Light the Hoan Reaches Key Fundraising Milestone with $1.2M Gift

MILWAUKEE — Nearly one year after Light the Hoan gave Milwaukeeans a sneak peek at what the Hoan Bridge could look like in lights, the group has announced a $1.2 million grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation on behalf of an anonymous donor.

The donation is the single largest individual gift the group has received so far, pushing the effort past a key fundraising milestone needed to get work underway. Phases 1 and 2 are moving forward, and will include project development, engineering of the lighting, and bridge lighting design.

Light the Hoan’s leaders continue to work toward the final fundraising goal, and pending completion, are confident Phase 3 can be executed in time to light the bridge for the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

“Light the Hoan is beyond thrilled to have the support of local citizens and business leaders who share in our vision to create a brighter future for the City of Milwaukee,” says Michael Hostad, co-founder of Light the Hoan. “We are feeling energized — and confident — that we will reach our fundraising goal to help position Milwaukee in the best light when more than 50,000 people descend on Cream City for next year’s convention.”

With the holiday season upon us, Light the Hoan couldn’t be more thankful to have the backing and encouragement from supporters like you. This past year we’ve reached new goals, launched new partnerships, and established key connections leading us to believe that

Let’s keep this momentum going! During the Season of Giving, don’t forget about all the wonderful local non-profit and community organizations that are doing great work across the city and could use your help. Your time and resources are just as important to helping them, as they are to ensuring that we’re elevating all of Milwaukee, from downtown and beyond.

Until then, we want to thank you again for your support and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!