When the Fellowship Open tees off on Friday, August 19th at the Silver Spring Country Club, the prestigious golf outing will also observe a major milestone. Milwaukee’s premier philanthropic event will celebrate more than a decade of supporting the dreams and aspirations of youth in the city. As the Open turns 11, it has raised over $500,000 to support thousands of youngsters in all aspects of their development, including the arts, technology, entrepreneurship, job skills and job readiness.
To kick off a new decade, the Fellowship Open will honor two of Milwaukee’s most recognizable names. The 2011 Fellowship Open Legends Award will go to NFL Hall of Famer, businessman and national leader, Willie D. Davis. The recipient of the 2011 Community Leader Award is civic and community leader and former European League basketball player Skip Robinson of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Davis is recognized as one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play football. He anchored the defensive line of the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi for 10 seasons, playing more than 162 consecutive games including Super Bowls I and II. He is one of the most powerful businessmen in the world with radio stations in Milwaukee and board memberships with a who’s who of the Fortune 500. His Willie D. Davis Scholarship Fund supports youth education. “I am pleased to accept this remarkable honor from the Fellowship Open. My long association with Milwaukee may have begun with my football career, but to be recognized for supporting our youth is one of my proudest accomplishments.”
Robinson is recognized as the Milwaukee Buck’s community ambassador, spreading a message of self esteem and setting an example for today’s young players. A former foster child, Robinson received the 2011 Irving J. Seher Alumni Award from the Milwaukee Boys & Girls Clubs. “The Fellowship Open touches the lives of young people in Milwaukee and I have great respect for what they do. I know the difference that youth-focused programs, mentors and concerned individuals can make in a young person’s life because they have made a difference in mine. And for that, I’m proud to receive this honor.”
“There are certainly no two individuals who have had more influence in so many fields as Willie Davis and Skip Robinson,” said Fellowship Open Chairman John W. Daniels Jr., “Wisconsin is tremendously fortunate to have individuals like them who have a love for the community and are willing to share both their time and resources to help others.”
Just as during the past decade, proceeds from the Open will provide funding to local Milwaukee organizations with proven track records of changing young lives. 2011 awardees are the African World Festival; Charles “Chuck” Rhodes Fellowship Open/YMCA Youth Scholarship; Milwaukee Summer Reading Project; MPS/UW Milwaukee Rob Jeter’s Basketball Camps; NAACP ACT-SO Program; PGA Minority Collegiate Scholarship; V.E. Carter Development Group, Inc., and the Willie D. Davis Scholarship Fund. New to this year’s grantee group is Usher’s New Look Foundation ushersnewlook.org. Established in 1999 by R&B superstar Usher Raymond, the Foundation certifies young people in four leadership pillars – talent, education, career and service.
To learn more about the Fellowship Open, please visit www.fellowshipopen.com