THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND’S 6th ANNUAL LUNCHEON HONORS MILWAUKEE RESIDENTS FOR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION
THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND’S 6th ANNUAL LUNCHEON HONORS
MILWAUKEE RESIDENTS FOR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION
7 Honorees Recognized for Business Leadership, Public Service, and Community Advocacy
Milwaukee, WI – May 6, 2009 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) today honored seven
individuals for their notable contributions within the Milwaukee community, during its 6th Annual
Awards Luncheon. More than 400 people attended the event at the Italian Community Center, which
raises funds for college students attending the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and
6 law schools.
“Through the support of the local business and philanthropic communities, we are able to help many
more students remain in school during these tough economic times and develop viable careers, here in
Milwaukee and throughout the state of Wisconsin,” said Eve M. Hall, Vice President of School Reform
Partnerships with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
The Legacy Award, Community Leadership Award, and Friend of the Fund Award were presented to
individuals who embody the spirit of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s commitment to education.
“Milwaukee has a rich history of educational excellence. We are delighted to honor these trailblazers who
are so passionate about helping young men and women reach their full potential,” commented Dwayne
Ashley, TMCF’s President and CEO. “They are certainly an inspiration to all of us, and terrific role
models for our next generation of leaders.”
2009 Distinguished Honorees:
The Legacy Award Honoree:
o Maria Monreal-Cameron, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
o Dr. William Finlayson & the Late Mrs. Edith Finlayson
The Legacy Award acknowledges individuals who have enriched the lives of others and whose legacy
will be their commitment to education, law or civic duty.
Community Leadership Award Honorees:
o Barbara Leigh, Milwaukee Public Theatre
o Verona L. Morgan, Community Advocate
o Terence Ray, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative
The Community Leadership Award acknowledges individuals who have provided memorable leadership
in local projects, initiatives and arenas related to education, law or civic duty. Honorees have a made a
significant impact on the city and the lives of those they have served.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
6th Annual Milwaukee Luncheon
Friend of the Fund Award Honoree:
o Larry Waters, MillerCoors
The Friend of the Fund Award acknowledges the individual who has provided extraordinary support for
TMCF’s mission through personal participation and professional support through an employer.
The presenting sponsors for the event were: Associated Bank, M&I Bank, and MillerCoors.
About Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was
established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 Law
Schools located in 22 states with a population of well over 250,000 students. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has
awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships
enabling more than 10,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that
provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs.
TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership
training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) 3, tax-