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John Emge

By John Emge

Congratulations, Fran Wise!  A Well-Deserved Addition to the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame

Thu, February 18, 2016

Fran Wise, Ann Arena, John Emge

“Without Fran Wise and her contributions to the community, Atlantic County would be a different place. Her compassion and work ethic have made a positive impact on everyone she meets. I cannot think of anyone more deserving to be inducted in the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame.” – Ann Arena, Senior Director of Information Management Systems, Spencer’s and Spirit Halloween and UWGPSNJ Local Board Vice Chair for Community Investments in Atlantic and Cape May Counties

“Fran’s commitment and drive might be explained by some as ‘being part of the job’ but it’s much more than that, and that is evident from the moment you meet her. All through the aftermath of Sandy, Fran was always focused on helping the community as quickly, compassionately and comprehensively as possible. I saw that same dedication in the wake of the casino crisis. Fran speaks from her heart and wears her humanity on her sleeve.” – Carol Cohen, Executive Director, American Red Cross-Southern Shore

Having the opportunity to work closely with Fran Wise, United Way’s Impact Manager for Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties for the past 16 of her more than 20 years in this role, I’ve witnessed first-hand her passion for helping others, improving the community and making a difference in our region.

That’s why I’m proud to share that next month, Fran will be inducted into the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame, which celebrates and recognizes women who have made outstanding achievements and significant contributions in their professional fields, to women's and girls' causes or in community endeavors.

By dedicating her career to serving and strengthening our community, Fran has directly helped to build and foster collaborative partnerships that seek out collective solutions to some of our region’s toughest challenges. For example, she was a vital part of our work coordinating the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group following Superstorm Sandy, and more recently, in spearheading the coordinated response to the economic crisis in Atlantic County following the casino closings.

Community members are invited to join United Way staff and volunteers at the induction ceremony on March 10, 2016 at the Linwood Country Club. For tickets and additional information, please call 609-272-1469.

Congratulations, Fran! Thank you for all your work to improve lives and strengthen communities – one child, one adult, and one family at a time!