Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Support Braise, Support Farmers, Good Food

Braise is a Milwaukee restaurant of the farm-to-table variety, but it is much more than that: a CSA (community supported agriculture), RSA (restaurant supported agriculture), culinary school, and more. Across all its different functions there is a core mission though: to bring good food to the people of Milwaukee, and by good we mean more than good tasting, we mean food that is good for the environment, for you, for the community. Braise has helped the community including restaurants and farmers, now it needs the community's help.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Chris Porterfield Gives Song, Proceeds To Neighbor

Record artwork by Dwellephant
Chris Porterfield, Milwaukee musician and member of the band Field Report, recently wrote a song for a neighbor. That neighbor - Tia Wilson - is only 8 and has sickle cell anemia.

Her battle with the disease, and her recent bone marrow transplant, inspired Porterfield to write a song for Field Report. Initially played for the family at a show this past October, Daniel Holter offered to record the song, Justin Perkins offered to master the track, and local artist Dwellephant offered to illustrate it.

Friday, November 6, 2015

38th Annual Turkey Club Feeds Many

The Turkey Club may be the name of a sandwich, but its also a great organization in Milwaukee that makes a true 'Thanks'-giving possible for those in need. The Club was founded in 1978 for the sole purpose of raising funds for the purchase and delivery of turkeys at the Thanksgiving holiday. All turkeys are given to food pantries and meal programs in the five county area of: Milwaukee, Washington, Jefferson, Dodge, and Waukesha.

On Saturday, November 14th, you can help raise funds to pay for the turkeys. O’Brien’s Pub at 4928 W. Vliet St, Milwaukee from 2PM to 5PM will host a Turkey Club fundriaser with terrific Raffles & Silent Auction Offerings Including; Hotel stays, Fine Dining certificates, Sporting packages & Memorabilia, Entertainment Certificates, and many other Fabulous packages and CASH ! Win your own Holiday Turkey!! Bring a friend, if you don't have one we'll find you one. All proceeds go towards the purchase of turkeys for The Turkey Club The Turkey Club was founded in 1978 for the sole purpose of raising funds for the purchase and delivery of turkeys at the Thanksgiving holiday. All turkeys are given to food pantries and meal programs in the four county area of: Milwaukee, Washington, Jefferson, and Waukesha.  It is a 501©3.

Friday, October 16, 2015

NFL Player DeAngelo Williams Goes Beyond Pink

Though I support all campaigns to raise awareness and funds for health and wellness, the month of October, the "Pink" month always makes me cringe a little, especially when it come to the partnership with the NFL. We've seen how the 'too big to fail' myth about businesses resulted and the same can be said for some nonprofit campaigns. I'm not saying the pink campaign is bad, but I, like many others, question the end results as well as this specific partnership. At this point its easy to wonder how many really relate and take to heart the message and are just buying anything pink, many of which may not even be related to the campaign. Anyone now can make a pink product and take advantage of the increased sales whether they give money to the campaign or not, or maybe a very small percentage, the NFL's products for example are shown to donate a minimal amount back to breast cancer research (for every $100 in pink merchandise sold, $12.50 goes to the NFL. Of that, $11.25 goes to the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the NFL keeps the rest.)
DeAngelo Williams put pink in his dreds to honor his mother
AP Photo/Brian Blanco

That being said, the fact that any campaign has reached the level the pink one has is admirable and something for others to aspire to. And there are many good, even great things about it, especially when championed by an individual versus a product - such as Pittsburgh Steelers DeAngelo Williams who recently went above and beyond to make a difference. He has donated 53 mammograms, the number of the age his mother died from breast cancer.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mike Peters of The Alarm Requests, Gives Love, Hope, Strength For Leukemia

It must be tough being a celebrity with all sorts of expectations and traps by their fans and the public, I myself can be pretty judgmental, though here at GMM we try to only promote the positive, not dwell on the negative. Especially when it concerns promoting values or opinions, celebrities - whether athlete, musician, or actor - have to worry if they are turning away fans of differing opinions, you also have to be careful when they start a charity as often they can turn out to be less than well-run. For the most part though, medical causes are a safe bet. Last night, I had the opportunity to be inspired by someone doing it right.

Mike Peters, former lead singer of 80's band The Alarm, played at Shank Hall in an intimate one-man show focusing on The Alarm's second studio album Strength. I could review how cool the show was to see him up close and personal, acoustic with minimal back track assistance, the fact he played harmonica or a bass drum at the same time as the guitar, or his stories about making the album - but this isn't the place for that. As inspiring as the show was, the end of it turned into a truly GMM moment when Peters took a moment to promote his foundation Love Hope Strength, which focuses on getting people to sign up on the list to be marrow donors.