Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
SHARP Literacy presents the
Caravan of Curiosity

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Event Co-Chairs
Anne Zizzo
Founder and CEO
Zizzo Group
Engagement Marketing
Coreen Dicus-Johnson
President and CEO
Network Health WI
Tom Olson
Partnership Development Manager
Good Karma Brands
Four stories. One amazing journey.

SHARP Literacy’s A Novel Event is hitting the road with an all-new, interactive virtual format. Every Wednesday in February 2021, guests can tune in for a once-in-a-lifetime performance featuring one of our storytelling rockstars.

Join us for one, or even all four sessions, and customize your experience with a backstage pass featuring interactive VIP perks (delivered right to your home or office!) that take the experience to the next level. Here’s what’s included with each VIP ticket:

  • Donald Driver: An autographed copy of his book The 3D Body Revolution: The Ultimate Workout + Nutrition Blueprint to Get Healthy and Lean
  • Vedale Hill: A Helping Hands art kit with wooden hands, brushes, paints and instructions
  • Rob Mendez: A baseball cap with his mantra – Who Says We Can’t?
  • Chef David Magnasco: A pasta kit with pasta, sauce and olive oil. Upper-level donors will also receive 3 splits of wine - one red, one white and one sparkling.
February 3 — 5:30pm-6:15pm
February 3
Donald Driver
Here’s a man who needs no introduction in Wisconsin. Work up a sweat with Donald Driver, author, health and wellness expert, and former Green Bay Packer.
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February 10 — 5:30pm-6:15pm
February 10
Vedale Hill
Exercise your creativity with Vedale Hill, an artist and teacher with work that’s been featured across the country. He’ll guide you through painting your own piece of a soon-to-be-installed community art installation called Helping Hands.
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February 17 — 11:30am-12:15pm
February 17
Rob Mendez
Get inspired with Rob Mendez, a Jimmy V Award winner, motivational speaker and football coach. Learn more about Rob’s journey to overcome incredible obstacles and get fired up to tackle each day with passion and positivity.
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February 24 — 5:30pm-6:15pm
February 24
Chef David Magnasco
Join Chef David Magnasco, owner and executive chef at The Chef’s Table, for a live segment featuring cooking tips and artisanal pastas and sauces crafted right in his private restaurant.
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Meet Our Award Winners.

Energizing through Dedication, Giving and Engagement (EDGE), BMO Harris is a shining example of what the EDGE Award symbolizes. Their dedication to supporting A Novel Event year after year, as well as SHARP school programming and the Browning Elementary Greenhouse at Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, has uplifted thousands of students. Their generosity to SHARP spans nine consecutive years with gifts totaling over $150,000. BMO also matches employee contributions, giving young learners the resources they need to achieve lifelong academic success.

Meghan Slocum, Vice Chair of SHARP’s Board of Directors, has driven engagement with SHARP since 2016, where she also serves as Chair of the Education Programs Committee. Thank you to BMO for your commitment over the years, and for giving us the “edge” we need to brighten students’ futures.

Literacy can stand for many things – literacy in the arts, for example, or in math and science knowledge. Thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) and the GMF – Mary L. Nohl Fund, our students have the opportunity to achieve literacy in a breadth of subjects. Over the past 15 years, the GMF has contributed just over $400,000 to SHARP, our students and educators. Their gifts helped power in-school and summer programming, as well as SHARP’s expansion into Waukesha County schools.

The Mary L. Nohl Fund, which offers arts opportunities to children and supports local artists, has funded art and literacy projects as well. These include seven public art projects and six We Love to Learn books, including SHARP’s newest book project celebrating diversity in Wisconsin. Thank you to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and GMF – Mary L. Nohl Fund for helping our students develop the confidence they need to become knowledgeable in any subject they choose.

Marshall Chay has devoted his life to making dreams come true for youth all over southeastern Wisconsin. He established the ACME Foundation Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in 2007, which supports nonprofits like SHARP Literacy, Hunger Task Force, Walnut Way and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Since becoming a SHARP Board member in 2017, Marshall has volunteered countless hours and behind-the-scenes efforts to support SHARP’s students, from donating children’s books to co-chairing fundraisers for the last five years. His networking initiatives as a McDonald’s owner-operator continue to increase support and sponsorship for fundraising events, helping us deliver STEAM-integrated programming for thousands of urban elementary school children throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine. He continues to serve as an inspiration to SHARP staff and the Board, and we’re honored to present him with the inaugural Dream Maker award.

SHARP Mission

SHARP partners with educators to foster a love of learning and brighten children’s futures through innovative STEAM-based experiential programs.

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