Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Wisconsin To Host "Toast of the Town"

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“I am accepting this award on behalf of our incredible MRA team who works 24/7 for our members. They not only have incredible knowledge and passion, but their sensitivity and humility are part of their DNA.”

On Friday, November 15th at the Pfister Hotel, the Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Wisconsin will hold its 20th annual Toast of the Town auction and dinner. The foundation will honor the efforts of both an individual and an organization who have made unique contributions to the community. Attendees will toast Anthony Baldwin and Susan Fronk, President of MRA -- two people who prefer to stay out of the light and work on unspeakable challenges.

The National Epilepsy Foundation claims that more people live with epilepsy than with autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy combined. For every 100 people in a room, there will be at least two with epilepsy and even more who are indirectly affected by their family member or friend. In 2013, epilepsy still remains in the closet of unspeakable stigma; a closet sheltering teens who prefer to stay isolated at home, children called “witches” by classmates, well-heeled adults terrified of unemployment, and veterans returning with head injuries and who thought they had already met the enemy.

The Lila Marcus Award honors people who have overcome the challenges of epilepsy and raised awareness of the chronic neurological disorder. Receiving the award this year will be Anthony Baldwin, a 19-year old disarmingly charming young man involved in the art therapy program at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Anthony says “I deal with epilepsy by being open with people.” He admits to seeing the best and worst in people, but his plans are to stay positive and only give the world his best.

The second award will be given to Susan Fronk, President and CEO of MRA – The Management Association, one of the largest employer associations in the nation. This is the first time the annual award will be given to a not-for-profit organization. Susan leads a team of over 200 HR and business professionals who quietly but passionately support more than 4,400 employers and over 800,000 employees in the United States. She has an even wider impact, serving as the board chair for the National Employers Association of America, which consists of 32 associations all dedicated to serving businesses with successful, trusted human resource, and business solutions.

Susan has spent her career working with a team dealing with some of the most sensitive issues in the workplace, including affirmative action, Family Medical Leave, and Americans with Disabilities policies. In addition to these services, MRA advocates for strong, safe workplaces and quality workforces by offering talent development, compensation strategies, benefit policies, executive counseling, workplace safety and employee training. “I am accepting this award on behalf of our incredible MRA team who works 24/7 for our members. They not only have incredible knowledge and passion, but their sensitivity and humility are part of their DNA.”

About MRA – The Management Association
Founded in 1901, MRA is a not-for-profit employer association headquartered in Waukesha, Wis., that serves more than 4,400 employers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa, covering 800,000 employees throughout the world. MRA, one of the largest employer associations in the nation, helps its member organizations to thrive by creating powerful teams and safe, successful workplaces. MRA conducts 1,300 learning events each year. MRA members receive access to expert guidance, best practices, professionally facilitated roundtables, essential tools, and dozens of business services in the areas of human resources and training. To learn more and to become a member of MRA, visit http://www.mranet.org. MRA’s offices are located in the cities of Waukesha, Wis., Plymouth, Minn., Palatine, Ill., and Moline, Ill.

About the Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Wisconsin
A non-profit organization started in 1967; the Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Wisconsin is an affiliate of the National Epilepsy Foundation, whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by seizure disorders/epilepsy through education, direct services, advocacy and the support of research for the prevention and cure of epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Wisconsin is the only agency specifically organized to serve the diverse and special needs of the 10,000 children and 20,000 adults with epilepsy in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties. An additional 100,000 family members also require epilepsy-related services. To learn more about the services and resources, please visit http://www.epilepsyfoundationsewi.org/.

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