Pediatric cancer is up more than 30 percent since 1975.
Pediatric cancer is up more than 30 percent since 1975.

G9 gears up for effective Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Delafield-based G9 is poised to present more important work. G9 stands for "Gold in September," combining the national color for pediatric cancer and the month of September.

G9 is a childhood cancer non-profit dedicated to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspires action to help "every child, everywhere."

The concept for the G9 was created by a then-11-year-old girl from Hartland named Annie Bartosz whose twin brother was battling cancer. Annie saw the nation turn pink in October for Breast Cancer and became determined to turn the world "Gold In September" for kids battling cancer.

"You can’t win the fight against this awful disease with just the people who are trying to fight it, that’s like trying to win a war with only the wounded," says Annie, who is now 14.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, "The G9 Golden Celebration" will celebrate and recognize the leaders, locally and nationally, coming together to change the future of childhood cancer. The event will take place at The Grain Exchange, 225 E. Michigan St.

The event will include James Beard Foundation Award-winning chefs, the first-ever G9 Excellence Award and co-chairs Elizabeth Brenner, Steve Ostrofsky, Barri and Dave Drury, and Tricia and John Shinners.

Childhood cancer is an urgent health crisis – it is the number one disease killer of kids in the United States – and through global research, strategic partners and an altruistic and innovative approach, G9 works to be a catalyst for change.

G9 directly funds "Early Phase Trials," which bring new and promising treatments to kids faster. The organization also provides funding for global research, fundraising programs, effective marketing, family support services and more.

For more information about "The G9 Golden Celebration" go here.

Rumor closed in February, but a new jazz club may soon take its place.
Rumor closed in February, but a new jazz club may soon take its place.

Michai's Quiet Storm Smooth Jazz Lounge aims for Walker's Point

Walker's Point might welcome its third jazz club later this year if Kimberly Turner-Vergara has her way. Turner-Vergara applied for a license to open Michai’s Quiet Storm Smooth Jazz Lounge in the former Rumor Upbeat Lounge at 161 S. 1st St.

If granted, Michai's will join the longstanding Caroline's Jazz Club and Gibraltar, which musician Evan Christian plans to open this fall. 

Rumor closed in early 2016 after opening in the summer of 2012. 

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available.

Amalia Todryk is one rad Milwaukee woman.
Amalia Todryk is one rad Milwaukee woman.

Rad Milwaukee Woman: Amalia Todryk of Quarles & Brady

Welcome to a series introducing the women who were nominated by professionals and will be honored at "The Rad Women Celebration: Being Rad for Social Change." The event is hosted by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Italian Conference Center. The idea was inspired by the bestselling book "Rad American Women A to Z," by Kate Schatz, who is the keynote speaker at the event.  More information at

Amalia Todryk has worked as an attorney for Quarles & Brady for almost 10 years and serves as a partner in the Trust and Estates group. She focuses on estate planning and wealth preservation strategies for individuals, small business owners and professionals with a particular focus on business succession planning for closely-held businesses.

"Helping a business successfully go from one generation to the next is the goal," says Todryk.

Todryk was named an "Up and Coming Lawyer" by the Wisconsin Law Journal, holds leadership roles in the Milwaukee Bar Association Trusts & Estate Section and several other civic and professional groups, including the United Way Planned Giving Advisory Committee, Wisconsin Humane Society Board of Directors, Junior League of Milwaukee and The Service Club of Milwaukee.

Todryk received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and is a Marquette University Law School graduate. She currently lives on the East Side with her husband.

"I love Milwaukee, especially the lake. Waking up and seeing a large body of water is a great way to start your day," says Todryk.

OnMilwaukee: What do you enjoy the most about your work?

Amalia Todryk: I enjoy working with individuals and helping families, whether it’s with tax planning or what they wish to have happen with their assets at death, I get a lot of gratitude serving in an advisory role for a family.

My job is also rewarding on the business side because a lot of these business owners have worked their entire care…

Higbee's will most likely open in this Water Street location.
Higbee's will most likely open in this Water Street location. (Photo: Jeff Sherman)

Updated: New bar moving into former Ultra Lounge

According to a building permit, it appears Pat James will soon take a crack at the 628 N. Water St. space that formerly housed Ultra Lounge, JC's Pub & Grill, Club Bari, Edgar's Calypso, Swank and more.

Little information is known at this point, but the new venture will be called (district). 

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available.