Marquette University president Michael Lovell and his wife, Amy, were “roasted” Wednesday evening for a good cause as more than $200,000 was raised to benefit the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers. Check out the attached slideshow to see the VIP crowd that turned out for the sold-out event.
The annual roast was held at Discovery World on Milwaukee’s lakefront to benefit the federally qualified health center that serves low-income patients in Milwaukee. More than 520 Milwaukee-area business and community leaders attended the event.
The celebrity roasters were Marquette University men’s basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski, TODAY’S TMJ4 anchor Carole Meekins and Frank Cumberbatch, vice president of engagement with Bader Philanthropies. Steve “The Homer” True of ESPN Milwaukee was the auctioneer for the event.
Lovell, who has been president of Marquette since 2014, serves as co-chair of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Succeeds initiative and co-chairs Innovation in Milwaukee. Working with business and community leaders in Marquette’s neighborhood, President Lovell helped create the Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit focused on strengthening economic development, housing, neighborhood identity and safety.
He and Amy have formed Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM), a community-wide effort addressing impacts of generational trauma.
Milwaukee-area business executives in attendance included Laura Gutierrez of United Community Center, Cathy Jacobson of Froedtert Health, Dr. Malika Siker of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Geri “Nana” Fotsch of Fotsch Family Foundation, Milwaukee attorney David Gruber, Mike Gousha of Marquette University Law School and Grady Crosby of Johnson Controls International.