Jane Bradley Pettit’s gift to be recognized

The BMO Harris Bradley Center is preparing to go out with a bang this month — Milwaukee Bucks playoff games and a Bon Jovi concert remain — but not before a final tribute to Jane Bradley Pettit.

About 900 people will gather at the downtown arena Wednesday night for a “Shine On Celebration,” to honor the memory of Pettit, who paid for and donated the Bradley Center as gift to the community.

The event marks the culmination of a fundraising campaign to benefit 16 local organizations to mark the final year of the arena. The groups were selected with input from Pettit’s family and the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation.

“We’ll honor Jane, we’ll pay her gift forward and we’ll celebrate 30 years of memories,” said Steve Costello, CEO of the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corp., the nonprofit group that operates the facility.

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