The 13th annual Dream Together Gala was a dream come true for St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Friends and supporters of the center gathered at Discovery World Museum, raising $195,000 to benefit the nationally acclaimed day care program that serves children, older adults and people with disabilities all in the same shared-site center.
Sr. Edna Lonergan, president of St. Ann Center and the evening’s keynote speaker, shared a story. “A volunteer told me she’d seen a 4-year-old from our childcare program playing dominos with one of our adult clients, an older man with a disability,” she said. “She saw the child later and told him, ‘I bet you win all the time.’ The boy answered, ‘No. I always let him win.’ What a world this would be if everyone thought like that young boy. He realized our greatest successes in life are usually found in helping others succeed.”
All proceeds from the gala support St. Ann Center’s Care Champions program, which directly benefits youth, frail elderly and adults with disabilities who have no means to pay for services they desperately need. St. Ann Center serves Milwaukee at two facilities—the Stein Campus at 2801 E. Morgan Ave. and the Bucyrus Campus at 2450 W. North Ave.
The evening featured jewelry designed and handcrafted by Sr. Edna, live and silent auctions, a catered dinner, and music by SistaStrings.
Sponsors for the gala include Marji Singer, MHS Health Wisconsin, Catalyst Construction and many other generous donors. The gala, first held in 2005, is an annual event hosted by Carol Nevins Cannon and Craig and Susie Nevins in honor of their mother, Florence Nevins, and her devotion to St. Ann Center.
Questions about ways to support St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care can be directed to Casey Rozanski at (414) 977-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.