Saturday, December 2, 2023
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IndependenceFirst Empower Lunch & Indie Awards

You are cordially invited to the 2019 IndependenceFirst Empower Lunch and Indie Awards presented by BMO Harris Bank, featuring Guest Speaker LeRoy Butler, as well as the presentation of the Indie Awards, which recognize excellence in accessibility, inclusion and advocacy. The event is a fundraiser in support of IndependenceFirst’s services empowering people with disabilities.

Guest Speaker LeRoy Butler was born severely pigeon-toed and spent much of his early youth in a wheelchair. Doctors predicted that he would be lucky to ever walk unassisted. At the age of eight Butler discovered that he could not only walk, he could run pretty well. And so his incredible sports career began.

We are pleased to recognize this year’s Indie Award winners:

Empowerment Award:
The Milwaukee Bucks

For their outstanding achievement in the accessible design of the Fiserv Forum. The award will be presented to a representative of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Martha Valerio Disability Advocacy Award:
Moriah Iverson

Program Manager, Community Engagement and Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, for her exemplary work on behalf of disability rights and inclusion.

Networking: 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon Keynote by LeRoy Butler and Presentation of the Indie Awards: Noon
Raffle Featuring Sports Memorabilia During Lunch

Tickets are $99 per person. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Please contact Laura Emir at 414-226-8305 V/Relay for more information.

Please RSVP by October 30, 2019, online at, by phone at 414-226-8356 V/Relay or by email at


Nov 06 2019


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


$99 per person


Italian Community Center
631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202