Pearls of Wisdom

12th Annual Pearls of Wisdom

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thank you so much to each and every person who supported this year's Pearls of Wisdom event, whether you attended, volunteered, or donated projects or services. We could not have done it without you!

Your support allows us to continue providing services and opportunities to ensure older adults remain an integral part of our community.

If you couldn't make it, you can still support Milwaukee-area older adults!

Consider making a tax-deductible donation online: every dollar makes a difference.


April 27, 2017
Reception at 5:00 pm
Dinner & Program at 6:15 pm


Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West
10499 W Innovation Dr
Wauwatosa, WI

Wisdom Awards

Each year at our Pearls of Wisdom event, we honor outstanding people in the Milwaukee area who are making priceless contributions to older adults through volunteerism and advocacy. This year’s award recipients are listed below.

Jonathan Brostoff & Phyllis Mensh Brostoff

Phyllis Mensh Brostoff & Jonathan Brostoff

Winners of the Generational Gem Award

Phyllis Brostoff, CEO of Stowell Associates Inc., and her son, State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, have been active in social work, community advocacy and volunteerism for decades.

This award honors persons of different generations who have inspired each other, and as a result, have created new and better ways of providing service to others.

Anne Presser

Winner of the Making the World More Beautiful Award

Anne, 89, has been an active Interfaith volunteer in different roles for more than 15 years. Nominees in this category are adults 50 and better who willingly share gifts and talents to enrich the lives of others.

Anne Presser
Rose Oliva

Rose Oliva

Winner of the Living Life to the Fullest Award

Rose, 72, has been an Interfaith volunteer for more than 30 years at our Southwest Neighborhood Outreach office.

Nominees in this category are adults 50 and better who are living life to the fullest, and having a positive impact on the community and others.

Nucor Cold Finish Wisconsin

Recipient of the Business Community Impact Award

Nucor Cold Finish Wisconsin is the recipient of the Business Community Impact Award. This award recognizes a local business for its dedication and commitment to volunteering with Interfaith. Nucor has been a community business partner with the South Shore Regional Neighborhood Outreach office for many years.

Nucor Cold Finish Wisconsin
Photo credit

Thomas Nielsen & Geraldine Sykes

Recipients of the Exceptional Caregiver Award

Thomas and Geraldine were selected from Interfaith’s Family Caregiver Support Network’s clients for their dedication, wisdom, and positive approaches to their individual caregiving challenges and lifestyles.

From left: Thomas Nielsen with his mother; Geraldine “Gerri” Sykes with her husband.

Andrea Garr
Bashir Easter
Nelva Olin

Andrea Garr, Bashir Easter & Nelva Olin

Recipients of the Outstanding Caregiver Partner Award

These professionals help Interfaith meet our objectives to provide better support and services to caregivers in Milwaukee’s Latino and African-American communities.

From left: Andrea Garr and Bashir Easter, Dementia Care Specialists with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. Nelva Olin is the Program Coordinator for the United Community Center.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

Pearl Sponsor

Renouard Trust

Ruby Sponsors

Sapphire Sponsor

Amethyst Sponsors

Emerald Sponsors

In-kind Support