Dennis and Annie Elmer, Oshkosh Area United Way's 2017 Co-chair Team
The Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Area United Way selected Annie and Dennis Elmer as Campaign Co-chairs for this year’s United Way campaign. This is the first “father/daughter” team to take the helm of the United Way campaign.
A life-long resident of Oshkosh, Dennis served on the United Way’s Board of Directors for many years and chaired the 1996 campaign (with its memorable baseball theme of “Batting to a Million!”). He was the first campaign chair to raise one million dollars for the community through the United Way campaign. He has also served the community in Board and leadership positions with the following organizations: the Paine Art Center & Gardens, Hooper Community Center Foundation, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Lourdes Academy, Oshkosh YMCA, Mercy Hospital Finance Committee, Oshkosh Southwest Rotary, and M&I Bank. Dennis is retired from the food industry after having ownership and leading roles in distribution, manufacturing and brokerage. He is looking forward to working on another successful United Way campaign! When asked why he chose to take on the leadership Dennis said, "The United Way makes a difference in the lives of so many. Its strong and steadfast presence in our community provides countless services and assistance to those in need. I enjoyed chairing the 1996 campaign -- but this year will be even more special, as I'll have my daughter as a partner. We can't wait to get started!"
Annie was born and raised in Oshkosh and started volunteering for the United Way when she was 15 years old, developing the agency’s first website. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and a J.D. from Marquette University. Annie returned to Oshkosh in 2015 to begin her law career at Reff Baivier Bermingham & Lim. Her practice areas include estate planning, elder law, and probate. Annie also serves on the United Way’s Investment Committee, as well as the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund Grant Committee. "I returned to Oshkosh after completing my education for one simple reason: I love this city. Oshkosh is a wonderful place to live and work,” stated Annie. “The United Way has such a positive impact on the community and continually helps to strengthen its citizens through its initiatives and partner agencies. I am honored to be a co-chair and look forward to making this year's campaign a success."
According to Executive Director Sue Panek, “In the past, we have had individuals, a husband and wife team, a family, and a group of close friends all serve as campaign co-chairs, but this is the first time we have had a father/daughter team. Both Dennis and Annie have a passion for this community and will put their hearts and souls into this year’s campaign.”
Through the month of August a number of companies will run “pacesetter” campaigns, and the official campaign will be launched at a kickoff event on September 6, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the UW Oshkosh Alumni and Welcome Center. As part of a recent strategic plan adopted by the United Way board, the organization has as one of its goal to double the campaign to $2.5 million by 2023. Moving in that direction, this year’s campaign goal was set at $1.4 million which represents an 8% increase over the amount raised in 2016. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. This year, the Oshkosh Area United Way is distributing over $1,000,000 to support more than 50 local programs. Together, United Way and its partners are scoring big wins.
With your help, United Way can do even more. The Oshkosh Area United Way invites everyone to join the fight! For more information on how to get involved, contact Sue Panek at email@example.com