See photos from SHARP Literacy’s annual Novel Event

Jess Connell, Rachel Kruse, Valeria Serna and Mei Lin Nall, all of Augustine Prep.

SHARP Literacy‘s annual “Novel Event” on Monday raised approximately $300,000 to support the nonprofit’s programing, which serves 8,600 students in 36 urban schools in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine counties.

Now in its 20th year, the event featured former Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson, who spoke to a crowd of 400 attendees about the importance of early education. The event was held at The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Mike Mahoney, SHARP board member and civic volunteer was recognized with the Literacy Champion Award; Rockwell Automation Inc. received the EDGE Award. Kate and Dan Meyer, owners of BizTimes Media, and Julie and Mark Steinhafel of Steinhafels Inc. were event co-chairs.

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Maredithe Meyer covers restaurants, retail, tourism, and sports and entertainment. She joined BizTimes in 2015, previously as an intern reporter. She earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University in 2017. When she's not on the job, Maredithe coaches field hockey and loves exploring her favorite city on earth, Milwaukee.

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