January 19, 2015, marked the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast by the YMCA of Milwaukee. Hundreds gathered for the largest celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the state of Wisconsin. Hupy and Abraham sponsored the event, which focused on thanking those in the community that are dedicated to serving others, particularly in the health care field. Hupy and Abraham Shareholder Todd Korb attended with other firm employees.

Bevan Baker, the Commissioner of Health for the City of Milwaukee, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the breakfast. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett both spoke on the importance of keeping Dr. King’s legacy intact.

Hupy and Abraham Shareholder Todd Korb at the 18th Annual MLK Celebration Breakfast
Hupy and Abraham Shareholder Todd Korb at the 18th Annual MLK Celebration Breakfast.

The program included awarding the winners of a Spoken Word contest. Three students from different age brackets presented their winning pieces, and were then given a plaque congratulating their accomplishment. Additionally, the Healthy Citizenship Award was given to the Milwaukee Childhood Prevention Project, and the Diversity & Inclusion Award was given to the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center. Both organizations offer health resources to those that need it most in the Milwaukee community, and strive to decrease health care disparities in the city.

To close, Julie Tolan, the President and CEO of the Milwaukee Metro YMCA, shared information about the future of the YMCA in Milwaukee. She reiterated the message that the ZIP code one grows up in should not define the level of treatment they receive, and how important it is for everyone to have access to proper health care -- especially the most vulnerable in our society.

Hupy and Abraham has sponsored many events in the community over the years. Last fall, the firm was a sponsor of the NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. The firm has loyally supported the NAACP for decades, and continues to uphold commitments the firm’s founder, Lloyd Barbee made. Barbee was a well-known attorney, civil rights activist, NAACP member and started the Milwaukee Public School Integration lawsuit. Over the last 3 years, Hupy and Abraham has donated over $500,000 to over 100 worthwhile organizations.

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