Recently, over 200 people joined Lad Lake at the Milwaukee County Zoo Peck Center, for the annual Bright Lights Big Dreams Gala Event, celebrating 24 young people who have truly beaten the odds. Hunzinger Construction Company was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the event that was attended by Hunzinger Executive Vice President and Lad Lake Board President Jim Hunzinger and his wife Joyce along with other Hunzinger employees.
This gala celebration featuring the kids is so important because for lots of us, there are the warm memories of growing up. Unfortunately, for many of the kids in Lad Lake’s programs they don’t have these special moments where they get to be special. The focal point of the gala is giving them the chance to be the star and give them memories that will continue to spark and build hope into their future. With your support, we hold up our best and brightest and let the light shine on their hard work and perseverance.
Highlights of the evening that was hosted by WISN’s Toya Washigton as Master of Ceremonies included incredible musical talent and amazing personal stories of courage, triumph and inspiration. Eight young adults had their stories highlighted and received top scholarship awards.
If you were unable to attend, or you would like to do more to help young people attain their dreams of higher education visit the Lad Lake website (link to site) or call the development office at 414-466-6450 extension 4111.
For more than 100 years, Lad Lake has provided highly individualized care for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable at-risk youth and families in Southeastern Wisconsin. Focusing on core areas of Education, Independent Living, Mentoring, and Residential Services, all programs share the goal of life skills development and successful independence in our communities. Serving more than 1,200 youth and families a year, Lad Lake continues its commitment to changing lives and guiding youth. Lad Lake has four locations in Metro-Milwaukee area which include alternative schools, group homes, independent living services, spiritual care, and mentoring. Programming helps children overcome trauma, abuse and mental health problems, improve their educational attainment, develop positive social and vocational skills and learn to become productive, self-sufficient adults.