MADISON — “Planting seeds, nurturing growth, strengthening community” will be the theme as friends and supporters of Madison-area Urban Ministry (MUM) gather at the East Side Club on Monona Drive to celebrate the agency’s 41st anniversary fundraiser on Thursday, May 22nd
The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres. This year’s event will include live music by Anna Purnell (of The Velvet Smash, Yid Vicious, and many other Madison Bands) with Fritz Shenker on piano. There will be a special address by Sister Esther Heffernan, Professor Emerita of Edgewood College, MUM Board Member and one of the founding members of Family Connections of South Central Wisconsin. The MC for the evening is Reverend Stephen Marsh, Co-Pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church and President of the MUM Board. Guests will experience a live auction and enjoy desserts by Just Bakery.
Proceeds from this year’s event will help support two exciting new initiatives at MUM: Just Bakery – a vocational training program designed to prepare men and women with employment barriers to work in commercial bakeries. The program teaches life and employment skills, food safety training and math. Participants completing the Just Bakery program learn how to operate commercial kitchen equipment, obtain a certificate of completion from the Wisconsin Baker’s Association, and can enter the job market offering valuable knowledge and experience to employers.
Medical Respite Program – MUM and community partners have identified the need to develop a 24/7 medical respite for people who are homeless and in need of medical care. With support from Grace Episcopal, MUM’s goal is to have a medical respite facility for families open by the end of 2014.
Throughout its history MUM has gone about the work of planting seeds of social change. In advocacy and service, MUM engages the community in the process of social action and works with all neighbors so that every voice can be heard.
▪ MUM has been a leader in social justice in Madison and Dane County
▪ MUM has successfully incubated and spun off over 25 community organizations
▪ MUM currently serves as incubator to 5 community projects
▪ MUM offers hospitality and support to men and women returning from prison
▪ MUM offers unique programs to meet the needs of children affected by parental incarceration
Community members are invited to come out and celebrate the work of social justice. Tickets are $41 in recognition of 41 years! Members of the public may purchase tickets online at www.emum.org , or mail a check to MUM, 2300 S. Park Street, #2022, Madison, WI 53713.