The 10th Anniversary Fundraiser Reception, celebrating 10 years of youth leadership for the League of Young Voters, took place on June 7, 2013 at the majestic Hotel Metro in downtown Milwaukee. Everything from the dining hall to the hors d’oeuvres was impressive. The space, small but quaint, allowed for a more intimate setting with current donors and League supporters. Key individuals in attendance were Alderman Bob Bauman, Alderwoman Milele Coggs and Mothers Against Gun Violence founder Marna Winbush, in addition to Campaign Against Violence co-founder Kwabena Antoine Nixon.
Not only were we able to update donors on current campaigns being conducted by the League, it gave supporters the opportunity to interact with current members of the organization and to hear more about the League’s inception. Throughout the night, we heard testimonies from fellow Leaguers and how their involvement with the organization transformed their lives in a positive way. My personal highlight of the night was the video tribute from various League affiliates that brought the story of the national organization full circle.
This reception was a celebration of the work the energetic and ambitious young people of the League of Young Voters has done in the past, the work that is being done now and the work that will be done in the future. More than just a fundraising event, the 10 Year Anniversary celebration was time of fellowship, catching up, saying thank you and preparing attendees for the next steps in the League’s mission to engage young people of color.
-Richard M. Leckie