The Marcus Corp.

2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Peggy Williams Smith

In-Kind Supporter Winner

Peggy Williams Smith

The Marcus Corp.

100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

No name is as synonymous with arts and hospitality in Milwaukee as The Marcus Corp. From its beginning, altruism has been an essential part of the company’s culture.

Founded by Ben Marcus in 1935, The Marcus Corp. has grown from a movie theater in Ripon to a nationwide corporation with many movie theaters, hotels and resorts, and restaurants.

Since then, the company has donated millions of dollars and in-kind gifts to nonprofit organizations focusing on health, education, and community and economic development.

Led by president and chief executive officer Greg Marcus, The Marcus Corp.’s commitment to philanthropy in the Milwaukee community grows stronger each year. In 2017 alone, $4.2 million was donated to worthy causes and charities, with 65 percent allocated to Wisconsin organizations.

That same year, the company donated the Warner Grand Theatre, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave., to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, along with in-kind gifts and cash totaling nearly $5 million. The theater is expected to reopen in 2020.

“For 83 years…the Marcus Corp. has always believed that giving back is essential to a successful community and a successful business. We’re proud to call Milwaukee home and Marcus will continue to support it with our time, talent and the financial resources that they have.”

– Peggy Williams Smith, senior vice president of SafeHouse Restaurants, The Marcus Corp.

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