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Special Olympics seeking participants for ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser
Special Olympics Wisconsin is seeking participants for its second annual Over the Edge fundraiser which will take place in October here in Milwaukee.  Participants in the fundraiser will have a chance to rappel down the side of The City Center at 735 Water Street.
“We’re thrilled that Over the Edge is returning to Milwaukee for its second year and we look forward to building on last year’s momentum,” said Dennis Alldridge, president of Special Olympics Wisconsin. “Fundraisers like Over the Edge Milwaukee help support the training and competition for our Special Olympics athletes.”
Participants interested in repelling down the building are asked to raise a minimum of $1,500 in donations for Special Olympics. With help from professional staff, participants will descend 17 stories down the side of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.
Special Olympics Wisconsin provides persons with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition and serves nearly 10,000 athletes in 189 communities across Wisconsin.
“The Special Olympics staff is looking forward to sharing our excitement for this event with the city of Milwaukee,” Alldridge said. “We invite everyone to come down to The City Center to support the ‘edgers’ and take part in the day’s festivities.”
If you are interested in participating in the Over the Edge event visit www.specialolympicswisconsin.org for more information. Check out the BizTimes Milwaukee video from last year’s event, when BizTimes reporter Alysha Schertz went ‘over the edge’ for the cause and find more information on the organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUyCwo4IlRc

Wave accepting nominations for charitable jersey program
The Milwaukee Wave of Hope, the charitable arm of the Milwaukee Wave Professional Indoor Soccer Team, is seeking applications for the second annaul M&I Bank Charitable Jersey Program.
Last year, the organziation distributed more than $40,000 to local nonprofits and charities that were a part of the program.
As part of the program, The Milwaukee Wave team wore different custom designed ‘home’ jerseys in honor of a local charity each game. The program aims to raise funds for local charities by auctioning off the home jerseys but also increases awareness for the charities.
Last year the M&I Bank Charitable Jersey Program included JDRF/ADA, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, Autism Society, Make-A-Wish, Go Pink!, Children’s Hospital, and the MACC Fund.
Marshall & Ilsley Corp, the parent company of M&I Bank was recently acquired by Canada’s Bank of Montreal, which does business as BMO Financial Group. M&I Bank is being combined with Harris Bank to form BMO Harris Bank N.A., part of BMO Financial Group.
Customers will begin to see the new BMO Harris Bank name as the systems integration is completed over the next 18 months. Until the integration is completed, BMO Harris Bank N.A. will operate the former M&I bank branches under the M&I name.
Non-profits interested in participating in the program may complete the application found at www.milwaukeewaveofhope.org.

BizTimes to launch 2011 edition of annual Giving Guide
BizTimes Milwaukee will release the 2011 edition of its Giving Guide, Regional Philanthropic Opportunities, a print and digital publication to showcase nonprofit organizations seeking support from the business community later this fall.
The Giving Guide, Regional Philanthropic Opportunities is a glossy four-color magazine that highlights nonprofit organizations that have a presence in southeastern Wisconsin. It will be published and distributed along with an issue of BizTimes Milwaukee later this fall and will also be available online in a digital page turn format. It will include information on nonprofit organizations involved with the arts and humanities, health and human services, foundations and fundraising.
“The BizTimes Giving Guide provides opportunity for nonprofit organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin to connect with the businesses and the key business executives of the region,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Milwaukee. “The nonprofit industry is an important sector of our local economy. The guide is great resource for the nonprofits, as well as business people who are looking for ways to serve.”
Space in the Giving Guide is purchased and includes a year- long two page spread in the print and online edition of the Giving Guide, logo recognition in Giving Guide promotional ads, 10,000 impressions on BizTimes.com, a text link and an ad in an issue of BizTimes Nonprofit Weekly as well as logo placement next to the organization listing in the BizTimes Nonprofit Directory.
“The Giving Guide is a year- long ‘value play’ for our participating nonprofit organizations,” said Tom Gaertner, BizTimes Media vice president of sales. “It’s all about putting the right message in front of business owners and decision makers who can truly make a difference in our community.”
Nonprofit organizations interested in being included in the Giving Guide can call Gaertner at (414) 336-7112. To see the 2010 edition of the BizTimes Giving Guide in digital page-turn format, click here.

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