Bright Lights, Big Dreams Gala to award scholarships to aging foster kids

Lad Lake will raise funds for Wisconsin youth aging out of the foster care system during its sixth annual Bright Lights, Big Dreams Gala on Thursday, April 25.


Lad Lake pushes life skills development and independence within the programs it offers at-risk youth and families throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

The gala will benefit selected students within the organization by providing them scholarships, which underscore the organization’s emphases on education, independent living, outreach and residential services.

“Our young people are special to us, and we want them to know how proud we are of them for reaching their personal goals,” said Gary Erdmann, chief executive officer of Lad Lake, Inc. “Most of our youth have beaten incredible odds, sometimes feeling as if they were alone in the world. Bright Lights, Big Dreams is our way of showing these young people, especially those aging out of the foster care system, that not only do we are, but there is a community of people rooting for their success.”

According to Lad Lake, more than 5,000 Wisconsin children age out of foster care each year. The organization’s Connections program offers support to many of these children with housing, clothing and basic necessities.

Lad Lake aims to serves more than 1,800 children and families each year.

The Bright Lights, Big Dreams Gala will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at COA Restaurant, 5750 N. Port Washington Rd. in Bayshore Town Center.

In addition to Mexican cuisine from COA, the event will feature live music and speeches given by scholarship winners.

For more information about the gala, contact David Borash at 414-339-8910 or [HYPERLINK]. For more information about Lad Lake, visit

BizTimes Media is serving as a sponsor of the event.

Sign up for BizTimes Daily Alerts

Stay up-to-date on the people, companies and issues that impact business in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin

No posts to display