The Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh presents the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation with a Donation from Wisconsinís Best Rib Fest Proceeds

Published Thursday, October 27, 2016
by Lori Renning

The Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh are proud to present the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation with a $20,000 donation from proceeds of Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest to kick off the campaign to rebuild Little Oshkosh.


This past Labor Day weekend, the three Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh teamed up to host Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest where the National Barbecue Cookers Association visited Oshkosh to sell their ribs. This first-time event welcomed more than 11,000 visitors to Menominee Park.  This year all proceeds went to the campaign to rebuild Little Oshkosh located in Menominee Park.


The Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh have supported Little Oshkosh since its inception. Many Rotarians volunteered their time over the course of a week back in 1997 to help build the playground, making it one of the largest community-built playgrounds in the nation.


“Little Oshkosh is a great asset to our community. Unfortunately, years of wear and tear have taken a toll on it. The materials needed to fix the current playground are no longer available or approved for playgrounds so instead of continuously fixing it, the whole playground needs to be rebuilt.  Since Rotary was a big part of the process from the beginning we wanted to contribute to the rebuild,” said Lori Renning, President of Oshkosh Rotary Club.


In order to complete the rebuild, $500,000 will need to be raised.  On Tuesday, October 25th, the Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh presented a $20,000 check to Bill Wyman, President & Chief Executive Office of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation at the Oshkosh Common Council Meeting at City Hall.


Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest will be back on Labor Day Weekend 2017. Look for more information to come at or

Rotary is a collection of some 1.2 million men and women all over the world who believe in giving of themselves in humanitarian services to their fellow citizens in their local communities and around the world. Rotary clubs in Oshkosh include: Oshkosh Rotary Southwest, Oshkosh Rotary and N.E.W. Rotary EClub.  

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