Oshkosh Area United Way seeks nominations for the Sue Panek Community Impact Award, which recognizes leaders who have positively impacted our community.

The Sue Panek Community Impact Award is a prestigious community award named in honor of Sue Panek, who served as OAUW’s Executive Director for 25 years until her well-earned retirement in 2018. Sue dedicated her career to identifying needs, bringing together partners, and engaging the community to find solutions to social issues in Oshkosh.

This award is presented each year to an individual or group from the Oshkosh area that exemplifies the same commitment to the community as Sue. Nominees should have a record of impactful work in one of OAUW’s three initiatives: financial stability, early childhood education, and/or mental health.

Last year’s winner, Molly Smiltneek, is one of those people. Ms. Smiltneek embodies the servant leader’s spirit and exemplifies extraordinary service in multiple initiatives listed above.

“The Sue Panek Community Impact Award celebrates those whose efforts have made a significant positive impact in our community,” said Amy Sitter, OAUW Board Chair. “Honorees are noted for tackling crucial needs in our area with their time and talent and for changing the lives of our neighbors who need it most.”

All nominations must be received on Friday, December 1, 2022. Nominations can be submitted through our online form at The recipient will be honored at Oshkosh Area United Way’s Day of Caring, Wednesday, May 3, 2023. The award includes a $1,000.00 donation to a local nonprofit organization of the recipient’s choice.

For more information, call 920-235-8560 or email

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