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Radler makes major donation to UWM Libraries, hosts Cream City fundraiser

Local philanthropist Will Radler has donated $65,000 to the UWM Libraries’ LGBT Collection in honor of fellow philanthropist Joe Pabst, already a significant contributor to the collection. In 2008, Pabst established the Libraries’ LGBT Outreach History Endowment, as well as provided a planned gift. 

According to assistant director Michael Doylen, the gift will help the libraries’ Archives and Special Collections Department do more with their substantial holdings, which mostly date from the period following the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Radler also hosted his annual Garden Party on July 12, which he combined with Cream City Foundation’s My Best Friend is Straight fundraiser. The 425 guests contributed more than $45,000 for the Cream City Foundation.

In other community news …

• The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce holds its business and leadership conference July 29–Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. More than 300 business owners are expected to attend. For more, go to

• We Are Water: Beachfront Celebration of Milwaukee’s Water, presented by Milwaukee Water Commons, takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the north end of Bradford Beach, 2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee. Organizers say the Overpass Light Brigade, DanceCircus and the Strawberry Moon Singers are involved. For more, go to

• The Milwaukee Chapter of the ACLU of Wisconsin is preparing for its annual meeting, “Safeguarding our Future: Education and Civil Liberties,” which takes place at 3 p.m. on Sept. 6 at North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Ave., Milwaukee. Journalist Barbara Miner is the featured speaker and recipient of the Eunice Z. Edgar Lifetime Achievement Award. For more, go to

• Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented by the River Revitalization Foundation, is set for 5 p.m. on Aug. 1 at RRF Riverhaus, 2134 N. Riverboat Road, Milwaukee. For more, go to

• Doors Open Milwaukee seeks volunteers for its annual event this September. Volunteers work four-hour shifts greeting visitors and distributing materials to the 25,000 people expected to visit hundred of buildings Sept. 20-21. For more information, go to

— from WiG reports

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