Event commemorates 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Wausau speech

By UW-Marathon County

Marting Luther King Jr. speaking at UW-Marathon County

The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County Foundation will host the 10th annual Spirit of Excellence Luncheon on Friday, May 12 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic visit to Wausau in 1967.

The luncheon program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the East Gate Building in Marathon Park (adjacent to the UW-Marathon County campus). King gave a speech in the same location (then known as the Youth Building) to a large group of UWMC students, faculty and local dignitaries on May 12, 1967.

The keynote speaker for this year’s luncheon is Jonathan Overby, Ph.D., executive producer of the annual MLK ceremony held in the State Capitol. In addition, the annual Spirit of Excellence Award will be presented to the past president of the UWMC Foundation board, Craig Reineking, a distinguished alumnus who attended UWMC from 1966-68. He recently retired as a Wausau-based senior vice president of Graebel Companies.

“Craig Reineking has been successful as a local business leader and as a supporter of various non-profit organizations, including the UWMC Foundation,” said Keith Montgomery, regional executive officer and dean of the UW Colleges-North Region. “Craig truly exemplifies the principles behind the Spirit of Excellence Award.”

Openings remain for the luncheon, which costs $20 per person. Call UWMC Foundation Executive Director Brad Zweck at 715-261-6280 to RSVP.


Brian Becker