Marietta Supports Sojourner Family Peace Center

Marietta is committed to continuing our support of nonprofit organizations in the Milwaukee area, especially during this uncertain and difficult time. We thank essential workers for the amazing work they continue to do every day to make our community safe and healthy.

In the first quarter of 2020, the Marietta team has decided to donate funds raised through our Jeans for Charity program to Sojourner Family Peace Center, the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin. The organization’s primary goals are to “ensure the safety of victims of family violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children.”

The populations that Sojourner serves are even more vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many victims have been trapped with their abusers and face increased social isolation. Sojourner has compiled COVID-19 safety resources for those experiencing domestic abuse, and they also offer crucial services, including a 24-hour Domestic Abuse Hotline, emergency shelter, support groups, legal services, and community education.

Marietta is honored to support Sojourner’s critical work in the Milwaukee community and their commitment to families affected by domestic abuse to achieve safety, justice and well-being.

Marietta Sponsors Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Event

Marietta was honored to be a sponsor of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Greater Milwaukee and their annual kickoff event, Vision2020, which was held at Arts@Large on March 12. YNPN helps emerging and young professionals enhance the nonprofit sector. Marietta is proud to support YNPN Greater Milwaukee and their vision to connect professionals and strengthen the community through educational and networking events. Marietta’s Operations Specialist, Julia Smucker, also serves on the YPNP board and events committee.

Marietta Supports Feeding America

In the fourth quarter of 2019, Marietta raised funds for Feeding America (Eastern Wisconsin) through our Jeans for Charity program. 1 in 10 people face hunger in eastern Wisconsin, and 1 in 5 children in Milwaukee don’t have enough to eat. Feeding America is working to combat these statistics as the leading hunger-relief organization in the state. They develop innovative solutions to improve the health of our communities, organize outreach programs, and partner with retailers and local growers to supply healthy, fresh produce to those who face hunger.

The Marietta team also volunteered our time outside of work hours at Feeding America’s warehouse on Saturday, January 25, where we spent the morning sorting and checking the quality of donated goods to be shipped to food pantries. We are honored to support Feeding America’s vision of solving hunger and creating access to nutritious food.

Marietta Sponsors Celebrate Malaika

Marietta was honored to be a sponsor of Malaika Early Learning Center’s annual fundraiser, Celebrate Malaika. The celebration took place on November 9, 2019 at the Johnson Controls Stadium Club at Miller Park, and it featured a silent auction, raffle, and a viewing of Malaika’s new video (see below) featuring their work and impact. This year’s event was Malaika’s best fundraising effort yet!

Malaika is located in the Harambee neighborhood of Milwaukee and works collaboratively with families to establish a strong academic, social and emotional foundation in the lives of Milwaukee’s economically disadvantaged children, 6 weeks through grade 3. Marietta is proud to support Malaika, and our Portfolio Manager Mary Allmon serves on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee.

Marietta Supports The Ability Center

In the third quarter of 2019, Marietta donated to The Ability Center through our Jeans for Charity program. The Ability Center’s mission is to provide people impacted by disabilities with a daily opportunity to be fit, active, and to play. We proudly support their goal to “provide a higher quality of life for people of all abilities by transforming greater Milwaukee into the most universally inclusive recreation destination in the world.”


Marietta Sponsors Benjamin Franklin Awards

On Thursday, October 10th, Marietta had the honor of being a sponsor for the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Benjamin Franklin Awards Celebration. The event took place at the MPL Central Branch and featured delicious food, cocktails, a live auction, and a one-of-a-kind library experience. The celebration also honored Sue and Bud Selig for their contributions to literacy and lifelong learning. Many of Marietta’s team members had the pleasure of attending the event, and we are proud to support MPLF’s mission to provide essential support to ensure MLP’s continued standing as a great library responsive to community needs.


Photo credit: Scott Paulus

Marietta Sponsors MSO’s Opening Celebration

Marietta was honored to be a lead sponsor for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Weekend Celebration on Saturday, September 14th. The MSO celebrated the start of the first season under the new Music Director, Ken-David Masur, with the aptly named concert, “Masur Takes the Reins.” The event also included a pre-concert dinner and post-concert reception at the newly opened St. Kate Arts Hotel. Robert Draper was a co-chair of this beautiful event, and Marietta is proud to be a long-term supporter of Milwaukee’s immensely talented orchestra.


Marietta Sponsors TEMPO EWL Workshop

Marietta was honored to be an event sponsor of the Fourth Annual EWL Professional Development Workshop on Friday, September 13 at ManpowerGroup. The workshop is the marquee event for TEMPO Milwaukee’s Emerging Women Leaders. Mary Allmon has served as the co-chair of the event committee for the past two years, and Marietta has sponsored the event for the past three years. The workshop started with 70 attendees in 2016 and grew to over 170 this year! Marietta is proud to support TEMPO EWL’s mission to connect and foster emerging women leaders through the enterprise of programming, events, mentoring and community involvement.

Photo credit: CJ Foeckler of GMR Marketing



Marietta Supports Acts Housing

In the second quarter of 2019, Marietta raised funds for Acts Housing through our Jeans for Charity program. Their tagline is “renters to home owners, houses to homes, blocks to communities,” and their mission is empowerment through home ownership. Acts provides counseling, real estate brokerage, rehab expertise, and rehab loans so that low income families can viably purchase a home and make it safe and livable.

On August 1st, Marietta was also a sponsor of Act’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The Longest Table, located at Jan Serr Studios in Milwaukee’s historic East Side. The idea behind the longest table theme is that everyone deserves a seat at the table; the sit-down dinner was thus arranged as one very long table that snaked its way around the room and food was served family-style. The event hosted over 450 guests, who were treated to a mariachi band, cocktails, and a silent auction before being ushered upstairs for the program and dinner.

Marietta is proud to support Acts and the vital work they do to make Milwaukee a stronger, more stable community.

Marietta Honored for LFOA Sponsorship

On Thursday, July 18, Marietta was honored to receive an award from Friends of Art for our commitment to the arts in Milwaukee through our sponsorship of the 2019 and 2020 Wine Garden at the Lakefront Festival of Art. The festival, which has attracted artists and art lovers to Milwaukee’s lakefront for over fifty years, was another beautiful success this year. Marietta had an incredible experience being a part of this important community event, and we were especially impressed by the passion of the LFOA volunteers who help to make the festival possible. Marietta’s Associate Director, Charlie Evans, noted that “I have never been around a group of volunteers who care so much for an organization and cause where there is no direct personal benefit to them.” Marietta is a proud supporter of the arts in our vibrant city, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in 2020.