MADISON — More than 600 friends of the UW System will make visits to their state legislators, and an estimated 2,000 guests will attend an evening reception at Monona Terrace, during the first-ever “UW Day” celebration in Madison on Wednesday.
Four companies and two foundations have agreed to provide support for the celebration of the UW System and the contributions it makes to the state as an economic, educational and cultural resource.
“`UW Day: Building Wisconsin’s Future,’ is funded primarily by generous contributions from local businesses and foundations,” said Katharine Lyall, president of the UW System. “This generosity will make it possible for our guests to enjoy a buffet while touring the 16 educational exhibits our institutions have created.
“Contributions also paid the cost of holding this event at Madison’s beautiful Monona Terrace”, said Lyall. “The donors understand the importance the University system plays in our state’s economic wellbeing.”
The six major sponsors of “UW Day,” all of them located in Wisconsin, are:
- M & I Bank,
- J. P. Cullen and Sons (general contractors),
- Firstar Bank,
- J. H. Findorff and Son (general contractors),
- The Kikkoman Foods Foundation, and
- The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times.
Muriel Howells, assistant vice president for community relations with M&I Bank, said that “M&I Bank is proud to salute the UW System for its commitment to excellence in education, its dedication to the community, and its contribution to fostering a positive business environment in the state.”