Reviving the Dream Celebration

Thursday, March 30, 2017

InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel
5:30pm to 6:30pm: Cocktail Reception & Cash Bar
6:30pm to 7:30pm: Dinner
7:30pm to 8:30pm: Program



The Celebration

The 5th Annual Reviving the Dream Celebration includes the presentation of Diverse & Resilient’s 2017 LGBT leadership awards, honoring individuals and organizations for their leadership in, and on behalf of, Wisconsin’s LGBTQ community.

Individual tickets and sponsorships are available:

  • Individual ticket: $100
  • Individual sponsorship: $250 (includes listing in invitation and program book)



Partnership Opportunities

We offer various opportunities for companies to sponsor Reviving the Dream and advertise in the program book.  For more information, please click here.

The following sponsorships are available:

  • Resilient Table Sponsors: $1,000 (table of eight)
  • Diversity Sponsors: $2,500 (table of eight; half-page ad)
  • Reviving the Dream Sponsors: $5,000 (table of eight; full-page ad)
  • Presenting Sponsor: $10,000 (two tables of eight; full-page ad)

For more information, please contact Gerry Coon, President & CEO of Diverse & Resilient, at or 1 (414) 390-0444.



Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin, the event’s namesake, was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.  Rustin was a mentor and adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington.  Rustin had to work behind the scenes because he was an openly gay man in a deeply hostile era.  The Bayard Rustin Award honors his legacy of working behind the scenes to improve people’s lives through social justice.

Reviving the Dream honors the memory of Bayard Rustin and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender leaders working to make Wisconsin—and the world—a better place.



Award Recipients

This year’s leadership award recipients include:

  • Bayard Rustin Award – Sarah Morgan
  • Be Y.O.U. Youth Leadership Award – Kailee Evans
  • Gary Hollander Adult Leadership Award – Syd Robinson
  • LGBT Ally Award – Brett Fuller
  • Community Partner Award – Northwestern Mutual


Keynote Speaker

Gerard Washington, Milwaukee Fire Department Assistant Chief, a great personal and professional advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

Gerard Washington


Presenting Sponsor


Reviving the Dream Sponsors





Diversity Sponsors










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Resilient Table Sponsors

Tanya Atkinson & Laurie Reisener

Gerry Coon & Stewart Dempsey

Eastmore Real Estate

Fair Wisconsin

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Milwaukee Health Department

Sarah Morgan & Pat Walsh


YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin



Individual Sponsors

Steven Dittman, CPA

Helmut Hampel, CPA

Andrew C. Holman, CPA

Natalie Miller

Morgan Tilleman


Media Sponsors