By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 09, 2017 at 8:21 AM

On Monday, Bader Philanthropies staff, the Bader family, local notables and others gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of the Bader Philanthropies Global Headquarters at 3318 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. in the Harambee neighborhood.

OnMilwaukee readers learned all about the project and got to see inside the building that will form the main section of the new offices in this February Urban Spelunking article.

Among those on hand at Monday’s event were Mayor Tom Barrett; Ald. Milele Coggs; Daniel J. Bader, CEO of Bader Philanthropies; Frank Cumberbatch, Bader’s project manager; and Ald. Cavalier Johnson.

The new headquarters is expected to open by summer 2018. A rendering of the completed facility was also available for guests to examine.

Here are some photos from the ceremony:


Mayor Tom Barrett (right) listens as Daniel Bader addresses guests.


Bader family and staff gathered for a photo at the groundbreaking.


Milwaukee turned out to celebrate the groundbreaking.


A rendering showing how the completed project will look.

Ald. Milele Coggs, in whose district the project is located, addresses the crowd.


Mayor Tom Barrett speaks at the event.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.