Destination Graduation


Monday, May 19

5:30 p.m. Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program

Discovery World
500 N Harbor Drive | Milwaukee

Individual Ticket Price: $150
Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Cecelia Gore, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation
John Kordsmeier, President, Northwestern Mutual Foundation

Event co-chairs Cecelia Gore and John Kordsmeier, and City Year Milwaukee, invite you to join us for City Year Takes You Back to School – Destination Graduation. This annual dinner is a one-of-a-kind event, infused with energy from City Year’s 70+ AmeriCorps members. We will celebrate the impact corps members have on the lives of students right here in Milwaukee, how students get back on track, as well as the deep partnerships we have formed in the community.








CLICK HERE for sponsorship information

Contact Paula Phillips at 414-882-2016 or with any questions about table sponsorships or individual tickets. Register online here. Please RSVP by Monday, May 5. Space is limited.

CeceliaGorepictureCecelia Gore is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Messmer High School and earned a B.S. and MBA from Alverno College. Gore spent the first 23 years of her career working in a variety of positions at Wisconsin Gas, former utility for the State of Wisconsin. The bulk of her time was focused on Community/External Affairs. In 2001 Gore joined the highly regarded jane Bradley Pettit Foundation and served as Program Director from 2001-2009. A number of impactful initiatives were developed and funded during her tenure including the Life Impact Scholarship which focused comprehensive resources and support for student parents at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee of which hundreds of students and their families have benefited. During the winter of 2009, Gore led the rebranding efforts of Brewers Community Foundation and created several new programs to strengthen the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club’s charitable arm.

In her current role as Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, Gore leads the team’s philanthropic efforts. The mission states that Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Funding efforts strategically extend financial support to nonprofits that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs, with a particular focus on low income and disadvantaged youth and their families.

In addition, she is an active member of the community and serves several Milwaukee based nonprofit organizations by serving on the board. Said organizations include: Alverno College- Trustee, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation. She is a founding member of the African American Women’s Fund which has quietly grown a meaningful fund held by the Women’sFund/Greater Milwaukee Foundation. She currently resides in Milwaukee with her husband, Randy Bryant.

John Kordsmeier

John Kordsmeier is vice president of the Strategic Philanthropy and Community Relations Department, a position he has held since November 1, 2011. In this role, he also serves as president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. The department supports Northwestern Mutual’s ongoing focus on developing and implementing giving and volunteerism strategies that create community impact and underscore the company’s commitment to its employees and the Field. Between 2009 and February 2012, Kordsmeier served as Northwestern Mutual’s vice president of disability income. Prior to that he was vice president of enterprise solutions and also held leadership positions in the company’s New Business and Underwriting Standards Departments. He has been an executive officer since 2004. Kordsmeier joined Northwestern Mutual in 1980 as an underwriter in the New Business Department, and served in various roles within New Business, Human Resources, and Policyowner Services prior to being promoted to vice president of Underwriting Standards in January, 2003.

In the community, he serves as a member of the operations team for Milwaukee Succeeds, the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s education committee, the executive council for both Milwaukee’s Building Neighborhood Capacity Program and the Community Development Funders Alliance. Previously, he served as president of the Board of Trustees for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, trustee for Pius XI High School, first vice president and chairman of the board for Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and was a director for the Catholic Charities Foundation for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Kordsmeier also served as a trustee for Cardinal Stritch University.

Kordsmeier earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, in 1976. He also received a master’s degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1985.


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