St. Francis Children’s Center
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St. Francis Children’s Center Honors Four Community Leaders at Annual Leading Lights Awards Banquet


By - Oct 9th, 2021 12:31 pm
John R. Raymond, Sr. Photo courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

John R. Raymond, Sr. Photo courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE – September 8, 2021 –  St. Francis Children’s Center announces our 2021 Leading Lights Awards Banquet on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 5:30-8:30pm, in the Grand Ballroom at the Pfister Hotel. We will honor a group of outstanding community leaders while raising funds for the quality education and therapy services that we provide to hundreds of children with special needs in our community each year. Our 2021 awards recipients are:

Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr., of the Medical College of Wisconsin will receive the Humanitarian Award.

Steve and Melanie Booth of Baird will be the recipients of the Children’s Service Award.

Melissa Allen of Maures Development Group will accept the Community Service Award.

“We are excited to celebrate four community leaders who consistently bring their efforts, talents and resources to make positive changes in the community, “said Mara Duckens, Executive Director of St. Francis Children’s Center. “Dr. Raymond, Steve and Melanie and Melissa not only strive to make positive changes for the city but also for the children and families we serve.”

Tickets, sponsorship and the most up-to-date information for the Awards Banquet can be found on our website at We will continue to follow all covid-19 guidance from the local health department to keep our event as safe as possible for all attendees.

St. Francis Children’s Center is a nonsectarian organization with a mission to serve and educate children with special needs in inclusive environments enabling them to reach their greatest potential. Since 1968, SFCC has served as a trusted and respected resource in the field of special education in southeastern Wisconsin, touching the lives of more than 33,000 children and their families.

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