Celebrities, business leaders and celebrity business leaders will convene at Silver Spring Country Club for the twelfth straight year on Friday, August 17, to enjoy a day of golf, a silent auction and a delicious dinner at the Fellowship Open.
In its first 12 years, the prestigious golf outing has raised over $700,000 to support organizations and programs that help Milwaukee kids pursue and achieve their professional dreams.
As in years past, the Fellowship Open highlights its mission by honoring highly successful leaders, who provide inspiring examples to the event’s youthful beneficiaries as well as a bit of “star power” for the enjoyment of the golfers.
This year, a 2012 LegendsAward will be presented toWayne Embry, a trailblazer in professional sports and an influential Milwaukee businessman,
and a 2012 Community Leader Award will be presented to Sande Robinson, a beloved civic leader and patron of the arts.
Embry was a member of the 1967–68 world champion Boston Celtics and was one of the original members of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise.
He was also the firstAfrican-American NBAgeneral manager, assuming leadership of the Bucks, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors from 1972–2006. He was selected NBA Executive of the Year in 1992
and 1998. Embry’s role in major transactions, including the trade acquisitions of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Oscar Robinson, still reverberates
within the sport today. Embry was enshrined into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1999.
Later, as an entrepreneur, CEO and frequent corporate board member, Embry shaped and developed opportunities for literally thousands of people.
Robinson is respected throughoutMilwaukee for her work atMarquette University, where she helped countless students begin and complete their college educations.
In particular, she established her legacy through the Marquette Educational Opportunity Program, which enables low-income and first-generation students to enter college and succeed. Numerous EOP graduates are now important civic leaders and public policy influencers, among them Congresswoman GwenMoore,Milwaukee City Council presidentWillie Hines and several Milwaukee corporate executives.
“Wisconsin is tremendously fortunate to have individuals like our honorees, who have a love for the community and are willing to share both their time and resources to help others,” said Fellowship Open founder and chairman JohnW. Daniels Jr. “The many youngsters we seek to help can look at them and know that a very bright future lies within their reach.”
Proceeds from the Fellowship Open will provide funding to local Milwaukee organizations with proven track records of changing young lives.
2012 awardees are the 34 Ways to Assist Foundation, founded by Milwaukee native and Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris; Running Rebels Community Organization, organizers of the Fresh Coast Classic Basketball Tournament; Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Shop With A Cop Program; The Johnson Park Neighborhood Association and The Three Harbors Council of the Boys Scouts.
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