United Way to present humanitarian award

The Lycoming County United Way will present Dr. Oscar W. Knade Jr., the Lycoming County United Way treasurer, with the Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award on April 10 at the annual meeting at the Holiday Inn downtown.

The award is named in honor of Douglas C. Dickey, a past LCUW president, who died in the crash of TWA Flight 800.

The award is presented to an individual whose dedication, commitment and outstanding leadership have made a significant contribution to the welfare of Lycoming County.

The award was first presented in 1947 as the Lycoming United Way Award and renamed in 1997 to honor Dickey’s memory and contributions to the local United Way.

“The recipient of the Dickey Award is selected each year by a vote of those individuals who have been past recipients of the award,” said Scott N. Lowery, Lycoming County United Way Executive Director, “Nominations can be submitted by Program Partners, LCUW Board members and past recipients of the award.”

Knade retired as superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District in 1992.

Besides being a member of the Lycoming County United Way, he has also been an active member in a number of civic and charitable organizations in Lycoming County, including Preservation Williamsport, Victorian Christmas, the Williamsport Kiwania and Rotary clubs, the James V. Brown Library, Lycoming County American Red Cross, Hope Enterprises, Leadership Lycoming, Meals on Wheels, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Lycoming County Historical Society.

“For decades, Oscar has given of himself for the sole purpose of improving life in our area,” said Lowrey, ” his volunteer commitment to help so many others is a tribute to his hard work and efforts.”