Thanksgiving Basket Charity eventInstead of sending cards to clients, Hupy and Abraham has a tradition of using that money to feed the needy. This Thanksgiving, the firm spent more than $10,000 to feed hundreds of Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa families who might otherwise go hungry.

In Milwaukee, Attorney Chad Kreblin recently presented a check to fund a Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway. Attorney Kreblin also assisted with the assembly and distribution of the food baskets.

The firm has sponsored this food drive for twenty years, since its inception in 1996. Tiaysha Johnson, the current organizer, explained how Attorney Michael Hupy helped her grandmother start this tradition:

“This all stemmed from my grandmother. Attorney Hupy was sponsoring a radio program that she was running and when she passed, my mother decided to take over. My mother was in the social work field and wanted to give back to the community, so she pitched the idea of giving holiday baskets through the radio program. We started in 1996. My mother passed away in 2009, and I called Hupy and Abraham to ask if I could continue. They told me that as long as I wanted to keep doing it, we would continue to in my mother’s name. This wouldn’t be possible with the backing of Hupy and Abraham.”

In Madison, Attorney Brandon Derry presented a $1,000 check to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, and they also gave him a private tour of their facilities. They serve 16 counties and give away almost 1 million pounds of food each month.

In Appleton, Attorney Robert Domol presented a $1,000 check to Christ The Rock Church and had the pleasure of meeting some of their dedicated volunteers who serve over 4,000 people. 

In Wausau, Hupy and Abraham continued its tradition of donating $1,000 to St. Paul Lutheran Church. We also assisted with their basket assembly and distribution to needy members of the local community. 

In Gurnee, Attorneys Vito Manicioto and James Carlson delivered a donation to COOL Ministries, which provides comprehensive assistance to families in need.

Attorneys James Theisen and David Metnick presented a check to the Rock River Valley Pantry in Rockford. This organization fights hunger by providing 3-4 days of groceries for entire households.

We also presented a check to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines. This organization operates and maintains a 53,000 square foot distribution center that serves 42 counties in Iowa.

At Hupy and Abraham, we strive to enrich the communities we serve as we reflect on what we're thankful for. In the past three years, we've donated more than $500,000 to more than 250 worthwhile causes.

Jill Erin Wellskopf
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