The Greater Milwaukee Foundation celebrated 100 years of service in 2015 by providing the public with unique experiences each month that showcased the people, places and opportunities that make our community special. A total of 275,000 people enjoyed these centennial Gifts to the Community. Check out the highlights from each month below.
My kids and I enjoyed our winter trip! The ice sculpting and Christmas tree display was one our favorite specials alongside all the animals we usually don't see. Thank u providing us and many others who may not get to see the Zoo during the colder months! We definitely appreciate it and look forward to visiting again soon!
Liz T. and family
THANK YOU A BUNCH! FIRST FOR THE GIFT OF THE NEW SNOW LEOPARD AT THE ZOO AND FOR SPONSORING THE SIX FREE DAYS (INCLUDING PARKING!) IN DEC! I am a big fan of the zoo and visit very often. I am spreading the word to my friends who aren't members so they can take advantage of your kind offer! THANKS! – Kate K.
Thanks for this free week! Went most days and enjoyed! – Susan H.
With 3 kids, a visit to the zoo is always a 10 for us. Thanks! – Andrea M.
Definitely a 10! It’s a 45-minute drive for us to get to the zoo so such an event like this is a nice treat. – Crystal L.
Great time today at the zoo. Thanks for the free day. It brought back lots of memories from when my babies were babies!! – Kim. H.
Thank you so much for having this over Christmas break!!! My kids had a blast and I didn't go broke! And a big thanks to your outstanding staff! They were super friendly and helpful!! – Tracy L.
I took my family last Sunday. Not my first time. It's been about a year. But some of the kids I took it was there first time! All the animals were up and moving they really enjoyed it! So did I! Thanks! – Quay E.
Our first time in MANY years... our new little guy loved it!!!! Thank you soooo much!!! – Kristi K.
First visit and we had a GREAT TIME!!! Kids all loved the whole zoo, all the animals, and all the displays. Very nice and well kept up place. Thanks for the free admission....made it possible for our family of 6 to have a great day out. – Judy H.
“Thank You Greater Milwaukee Foundation for making it easier for families to be with many people with different cultures all in one place! United we stand!” – Irene G.
“My best food memories started here.” – Brenda S.
Thank you Milwaukee for providing our family with 32 years of memories. Already looking forward to next year.- Ana W.
Thanks for the good food!! Victor
Thank you for what you do! – German American Police Association
Thank you from the republic of Georgia for this great opportunity to learn all the cultures.
Grazie mille! - Marilyn
A total of 28,000 people made Oct. 3 and 4 a “Weekend on the Water,” taking advantage of the free admission at Discovery World. Among the most popular elements of the weekend for visitors was having the chance to learn about the science of the human body through the “Grossology” exhibit, getting up close with the fishes at the Reiman Aquarium and channeling individual creativity through a number of different DIY projects.
Hats off to our partners, the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, for making our September Gift to the Community such a tremendous hit! Hundreds of individuals and families took advantage of the free behind-the-scenes tours and 4,620 free bags of popcorn were handed out as an extra sweet treat for visitors.
Thank you @grmkefdn and @millerpark for giving the community the opportunity to see and learn the inner workings of a #MKE landmark on a beautiful Sunday afternoon - Milwaukee Homeless Vets
I must write to tell you thank you for the wonderful day at Miller Park today. My granddaughter and I spent several wonderful hours there. Your staff and volunteers were helpful and friendly. What a great organization you have. Thank you so much and I speak for many many people!! - Lu K
Beautiful day to be at the ballpark. We really enjoyed the entire event, especially the Selig Experience. I hope this will become an annual event. Thanks for organizing the tour. – Jan R.
Our favorite part was being able to walk out on the field and in the dugout!! My kids had so much fun. Thank you :) – Carrie K.
Our favorite part was watching my girls get super excited in the press box. They got to see where my husband sat when he was a stringer for the AP. They thought that was the absolute coolest. – Jennifer M.
Check out more behind-the-scene shots from that weekend from one Milwaukee photographer and blogger.
For our August Gift to the Community the forecast called for sunshine, temperatures in the upper 70s and 100 percent chance of fun, thanks to four area nature and ecology centers. Besides the beauty at each one of their locations, the partnering organizations also had a variety of activities to entertain both young and old, including tree climbing, a specially designed obstacle course, guided nature hikes and science activities.
More than 2,300 people took advantage of the day’s activities. Here is a recap from community members about their adventures:
Nearly 40 of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s team were on site at the Milwaukee County Zoo July 17 to celebrate the announcement of the acquisition of two new snow leopards to the zoo’s collection, as part of the Foundation’s monthly Gifts to the Community program. Foundation staff passed out more than 500 snow leopard stuffed animals to young visitors and their families to help spread the word about the animals, which should join the zoo within the next six to 12 months.
It turns out there are quite a number of snow leopard fans out there!
So exciting! Thanks @GrMKEFdn! – Zoological Society of Milwaukee
So excited and happy about this!!! – Steve M.
Love this. Thank you to the donors! – Sharon H.
Thanks Greater Milwaukee Foundation! Nice to have 2 snows added to our Milwaukee County Zoo – Kay K.
Favorite animal ever! !! Great news! – Lisa C.
Yay!! Love snow leopards!! – Alicia M.
An estimated 1,500 people enjoyed the two special outdoor Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performances in early July. Led by guest conductor Brett Mitchell, associate conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, the performances included music from Gershwin, Copland and Wagner as well as a special medley of tunes from the different branches of the armed forces.
The day of free public transit was a pleasant surprise to many Milwaukee-area residents. Below are just a few examples of their reactions from that day.
More than 7,700 turned out to the Milwaukee Art Museum on Feb. 21 and 22 to enjoy a free admission weekend, experience the beauty of the Quadracci Pavilion itself as well as of the 50 years of the famed Ebony Fashion Fair, which was the feature exhibit.