MILWAUKEE — Summit Educational Association will hold its spring gala, “Celebrating Character Development,” Wednesday, April 22, 5:45 p.m., at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. Dr. Benjamin Carson

The event, honoring Richard Pieper, non-executive chairman of the board of PPC Partners Inc., for championing the cause of character development among youth in and around the Milwaukee area, will feature a keynote presentation on human dignity and education and Q-and-A session, by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head.

The gala, benefitting the association’s one-on-one tutoring and mentoring programs for inner-city students, features a cocktail hour followed by dinner and the program at 6:45 p.m., and a book signing with Dr. Carson at 8:15 p.m. 

Richard Pieper

Summit Educational Association, established by business men and women in 1990, is inspired by the social teachings of the Catholic Church and is a virtue-based one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program that aids economically disadvantaged inner-city students in Milwaukee. 

Registration is $250 per person, with other sponsorship opportunities available.

For more information or to register, call (414) 672-1786 or visit