United Ethnic Festivals

Events / Partnerships

Goodwill Datashield

In 2017, the UEF partnered with Goodwill Datashield to provide secure bins at the front gates of the festivals*. Patrons can safely dispose of used tickets, receipts and other paper waste that would have otherwise been thrown in the regular garbage. Datashield will take the paper to a secure facility to shred and recycle it, preventing it from being put in a landfill. Patrons can also now display their ticket bar codes on their smartphones, further reducing paper waste.
*Pridefest, Polish Fest, Festa Italiana, German Fest, Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta & Indian Summer.
The Fests Feed Milwaukee

Over the years, many of the summer festivals have donated their free admission periods to helping the Hunger Task Force  collect donations of non perishable food items.

In 2015 we consolidated our efforts under the name of the "Fests Feed Milwaukee" and pledged to try and raise 160,000 of food by the end of the festival season. By the end of summer 2015 we collected 146,390 pounds of food and over $4000.

In 2016 we again did "The Fests Feed Milwaukee" and raised 157,000 pounds of food, just shy of our goal.

For 2017 we are moving the kick-off event to Southridge mall and hope that with a strong start, we can break the goal of 160,000 pounds of food collected by the end of summer.
Great TV Auction

The individual ethnic festivals have donated entry tickets to the  Great TV Auction  for many years to help support public television. Since 2014, the UEF has been an underwriter of the auction, with one whole day being sponsored by the UEF.  Between all the festivals, we donate over $20,000 worth of festival tickets and merchandise to help support Milwaukee public television each year. We also provide volunteers to help answer the phones during the auction and work behind the scenes. For 2017, the UEF will sponsor on Saturday, April 29.
City of Festivals Champion

In 2014, the United Ethnic Festivals honored Jeanyne Neumann by naming her the first City of Festivals Champion.  Jeanyne is known to all the festivals as she has been attending them for the past 40 years. She is an employee of Goodwill Industries and relies on public transportation. Jeanyne saves her salary and vacation days all year so that she can attend as many summer events that she can. Not only does Jeanyne attend every festival, she attends every day, usually from open until close.  To honor her commitment, the UEF presented Jeanyne with tickets to every day of all of our festivals along with festival merchandise.

Milwaukee County Executive, Chris Abele, presented Jeanyne with four monthly bus passes for the summer to help defray her travel costs and Goodwill gave her a $100 gift card to purchase new outfits for the summer.