12 Days of GMES

Dear Greater Milwaukee El Sistema Families, Friends, and Supporters,

On Giving Tuesday (December 1st), Greater Milwaukee El Sistema is kicking off a 12 day festive fundraiser, The 12 Days of GMES. These 12 days are full of a variety of events to support our organization, and celebrate our talented students. Whether you’re looking to complete your holiday shopping, or simply want to make a monetary donation – we have something for everyone!

December 1st (Giving Tuesday): Like us on Facebook to see posts throughout the day to learn more about our program.
Online Auction opens at 12:15 am: click here to preview our lineup of auction items and register for an account with 32 Auctions to bid.
Noodles & Company (1210 W. Sunset Drive, Waukesha) is donating 50% of proceeds from orders placed from 4:00-8:00 pm when you present this flyer, or use code: GIVING50 when ordering online.

December 2nd: Kwik Trip Orders* Due!  Please email: gmelsistema@gmail.com for more information and to place your orders. Cards can be for $10, $20, $25, $50 or $100. Don’t forget the Car Wash Cards which include 5 washes for $36.

December 3rd: 50% of purchases from Wisconsin Candle Company will benefit our program when you use code: GMES at checkout. Code is valid from December 1st-15th.

December 4th: Join us for a fun, holiday craft night at Soul Fire (636 Main Street, Delafield) from 5:00-9:00 pm. View this flyer for details.
Friday Night Fish Fry at Revere’s Street Tavern (505 Wells St, Delafield). $30 for a fish fry and 1 drink ticket in a private room reserved for El Sistema. Takeout available! Please RSVP* by text to 262-271-1928 for in person and takeout orders. Please include fish options (Walleye, Perch, Bluegill, Cod or Baked fish) dine in or carryout and estimated time of arrival.

December 5-6th: Kendra Scott gives back to GMES! Shop in person at the Corners of Brookfield, and mention GMES or shop online with code: GIVEBACK-OFTM for 20% of your purchase to benefit GMES.
Join us in store for student pop up performances from 12-3 pm each day. On 12/6, we will have a virtual Sip and Sparkle zoom session with a Kendra Scott representative at 7:00 pm. Join us virtually for a chance to win free jewelry!

December 7th: Portillo’s Night! 20% of proceeds will benefit GMES when you present this flyer from 5:00-8:00 pm at Portillo’s (17685 W. Bluemound Road) in Brookfield. As a special treat, we will have live caroling outside from 6:00-7:00 pm!

December 8th: Virtual Wine Tasting with PRP Wine International: 2 bottles of Red, 2 bottles of White and 2 bottles of Sparkling wine for $100 ($180 value). The 1st 25 orders will receive a pair of GMES wine glasses and you will have the option to order a bottle of champagne for New Years for an additional $20. Please call 262-271-1928 to place your order. Order* early so it can be delivered on time for our Virtual Wine Tasting at 7:00 pm.

December 9th: Enjoy student performances posted throughout the day on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

December 10th: Join us at Cafe de Arts (830 W. Saint Paul Ave, Waukesha) from 10:00 am – Noon, where 20% of your in cafe purchase will benefit GMES. At 10:30 we will have a special pop up performance!
Orders* of packaged coffee are due this day – for more information and to receive an order form email: gmelsistema@gmail.com

December 11th: Enjoy student performances posted throughout the day on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

December 12th: Celebrate the hard work our students put in to their classes this semester by tuning in to our virtual 12 Days of GMES Finale Concert at 7:00 pm on our YouTube channel.

*Payment for orders of Kwik Trip, PRP International Wine, Café De Arts Coffee and Fish Fry RSVP’s can be made by Check via mail to P.O. Box 2271 Waukesha, WI 53187-2271 or over the phone with credit card (262)271-1928. All payments must be received before orders can be delivered. 

We hope you will join us in person or virtually to celebrate the holidays and our students! 


El Sistema
El Sistema
El Sistema
El Sistema
El Sistema

WE TEACH young students how to play violin, viola and cello!

Welcome to Greater Milwaukee El Sistema where we are proud to offer children music instruction and service-learning opportunities!  El Sistema was founded in Venezuela and its unique methods of teaching were brought here to create community through music in local schools in the greater Milwaukee area. Learn all about our affordable group music programs and how we transform the lives of children by introducing the joy of music into their daily lives. No child is ever turned away for financial need, all are welcome!

Changing Young Lives With Music

Since its founding in 2011, Greater Milwaukee El Sistema (GMES) serves elementary school students in the city of Waukesha and Greater Milwaukee Area. We are committed to providing safe, quality music education and opportunities to our students.  Our students perform community concerts and represent us at various local festivals and events.  Last year our students have had collaborative events with Sheltered Reality and community performances with the Wisconsin Philharmonic at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center as well as workshops with Maestro Alexandro Platt.  Our children and families meet monthly at our community partner site, First United Methodist Church, in Waukesha to share a free meal and complete community service projects or attend special monthly programming.  We are proud to collaborate with other Waukesha Non-Profits like Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP) and Healing Hearts and to share the joy of music throughout our community.

Our Mission

The mission of Greater Milwaukee El Sistema (GMES) is to participate in the global movement to create community connection through music. Named after the original “El Sistema” in Venezuela, GMES is inspired to transform the lives of students by providing them with skill-based music classes. Group based and community driven, classes strongly emphasize peer support and mentoring, as well as performance experience.


Help Support El Sistema

Support El Sistema with an on line donation or send a check payable to GMES to:

Greater Milwaukee El Sistema
P.O. Box 2271

Waukesha, WI 53187-2271

Consider making a monthly or quarterly donation by clicking on Donate Now, or contact Sarena Lawrence at gmelsistema@gmail.com to discuss a plan designed to fit your needs. Sustaining monthly donations are convenient for you and most helpful to us!


Your donation of time, money, wish list items, or instruments is most welcome and appreciated. 
Thank you!




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