Dr. David Margolis Day in Milwaukee

Sunday, May 1 has been officially declared Dr. David Margolis Day in the city of Milwaukee.

Children’s Wisconsin‘s Dr. Margolis is a super fan of the Milwaukee Bucks, and he’s had his patients paint their hair green for 15 years, as a tradition to celebrate each time the Bucks make it to the NBA playoffs.

A proclamation by Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson declared Sunday, May 1, 2022, Dr. David Margolis Day in Milwaukee. He was also honored by Governor Tony Evers. A press release said: “With this proclamation, everyone in our city will know what so many of Dr. Dave’s friends, colleagues and patients have long known – that his dedication and love for children, the Milwaukee Bucks and the city of Milwaukee know no bounds. But Dr. Dave’s impact is not limited to Milwaukee. His shining light extends across Wisconsin. To recognize him, Governor Tony Evers also honored Dr. Dave with an official certificate of achievement recognizing his life of service.

On his big day, Dr. Dave was actually out of state, in New York City, to receive the fourth annual Dr. Bruno Lambert Jewish Good Guy in Sports award from the Jewish Sports Heritage Association.

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He had this to say about the honors in the press release:

“It is truly an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Dr. Bruno Lambert. He was a doctor, an athlete and a hero. He escaped Nazi Germany, then immigrated to the United States and served in WWII with the Americans The Lambert family history in sports and being Jewish is nothing short of amazing.

What we do at Children’s Wisconsin is a lot like sports: it’s a team sport. I very much appreciate all the nurses, child specialists, social workers, my medical colleagues, the marketing and communications team and the children’s management who have embraced me and allowed me to do what I do. We want to let kids be kids, and green hair is one of the most fun traditions at The Children’s. To be honored for something we do every day at Children’s Wisconsin, caring for children, is wonderful and humbling.

I have the Milwaukee Bucks to thank. It all started with their team’s visits to the hospital. Thank you to Mayor Johnson and Governor Evers and the Children’s Wisconsin Government Relations team led by Michelle Mettner for making others aware of this award and our work. I’m very grateful and I want everyone to recognize that it’s not just a good guy, but a great team.

The other people who need to be recognized are my family who supported me, especially my wife who supports the smell of paint. But it’s all fun and that’s all for the kids.”

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