Hupy and Abraham was a sponsor of “Celebrate Malaika,” the annual fundraising event for Malaika Early Learning Center. Attorneys Jim Shilobrit and Evan Claditis along with several Hupy and Abraham employees attended the gala.

Hupy and Abraham staff at Celebrate Malaika Gala
Hupy and Abraham, S.C. employees at "Celebrate Malaika" 2014. 

Close to 200 people attended the event at the Milwaukee Art Museum on November 5, to raise funds to support building an expansion to the school, so it can provide more learning opportunities for the children in the community. A number of silent auction tables were displayed at the event, with all proceeds directly going to Malaika.

Tamara Johnson, Malaika’s Executive Director opened the program and thanked the attendees for supporting the Center. She then introduced the Master of Ceremonies, Kwabena Nixon, a spoken-word artist and motivational speaker in the city of Milwaukee. Nixon introduced the children’s performance of two songs — one of which was in French. He also recognized Hupy and Abraham as a sponsor during the program.

Nixon then introduced Honorary Chair Dr. Patricia McManus, who is President and CEO of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, which fights to close the substantial gap between black/white infant mortality rates. Dr. McManus spoke how the good is often misplaced for the city of Milwaukee and that the media tends to focus on the bad aspects. She also emphasized the good of Malaika and what the Center does for the community and young children.

Established in 2003, Malaika Early Learning Center gives a nurturing and educational environment for children to help end the cycle of poverty. Annually, Malaika serves around 100 children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Malaika, which means “little angel” in Swahili, was founded on the basis that investing early in children and developing important life skills at an early age, society can benefit from lower criminal arrest rates, higher school graduation rates, lower dependence on poverty/welfare programs and many other benefits.

Hupy and Abraham strongly believes in helping the community, especially children. Marketing Director Jill Wellskopf was named to Malaika’s Board of Directors in 2014.  In 2013, the firm donated backpacks to the students at Malaika.

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