2021 Honorees

Leroy Butler

Overcoming hardship and adversity has been the path by which LeRoy Butler has come to understand the need for giving back, especially to youth who are vulnerable, impressionable, and critically at-risk. Like many former Packers whose connection and commitment to the community runs deep in Wisconsin, LeRoy Butler has dedicated himself to being a part of the solution through efforts like his Butler versus Bullying initiative. The two-time NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990's All-Decade team, 4-time Associated Press All-Pro selection, and 4-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, labors in the tradition of Green Bay Packers and Fellowship Open Legends Willie Davis, and his good friend and championship teammate Dr. George Koonce. LeRoy Butler’s impact on Milwaukee’s social justice landscape is enduring and constant.

“After I had chosen to make Wisconsin my home forever, it was John Daniels and the Fellowship Open that gave me the opportunity and a partnership to give back to those who had done so much for me in my career,” remarked Mr. Butler, 2021 finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Champion with the 1996 Green Bay Packers along with teammates George Koonce, Reggie White, and Brett Favre. “While I certainly appreciate this award personally, to me it is validation that what we're all trying to do to engage youth in Milwaukee is working through the Fellowship Open. I am humbled and grateful and will continue to support this great organization and its mission to empower the community.”

Leroy's personal story is rife with examples of overcoming adversity. From impoverished to empowered, even a wheelchair could not prevent this servant leader and elite athlete from a lifelong pursuit for access and inclusion. It has been his exemplary work ethic and unrelenting passion to move people to the equity that drives this Super Bowl champion.

“The core leadership group from the ‘96 Super Bowl Champion Packers was led by LeRoy, Reggie White, and Brett Favre,” noted John W. Daniels, Jr., Fellowship Open Founder, and Chairman. “Leroy’s nomination to join his teammates in the NFL Hall of Fame may be a testimony to his greatness as an athlete, but his enshrinement as the 2021 Fellowship Open Legends Honoree solidifies his legacy in service to the young people of Wisconsin. He will always be a champion to Milwaukee.”

 

Charles R. Matthews

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas President and CEO Charles R. Matthews will be recognized as the 2021 Fellowship Open Corporate Leadership Honoree. Mr. Matthews oversees the strategic expansion, daily operations, and administrative functions of WEC Energy Group’s two Illinois utilities, which collectively provide natural gas service to more than 1 million customers in the city of Chicago and 54 communities within the northern suburbs.

“Our work delivering safe, reliable energy to communities is accompanied by the equally vital tasks of creating jobs and developing education and workforce training opportunities for community members,” remarked Mr. Matthews, whose career took him from Southern Company in Georgia, to Jamaica Public Service in Kingston, to WEC Energy Group here in Wisconsin. “I will use the Fellowship Open honor to advance that work, and our civic engagement and leadership overall. I am excited to join the class of Super Bowl Champion LeRoy Butler, and am extremely proud and humbled to receive this award.”

2020 Honorees
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Sidney Moncrief

Sidney Moncrief is a 5X NBA All-Star, 5X member of the NBA All-Defensive team, 2X NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and an NBA All-Pro. He is a former NCAA Division I head coach (UALR) and NBA assistant coach (Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks.) Coach Moncrief also led an international team as head consultant in Beijing, China. He has served on the board of directors for a Fortune 500 company and as president of various retail auto dealerships. Sidney is author of six books.

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Dan Bader

Dan is the visionary leader and architect of the Foundation’s philanthropic giving in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and around the world. Dan was the founding CEO of the Helen Bader Foundation in 1992. He works closely with the Board of Directors to set the organizational direction and long-term strategies which guide the Foundation’s goals and culture. He serves on several local, national and global boards and committees which broaden his perspective on how the Foundation can transform lives though its grantmaking, program related investments and convenings. Dan’s board appointments include: Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development, Relief International and Rogers Behavioral Health System. Among his private sector directorships, he is a director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., a Milwaukee-based private equity firm that invests in mature businesses in low-to-moderate income communities. He has also served as a director of a number of emerging technology and life science firms, and he is currently a director of Materia, Inc., a Pasadena, California-based advanced catalyst company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2006, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life in the city. In 2019, Cardinal Stritch University conferred a doctor of humane letters, honoris causa degree, in recognition of his daily commitment to active engagement and an enduring investment in educational and social justice programs that cultivate the minds and hearts of all people.

 

2019 Honorees

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Hailed by Sports Illustrated as the ‘Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century’, Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s athletic credentials are unquestionably among the best ever - in all of sport. A six-time Olympic medalist, including three gold medals, Joyner-Kersee dominated the heptathlon and long jump events throughout her career which spanned four Olympic Games. Astonishingly, despite modern advancements in technology and training used by athletes around the world over the last two decades, Jackie Joyner-Kersee still holds the World Heptathlon Record she set over 20 years ago at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

 

In addition to her remarkable accomplishments on the field of competition, Joyner-Kersee has defined her post-athletic career as a philanthropist, a dynamic public speaker and a tireless advocate for children’s empowerment, health education, racial equality, social reform and women’s rights. In 1988, Joyner-Kersee established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation as the vehicle through which she provides youth, adults and families with vital resources focused on improving their quality of life.  

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Greg Marcus

Gregory S. Marcus has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Marcus Corporation for over a decade. Known to all as Greg, he refers to himself as a piano player, lawyer, accountant and film school dropout. Over his tenure as a leading

Wisconsin CEO, Greg has been instrumental in guiding the philosophy and civic investment of the Marcus Corporation Foundation. Firmly family values-driven, Greg’s lengthy network of community partnerships includes United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs and the University of Wisconsin School of Architecture and Urban Planning. His astute vision and business acumen has kept the Marcus Corporation both profitable and vested in the community. Mr. Marcus is also the Director of Columbia St. Mary’s, Inc. and serves on several prominent corporate boards. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University in 1986 and a J.D. Degree from Boston University School of Law in 1989.