Shirley Madrigrano and Natalie “Tootie” Lee loved seeing children from all walks of life participating in the arts.
The two recently deceased matriarchs from Kenosha’s iconic Madrigrano and Lee families will be memorialized by two of their sons – Joseph Madrigrano, Jr. and Bob Lee, Jr. – through the creation of The Shirley Madrigrano and Natalie Lee Performing and Visual Fine Arts Foundation at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.
“Both of our mothers cherished their children and all children,” Joe Madrigrano, Jr. said. “Participating in the arts programs offered at our Boys & Girls Club allows children to participate in things they might not otherwise have access to. The club has wonderful role models overseeing the programs, and the national templates for arts programs through Boys & Girls Club of America are proven effective.”
Bob Lee, Jr. said he and his two brothers grew up around sports – specifically, baseball. “It was the centerpiece of our extracurricular activities” he said. “But Mom always stressed that there is much more to life than sports. We are privileged to be partnering with the Madrigrano family in a way that celebrates the love both of our mothers held for children and the arts.”
Jake McGhee, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, said the arts programs, which are offered at the Club’s 52nd Street location, give Kenosha youth a safe, positive place to play and learn. “Through this foundation,” McGhee said, “Joe and Bob want to see that those programs not only continue, but expand along with the role of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.”
In 2015, 330 club members participated in Arts Programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha. “We are hopeful that this foundation will enable more Kenosha children to participate in music, plays, painting, crafts and all of the other art classes and activities offered at the Boys & Girls Club”, McGhee stated.
Madrigrano and Lee encouraged others to support The Shirley Madrigrano and Natalie Lee Performing and Visual Fine Arts Foundation by sending donations to:
Madrigrano/Lee Arts Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha
1330 – 52nd Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem in order to prevent potential gang involvement and alcohol and/or drug abuse.