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United Way Fox Cities CEO and President Peter Kelly, who is retiring after serving 23 years, stands in front of the nonprofit Monday, September 28, 2020, in Menasha, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin (Photo: Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis)

MENASHA – United Way Fox Cities CEO and President Peter Kelly will step down in May after more than 23 years of service, but he’s not coasting into retirement.

The community-building organization’s annual fundraising has nearly doubled since Kelly took over in 1998 from $4.6 million to $9 million in 2019.  While he’s proud of the accomplishment, Kelly said he doesn’t want his retirement to detract from the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community.

“COVID has added a greater sense of urgency for a strong fundraising campaign this year,” he said. “I am confident that we will confront this challenge and raise the resources needed to fund nearly