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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, recently awarded nearly $1.4 million in local grants during the third quarter of 2008 in support of Milwaukee-area education, arts and grassroots civic organizations. Some of the projects include: Beloit College:  A grant of $97,000 to support the Miller Upton Forum on the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations with featured scholar Nobel Laureate Douglass North.  Milwaukee County Council Boy Scouts of America: A grant of $50,000 to support general operations. Milwaukee Striders Track Club: A grant of $10,000 to support general operations. Since its inception, this group has taught 2,200 student-athletes and their families the importance of dedication, discipline, community, teamwork, and individual improvement. It has also produced some first-class college-level and professional track athletes. New Horizon Center: A grant of $25,000 to support general operations. This organization runs two treatment foster-care group homes for boys and one for girls ages 12-18. It provides its residents with clear, strict rules, but also offers opportunities to participate in recreational, educational and social activities. Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod: A grant of $30,000 to support the Model English Language Outreach Program. Using volunteer tutors, this innovative and intensive outreach program addresses the diverse language needs of the immigrant population by offering specialized classes for people with low levels of literacy in their native language, and other classes for educated non-native English speakers who need to learn career-specific usage.


For leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from its freight operations, commercial printer Quad/Graphics, Sussex, recently received its third consecutive Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWaySM Transport Partnership. Quad/Graphics is one of just 27 companies and organizations, and the only commercial printer, from among the Partnership’s more than 1,000 participants to receive this year’s Environmental Excellence Award. More significantly, the printer is one of four companies to earn the award three years in a row. Quad/Graphics also won in 2006 and 2007 for the environmental achievements of its freight subsidiary Duplainville Transport, which operates a fleet of semi-trailer trucks. The SmartWay Transport Partnership was introduced in 2004 as an innovative, market-based partnership to reduce fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollutants from the freight sector. Today, more than 1,000 businesses and organizations have joined. Together these companies are conserving almost 600 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, saving at least $2.5 billion in annual fuel and maintenance costs and eliminating an estimated 6.8 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.

Klement Sausage Company

The Klement Sausage Company, Milwaukee, recently announced that it has donated over $25,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  The donation is a result of Klement’s World Famous Racing Sausage Snow Globe promotion. The donation will help build a better Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and its major fundraising initiative for building on to the hospital. Klement’s gave a free collectible Klement’s Sausage Racer Snow Globe to each consumer who redeemed three proofs of purchase and then made its donation from the sales of those products.

Berghammer Construction Corporation

Bergammer Construction, Butler, recently held its Second Annual Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony. The event was held to recognize subcontractors in Southeastern Wisconsin for their premier performance on Berghammer building projects in 2008.

Twelve firms were nominated for three Golden Hammer awards.  The winners were rewarded with a golden hammer trophy.  The winners included Ken Heitman with Heitman, Inc., Milwaukee, for their flexibility on the Howell Avenue Professional Office Center, Steve Adkins with CornerStone Plumbing, Brookfield, for their extra effort to handle challenges with solutions on the Buyseasons corporate headquarters in New Berlin, and Pam Feavel with J.F. Ahern, Fond du Lac, for their high quality work.

The Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, recently received a five-year, $3,851,472 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to identify the genetic markers associated with an increased risk for coronary artery disease and heart attack. The study may lead to better understanding of the relationship between genetic factors that influence heart disease and traditional risk factors, such as diet. Dr. Ulrich Broeckel, associate professor of pediatrics, chief of the section of genomic pediatrics, associate director of the Children’s Research Institute, and director of the Individualized Medicine Institute of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center, is principal investigator for the grant. He will collaborate with investigators at the Marshfield Clinic and the Scripps Translational Science Institute, in La Jolla, Calif. Dr. Broeckel will study data from thousands of individuals with a history of coronary artery disease and heart attack to determine the common genetic markers that contribute to these disorders. While previous studies have determined traditional risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, it is still unclear how these factors act together with genes.

J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc.

J. P. Cullen & Sons Inc, Janesville, was recently awarded the contract for the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater new residence hall project. The $18,458,552 bid will provide UW-Whitewater with a five-story, 196,000-square-foot building that will be completed in July 2010. The project will obtain, at minimum, a LEED Silver rating.

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