Gala raises $200,000 for Safe & Sound

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN - ERIN RICHARDS

One year af­ter ten­sion from a Mil­wau­kee po­lice-on-resident shoot­ing boiled over into un­rest in Sher­man Park, a small and scrappy non­profit has qui­etly worked its con­nec­tions in the streets to re­build frayed re­la­tion­ships.

With just a $2 mil­lion bud­get and 27 employees, Safe & Sound Inc. fo­cuses on in­creas­ing pub­lic safety, oc­cu­py­ing what ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Katie San­ders calls “a very frag­ile space be­tween com­mu­ni­ties and law en­force­ment.”

Al­most 450 peo­ple came to sup­port that mis­sion Thurs­day, rais­ing $200,000 in a sin­gle night at Safe & Sound’s first awards gala, held at the Ital­ian Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Those rec­og­nized for their lead­er­ship mostly fo­cused on the pos­i­tive as­pects of Mil­wau­kee's most trou­bled com­mu­ni­ties, but Dan Bader, pres­i­dent and CEO of Bader Phi­lan­thropies Inc., didn’t shy away from a glar­ing prob­lem.

“We need to talk about race,” said Bader, whose large and long­stand­ing foun­da­tion is re­de­vel­op­ing a build­ing in Mil­wau­kee’s cen­tral city to house its head­quar­ters.

“En­gage with your neigh­bors,” he said.

U.S. Mar­shal Kevin Carr, north side res­i­dents Josephine Key and James Key and Car­men High School se­nior An­gel­ica Soto were rec­og­nized for their work in the com­mu­nity; the Mil­wau­kee Bucks were hon­ored for the team’s cor­po­rate sup­port.

Joe and Jen­nifer Bar­tolotta un­der­wrote the cost of the gala and cater­ing so all the prof­its went to Safe & Sound. Each year, the char­i­ta­ble arm of the Bar­tolotta Restau­rant Group part­ners with one non­profit to help boost its pro­file. Next fall, Care-a-lotta will throw its sup­port be­hind a gala for The Women’s Cen­ter, an emer­gency shel­ter for abused fam­i­lies in Waukesha.


Jen­nifer and Joe Bar­tolotta (left) stand with mem­bers of the Ital­ian Com­mu­nity man­age­ment team (left to right) Barb DeMeu­le­naere, Whit­ney Sleiter and Adam Ip­likci at an awards gala for the or­ga­ni­za­tion Safe & Sound in Mil­wau­kee.

Katie San­ders, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Safe & Sound, wel­comes guests to the non­profit’s first awards din­ner Thurs­day at the Ital­ian Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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