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EVENT POSTPONED: Gridiron Awards Dinner 2020

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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Pfister Hotel
424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee WI, 53202


Milwaukee Press Club Announces 2020 Sacred Cat and Headliner Awards
Gloria Borger Named Sacred Cat Honoree
John Daniels, Jr. and Bob and Susan Mikulay Honored as Headliners

The Milwaukee Press Club today announced that Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst, is the club’s 2020 Sacred Cat Award honoree. The award, given annually since 1973, recognizes excellence in journalism at the national level.

Borger will accept the award at the club’s annual Gridiron Dinner, set for Friday, May 8th, at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

The club also will honor its 2020 Headliners, John W. Daniels, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Quarles & Brady and Bob and Susan Mikulay, of St. Croix Productions, who have served as community volunteers and board members at non-profit organizations throughout the Milwaukee area.

Winners of the press club’s 2019 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition also will be recognized at the event.

Emcees for the Gridiron will be press club board members LaToya Dennis, news reporter and producer for WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, and Fraser Engerman, director of global media relations for Johnson Controls.

“Gloria Borger is a respected veteran and a trusted observer of the nation’s political scene. Her keen insight becomes even more valuable in a time when experience, institutional knowledge and fact-based journalism are desperately needed,” said Milwaukee Press Club President Gene Mueller.

Gloria Borger is CNN’s chief political analyst, appearing regularly on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and on Anderson Cooper’s AC360 and across the network’s primetime programs. Borger plays an instrumental role in CNN’s daily coverage while reporting on a variety of political and breaking news stories, including midterm and presidential elections, Supreme Court rulings, Congressional investigations and more.

Prior to joining CNN, Borger had stints at CBS News, CNBC, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Star. Borger is a graduate of Colgate University and has served on its board of trustees.

Past Sacred Cat honorees include Chuck Todd, Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, David Fahrenthold, Marty Baron, Ann Compton, Jonathan Alter, Cokie Roberts, Walter Cronkite, Malcolm Forbes, Judy Woodruff, Michael Bloomberg and David Maraniss.

The Headliner Awards are presented annually to those who are making a positive difference in Wisconsin.

John W. Daniels Jr. is chairman emeritus of the Quarles & Brady law firm in Milwaukee. A national real estate and business expert, he is a strategic business advisor to many of the firm’s largest clients, champion of diversity and inclusion, thought leader, prominent community volunteer, agent of organizational and civic change, and crusader for high-quality education and access to it.

His personal motto, which has become a core firm value, is, “Everybody counts, every day.” Daniels received an undergraduate degree at North Central College; a master at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree at Harvard Law School.

Bob and Susan Mikulay have served as community volunteers and board members throughout the Milwaukee area, particularly in the areas of education, the arts and improving the lives of Milwaukee’s underserved communities. Non-profit organizations they have helped include Penfield Children’s Center, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Milwaukee Film, College Possible Milwaukee, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee where Bob will become board chairman later this spring.

Each also has achieved success in the corporate sector. Bob Mikulay is the retired executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Miller Brewing Company and now advises small businesses and start-up ventures on all aspects of business planning and development. He is also board chairman of City Lights Brewing Company, one of Milwaukee’s leading craft breweries. Susan Mikulay is an executive communications consultant advising on strategic planning, public speaking and message management. She is an accomplished writer, theater producer and the founder and president of St. Croix Productions.

Past Headliner honorees include Martin Schreiber, Mary Lou Young, Gary Grunau, Juli Kaufmann, Carmen Pitre, Howard Fuller, Ted Kellner, Hannah Rosenthal, Ricardo Diaz, Linda Mellowes, Michael Pink, Barry Alvarez, Jane Pettit, Bud Selig, James Lovell, Ben Marcus and Steve Marcus.

Tickets for the Gridiron Dinner are available by booking below. Registration deadline is Friday, May 1. The cost is $75 per individual, or $580 for a table of eight. Corporate table sponsorships are available for $1,000 (includes a table of 8, name on table and company logo on printed program). Sponsorship/advertising information can be found here.

Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America. Its members represent a diverse community of media-focused professionals from nearly every local media outlet, and also include a strong contingent of public relations and marketing professionals and others with an interest in journalism and news media.

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Entree selections:
(Beef) Braised beef short ribs, Boursin cheese mousseline, baby root vegetables, Burgundy bordelaise
(Chicken) Orange-glazed semi-boneless chicken with braised root vegetables, whiskey-spiked zucchini, Irish colcannon potatoes
(Fish) Wild Atlantic salmon, potato cauliflower puree, twice-cooked corn butter sauce, jumbo-poached broccoli floret
(Vegetarian) Vegetable strudel: layers of grilled zucchini, eggplant, Portobello mushrooms, roasted peppers, and sautéed spinach in a phyllo dough wrapper, served over red pepper coulis
(Please contact us for any special dietary needs.)

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Vibrant Body Company

Ally Sponsors

  • Kane Communications Group

  • We Energies

In-kind Sponsors

  • The Pfister

  • VISIT Milwaukee


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