W.I.S.H. Award Recipient
Harris Turer and the Milwaukee Admirals
Harris Turer, who lives with his wife Pam in Milwaukee, is currently in his 17th season as the principal owner of the Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Club. Turer helped lead a group of Milwaukee area businessmen in the purchase of the team in April of 2005 from the estate of the late Jane Bradley Pettit.
Since Turer's purchase of the Admirals, the organization has become particularly visible in the community through activities and donations. The team started its own charitable arm called the Power Play Foundation with the goal of providing money to non-profit organizations in southeastern Wisconsin, particularly those focused on youth-oriented organizations and activities. Since 2006, the Power Play Foundation and the team have donated over $3 million that has come from various activities, promotions and donations.
Turer has been a Make-A-Wish champion for 20 years and the Admirals have been supporting Make-A-Wish Wisconsin for 28 years. Turer joined the Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Board of Directors in 2008 and served for 6 years. In 2016, when Make-A-Wish Wisconsin moved into its new Chapter office in Wauwatosa, Turer and the Admirals stepped up, making a significant donation to name the first room you see when you enter the offices, Roscoe's Wish Room, a space dedicated to wish families. As well, Turer made a generous gift to the Gap Campaign we are currently undertaking.
Turer and the Admirals are also consistent sponsors and donors of the Make-A-Wish Golf Outing, Wish Night and other Make-A-Wish events. They also host a Make-A-Wish night at an Admirals game every year in February where they give Make-A-Wish Wisconsin wish families and supporters free tickets to the game and feature Make-A-Wish throughout the game. They have also hosted wish presentations at Admirals games and provided tickets to wish families for other games over the years.
Turer and the Admirals' commitment to community, youth and specifically, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin make them more than deserving of this year's WISH Award. It is our honor to present them with this special recognition.