The Royal Capital Group, along with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), founded the ThriveOn Collaboration in 2019 – a group dedicated to a vision for Milwaukee that is equitable, healthy and thriving for all. RCG is redeveloping and restoring the iconic, Gimbels-Schuster’s Department Store building on King Drive into Thrive On King, the key expression of the project, which will serve as a multi-faceted community resource for the Halyard Park, Harambee and Brewers Hill neighborhoods. Its focus will be increasing safe and affordable housing, investing in early childhood education, increasing access to health and wellness facilities and healthy food options, building positive social and business relationships and supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.
But RCG’s contribution to the community goes even further. Kevin Newell, president and CEO of Royal Capital Group, recently demonstrated his personal commitment to the vision by contributing $100,000 to a fundraising campaign supporting the ThriveOn Collaboration’s inaugural endowed chair in health equity research. Dr. Leonard Egede, professor of medicine, chief of the division of general internal medicine, and director of the Center for Advancing Population Science at MCW, has been awarded the endowed chair appointment. Dr. Egede’s work focuses on reducing the burden of chronic disease and eliminating health disparities in high-risk communities of color.
“I am deeply invested and excited about the work that Dr. Egede is leading,” Newell said. “I think his approach to social determinants of health is innovative, thoughtful, intentional and compassionate, which is a combination that leads to great results for the people in the community. I’m very fortunate to be able to support his work.”