Ozaukee Impact Awards

Ozaukee Nonprofit Center is excited to announce the return of the “Ozaukee Impact Awards”—an award ceremony that celebrates individuals, groups, and companies that epitomized the spirt of giving in 2023. The Ozaukee Impact Awards seek to recognize local change-makers and the impact they had within our community.

The 2023 Ozaukee Impact Awards are proudly presented by Bank Five Nine.

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Event Details

Location: Ozaukee Nonprofit Center
Date: June 15th, 2023
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30 PM (Lunch: 12:00pm (noon); Presentation Begins: 12:30pm)
Registration Is Now Closed


Sponsors of the Ozaukee Impact Awards play a key role in allowing this event to take place. As a sponsor, exposure and recognition are provided based on the level of support. For more information or questions regarding sponsorship, please email us at events@oznc.org.

Thank you to our 2023 Ozaukee Impact Awards Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

Award Sponsor:

Certificate Sponsor:
Thierfelder Builders


Nominate / Nominees

The nomination deadline to nominate for the Ozaukee Impact Awards (to be held Thursday, June 15, 2023) is now past. Individuals were invited to make a nomination in any or all the award categories you see listed. Please scroll all the way through to review every category.

Those nominated are then contacted to complete a questionnaire. Their answers are considered by the judging committee. The judges’ decision is final. All eligible nominees will be acknowledged for their nomination and winners will be announced at the Ozaukee Impact Awards.

Special consideration for the 2023 Impact Awards will be given to Ozaukee Nonprofit Center Member Organizations where applicable. Winners from the 2022 Ozaukee Impact Awards will not be eligible to receive the same award two years in a row but may be recognized in another category.

*PLEASE NOTE – awards are not based on the number of nominations.

We will present the following five awards for 2023:

  • Community Collaboration of the Year: Recognizes two or more volunteer groups or nonprofit organizations that collaborated on a local initiative or project that made an impact within the community.
  • Community Stewardship of the Year: Honors a corporation or business entity that has made a substantial impact in the community through monetary or in-kind donations, sponsorships, or employee volunteer programs.
  • Nonprofit Emerging Leader of the Year: Recognizes an individual who is an early or mid-career nonprofit professional who demonstrates a strong sense of vision, passion, and commitment to the community.
  • Nonprofit of the Year: Acknowledges an outstanding nonprofit organization for its service and mission-based success in 2023.
  • Volunteer of the Year: A volunteer who consistently went above and beyond this year in lending their time and expertise to a nonprofit organization.

2023 Ozaukee Impact Awards Nominees:

Nonprofit Emerging Leader of the Year
Kate Ansay – Ansay International
Samantha Bear – Blossom IDD
Sharon Cross – Riveredge Nature Center
Patrick Curran – Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc.
Katie Draeger – Ozaukee Food Alliance
Diana Eggold – Habitat for Humanity Ozaukee
David Irish – Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program
Leonard Johnson – Guardians of the Children
Elizabeth Mueller – Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
Tina Perry – Just Listen Inc.
Amy Schmelzer – Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County
Martin Schmidt – Port Main Street, Inc.
Tom Stanton – Mel’s Charities
Nina Walker – Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program

Nonprofit of the Year
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County
Blossom IDD
Family Promise of Ozaukee County
Habitat for Humanity Ozaukee County
Mel’s Charities
Ozaukee Family Services
Portal Inc.
United Way of Northern Ozaukee

Community Stewardship of the Year
Aerial Work Platforms, Inc
Bank Five Nine
Blain’s Farm & Fleet
Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corporation
Cedarburg Overhead Door
Digital Edge Copy & Print Centers
First Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
Grafton Orthodontics
Kohler Credit Union
Mel’s Charities
Mr. Mover Inc.
Sommer’s Automotive

Volunteer of the Year
Andrea Acosta – Ozaukee Food Alliance
Kirsten Coenen – Port Washington-Saukville Rotary Club
Megan Dekker – Cedarburg Friends of Parks and Recreation
Nancy Dowling – Ozaukee Nonprofit Center
Marge Fisher – Family Sharing of Ozaukee County
Nancy Gierach – Ozaukee Food Alliance
Howard Hinterthuer – Milwaukee’s Soldier’s Home
Debbie Krueger – Grafton Historical Society
Jim Meyer – Habitat for Humanity of Ozaukee County
Stu Natale – Ozaukee Nonprofit Center/St. Paul Lutheran Church/Mel’s Charities
Tina Perry – Just Listen, Inc.
Cindi & Mike Purnell – Blossom IDD
Amy Sterkenburg – Mel’s Charities
Mark Vollmers – Riveredge Nature Center
Carl Vopal – Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County

Community Collaboration Award
Back 2 School Fair
Community Mental Health Coalition of Washington/Ozaukee County
Ozaukee Housing Coalition
Pigments for a Cause
River History Day



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