Over $20,000 Raised at Taste of Milwaukee

After a three-year hiatus, we were able to host the 41st Taste of Milwaukee in-person! Over 100 guests and business owners joined us to sample food from amazing restaurants in the Milwaukee area. Guests enjoyed taking fun photos at our photo booth, trying their luck in our 50/50 raffle, bidding on silent auction items, and participating in an exciting wine pull where they were guaranteed to win a bottle of Cooper’s Hawk wine. It was an evening filled with a delicious variety of food and wonderful company all in the name of raising funds for the people served by Broadscope’s Independent Living, Employment, and Respite programs.

Back this year was the opportunity to vote for the Best Dish. Guests were encouraged to vote for what they considered the Best Dish among all the tastings at the 41st Taste of Milwaukee. We are excited to announce that Confectionately Yours by GGG, who served a delicious peach cobbler, received the title of Best Dish at this year’s event. Congratulations!

A sincere thank you to everyone who attended, to the restaurants, to the volunteers, to our sponsors, and to the companies that generously donated items for our silent auction. Each and every person who attended, volunteered, and worked behind the scenes played a huge role in making it a successful and fun night. Your support raised over $20,000 that will help advance opportunities for people with disabilities and their families.

We would like to thank the following restaurants for preparing their popular dishes for our guests to sample: Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant, Bartolotta Catering & Events, Confectionately Yours by GGG, Davians, Famous Dave’s, FreshFin, Pizza Man, Portillo’s, Saz’s, Tots on the Street, and Wahlburgers.

A special thank you to our sponsors O’Leary & Anick, SC Johnson, A Family Company, Creative Graphic Imaging, United Financial Advisors, Associated Bank, Reilly, Penner & Benton LLP, Regal Rexnord, Festival Foods, R&R Insurance Services, Next Realty, and Italian Community Center, Inc. Together we are working to foster inclusion for people with disabilities.

We would like to thank the Pilot Club of Milwaukee for their support and generosity. Because of their support, we are able to host small group outings for participants of our Independent Living Program. These outings provide social opportunities and activities for our clients who typically do not have those opportunities very often. Thank you so much for supporting our mission!

Broadscope Disability Services is grateful for the support and generosity from the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation. Their support allows us to have a mixture of educational and social opportunities for the people we serve. This ensures that our clients can connect with others and practice their interpersonal skills while enjoying new experiences. Thank you!

Our Employment Services program helps to find job opportunities for our participants, ensuring that the position fits their abilities. Many steps are taken during this process to ensure the perfect role is found. This process involves forming partnerships with companies so that our participants have an opportunity to job shadow someone at their business. If they enjoy the work, we set up a temporary work experience for four to six weeks where they are able to try out the position, and get paid for their work through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

This is how the experience started for our Employment Services consumer Austin. He started a temporary work experience at Bay View Printing Company after working with our Employment Services staff to discover what he wanted to do. Austin enjoyed working with his hands so Bay View Printing Company was a great fit for him. When his work experience was complete, Austin was hired as a permanent team member at Bay View Printing Company. Not only was he hired on as a permanent employee, but he is also earning a living wage. “When we decided to hire Austin,” said Scott Town, Account Manager, “we wanted to be clear he is a member of our team same as everyone else.”

We applaud Bay View Printing Company for its commitment to inclusion and equity.

Broadscope Disability Services has formed a beautiful relationship with Bay View Printing Company. Not only is Austin, one of our participants, working there but they designed our annual appeal artwork. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and support and are looking forward to our continued partnership.

If your company is interested in partnering with Broadscope Disability Services, please call Ericka at (414)755-8028 or email her at etipton@broadscope.org

Finding a job isn’t always easy. At Broadscope Disability Services, we encounter many people with a strong desire to work but who face barriers because their abilities do not align with the qualifications that companies are looking for in their employees. Support from individuals like you, allows us to build relationships and assist our consumers in finding the job that is the right fit for them and their employer.

Austin’s Journey to Find Employment

When Diane contacted our Employment Services program, she was looking for assistance for her 19-year-old son Austin, who has Autism. Austin needed help figuring out what he wanted to do. He needed help learning how to interact with new people. Austin needed help because he faced societal barriers that made it difficult for him to just walk in, apply for a job, and interview without assistance.

Our Employment Services Department met with Austin and began working on an individualized plan. After learning about his interests and abilities, staff arranged job shadowing experiences. Austin was able to experience multiple roles and discovered that he really enjoyed tasks that were hands-on. Using that information, staff organized a Temporary Work Experience at the Bay View Printing Company, which allowed Austin to try out the position for five weeks before he or the employer committed to a permanent hire. With support from his Broadscope job coach, he prepared mailings and prepped items for packing. Diane, Austin’s mother, stated, “Broadscope staff was with Austin from day one to help him adjust.” Austin was able to learn at his own pace, and it was clear that his confidence was growing with each shift.  

When this work experience was complete, Austin was hired as a permanent team member at Bay View Printing Company. Not only was he hired on as a permanent employee, but he is also earning a living wage. “When we decided to hire Austin,” said Scott Town, Account Manager, “we wanted to be clear he is a member of our team same as everyone else.” 

We applaud Bay View Printing Company for its commitment to inclusion and equity.

YOU can help build inclusive workplaces – one job at a time

We hope you will consider making a donation to help individuals like Austin join the workforce and receive training, coaching, and advocacy. Your gift today will allow people access not just to employment services, but also Independent Living services and Respite Care coordination.

Imagine what we can accomplish together. Your contribution helps individuals like Austin have the support and tools they need to reach their potential. 


Thank you to the Vilter Foundation for their continued support. Your generosity ensures that we remain a vital community resource focusing on maintaining dignity for, diminishing isolation, and enhancing the overall quality of life for more than 900 individuals with disabilities and their families.

Thank you to the We Energies Foundation for supporting our Independent Living Program. Through their generosity, we can continue to play a vital role in providing the necessary resources and advocacy that allow our clients to achieve their personal goals while ensuring safety, self-esteem, and dignity.

Broadscope Disability Services strives to host activities that are engaging, impactful, and geared toward independence. Recently, we had the honor of partnering with Arts@Large on a drum circle workshop series. The energy during these sessions is electric. As the group practices drum beats, participants learn to step outside their comfort zone, support each other, and give space for each person to shine. Each person has their own beat, but when combined, beautiful music is made. We are excited to continue offering these unique and engaging opportunities to Broadscope consumers. Contact Danielle Fischer at dfischer@broadscope.org to learn more about becoming a monthly activity sponsor. 

These workshops were made possible through the generosity of the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation.

Do you remember walking into your first job? Maybe you were a little nervous; maybe you were exuding confidence. No matter how you felt that day, you always remember your first job and the independence it provided. 

This summer, our Employment Services department worked with Mitchell R. on his search for his first job. Broadscope staff helped him complete applications and set up job shadow experiences to assist him in finding a role that was a good fit. We are so excited for Mitchell because all his time and hard work resulted in him being hired as a Dining Services Assistant at Clement Manor. Congratulations Mitchell! 

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The Molson Coors Charlie Kapp Charity Golf Challenge was founded in 1995 by Charlie Kapp, a 30-year sales executive for Miller Brewing Company, whose daughter, Dana, had cerebral palsy and passed away in 1988.
Charlie served on the organization’s board (then UCP-SEW and UCP National), until he passed away unexpectedly in 1996. In 1997, this event was named in his honor. Charlie and Dana continue to be honored with our annual golf outing. Broadscope is beyond grateful for the continued contributions of Molson Coors and the Kapp family and their friends which help us keep this event, in Charlie and Dana’s honor, alive.