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Orlando Verdecia Receives The Marcus Corporation 2017 Ben Marcus Humanitarian Award

Verdecia’s true calling is serving the community.

By - Sep 27th, 2018 11:06 am

Orlando Verdecia [R] receiving his honor from Rolando Rodriguez, executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres. Photo courtesy of The Marcus Corporation.

Orlando Verdecia [R] receiving his honor from Rolando Rodriguez, executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres. Photo courtesy of The Marcus Corporation.

MILWAUKEE, September 17, 2018…..Orlando Verdecia, a resident of Milwaukee, has been honored by The Marcus Corporation as one of three 2017 Ben Marcus Humanitarian of the Year Award recipients. Verdecia is a cashier at Marcus Theatres’ Menomonee Falls Cinema in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

The Ben Marcus Humanitarian Award, named after Marcus Corporation founder and committed community advocate Ben Marcus, builds on the company’s legacy of community involvement by recognizing exceptional associates who have gone above and beyond in their volunteering for others.

Verdecia’s true calling is serving the community, which is evident with his over 1,700 hours spent volunteering as a tutor, mentor and role model through City Year’s AmeriCorps program from 2014 to 2015. These many hours turned into a career for him as he is now an impact manager for City Year Milwaukee, an education organization that unites young people for a year of service in public schools. Verdecia is also part of the organization’s alumni board and participates in City Year’s day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and other days throughout the year as the group volunteers throughout the city.

Additionally, Verdecia dedicates his free time to volunteering with other local organizations. He serves as a mentor with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Black Achievers Program and is an alumni advisor with Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he shares the importance of education for teenagers and college students. Verdecia also serves as a mentor with the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy, where he is paired with a cadet to be a friend, companion, supporter and role model throughout the cadet’s time in the program.

Verdecia’s vast experience with youth education and volunteering has made him want to do even more. This year, he is creating his own scholarship for young African-American and Hispanic males within Milwaukee Public Schools. While he is still in the planning process, his goal is to create a scholarship by the end of 2019 that will help enable talented, driven and dedicated young men to further their education and be the change makers of tomorrow. He hopes his dedication and commitment to his community and others will make a lasting impact for generations to come.

To recognize his incredible commitment to the community, The Marcus Corporation donated $1,000 to the charity of Verdecia’s choice, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Black Achievers Program.

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. The Marcus Corporation’s theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 890 screens at 68 locations in eight states. The company’s lodging division, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in nine states.  For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

About Marcus Theatres

Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the United States and currently owns or operates 890 screens at 68 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio.  For more information, please visit www.marcustheatres.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@Marcus_Theatres).

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