"What They See Is What They'll Be"

News from the 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc.

November 2016
5 November
Charity Gala in Support of Project SOAR

The Madison Club Charitable Foundation, the 501 (c) (3) arm of the Madison Club has pledged a multi-year effort to support local initiatives that bridge the achievement gap in Madison area schools.  The Charitable Foundations' board of directors selected the 100 Black Men of Madison's Project SOAR to receive the proceeds of the upcoming annual Charity Gala, 5 November.

Project SOAR (Student Opportunities, Access and Readiness) is a comprehensive program created to lower absentee rates and raise high school graduation rates among low income students.

The program involves one-to-one mentoring, career exploration and discussion on a number of social skills. SOAR Students will identify SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) career goals, develop skills to influence others and gain a positive self-perception.

The 100 Black Men of Madison are humbled by this amazing endorsement of our mission to positively impact the youth of our Community by the Madison Club Foundation.  The opportunity presented by the 5 November Gala in Support of Project SOAR is a means to achieve the mutually beneficial outcomes of youth self-worth and self-sufficiency. 
Please join us for the opportunity to support powerful mentoring relationships that build academic, social and emotional foundations for our city's most economically challenged youth.  To register, please access:

Can't make it to the Gala?


If you are unable to attend the 5 November Madison Club Foundation's Charity Gala in support of Project SOAR, donations in advance of the event are welcome.  

Each $100 donation helps an at-risk youth to reach their full potential through mentoring, career exploration and health and wellness education. Your donation will be recognized on signage in the lobby and 3rd floor of the Madison Club throughout the month of October.
To donate, please access,

"Going once! ... Hopefully twice!"
Auction Items Needed for Gala


Help us put the gavel to work!

In addition to an engaging and impactful evening, involving a gourmet dinner prepared by the Madison Club's award-winning chefs, both silent and live auctions will be conducted.

There is a current need for auction items:  p rized treasures, business prize baskets (coupons and products welcome), experiences with and from celebrity figures, your creativity is welcome!

For auction item submissions, please contact 
president@100blackmenmadison.com with your organization (if applicable), the prize, and it's monetary value (fair market value). Further details will be provided upon request.

100 Black Men of Madison member Emilio Cooper appointed BMO Harris Bank Senior Vice President  
Effective, 17 October, 100 Black Men of Madison member,  Emilio Cooper was appointed Senior Vice President, Head of Central Region Retail and U.S. Mortgage Sales for BMO Harris Bank, i n addition to his current responsibilities leading Retail Banking for Central Wisconsin and Minneapolis as Regional President.

Mr. Cooper will now be accountable for mortgage growth through customer experience excellence. Mr. Cooper will support an environment that encourages both strong community presence and the success of BMO Harris Bank customers across the U.S. Mortgage Banking footprint. He will continue to report directly to Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, Group Head for U.S. Retail and Business Banking.
"Emilio has successfully led both the Central Region and Mortgage Banker teams since May in an interim capacity," said Mr. Dousmanis-Curtis. "His leadership, ability to make good decisions and strong track record of developing top talent makes him a great fit for this expanded role."
As Regional President, Mr. Cooper provides leadership to a team of over 1,000 retail bankers in 120 branches to exceed growth goals and deliver an exceptional employee and customer experience. As U.S. Head of Mortgage Sales, Mr. Cooper will lead a team of over 400 mortgage professionals.
With more than 22 years of banking experience, Mr. Cooper has strong familiarity with developing and leading high performing sales teams. Before joining BMO Harris Bank in 2013, Mr. Cooper served as Retail Director and Executive Vice President at Citizens Bank.  He held multiple roles during his 13-year tenure at Wachovia and Wells Fargo Bank, such as Community Bank President, Retail Bank Director and Private Advisory Leader.
Martin Lackey Recognized:
A Dad, Businessman, Role Model

One Hundred Black Men of Madison member, Martin Lackey was recently recognized by the Waunakee Tribune for his impact and prominence in the community of Greater Madison.

At age 40, Martin Lackey Sr. acts like a man on a mission. 

He strives to be a good father, owns two businesses, and contributes his time and talents to a variety of organizations in Madison and Waunakee. He maintains his hectic pace while battling a lifelong, genetic disability.


"Dealing with the lifelong blood disease, sickle cell anemia, which does not allow red blood cells to transport enough oxygen to various parts of his body, sickle cell sufferers have less energy and are often in pain," Lackey explained.


"I get little sleep and I stay in a lot of pain. But I feel like this is worth it. How I look at things, I viewed actions that challenged  my community for 30 some years, now I want to spend 30 to 40 years trying to be a positive influence and try to help build it."


"I'm not the perfect person, but somebody has to do it," he said.


Aside from being a father of four, operating two businesses, Martin is an active member of the 100 Black men of Madison and serves on the Health and Wellness Committee, the board of Dane Dances, and supports the Red Cross work on blood donations and sickle cell drives. His time and attention is also now increasingly turning to the Waunakee Rotary and Lions Clubs.


"To me, I'm a positive case because other people I've known with sickle cell don't make it to 35 and 40. I've at least made it to 40."

"In the near future, I would like to try my hand at motivational speaking and share my  'Get off your hands' message. I'm not a polished speaker, but I do have an interesting story that I live daily."

Important Upcoming Events

8 November 2016
Election Day

19 November 2016
100 Black Men of Madison General Membership Meeting

8:00-10:00 AM, Bonefish Grill, 7345 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53711

Guest Speaker - Judge Julie Genovese;

1 December
Board of Directors Meeting

5:30 PM, South District Madison Police Station, Community Room, 825 Hughes Place, Madison, WI 53713; (608) 266-5938; 

8 - 
10 December
2016 Leadership Summit

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona 



The Mission of the 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.


100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.



100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.



100 Black Men of Madison, Inc.
P.O. Box 787
Madison, WI 53701
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