13th Annual Fellowship Open Honors Former Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl and Johnson Controls Exec Charles Harvey for Their Work with Young People
What’s the best way to ensure our future? Some say the fate of our future rests in the care and attention we give to the present. For 13 years, organizers of the Fellowship Open, one of the nation’s largest diversity charity golf events, have embraced that philosophy in their mission to lift up and inspire young people in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin to become better leaders, to give back to their local communities and to succeed in the 21st century.
A great tradition of the Fellowship Open is its annual recognition of civic and business leaders whose records of service exemplify a strong commitment to investing in the next generation of leaders. This year the Fellowship Open will honor former Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl and Johnson Controls executive Charles Harvey for their service and contributions to the Wisconsin community and, particularly, for their work with youth.
Former Senator Kohl will receive this year’s Fellowship Open Legends Award for his contributions in government service, business and in philanthropy. As a four-term U.S. Senator who chaired the Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Antitrust Committee, and Aging Committee, Kohl earned a reputation as a fair-minded legislator who governed from the political center. As owner of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise, Kohl is a highly respected member of the National Basketball Association. In 1985, he purchased the Bucks to ensure that the team would remain in Milwaukee and he has protected the team from relocation ever since. In 2007, Kohl was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition to his business contributions, he established the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Achievement Awards program, which provides annual grants to 100 graduating seniors, 100 teachers and 100 schools throughout Wisconsin. “All of us understand the importance of passing on the torch, by contributing our knowledge, time and expertise to our young people. It’s the best way to guarantee a bright future for communities throughout Wisconsin,” said Kohl. “I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to expand educational opportunities for young people in Wisconsin and I’m extremely grateful to the Fellowship Open Board of Directors for this award.”
Charles Harvey, Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President of Community Affairs at Johnson Controls, will receive the Fellowship Open Community Leader Award. Harvey, who also serves as President of the Johnson Controls Foundation, serves on the boards of several of Milwaukee’s leading philanthropic organizations, including the United Way of Southeast Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Public Policy Forum, and the Milwaukee World Festival. “I want to thank the Fellowship Open Board for this great honor,” said Harvey. “The Open has been very instrumental in uniting the Milwaukee and Wisconsin communities behind the idea of investing in our young people. I am proud to have had the opportunity to play a small role in their development and success.”
The 13th annual Fellowship Open, which tees off Friday, August 16 at the Silver Spring Country Club, continues to build upon its legacy of developing young leaders, as represented by the hundreds of young people who have benefited from the event. The Fellowship Open’s proud record of accomplishment includes raising more than $800,000 in support of more than 60 organizations that have made a positive impact on the lives of young people in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.
“The Fellowship Open has always focused on serving and preparing our young people today for leadership and success tomorrow,” said John W. Daniels, Jr., Chairman of the Fellowship Open. “We’re fortunate in Wisconsin to benefit from the work of great leaders such as Herb Kohl and Chuck Harvey. They understand how critical it is to leave a legacy that provides opportunities for our young people to learn and grow. We can do no less to secure the brightest possible future for communities throughout the state of Wisconsin.”
Proceeds from the 2013 Fellowship Open will benefit the following non-profit organizations:
- 34 Ways to Assist Foundation/Devin Harris Basketball Camp
- Heart Love Place
- Our Next Generation
- Milwaukee Art Museum – 30 Americans Exhibit
- Milwaukee Public Schools/Rob Jeter Basketball Camp
- United Performing Arts Fund
- United Sports Club, Inc.
The Fellowship Open, founded more than a dozen years ago by a group of business and civic leaders to promote and inspire youngsters to aspire to careers in business and to foster community support for diversity and inclusion, is one of the nation’s largest empowerment golf tournaments attracting participants from more than 25 states.