HONORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MR. MARTY STEIN; Congressional Record Vol. 152, No. 27
(Extensions of Remarks - March 06, 2006)

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                            HON. GWEN MOORE

                              of wisconsin

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, March 6, 2006

  Ms. MOORE of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life 
of a prominent active citizen, businessman, and well-known 
philanthropist whose good works have had an impact on every corner of 
Wisconsin's Fourth Congressional District. Mr. Marty Stein passed away 
on March 2, 2006.
  Raised in a modest immigrant Milwaukee household, Mr. Stein's 
business success vaulted him from humble origins to a major 
philanthropic career. Having lived out his own version of the American 
dream, he embraced every opportunity to afford others the same 
  A true citizen of the world, Mr. Stein contributed to almost every 
major fundraising effort in the Milwaukee area. He not only took a 
special interest in issues of poverty and hunger, but he contributed 
widely and often. Well known are his associations as a patron of the 
Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hunger Task Force and 
the United Way. His support was central to the development of the St. 
Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. America's Black Holocaust Museum 
and the Betty Brinn Children's Museum were among his passions. These 
are but a few of his priority projects; in fact, his generous 
contributions are too numerous to list.
  Mr. Stein also gave of himself, making a tremendous personal 
commitment of time and energy. He contributed to Big Brothers Big 
Sisters, but he also participated as a Big Brother, mentoring young 
children and helping them imagine and live out a better future. He 
helped refugee and immigrant services organizations stay afloat, but he 
also met those immigrants at the airport and personally welcomed them 
to Milwaukee. Mr. Stein was a passionate civic leader with global 
vision who understood that Milwaukee's fate was inextricably tied to an 
international community. He assisted with the airlift of Ethiopian Jews 
to Israel and funded entrepreneurial initiatives for youth in the then 
Soviet Union. His Jewish identity was the cornerstone of his drive to 
lead and his commitment to serve, and he traveled to Israel dozens of 
times as he deepened the spiritual dimensions of his leadership.
  Mr. Speaker, in Marty Stein's death, we in the Milwaukee community 
have experienced a profound loss. Today I gratefully thank him and his 
family for their immeasurable achievements, I mourn his loss, and I 
salute his legacy.