The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County honored five local community leaders, and one local youth leader, for their commitment to philanthropic efforts in the Milwaukee area at South Second in Walker’s Point on Thursday night.
The United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council puts on the “Philanthropic 5” awards each year to recognize five individuals in their 20s, 30s and 40s who donate, volunteer and advocate for change in the local nonprofit community. The Philanthropic Youth award recognizes a community leader under the age of 21.
This year, the Philanthropic 5 awards went to Grady Crosby, vice president of public affairs and chief diversity officer at Johnson Controls; Catherine Draeger-Pederson, executive director of Friedens Community Ministries; Molly Hogan, vice president of customer experience at BMO Harris Bank; Katie Maloney Perhach, managing partner of Quarles & Brady LLP’s Milwaukee office; and Matt Walker, regional partner at Thrivent Financial.
The Philanthropic Youth award winner was Megan Sai Dogra, a high school senior from Milwaukee who has clocked more than 700 volunteer hours over three years at several community service organizations and also started her own charity called Assist Bhopal to raise awareness and money for disabled children at the Chingari Rehabilitation Center in India.
The Philanthropic 5 award winners were each given $500 to give to the cause of their choice.