Milwaukee Event Calendar

IndependenceFirst Empower Lunch & Indie Awards

Nov. 6, 2019 11:30 a.m. - Nov. 6, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to the 2019 IndependenceFirst Empower Lunch and Indie Awards presented by BMO Harris Bank, featuring Guest Speaker LeRoy Butler, as well as the presentation of the Indie Awards, which recognize excellence in accessibility, inclusion and advocacy. The event is a fundraiser in support of IndependenceFirst’s services empowering people with disabilities. Guest Speaker LeRoy Butler was born severely pigeon-toed and spent much of his early youth in a wheelchair. Doctors predicted that he would be lucky to ever walk unassisted. At the age of eight Butler discovered that he could not only walk, he could run pretty well. And so his incredible sports career began. We are pleased to recognize this year’s Indie Award winners: Empowerment Award: The Milwaukee Bucks For their outstanding achievement in the accessible design of the Fiserv Forum. The award will be presented to a representative of the Milwaukee Bucks. Martha Valerio Disability Advocacy Award: Moriah Iverson Program Manager, Community Engagement and Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, for her exemplary work on behalf of disability rights and inclusion. Networking: 11:30 a.m. Luncheon Keynote by LeRoy Butler and Presentation of the Indie Awards: Noon Raffle Featuring Sports Memorabilia During Lunch Tickets are $99 per person. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Please contact Laura Emir at 414-226-8305 V/Relay for more information. Please RSVP by October 30, 2019, online at, by phone at 414-226-8356 V/Relay or by email at

Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Venue Description:
Milwaukee's Italian home, the Italian Community Center is just west of Henry Maier Festival Park. View historic photos, enjoy an Italian lunch or dinner at Cafe La Scala. You can event play bocce. Meeting and banquet rooms available. There is also free parking (except during festival events).
Italian Community Center