UPAF names 2020 Campaign co-chairs

Tami Garrison, Justin Mortara and Rolando Rodriguez will lead fundraising effort

Tami Garrison, Justin Mortara and Rolando Rodriguez are the 2020 UPAF Campaign co-chairs.
Tami Garrison, Justin Mortara and Rolando Rodriguez are the 2020 UPAF Campaign co-chairs.

Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:37 pm

The United Performing Arts Fund announced Tuesday that it has named three Milwaukee business leaders as co-chairs for the 2020 UPAF Campaign.

They are: Tami Garrison, community affairs director of MillerCoors; Justin Mortara, principal of the Mortara Group and former chief executive officer of Mortara Instrument; and Rolando Rodriguez, chairman, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres.

“UPAF is always so fortunate to attract phenomenal co-chairs for our annual campaign and 2020 will continue the tradition,” said Deanna Tillisch, president and CEO of UPAF. “Since my first UPAF Campaign in 2012, I have had the privilege of working with 23 exceptional co-chairs, all of which have shared a passion for the performing arts and recognized their important contribution to the quality of life we enjoy in the Greater Milwaukee area. I am proud to share my last UPAF Campaign with this dynamic team. Tami, Justin and Rolando each have a history of community involvement and strong support of the performing arts.”

“A vibrant performing arts scene contributes to the success of our region, as it not only entertains, but also increases event-related spending, drives tourism and attracts innovative companies to our area,” said Rodriguez. “I look forward to further witnessing the strong impact that the performing arts have on our community and the generosity of those in the Greater Milwaukee area.”

The 2020 UPAF Campaign will run from March 2 through June 10.

Last year’s campaign raised $11.9 million for its 14 member groups. The co-chairs for that campaign were: Jim Barry III, president and CEO of The Barry Company; Sandy Botcher, vice president of field experience at Northwestern Mutual; and Tim Stewart, attorney and shareholder at DeWitt Ross & Stevens.

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