual Black and White Ball
· Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southeastern Wisconsin's MDA Black-N-Blue Ball
· Reading Rainbow
· Second Harvest of Wisconsin
Below is some more information about some of the charitable work we did in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
We Support Wounded Warriors
On August 15, 2009, Attorney Michael F. Hupy and his 18-year old son, Rex, shot in the Stars and Stripes Foundation Sporting Clays Shoot to raise money for Wounded Warriors. Actor, rider, and friend of Attorney Hupy, Michael Gregory headed the event. Other friends of Hupy, including Leslie Easterbrook, Frank Stallone, Stacie Randall, Patrick Kilpatrick, and Mickey Jones, all took part in the event.
The event took place at the Oak Tree Gun Club near Los Angeles. $15,000 was raised for the cause when Attorney Hupy Donated $5000, and matched the first five people who donated $1000 each, bringing the total to $15,000, plus additional revenue from entry fees.
On August 21, 2010 the 5th Annual Stars and Stripes Foundation Shoot for the Troops was held at the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, California. Michael Gregory, movie star and rider writes:
Wounded soldiers out of the Warrior Transition Program at Fort Irwin, California and their family members mingled with guest celebrities, supporters and other members of the armed services, including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and the U.S. Army Special Forces, to make this the best event of the last five years.
Celebrities this year included Joe Mantegna, Adam Baldwin, Steve Kanaly, Joe Penny, Marty Kove, Patrick Kilpatrick, Frank Stallone, Stacie Randall, Peter Sherayko, Kenn Scott, Michael Gregory, Lilly Sieu, Lou Pizarro, Gary Graham, Vinnie Guasteferro and Cork Graham.
Donor support is an integral part of the Stars and Stripes Foundation event, and for 2010, some new donors were added to the long list of corporate and business supporters. Mike Hupy, of Hupy & Abraham could not join the event this year; however, as in previous years, he gave another generous donation to the Foundation. This year, Mike sent a personal check for a whopping $5,000 to help their mission.
The Stars and Stripes Foundation will use the money that was raised this year to assist wounded veterans from all services. Plans are in the works to bring approximately 100 wounded service members and their families to Las Vegas to participate in the City of Las Vegas Veterans Week, which includes the American Heroes Challenge, sponsored by American Shooters Gun Range and to march in the Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2010.
Also, in 2010, Hupy and Abraham was recognized for its contribution to the Veterans Employment Alliance (VEA Center) in West Allis, Wisconsin. The VEA Center is a one stop shop leading to careers form veterans.
The donation made by Hupy and Abraham helps make sure that Veterans returning from war will not struggle with unemployment upon return. 16% of veterans are struggling with unemployment, which is 6.5% higher than the national average. 23% of the homeless population is veterans. The Veterans Employment Alliance provides counseling and workforce readiness training for our returning warriors to help avoid this crisis.
We Help the Milwaukee Police Save Lives
On December 22, 2009, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and Attorney Michael F. Hupy held a news conference at the 3rd District Police Station in Milwaukee. On behalf of Hupy & Abraham, Attorney Hupy donated three defibrillators to be assigned to City of Milwaukee police cars. The Hupy family donated an additional two defibrillators to be used in patrol cars.
The City of Milwaukee needs a total donation of 250 defibrillators from businesses and individuals in the community who are willing to help save lives by allowing the Milwaukee Police Department to have this technology in case of an emergency. The units cost about $1500.00 each.
In 2010, the supplier of the units agreed to match the five unit donation made by Hupy & Abraham and the Hupy Family in December 2009. An anonymous donor agreed to donate two units, and Hupy & Abraham has donated an additional unit. These lifesaving devices were placed in Milwaukee Police Department squads.
We Support the Humane Society
The employees of Hupy & Abraham made a $2100 donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society during the 2009 holiday season. The donation was a holiday gift to the partners of the firm on behalf of the staff. For the past 130 years, the Wisconsin Humane Society has cared for the community's abandoned, unwanted and abused animals. With the help of donations like ours, the Society provides animal rehabilitation, adoption, wildlife rescue, veterinary services for low-income households, education, animal-assisted therapy, community outreach and more.
We Support the Willie D. Davis Scholarship Fund
The Willie D. Davis Scholarship Fund held its 19th Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday April 23, 2010 at the Milwaukee Hyatt Regency. The Scholarship Fund dates back to 1992 when Willie D. Davis, President/CEO of the Milwaukee Radio Alliance Group formed the fund. In 1992, 15 scholarships were given, and each year the event has grown. This year, scholarships were presented to 25 recipients. Over the past 19 years, more than $1,000,000 has been awarded to 450 aspiring college students.
Hupy & Abraham was one of the original sponsors of the scholarship fund and has continued to make many educational donations throughout the years, including the NAACP Scholarship Fund, where the firm has donated well over $100,000 in scholarships to local youth.
We Help Victims of Domestic Violence
On March 25, 2010, Hupy & Abraham was a Luxury Sponsor of the annual "Awear Fashion Show" held at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Hupy & Abraham has been a sponsor of this important event for several years. The event raises money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a 42-bed shelter that has provided safety and support services to thousands of women and children. The Center also runs a 24-hour support line, domestic abuse victim advocates in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, courthouse advocacy, among other programs. Attending the event on behalf of the firm were Attorneys Chad Kreblin, Tim Schelwat, Todd Korb and Evan Claditis.
On March 24, 2011, Hupy & Abraham was again a luxury sponsor of the Sojourner Family Peace Center "Awear" Fashion Show. The 2011 event was held at the Harley-Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee, and was attended by several hundred people. Hupy & Abraham attorneys joined local television personalities and community leaders in raising money for Sojourner Family Peace Center.
We Support the Arts
On May 13, 2010, Hupy and Abraham sponsored the Gala Dinner for the world premiere production of Michael Pink's Peter Pan. The dinner preceded the performance by the Milwaukee Ballet at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The performance was well received by a capacity crowd.
Attorney Hupy's children have performed with the Milwaukee Ballet, and law firm spokesman and actor William Shatner has worked on productions at the Milwaukee Ballet. Attorney Hupy commented, "Our law firm is happy to continue our long support of the Milwaukee Ballet and its wonderful productions."
In 2011, Hupy and Abraham was a sponsor of the TBEY Summer Dance Concert "A Journey Through Dance." The donation helped provide professional arts training to over 350 children and young adults with the help of over 20 community artists.
Each year, TBEY continues to advance its mission to operate and maintain an art-centric youth program that strengthens youth and young adults through exposure to the arts while providing opportunities for creative expression. Youth and young adults ages 6-19 receive professional arts instruction, enjoy performances and exhibits, and receive tutoring, mentoring, and coaching to help them achieve academically while pursuing their interest in the arts.
We Help Feed Those in Need
On June 2, 2010, Hupy & Abraham was a gold level sponsor of the annual Feeding America Grateful Plate dinner and auction, held at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The event raised funds to provide meals for those in need in Southeast Wisconsin. (Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin was formerly Second Harvest of Wisconsin). Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin touches the lives of over 330,000 people each year utilizing money raised during events such as Grateful Plate.
Hupy & Abraham was also a proud sponsor of the 2010 Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Hike for Hunger held at the Milwaukee Lakefront on September 25, 2010. The event raised over $30,000 towards food for Wisconsin's hungry families. The event featured a 5k run and 2 mile walk. Several Hupy & Abraham employees participated in the walk.
Pictured: Attorney Chad Kreblin, Allen Heintz, Mary Pat O'Hara, Elexus Watson, Hazel Stewart, Tiayasha Bradshaw, Jerry Badger, Linda Brazil and Tanya Gittens at the 2010 Hupy & Abraham Holiday Food Donation.
During the holiday season, Hupy Law Firm's charitable contributions touched the lives of thousands of needy families throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. The law firm donated $7500 to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to families in the Milwaukee area. One hundred families received Thanksgiving food baskets filled with all the ingredients to prepare a tasty holiday meal. Another 100 families received similar baskets for Christmas. The 14th annual holiday food giveaways were held at the Pick N' Save store at 2255 N. 35th Street.
Tiaysha Bradshaw, organizer of the giveaway, continued a family tradition that began 14 years ago with her late grandmother. After her grandmother passed away, Tiaysha's mom, Patsy Bradshaw continued the program until her death two years ago. Tiaysha is now the third generation to carry on the program.
Local churches, schools, organizations and social workers are contacted to identify families that need assistance. Every year, Tiaysha's family and friends gather to assist with the giveaway. Hupy & Abraham Shareholder Chad Kreblin was also on hand for the event. "We are happy to be able to give back to the community we serve and are very appreciative of all the hard work and dedication of the Bradshaw family," said Attorney Kreblin.
In addition to the Milwaukee program, the law firm donated another $7500 to Feeding America to purchase holiday meals for thousands of other needy families in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. They also made a donation to Career Youth Development to support the 26th Annual "Lil Jeanetta Robinson Toys for the Children that Santa Forgot But God Remembered," event and they donated money to the Milwaukee County Sheriffs Department's toy giveaway for underprivileged children.
We Support Those Who are in Need in Our Community
Hupy & Abraham was proud to donate $1500 to Family House, Inc. in 2010. Family House offers services to residents of the Milwaukee area which provide practical assistance, and empowering activities that bring lasting, positive results to the community. The Organization helps families and individuals alike meet essential daily needs through educational programs and other support services.
In 2011, Hupy and Abraham sponsored the COA Youth and Family Centers' 2011 Parents of the Year Luncheon. The COA's Parents of the Year event is a celebration of the COA's mission: Reaching out to children, teens, and families and giving them the support and tools they need to reach their greatest potential. The COA provides a full range of services to more than 25,000 children and families at 42 locations throughout the community.
The event helped COA raise over $115,000 for early childhood education, family services, youth development, camp, and adult education programs. COA thanked Hupy and Abraham for their continued support.
Later in 2011, Hupy and Abraham participated in the Neighborhood House Annual Celebration Dinner & Auction. Under the theme, “You Make Us Strong” the fundraising event sought to support the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, a successful organization serving at-risk children, families and refugees.
Neighborhood House Director of Development Deborah Hufford thanked Hupy & Abraham for their continued support over the years. “Thanks for being champions for our children,” she said in a letter addressed to attorney Todd Korb. "Neighborhood House is grateful to Hupy and Abraham for its generous support that has helped build a stronger community by helping children, families and refugees in Milwaukee make better lives for themselves. During this difficult economic time, it is the commitment of firms like Hupy and Abraham who believe in our mission and have provided continued support, which allows us to serve more than 8,000 people annually, many who depend on us every day. We are deeply grateful for your trust in Neighborhood House."
Neighborhood House in Milwaukee is active in the poorest areas of Milwaukee where the needs of children and families are great. Special programs focus on early childhood, youth and teens, families and adults. Others focus on teaching English as a second language to immigrant refugees, still others focus on outdoor activities, environmental education, health improvement, nutrition and physical activities.
Personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham also donated to the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley's 6th Annual Benefit Gala. The 2011 event raised a record-breaking $85,000 to benefit the programs of the ESFV. For 30 years, the ESFV has been committed to providing safe, temporary shelter to homeless individuals and families in the Fox Valley. Additionally, through Case Management Services, Prevention, and Outreach programs, the ESFV provides guidance to those already experiencing homelessness and those at-risk of homelessness.
Local artist Monte Mabra of Voice of the Fatherless Child (VOTFC) is the writer, producer and director of the stage play “I Want a Father for Christmas.” Hupy & Abrahamis a major sponsor. “I Want a Father for Christmas” ran December 3rd at Christian Faith Ministries on 8605 W. Good Hope Road, Over 1,000 supporters were in attendance.
In conjunction with the play, VOTFC held their 3rd annual "Single Parent Christmas Drive.” Hupy and Abraham also made a donation toward making Christmas bright for needy families. With the donation, VOTFC goes into the families’ homes and decorates, puts up live Christmas trees, supplies children with gifts and then decorates the outside of the homes to complete the full Christmas experience.
In a special thank you from VOTFC to Hupy and Abraham:
“Voice of the Fatherless Child Inc. would like to thank you for your volunteer help, sponsorship, and donations. VOTFC understands that without your help none of the things we do for and in the communities is possible. Mike and Jill, thanks for all you guys do in the community. I could, would, and should recognize you for what you've done for VOTFC, but someone has to give acknowledgement for the number of things you guys do at Hupy and Abraham.”
We Sponsor Youth Baseball
Hupy & Abraham was a proud sponsor of the 2010 Wisconsin All Stars Baseball Team, which won the Triple Crown Best of the Best Tournament in Newburgh, New York. The team reported that the Tournament was a great learning experience that they will never forget. We are extremely proud of the great job the boys on the team did bringing home the championship. Congratulations!
We Are riders
Hupy & Abraham was a proud sponsor of the 2010 Fox Valley Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. The event is Wisconsin's premier outdoor motorcycle show. The proceeds from the 2010 event allowed a donation of $10,500 to be given to the cardiac division of Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin- Fox Valley.
We Help People Who Need Legal Assistance
The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee held its 94th Anniversary Celebration at the Italian Community Center on September 2, 2010. Hupy & Abraham was one of the sponsors of the event. Firm attorneys Chad Kreblin, Tim Schelwat, Jim Shilobrit, Evan Claditis and Todd Korb attended the event.
The Legal Aid Society helps disadvantaged people who need legal representation obtain free legal services. At the event, the Legal Aid Society presented a Thomas G. Cannon Equal Justice Medal to Dr. Earnestine Willis of the Medical College of Wisconsin for her work for healthcare of underserved children. Ellen Bravo founder of the Milwaukee Chapter of 9 to 5, also received a Medal for her work in advocating for humane working conditions. Finally, Peter Isley received a Medal for his work in advocating on behalf of those abused by clergymen.
Hupy & Abraham is proud of its support of the Legal Aid Society in the past and is committed to supporting the organization into the future.
We Raise Money for Medical Research
In 2011, Hupy and Abraham teamed up with Green Bay Packers’ Quarterback Aaron Rodgers to raise money for the MACC Fund. The MACC Fund – the Midwest Atheletes Against Childhood Cancer – helps fund research for childhood cancers and blood disorders. Attorneys Jason Abraham and Chad Kreblin participated in the Milwaukee 540 ESPN Golf Outing at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls.
Later in 2011, Hupy and Abraham was recognized for its donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) in memory of Terence Evans. Hupy and Abraham is committed to supporting the mission of the PFF which includes providing resources to pulmonary fibrosis patients and their families, creating programs, funding research and advocating for the needs of PFF constituents in Washington, D.C.
Also in 2011, Hupy and Abraham was recognized for its contributions to Shriners Hospital for Children- Chicago. The gift was given to help provide complicated orthopaedic and plastic surgery as well as rehabilitation for the nearly 10,000 children actively receiving care at the Chicago Shriners Hospital. Services are provided at the Chicago Shriners Hospital without financial obligation to patients or their families.
Hupy and Abraham thanks the Board of Governors, the hospital staff, and especially the children for the recognition of support.
We Support Law Enforcement
In 2011, Hupy and Abraham received a letter of thanks from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Historical Memorial Committee. Hupy and Abraham made a donation to the Milwaukee County Sheriff Memorial Garden located at 9225 S. 68th Street. The Memorial Garden is a quiet place where the families of the Department's fallen officers, as well as fellow officers, can go to remember and to reflect on the losses that were made.
The garden and statue honors the officers that made the ultimate sacrifice for their community. It honors the courage, dedication and devotion of all the department's sworn officers who have served in the past, are serving in the present, or will serve in the future. In particular, the memorial recognizes those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the line of duty.
Hupy and Abraham is proud to honor and support those who have served.
We Contribute to Women’s Causes
In August 2011, Hupy and Abraham sponsored the 2011 Total Woman's Conference. The firm sponsored the 2011 "Embracing Your Breakthrough" Conference held at Grace Fellowship Church of Milwaukee. Because of Hupy and Abraham's support, over 100 women were blessed with information at the conference with workshop speakers focusing on forgiveness, nutrition and fitness, budgeting and finance, dressing for success, and spiritual, physical and emotional health. Women were encouraged and empowered to take control of their future and their lives.
We Support Future Lawyers
Michael Hupy, Marquette 1972, made a significant financial pledge to the Marquette University Lawsuit Building Fund for work on Eckstein Hall. Michael F. Hupy was publically thanked for this contribution in the October 2011 edition of Wisconsin Lawyer, the official publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
We Support YMCA Programs
In 2011, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Northside Y, thanked Hupy and Abraham S.C. for its gift of $1,500.00 to benefit the YMCA Black Achiever's Program.
In 2010, 28 sponsored adult volunteers, with the support of 50 additional alumni volunteers, allowed the YMCA to serve over 250 youth through Black Achievers. The program helps participants raise their academic standards, explore diverse colleges and career options, develop a positive sense of self, and interact with professionals of color who serve as role models to inspire them to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.
Hupy and Abraham supports the YMCA as a good steward of donation and its commitment to preparing youth advance in their education and subsequent careers.
We Support the Leaders of Tomorrow
Hupy and Abraham was the signature sponsor of the Milwaukee Center for Leadership Development (MCLD) Minority Achievers Awards Dinner in 2011. The event was held on Wednesday December 14th, at the JA Kohl’s Education Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The MCLD was established to provide solutions and hope to the youth of Greater Milwaukee and surrounding counties so that they will have greater opportunities for success. The mission is to encourage African American and minority youth to excel to the highest levels of achievement and become productive citizens by providing training, information and experience that promote academic, personal, and professional development.
Hupy and Abraham was pleased to partner with MCLD in honoring minority achievers who are accomplishing great things in business and in the community. The event, a fundraiser, helped generate support needed to make a difference in the lives of youth participants.
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