MILWAUKEE (JUNE 26, 2014) – Cream City Foundation announced at its donor recognition dinner last week that local philanthropist Will Radler, is donating $65K in honor of fellow philanthropist Joe Pabst. As the honoree, Pabst has chosen the LGBT Collection in Archives and Special Collections at the UWM Libraries to receive the gift, and Cream City Foundation will facilitate the transaction.
“It was natural for me to partner with the Cream City Foundation,” said Radler. “They stepped up to the plate, and I couldn’t be happier to be doing this on behalf of someone I admire, like Joe Pabst.”
Radler chose to honor Pabst because, “Joe taught me that there are wiser ways to give. You can make your money grow. When somebody can influence you that way, how do you put a value on that? I’m appreciative of Joe, his donations to the gay community and for the sometimes ‘off the wall’ organizations and ideas he supports.”
“We are deeply grateful for Will’s support of Milwaukee’s LGBT community and are privileged to help facilitate his generous donation that honors Joe Pabst and will support the UWM Libraries,” said Paul Milakovich, Board Chairman of Cream City Foundation.
In reference to Milwaukee’s LGBT philanthropic community, Radler commented that, “We have a good group of philanthropists but we need others to give including company support. We can’t do it alone. Even the smallest gift is greatly appreciated. A team can get it done so much better and faster and even happier.”
Radler is the creator of the Knock Out® rose series and entertains various LGBT events at his two-acre garden, The Rosarium. On Saturday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., he is hosting the annual “My Best Friend is Straight” to benefit Cream City Foundation. To purchase tickets online, visit MyBestFriend.eventbrite.com or call 414-225-0244.
About Cream City Foundation
Cream City Foundation serves as the leader in mobilizing philanthropic resources, fostering strategic collaboration, effecting positive change and the advancement of the quality, dignity, and health of LGBT people in Southeastern Wisconsin. Cream City Foundation was founded in 1982. Initially begun with $500 in seed money, Cream City Foundation has grown to provide over $700,000 in grant dollars to many organizations and projects that are working to improve the quality of life for LGBT people.