Special Events
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Come celebrate the power of Next Door's impact in Milwaukee at our special events throughout the year. Na'Zarrah, Niziera and Tikiya would love your support!

Special Events

  • Next Door Young Professionals Fundraiser

    Next Door Young Professionals Fundraiser

    Join Next Door’s Young Professionals group for its first fundraiser on Saturday, June 3rd. The event is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Harp Irish Pub at 113 E. Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee. General admission is $25 and that includes complementary beer and snacks. A $50 VIP ticket includes an open bar and complimentary snacks. The proceeds will benefit Next Door’s early childhood programs for Central City children. The Young Professionals group represents a new generation of support for Next Door’s life-changing work in our community. For more information, contact Next Door President, Dr. Tracey Sparrow, at tsparrow@nextdoormke.org.

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  • Walk for Children 2017

    Walk for Children 2017

    A Next Door tradition for almost three decades kicked off on Saturday, May 20th at the 28th Annual Walk for Children. We welcomed hundreds of community supporters for the one-mile walk and family-friendly festivities at our 29th Street headquarters. This year’s Walk Leader was Davante Adams with the Green Bay Packers. He not only led the walk but also read to children during his time at Next Door. We are so thankful for our special guests, volunteers, corporate sponsors and all of the walk participants for joining us and supporting the children and families of Next Door!

    To watch media coverage from the Walk for Children, click here.



  • Educare 10th Anniversary

    Educare 10th Anniversary

    Friends of Next Door celebrated the 10th anniversary of the agency’s Educare Milwaukee program on November 30, 2016 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The event raised approximately $209,000 to support this unique early childhood experience for families living in Milwaukee’s Central City. Educare Milwaukee is part of a national early learning network, with investors like the Buffett Family and many local community supporters. Next Door’s anniversary event honored the Buffett’s and others who made Educare Milwaukee possible.

    Click here to see event pictures from the BizTimes 

    Watch here to view alumni success story

    Learn more about Educare Milwaukee





  • Walk for Children 2016

    Walk for Children 2016

    Next Door’s Walk for Children is one of the community’s most powerful and enduring responses to the educational gap for young children in Milwaukee. In 2016, we celebrated our 27th Walk year with over 800 friends, children and families raising $174, 686 for our early education programs. Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts!

    Read more here!

  • Books for Kids 25th Anniversary

    Books for Kids 25th Anniversary

    Friends of Next Door gathered to honor Mary Kellner and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company for their support of our Books for Kids program for 25 years. They have helped Next Door improve childhood literacy by collecting and distributing two million books for Milwaukee children. The generosity of our event attendees raised over $210,000, which allowed Next Door to build a new Giving Library at our Capitol Drive location.

    Check out our wonderful celebration!

    Learn more about Books for Kids