Fit Oshkosh, Inc., an organization dedicated to improving racial equality and building a welcoming and inclusive community, has announced that Milwaukee-based Heal the Hood MKE founder Ajamou Butler will headline its fourth annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, August 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Oshkosh Convention Center.
The theme of this year’s event is Creating Spaces: Because Race Matters. Keynote speaker Butler, an activist and organizer, was named one of the most influential Black leaders in Wisconsin by Madison365. In addition to his work in Milwaukee neighborhoods, he is on the faculty of the Milwaukee Collegiate Academy High School, facilitating the male mentorship group and filling the role of Parent Liaison and Community Engagement Specialist.
Back by popular demand, Jordan Landry, associate professor of English at UW-Oshkosh, again serve as emcee of the event. Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the annual Daisy Frazier Social Justice Hero Award to a person or organization that demonstrates a commitment to social justice in Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Brown or Outagamie county. Nominations for the award are still open.
As Co-President of the Fit Oshkosh Board of Directors and the 2018 winner of the Daisy Frazier Social Justice Award, Dr. Kadihjia Kelly, Licensed Professional Counselor, is looking forward to this year’s event. “I’m excited to be part of a movement that speaks volumes to anti-racist work,” she said in a statement. “I appreciate the opportunity to take a more active role in contributing to the community.”
Dinner options include chicken, pork and vegetarian (vegan), all gluten-free. A silent auction and raffle will also be held. Price for individuals is $55 until June 16, and $65 after that date. A table for eight can be reserved for $400 until June 16, $500 after that. Ticket sales will end on July 28. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available online.