Thousands were fed on Christmas Day by 1290 WMCS and the Salvation Army during the radio station’s 23rd annual Christmas Family Feast held at the Delta Center downtown, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. Santa was on hand to greet children with a host of volunteers–that included notables from the areas of government, business, education and the faith community–helping to serve those in need and make sure a joyous and wonderful day of fellowship and community for all who attended and served. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)
Edward Horne, UPS assistant chief pilot
by Frederick H. Lowe
Edward L. Horne, Jr., an assistant chief pilot for the United Parcel Service, one of the world’s largest freight carriers, will be inducted into the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals Hall of Fame at the group’s 37th annual convention this summer in Miami.
“Anytime you are recognized for the hard work and loyalty to an organization, it’s great,” said Horne, who flies cargo jets out of UPS’s World Port facility in Louisville, Ky. “Being a pilot was a career I always wanted. I cherish it. I never felt like it was a job.”
The convention is scheduled from July 30 to August 2.
In 1979, Horne joined the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP), which was founded in 1976 by 37 of the approximately 80 African-American men and women who were commercial airline pilots.
At the time, Horne was Flight Engineer for Trans World Airlines, which was based in St. Louis, Mo. Commercial airline pilots fly planes for privately held passenger carriers, not military aircraft. Major carriers include United Continental, American, Delta, FedEx and UPS.
“I am one of OBAP’s legacy members,” Horne said.
Last summer at the organization’s convention in Las Vegas, he and several others received plaques recognizing their early commitment to OBAP.
Horne and about 15 others will be inducted into OBAP’s Hall of Fame. Horne said he wasn’t sure if the hall of fame would be virtual or if would be physically located in OBAP’s headquarters, which is in Westchester, Ill., near Chicago.
The Organization of Black Airline Pilots was founded 13 years after Capt. Marlon Green became the first African-American pilot hired by a major U.S. commercial airline. Continental Airlines, which has since merged with United Airlines and is now called United Continental Holdings Inc., hired Green following a 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
According to OBAP’s website, about 674 African Americans are commercial airline pilots, including at least 14 black women, out of 71,000 pilots working for major commercial airlines.
Since the founding of OBAP, the group has changed its name to the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals in order to open its membership to other careers in aviation. OBAP recently held a membership drive, and about 900 individuals associated with aerospace industry, including airplane mechanics and pilots, are members, said Horne, who is chair of OBAP’s marketing and communications committee.
Horne, a native of Tacoma, Wash., and a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, which is also in Tacoma, has been an assistant chief pilot at UPS since 2001. He is also a UPS 747-400 flight standards examiner.
From 1991 to 2001, he was first officer and later captain for Japan Airlines, which is based in Tokyo. Horne was the first American and African-American hired by Japan Airlines as a first officer and promoted to captain.
He also worked as an air transport pilot for the General Motors Corp., a flight engineer and pilot for Eastern Airlines, and he was a member U.S. Air Force Reserves. His primary responsibilities were aerospace rescue and recovery.
During Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991, Horne was a Civil Reserve Air Fleet 747 first officer for TWA. His job was to fly servicemen to U.S. bases in the Middle East and back to the U.S. Commercial airlines set aside planes to carry troops into war zones.
Horne also wants to help other African Americans enter the industry he loves. In 2006, he launched a scholarship with an initial donation of $10,000 and $2,000 annually for the next five years to assist qualified candidates in upgrading their flying skills. The Edward Horne Scholarship now gives out a $2,500 annually. The website is www.obap.org/scholarships/scholarship-opportunities/edward-horne-scholarship
Violence Survivor Empowerment Program
The Avon Foundation for Women for the second year in a row has awarded a $65,000 one-year grant to Sojourner Family Peace Center in support of its Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program, which provides annual funding for 20 full-time coordinator positions in domestic violence agencies across the United States.
The 2013 Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program is part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative, which launched in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence. The Avon Foundation for Women has donated $33 million for domestic and gender violence programs in the United States, including support for awareness, education, direct service and prevention.
The Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program’s coordinator position at Sojourner Family Peace Center will support victims in the Milwaukee area by providing domestic violence survivors with the critical resources and economic empowerment tools necessary to develop self-sufficiency and guide them toward breaking the cycle of abuse.
Organizers Prepare to Feed Thousands
Wauwatosa, WI–The 23rd Annual 1290 WMCS Salvation Army Christmas Family Feast is just one week away! The organizations are preparing to serve thousands on Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day at the Delta Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Christmas Family Feast is a Milwaukee tradition. What started out 23 years ago as a dinner to feed those in need, has evolved into an important holiday event where a great meal serves as the focal point for a wonderful day of fellowship and community,”said 1290 WMCS operations manager Tyrene “˜T.J.” Jackson.
Major Roger Ross, Salvation Army Milwaukee County Commander said, “Christmas is a wonderful time of year when we are all reminded of the many blessings we have. However, for an increasing number of people in our community, the holidays can be challenging.
The economy has taken a toll on so many families and through the Christmas Family Feast we are able to share compassion and offer a real feeling of community.”
This year’s Christmas Family Feast menu will consist of ham, turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, dinner rolls, an assortment of deserts and beverages.
Guests will receive complimentary gifts while supplies last.
Last year 10,000 individuals were served dinner on Christmas Day.
Milwaukee Bucks players Ekpe Udoh and Doron Lamb did some coloring with 2-year-old Everlyn Cannon (above) during a visit to Children’s Hospital by the entire Bucks team and coaching staff. The team made the visit to spread a little holiday cheer during their annual visit with patients at the MACC Fund Center for Cancer for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the hospital. The visit came nearly 36 years to the day after the founding of the MACC Fund on Dec. 10, 1976, during halftime of a Bucks game when Jon McGlocklin’s jersey number 14 was retired. As part of this year’s visit, Sam’s Hope will donated over 400 new books for the Bucks to distribute to the children. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Planning is underway for the 10th Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. The special night for fathers to bond with their daughters is planning for Saturday, February 16. The dance is being offered by the Milwaukee Recreation Department, Social Development Commission and Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative. The special evening will feature dancing, food, prizes and a live DJ. Pre-registration is required for families who wish to have dinner at the event being staged at North Division High School. Registration can be online at www.MilwaukeeRecreation.net or by calling 414-475-8811.
Dealership’s Around The World Party Provides $1000’s To Toys For Tots
On Friday, Dec. 14, Milwaukee Harley-Davidson will celebrate their second annual ‘Holidays Around The World’ party to benefit the Toys For Tots program. In keeping with the event theme, more than a dozen local groups will be participating in the event and representing a specially selected country. As guests arrive, in exchange for their charitable donation of toys or funds, they will receive a “passport” that entitles them to traditional cocktails and food items from each of the represented countries. “Last year was the first time we had tried this ‘Around the World’ concept and it just exploded.
We had over 700 people through the doors and surpassed our fundraising goal in the first 30 minutes of the party,” said Chaz Hastings, the owner of Milwaukee Harley-Davidson. “For this year’s event, we’re adding in some new groups, games, food and drink.”
In 2011, the event raised over $2500 in funds and materials for Toys for Tots. This year’s goal is to double that amount and everyone participating is dedicated to making that happen. “We had friends that attended last year’s event and they loved it, so we were really excited when we were invited to attend, said Liz Whitford of Pin Up Girls, a non profit that raises funds for local veteran’s support groups. “Not only are we helping a great cause, but it also gives us the chance to promote our group and raise awareness.”
The diverse line up of participating groups helps ensure a great mix of attendees;
Neutral Ground Dojo – Russia
Brew City Bruisers Roller Derby – Japan
Great Lakes Distillery – Hawaii/South Pacific
Milwaukee Northwest HOG Chapter – Germany
Pin Up Girls- U.S.A.
United States Marine Corps- Mexico
Billy Brown Insurance- France
Foolery’s Liquid Therapy- Caribbean
Stilettos on Steel- South America
KAH Tequila- Central America
Lakefront Brewery- United Kingdom
In addition to the international collection of cocktails and complimentary food, there will be plenty of activities throughout the evening. There will be piñata’s filled with prizes, raffles and various contests such as a giant “flip cup challenge.” In addition to Santa Claus and his Harley-Davidson inspired sleigh, there are photo opportunities with body painted models as well as male and female elves. For those who want to shop, there will be special one night only sales and free gift-wrap too.
“The event planning itself has been a great time with everyone involved taking the concept and running with it. I know we’re going to crush this year’s goal,” said Hastings.
The Holiday Around The World event takes place on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Dealership from 6-9 p.m. In exchange for donating a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more, guests will receive a passport and access to all the event activities. For further information and event details visit MilwaukeeHarley.com or call the dealership at 414 461-4444.
Milwaukee Harley-Davidson is one of Milwaukee’s original Harley-Davidson dealers. The company’s 36,000-square-foot facility features new and used bikes, general merchandise, parts & accessories, service department and sales and finance. The company is one of the most active dealers in the country, bringing in more than 10,000 people to its dealership through events and general sales every year. For more information on the dealership and Fly, Buy, Ride program, visit www.milwaukeeharley.com.
Miami — When LeBron James (pictured) learned he was Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsman of the Year, the Miami Heat star was surprised.
Not because he thought his achievements in 2012 weren’t worthy, but because he figured what happened in 2010 was still holding him back.
Apparently, that’s no longer the case. The magazine announced its annual choice Monday, with James becoming the first NBA player to win the award since Heat teammate Dwyane Wade in 2006.
“I remember just like yesterday when I signed here and basically, like the roof caved in,” James told the Associated Press, referring to the fallout from his infamous “Decision” to leave Cleveland for Miami in 2010. “To see that I and my team and everyone around me was able to patch that roof up, to come to this point, to come to this point and receive such a prestigious award, it’s huge.”
Past winners include Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, Arthur Ashe, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, and Michael Phelps. College basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski – James’ Olympic coach – and Pat Summitt shared the honor last year.
Time Inc. Sports Group editor Paul Fichtenbaum said one thing separating James this year was that when Miami needed him most “he came up the biggest.” In particular, Game 4 of the second-round series at Indiana and Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Boston.
“LeBron kind of made it easy on us,” Fichtenbaum said. “In a year that had really high standards, he just stood taller than everybody else.”
James won essentially all he could win in 2012: He became an NBA champion for the first time, won the NBA Finals MVP trophy, helped the U.S. win Olympic gold for the second time and picked up his third NBA MVP award.
Fichtenbaum said James was the choice not only for his play but also because of his charitable work, especially involving schoolchildren in his native Akron, Ohio.
“I do think there has been some sort of closure – maybe not entirely in Cleveland, but across the nation,” Fichtenbaum said. “LeBron’s jerseys are now the No. 1-selling jerseys. I think there’s a reason for that. I think people really appreciate him for everything he can do.”
This is the 18th time James will be on SI’s cover, the magazine said. His first time was as a high school junior in February 2002, when the magazine famously dubbed him “The Chosen One” and touted how he would have been an NBA lottery pick even then.
The first 17 covers were different: Only this one has James wearing an NBA championship ring.
James said the sportsman honor was humbling considering this was year in which Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, and Missy Franklin starred at the London Olympics, Miguel Cabrera became baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years and Roger Federer captured Wimbledon for the seventh time.
“Do I need it? I don’t need it,” James said. “I don’t ever look for individual accolades. I do what I do because I love it and I want to continue to get better at it.”
The Dec. 10 issue of SI is out Wednesday, the same day James will be honored at the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year awards gala in New York.
“Giving Tuesday is a great way to balance the excesses of the long weekend dedicated to eating and shopping,” said Randall Hoth, Wisconsin BBB president/CEO. “But it’s important for donors to do a little homework first to make sure they are comfortable with each charity they support, not only its mission but also how well it follows guidelines for financial management, transparency and leadership.”
BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers the following tips:
1 . Consider more than finances.
How much money a charity spends on the actual cause – as compared to how much goes toward fundraising and administration – is an important factor, but it’s not the whole story. A charity with impressive financial ratios could have other significant problems such as insufficient transparency, inadequate board activity and inaccurate appeals.
2. Research before you give.
Even good friends may not have fully researched the charities they endorse, so don’t just take their word for it. Expertise is available. Go to give.org to see if a national charity meets the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Visit bbb.org for information on local charities.
3. Be wary of high-pressure, emotional pitches.
Giving on the spot is never necessary, no matter how hard a telemarketer or door-to-door solicitor pushes it. The charity that needs your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow.
4. Verify donated items are needed.
Worn out, unusable or unwanted donated goods cost charities millions of dollars each year because the organization has to bear the cost of tossing the unacceptable donation. If you have questions about an item’s acceptability, call the charity and ask.
5. Confirm the charity’s identity.
With so many charities in existence, their names can blur in a donor’s mind and similar-sounding organizations are common. Be sure you know which charity you’re supporting and that it’s not a case of mistaken identity.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance also has suggestions for businesses that engage in cause-related marketing promotions that announce a consumer purchase will help a charity. The business should be sure to (a) have a written agreement with the charity that authorized this use, and (b) disclose in promotions the actual or anticipated amount of the consumer purchase that will benefit the charity.
The Black Child Development Institute of Milwaukee (BCDI Milwaukee) hosted its 6th Annual Recognition in Community Service Banquet on November 8, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
In prior years, BCDI has recognized individuals in specific service categories such as Education, Advocacy, and the Arts.
This year, it decided to recognize the Child Care Profession. Because this profession has received so much negative publicity over the past four years, BCDI Milwaukee decided to showcase and celebrate those who have done so much for so many children and families.
The goal was to have 100 providers at the Banquet. To accomplish this, BCDI Milwaukee provided scholarships through corporate sponsorship from the following organizations: 4C-For Children, Johnson Controls, the Supporting Families Together Association, US Bank, and YoungStar Consortium. Many
of these organizations also had tables with valuable information. Tables were also provided by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Early Childhood Professional Development, and the MATC Early Childhood Department.
Throughout the evening, many words of expression let the child care professionals know they are supported.
Earl Ingram, Jr. of WMCS 1290 was the emcee, and Erica Lofton the youth soloist. BCDI Milwaukee also introduced three pioneers of the child care profession to the group: Pam Boulton, Bessie Gray, and Peggy Hardy.
Each provider also received a gift bag that included resources they will be able to use in their child care programs.
The Banquet was videotaped by Keith Stanley, who in turn was being taped by a crew from PBS’ “Frontline” with Bill Moyers. Look for segments of our event on Frontline in spring of 2013.
The evening was a tremendous success. And BCDI Milwaukee is looking forward to its 7th Annual Banquet in 2013, and the opportunity to recognize others who continue to make a difference in the lives of children and families through advocacy and education.
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Bader Grants to address Milwaukee Jobs (Photo: hbf.jpg)
The Helen Bader Foundation (HBF), a leading philanthropic Milwaukee-based foundation, announced today its Board of Directors has approved $855,000 in funding for 20 Milwaukee workforce development organizations. Of these 20 grants, 15 specifically address populations in Milwaukee facing unique employment barriers that are often overlooked, such as adults with disabilities, those with vision impairments, and low-income minorities.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently reported the metro Milwaukee area unemployment rate stood at 6.9 percent for September 2012, however, some segments of the local population have unemployment rates more than four times this rate.
According to Eric Grosso, Senior Economist at the DWD, the most recent unemployment statistics from the 2011 American Community Survey estimate that, in metro-Milwaukee, unemployment among the labor pool of adults with disabilities is 25.8%, for those with vision impairments is 22.4%, and among African American males is 29.4%.
HBF recognizes that while there are current unemployment initiatives and services that assist the general population, there are segments of the population that need a different approach in order to bridge the unemployment gap. This is one of the primary reasons HBF is concentrating its current workforce development efforts on serving populations within Milwaukee that face unique barriers to employment.
“We all know that people are unemployed, but the system treats unemployment as a one-size-fits-all situation and that’s not the reality of it,” said Jerry Roberts, program officer and manager of HBF’s efforts to address workforce development. “We need to address the many, many barriers to employment in our community in order to fully address the unemployment situation as a whole.”
The United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin (UCP) is just one of the 15 organizations HBF has chosen to fund for its direct services to the unemployed. With nearly a quarter of Milwaukee’s disabled adults unable to find work, UCP plans to expand its existing program that targets six of the city’s poorest zip codes, to help job-seekers who have a range of disabilities find and maintain employment. As sole supporter of this expansion, HBF is taking on a unique opportunity to reach out to Milwaukee’s disabled population and focus on identifying those individuals who want to work, but for whom the traditional work search channels are not effective.
Similar to UCP, Wiscraft, Inc. provides workforce development programming for a population with a major barrier, Milwaukee County’s blind and visually impaired adults. Wiscraft’s “Beyond Vision” program provides skills training and personal development through its light manufacturing, machine shop, and other operations. The new HBF grant will enhance Beyond Vision’s approach to providing marketable, transferrable skills to these adults by expanding its call center and customer service operations, which provide contract services for a number of local corporations.
While many of the 15 programs that HBF is funding address specific populations that may have some job experience, Operation DREAM’s “Learning to DREAM” program attempts to reach Milwaukee’s African American males, ages 11-17, during the crucial stages of preparing and entering the workforce. This program provides education, mentoring, job training, placement and college visits. It also offers a safe haven for many of the youth and implements positive motivation through their development of skills and exposure to employment.
“It’s important that we reach youth well before they enter the workforce,” said Roberts. “The basic skills and positive attitudes they develop will not just prepare them for their first real job, but also help them build a solid career path.”