Cream City Foundation Business Equality Luncheon Nov. 12, 2014

Cream City Foundation’s Business Equality Luncheon is held to showcase southeastern 6a00d8341c90b153ef01901e25fd89970bWisconsin as fair and inclusive of all minority groups in the business world, with particular focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  This is our sixth annual luncheon and it grows in size every year–be sure to reserve your table or seat for this well-attended event.

Neil Giuliano, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, will be our keynote speaker for this year’s Cream City Foundation Business Equality Luncheon.  Neil G. Giuliano served as mayor of Tempe, Arizona for four terms, from 1994-2004.  Giuliano served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from 2005-09, and has served as CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation since being appointed in December 2010.

We’re proud to recognize our sponsors: BMO Harris Bank, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, Southwest Airlines, Quest, and the Wisconsin Gazette.

The event will be held Wednesday November 12th, 2014 in the Woodland Dream Ballroom at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Order your tickets here


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The Cream City Foundation is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 29th annual LGBT Milwaukee Film Festival.

The well-known community event both entertains and brings people together in support of LGBT rights.

“The Festival owes a lot to the Cream City Foundation,” said Carl Bogner, director of the festival and an instructor in the film department at University Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  “They historically have been one of the festival’s major foundational donors and we’ve always been very fortunate to be doing work that the Foundation deems worthy of supporting.”

The Festival is textured by their wide array of films, including comedy, drama, and even some black-and-white productions.  With nearly two dozen screenings—documentaries to short films, narrative features and experimental media—the Festival has it all, and intends to cater these diverse options to their equally diverse audience.

“It’s an edifying community event that entertains and educates, providing true value to residents of Milwaukee,” said Terri Coughlin, interim executive director of the Cream City Foundation.  “We’re proud to continue to support the festival.:

This year’s Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival will take place from October 16th- 26th

Their kick-off event will be held at the Oriental Theater with a viewing of Blackbird, and the UWM Union Theater will host the event throughout the remainder of the festival, which will wrap up with the film 52 Tuesdays.

For more information and to order tickets, check out the LGBT Film Festival website.


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The Cream City Foundation is sponsoring this season’s Florentine Opera Camerata, an LGBT-friendly affinity group. The Cameratas, or Sunday socials, are free and open to the public.

“Cameratas provide a rare opportunity to learn about the life of opera in a close, informal, personal setting,” said Jillian Bruss, Florentine Opera Development Manager Milwaukee. “The Cameratas do more than support the upcoming show.  They provide an opportunity for people to learn about the life of opera in an open, welcoming environment. We’re so thrilled to have the Cream City Foundation’s help with this.”

Two weeks before every performance, the Florentine Opera hosts a Camerata, in which a group of young professional singers called the Studio Artists perform a selection from the upcoming opera. The event includes a short presentation from General Director William Florescu, as well as a Bar Talk, in which one of the leads discusses her life as an opera singer, the allure of singing opera, how she got where she is today, and finally, a round of question and answers.

“Anybody can stop in, enjoy, and learn about the fascinating world of opera,” said Bruss. “That’s why the underwriting of Cream City is so critical—it helps us to keep these events available to the Camerata group and friends, as well as the public.”

The Cream City Foundation supports several arts-related events year round through sponsorships and grants.

Check out the season’s first Camerata at Milwaukee’s Black Sheep bar, 7:00-8:15, October 12th for a sneak peak of The Flying Dutchman, which will premiere October 24th and 26th.  Attendees will be able to enter for a chance to win free tickets to upcoming performances. Stay tuned for more information about the year’s upcoming Cameratas!

 Camerata for The Flying Dutchman:

Location: Black Sheep bar – 216 S 2nd St., Milwaukee, WI

Date: October 12th, 2014

Time: 7:00-8:15 pm


Cream City Foundation Sponsors Milwaukee Rep World Premiere:
after all the terrible things I do

The Cream City Foundation is pleased to sponsor the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s world premiere of after all the terrible things I do.  An examination of bullying, sexual identity, parenting, and forgiveness, this American drama will run from Oct. 1 – Nov. 9.

afterallAfter all the terrible things I do provides a personal look at shared pasts and second chances,” said Lisa Fulton, director of Marketing & Communications at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

The play, which follows the character Daniel’s return to his Midwestern home town after college, aims to shed light on LGBT issues present today.

“We’re happy to sponsor this event,” said Terri Coughlin, interim Executive Director.  “The play confronts and grapples with themes that will do a great service to the community by raising awareness for LGBT rights.

The team for after all the terrible things I do includes writer A. Rey Pamatmat, Director Rep Associate Artist May Adrales, Executive Producer Andy Nunemaker, and Associate Producer Greater Milwaukee Foundation William J. Radler Fund.

The Stiemke Studio Season is sponsored by Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith.

After all the terrible things I do will run from Oct. 1 – Nov. 9 at the Stiemke Studio.

Save 20% off adult tickets by using the promo code “Books” by October 1st.  Get your tickets today by checking out the Milwaukee Rep website here.


Cream City Foundation Names Interim Executive Director2014 Headshot-Color-1

The Cream City Foundation has named Terri Coughlin as its Interim Executive Director. Coughlin will transition from her roles as Vice Chair and Grant Committee Chair on the Board of Directors into the staff leadership role effective Sept. 22.

“We couldn’t be happier about Terri taking on this interim role as we continue our search for a new Executive Director,” said Board Chair Paul Milakovich. “Terri’s operational and leadership experience, not to mention her commitment to the LGBT community in Southeast Wisconsin, make her a natural fit for this critical time in the Foundation’s growth.”

Coughlin is principal owner of Coughlin Consulting, LLC, a firm designed to help businesses clear pathways in their operational areas through process efficiencies, project management and meeting facilitation.

She recently retired from Harley-Davidson Motor Company after 21 years in various functional areas, including Information Technology, Sales Operations, and Marketing. Coughlin previously worked at United Healthcare and Johnson Controls.

A native Wisconsinite, Coughlin holds a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Public Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an MBA from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Coughlin has served on the Cream City Foundation Board for more than five years, is President of the Washington Heights Rainbow Association, has held board positions over the years with Pridefest and Lesbian Alliance of Metro Milwaukee and taught English as a Second Language for a local literacy organization.


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The Cream City Foundation wants YOU to get involved!

If you’d like to have a positive impact on the LGBT community in Southeastern Wisconsin, and want to have a say in the programming your own contributions support, The Giving Society is for you.

Perfect for first-time donors, The Giving Society is a community of like-minded individuals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community leaders who make a monthly contribution to the Cream City Foundation. Once a year, you’ll have the opportunity to help select which nonprofits the society will support.

For example, The Giving Society’s donation last year helped close out the outstanding mortgage for the Southeastern WI LGBT Center in Kenosha.

A little goes a long way.  To make sure your voice is heard, consider joining The Giving Society! At whatever level you choose to give – as low as $10 or $25 a month – know that your contribution will add up to a much appreciated annual gift.

Joining The Giving Society easy.  Simply send us an email or call us at (414) 225-0244. We’d love to hear from you!