Fox Valley to Host State of Black America Event October 29th in Appleton SiriusXM’s Joe Madison and Economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux Headline Event

African Heritage Inc - State of Black America -Oct. 292015 (1)As race relations dominate national news headlines, an organization focused on fostering better relations among African Americans and other Fox Valley residents will host the area’s first-­‐ever ‘State of Black America’ forum October 29th.  Economist, Author and Political Commentator, Dr. Julianne Malveaux will team up with Civil Rights Leader and preeminent Radio Host Joe Madison for a candid discussion on what it means to be Black in America today.

State of Black America | Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m.  

Radisson-­‐Paper Valley Grand Ballroom | 333 College Avenue, Appleton

The public is invited to attend the free event, which is hosted by African Heritage, Inc. and sponsored by the ThedaCare-­‐led “Community Health Action Team (CHAT) Fund” of the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region. Free round-­‐trip bus service to the event is available from locations in Green Bay, DePere, Oshkosh and Ripon. Reservations are required before October 23rd at

“It is vital to participate in courageous conversations on race. We are not isolated from national issues,” said Ron Dunlap, African Heritage, Inc. “Therefore, it is imperative for our community to hear a candid discussion about the State of Black America led by respected national thought leaders like Dr. Malveaux and Mr. Madison.”

“In order to understand the issues that Black people in our community experience, we have to listen to their stories with open hearts and open minds and understand that our White experiences in everyday life here in the Fox Cities and throughout the U.S. are likely very different,” said Deborah Wetter, Valley Transit General Manager and CHAT member.

About the Speakers

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more. Dr. Malveaux serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. Dr. Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.


SiriusXM’s ‘The Black Eagle’ Joe Madison’s show motto is “What Are You Going to Do About It?” The former executive director of the Detroit NAACP has worked on a range of civil and human rights issues – from voter registration efforts to demonstrations focused on ending genocide in Darfur. Last year, Madison received the Freedom Flame Award from the Selma, Alabama Bridge Crossing Jubilee Commission and was named Outstanding Media Personality at the 104th Annual NAACP Convention.

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Burgers and Bud Sampling Event at the Radisson to Benefit Honor Flight

Paper Valley Bud + Burgers 2015

Budweiser + Burgers
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
Tuesday, August 25  6pm-8pm 

  • Sample 12 unique burger creations
  • Bottomless Budweiser draft in a commemorative glass
  • Endless fries
  • Portion of the proceeds benefit Old Glory Honor Flight
  • Tickets $20 and available at Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, charge by phone at 920.733.8000

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel purchase agreement in place

The City of Appleton is pleased to announce that the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel has recently been placed under contract for purchase by Inner Circle Investments.

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“We have been eagerly waiting for the right buyer to take ownership of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel,” said Mayor Tim Hanna. “The Paper Valley is an important business for the Fox Valley and an important part of our plans to build an exhibition center which should make our community a key destination for businesses seeking a first-rate conference center.”

Inner Circle Investments, the real estate division of Inner Circle US, owns and operates full service hotels throughout the United States. Many of the Inner Circle hotels carry the Radisson brand. In addition Inner Circle is experienced in owning and managing downtown hotels with attached conference centers.

“We have been impressed with the response that we’ve received from the Fox Cities communities and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the community and providing a hotel the community will be proud of,” said Joe Gillespie, Managing Partner of Inner Circle Investments. “The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel offers an exceptional opportunity to continue the Radisson relationship in a strong economic market.”

Gillespie said the company has plans to upgrade the property “in keeping with the high standards of the Radisson name.”

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is One Great Place

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Radisson Paper Valley Hotel has been a downtown anchor since 1982. With its many restaurants, lounges and conference rooms we serve timeless memories to guests from near and far.  Feel the connection again while dining in Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse or having a company business meeting in one of our boardrooms. Awarded Best Service Award from WI Meetings we use our Yes I Can philosophy as a mission to provide a memorable experience for permanent and temporary members of our community. Radisson Paper Valley’s purpose is to create an environment that brings the feeling of “home away from home” to all of our guests.

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Celebrate International Day of Happiness with Intermezzo at the Radisson

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Intermezzo will have a 5 dollar Happy Hour special for their Tropical Drinks, one of them will be the “Caribbean Stress Reliever” which is: Coconut Rum, Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Orange, Cranberry and Pineapple Juice. Intermezzo will have this special available at 4pm until close Friday, March 20th  inside the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.

Experience the New Look and Feel at The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel

The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel just completed over $1MM in facility upgrades, largely in guest room areas of the hotel.1

  • New case goods, including headboards, desks and tables, along with new lighting in 142 of the hotel’s 388 guest rooms. (The hotel’s remaining 246 guest rooms had been updated prior to this new phase of improvements)
  • Replacement of guest corridor carpeting in two of the hotel’s three guest room towers
  • Installation of new granite and wood bathroom vanities in the hotel’s 96-room west tower
  • New Radisson bedding packages and mattresses installed in half of the hotel’s guest rooms
  • Completely renovated Fitness Center
  • Pool area upgrades including pool carpeting and soon to be installed pool furniture
  • Replacement of the hotel’s lobby furnishings, carpeting and area rugs
  • New seating in the hotel’s Clubhouse restaurant
  • Updated wallpaper in main floor restrooms

72 73The Radisson Paper Valley’s commitment to facility improvement earned the hotel a 2013 Renovation Award from Carlson Hotels, parent company of the Radisson brand, for its continued investment in hotel improvements.

10th Annual ESTHER Banquet – A Decade of Justice at Radisson Paper Valley

ESTHER Banquet Flyer 2014ESTHER Banquet – A Decade of Justice is December 7th at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.

Featuring Guest Speaker Sister Helen Prejean

Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Sister Helen Prejean is most prominently known as the author of the book Dead Man Walking, also adapted into a movie and opera. She is steadfast in her fight for fair treatment of those incarcerated and her stance against the death penalty. Sr. Helen sparks the national dialogue on capital punishment and compassionate treatment of prisoners. She engages the faith community to take action.

Get your tickets! $40 per person

Buy tickets online by visiting

Make checks out to ESTHER, mail to: PO Box 784

Neenah, WI 54957
For more info call ESTHER at 920-843-8083.

Possible sale of Radisson Paper Valley Hotel creates opportunity

As expected, the owners of the Paper Valley Hotel have taken steps in preparation for moving ahead with the future Fox Cities Exhibition Center by listing the hotel at the website. “We have expected a sale of the hotel from day one, so this event is no surprise and is consistent with our planning,” said Mayor Tim Hanna.

10458644_10152366461888318_4320803060088157572_nThe hotel is currently owned by a group of investors that once held the mortgage for the property. Hanna explained: “Their ownership was never meant to be permanent. So we understand that a sale at this time may serve several purposes.”

The auction format can establish the hotel’s value for its investors. And, a sale may also allow
one of the lead investors to acquire the property from the others, to take advantage of the
opportunities it expects the Fox Cities Exhibition Center will present. “We see this potential sale
as a vote of confidence by the hotel’s investors in the future of the Fox Cities,” said Hanna.
Through the Fox Cities Exhibition Center’s consultants, Hinshaw and Culbertson, LLP, the city
has been in discussions with the Paper Valley to come to an agreement on the management of the Exhibition Center. “Key elements that limit the city’s risk and protect the community’s
investment will need to be in the agreement. We expect the discussions to be completed soon,”
said Hanna.

Hotel management remains fully committed to bringing the Fox Cities Exhibition Center to the
community. “It is business as usual here,” said Jay Schumerth, Sr. General Manager of the hotel.
He continued, “The Exhibition Center remains a high priority for us. Once the Exhibition
Center is built we can offer the community a full-fledged convention center, which will mean
many more visitors to the area.”

Just last month, the Paper Valley announced that it had completed over $1 million in upgrades to the hotel. This investment in upgrades, coupled with the strong financial performance of the Paper Valley over the past two years, provide further encouragement for the communities behind the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. “We see the great performance of the Paper Valley as a sign of strength for the Fox Cities and a positive indication of future success for the Exhibition Center,” said Hanna. “We’re continuing to work with our consultants and with the Paper Valley to bring a complete conference center to our community,” Mayor Hanna concluded.

Mile of Music New Year’s Encore Eve at the Radisson



‘Mile of Music’s New Year’s Encore Eve’ tickets are available NOW through the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel… you can purchase in-person at the hotel front desk or by calling 920-733-8000.#MileOfMusic