Gala Raises Half Million Dollars for Affordable Housing

Save the Date – Framing the Future Gala 2022
Thursday, October 6th, 2022
Milwaukee Habitat Woodshop
Chair – Jim Borris, President & CEO of Zilber Ltd.
Emcee – Portia Young, Sargento Foods

On October 14th, 2021, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity hosted the annual Framing the Future Gala from inside their early 20th century woodshop. The event, which welcomed more than 400 virtual and in-person attendees, raised over half a million dollars to build safe, affordable housing in our city: a new Framing the Future Gala record.

Framing the Future Gala, presented by BMO Harris Bank, is Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s largest annual fundraiser. The funds raised are crucial to the organization’s work to help local families earning below Milwaukee’s median income become first-time homebuyers.

Gala Chairs: Edie & Dave Werner

Speaking in front of more than 200 in-person guests, Gala Co-Chair Dave Werner said, “There are thousands of families in Milwaukee that have barriers that they can’t overcome unless we have an organization like Habitat breaking down those barriers to make it possible for people to own their first home.”

Brian Wickert and Gala MC Portia Young

In a surprise move, Accunet Mortgage CEO, Brian Wickert, announced he would increase his company’s $75,000 challenge match to $125,000. Generous attendees met the additional challenge, leading Milwaukee Habitat to their largest fundraiser in the organization’s history.

Joe Gessner

Representing the presenting sponsor, BMO Harris Bank, Joe Gessner announced the record breaking total in front of a buzzing crowd, “It takes all of us coming together to make this night such a success. Thank you all for your generosity.”

2021 Presenting Sponsor

2021 Challenge Match Sponsor

2021 Foundation Sponsors

2021 Roof Sponsors

Lois Bernard

Abby Wall, Realtor


Family of Four Parishes

Fiduciary Real Estate Development

First Weber Foundation

Great Midwest Bank

Johnson Controls

Mandel Group

Old National Bank

U.S. Bank

2021 Valet Sponsor


2021 Golden Ticket Sponsor


2021 Hard Hat Sponsors

Marti Berg/Eric Berg
Patty Hanz & David Feiss
CLP Capital
Common Links Construction LLC
Continental Properties
Johnson Financial Group
Gass Turek LLC
A Gift of Time
Harris Family Dental
Mortenson Construction
PNC Bank
Town Bank / Wintrust Mortgage


The following videos premiered at this year’s Framing the Future Gala.
Written & Directed by: Jake Brandt
Videography & Editing by: Tankthink Productions
Voiceover by: Dasha Kelly Hamilton
Special thanks to: Reggie Jackson, Co-Founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners & Milwaukee Habitat homeowner Latasha Carter