Milwaukee Public Museum Pick Your Poison Gala Breaks Records 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2018 
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Milwaukee Public Museum Pick Your Poison Gala Breaks Records 

Milwaukee—The Milwaukee Public Museum’s (MPM) 32nd Annual Gala, Pick Your Poison, wowed nearly 400 attendees and raised over $478,500, breaking the event’s records. The Gala, MPM’s premier fundraising event, was presented by Husch Blackwell LLP and PKWARE, Inc., and co-chaired by Angie and Eric Lenzen (Partner at Husch Blackwell LLP) and Cheri and Miller Newton (President & CEO at PKWARE, Inc.). 

“It was a pleasure and honor to serve as co-chairs of the 2018 MPM Gala,” Cheri and Newton Miller said. “Great cities have great museums. We hold dear MPM’s mission to inspire curiosity, excite minds and preserve our world’s natural and cultural diversity.”

At the Gala, business, political and community leaders bid on auction items, saw poisonous specimens from our collections not currently on display, visited the new Frogs! exhibition and danced the night away to music by a live band. 

The proceeds, which increased 41% over last two years, will be used to support MPM’s world-class exhibits, programming and educational opportunities and community outreach efforts. 

Co-chairs Angie and Eric Lenzen echoed the Millers, “MPM is a civic treasure in Milwaukee and we are grateful for the opportunity to support it. MPM celebrates history and cherishes the past, but the future and evolution of MPM is most exciting.”

To download images from the Pick Your Poison Gala, go to
The 33rd Annual Gala will be held at the Museum on October 19, 2019.  

About the Milwaukee Public Museum
The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) is Wisconsin’s natural history museum, welcoming over half a million visitors annually. Located in downtown Milwaukee, the Museum was chartered in 1882, opened to the public in 1884, and currently houses more than 4 million objects in its collections. MPM has three floors of exhibits that encompass life-size dioramas, walk-through villages, world cultures, dinosaurs, a rainforest, and a live butterfly garden, as well as the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium. 

MPM is operated by Milwaukee Public Museum, Inc., a private, non-profit company, and its facilities and collections are held in trust and supported by Milwaukee County for the benefit of the public.