Building The Future Together

Recently, over 200 people joined Lad Lake at the Peck Pavilion at the Milwaukee County Zoo, for the annual Bright Lights Big Dreams Gala, celebrating 20 young people who have truly beaten the odds. Hunzinger Construction Company was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the event that was attended by Hunzinger Executive Vice President and Lad Lake board member Jim Hunzinger and his wife Joyce along with other Hunzinger employees.

Lad Lake had set a goal to surpass last year’s total of $76,000 and were set to approach $100,000 at this year’s event to help former foster youth pursue their dreams of education and a better life. Highlights of the evening that was hosted by Katrina Cravy as Master of Ceremonies included incredible musical talent and amazing personal stories of courage, triumph and inspiration. Five young adults had their stories highlighted and spoke at the event.

If you are interested in hearing about Lad Lake’s great work, visit to watch these inspiring stories.

If you were unable to attend, or you would like to do more to help young people attain their dreams of higher education, visit the Lad Lake donation website or call the development office at (414) 332-2690.

For more than 100 years, Lad Lake has provided highly individualized care for at-risk youth and families in Southeastern Wisconsin. Focusing on core areas of Education, Independent Living, Mentoring, and Residential Services, all programs share the goal of life skills development and successful independence in our communities. Serving more than 1,800 youth and families a year, Lad Lake continues its commitment to changing lives and guiding youth. Lad Lake has four locations in Metro-Milwaukee area which include alternative schools, group homes, independent living services, spiritual care, and mentoring. Programming helps children overcome trauma, abuse and mental health problems, improve their educational attainment, develop positive social and vocational skills and learn to become productive, self-sufficient adults.