Each year, OneJax hosts a Humanitarian Awards Dinner to honor outstanding humanitarians and raise funds to support our programs. This notable event includes a formal ceremony to recognize a new group of honorees each year.
OneJax Humanitarian Awards began in 1970 and has honored individuals who have made a significant humanitarian contribution to their communities.
View our Circle of Honorees.
2018 Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
OneJax Humanitarian Awards Dinner sponsors gain exposure in a large group of community leaders while enjoying an elegant dinner at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center along with inspirational words from our Honorees. As a dinner sponsor, your leadership sends a powerful message in support of the mission of OneJax and of the honorees’ good works in support of our city. The impact of your sponsorship is equally powerful – enabling OneJax to create opportunities for diverse groups of individuals to learn about themselves and one another thereby reducing stereotypes and bias, and developing community awareness and understanding about critical social issues facing our city.
2017 Gold Medallion for Lifetime Achievement
The Gold Medallion for Lifetime Achievement recognizes those who have had an extraordinary impact on and have given back generously to their communities over their lifetime. This award is given to an individual who has distinguished herself/himself not only through outstanding dedication and community service as required to be given the Silver Medallion, but through her/his exceptional commitment to the OneJax mission of promoting the dignity and respect of all people. This award is not necessarily given every year.
David A. Stein
Chairman and CEO, King Provision
For much of his career, David was Chairman and CEO of Southern Industrial Corporation, the original franchisor of 36 Burger King restaurants in three counties of Northeast Florida. He is a Jacksonville native who has spent a lifetime giving back to the community he loves and has enhanced the quality of life in Northeast Florida by financially supporting many educational initiatives. He has provided scholarship endowments at UNF, JU, and FSCJ; at the Jewish Community Alliance, which he led the effort to found and where he was its first president; and at the Greenwood School, where he spearheaded a capital campaign to provide a permanent home for this school that serves the educational needs of children with learning disabilities. He has served as an officer or board member for numerous local organizations such as the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, University Medical Center, UNF Foundation and WJCT Public Television. This past year, he and his wife, Linda, were honored as the “Philanthropists of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at its annual Philanthropy Day luncheon.
2017 President’s Citation
The President’s Citation is awarded to a humanitarian whose efforts and vision have resulted in substantial, positive, local and national changes in one or more areas.This award requires a leadership component that extends past the Jacksonville area and the state of Florida. This award is not necessarily given every year.
Retired Insurance Executive; Community Volunteer
Jean worked in the Prudential Insurance Company’s Southern Central Office in Jacksonville as its Public Relations Manager for 23 years. In addition, she served as a Trustee of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund for 20 years and exemplifies the very spirit of the OneJax Humanitarian awards. During her decades of community service to Jacksonville, Jean served as president of the Arts Assembly of Jacksonville (predecessor of the Jacksonville Cultural Council), president of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, president of the then Jacksonville Art Museum (predecessor of MOCA) and chair of the Florida Humanities Council, among many other nonprofit organizations with which she has been involved. She is kind, generous and a model of integrity, and it is these qualities that led to her selection as the very first trustee of the duPont Fund that came from outside Mrs. duPont's inner circle. Hazel Williams, Mrs. duPont's former secretary and trustee of the Fund, selected Jean Ludlow as trustee because she knew that Jean was exactly the type of woman the late Mrs. duPont would have chosen herself—an individual with integrity, commitment to charity and a compassionate outlook. Jean is the recipient of many honors and awards, including several “Lifetime Achievement Awards” the EVE award in the employment category.
2017 Silver Medallions
The Silver Medallion is awarded each year to men and women in recognition of the individual’s outstanding dedication and community service. Recipients of this award have exhibited an extensive record of involvement in civic, charitable, volunteer and professional organizations; dedication to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our city; impeccable personal and professional integrity; sustained commitment to humanitarian ideals; history of placing humanitarian concerns above self-interest; and realistic humility about his/her importance in the world.
Dr. James B. Crooks
Professor Emeritus of History at UNF; Author; Community Volunteer
Jim has a long and rich history as a community trustee and servant leader in Jacksonville, working to improve race relations and human relations across Jacksonville through his role as an activist historian. He has dedicated his life to improving human relations among the many diverse people of Jacksonville, yet is most humble about the role he has played across this city for over four decades. He is a past Chair of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission; a leader and facilitator of Study Circles on race relations; and has served on many boards and community initiatives including JASMYN, JCCI, OneJax, Sanctuary of Northeast Florida; United Community Outreach Ministry; Jacksonville Historical Society; Blueprint for Prosperity; Jacksonville Public Library; Jacksonville Journey; United Way Achievers for Life Partnership Council; Istanbul Cultural Center of Jacksonville; The Community Foundation’s LGBT Exploration Committee; and many more. Jim enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a professor at UNF. He came to UNF in 1972 to start the history program, which he chaired for eight of his 25 years there. He has published a number of works, including Jacksonville After the Fire; A New South City, 1901-1919 and Jacksonville: The Consolidation Story, from civil rights to the Jaguars.
Rodney L. Hurst Sr.
Civil Rights Activist; Author
Rodney Hurst is a civil rights activist and author of the award-winning book It was never about a hot dog and a Coke! In that personal account of civil rights demonstrations in Jacksonville, Hurst recounted with clarity the bloody events of August 27, 1960—the day that came to be called Ax Handle Saturday—when two hundred whites with ax handles and baseball bats attacked members of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP who were peacefully sitting in at segregated lunch counters. Hurst, who was a high school student, led those sit-in demonstrations as President of the Jacksonville Youth Council. In 1961, after several months of somewhat acrimonious meetings between the NAACP and white political and business leaders, Hurst and Marjorie Meeks, both now freshman at Edward Waters College, would become the first blacks to officially integrate Jacksonville’s downtown heretofore white lunch counters. It was never about a hot dog and a Coke! is the winner of more than a dozen awards, including the USA Book News Book First Place Gold Medal Award for Multicultural Nonfiction, and the Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal in nonfiction. His 2nd book, Unless WE tell it . . .It never gets told!, was published in January 2016 and relates stories of notable members of the black community of Jacksonville who impacted this city and the country; stories of America’s Black history; and stories of the historical fight against racism. It was recently honored as one of 5 finalists for the Multicultural Non-Fiction Award by the National Best Books Awards book competition. Rodney speaks extensively on civil rights, racism and Black history. In addition to his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, he served two four-year terms on the Jacksonville City Council, was the first black to co-host a television talk show in Jacksonville, which was on WJCT, and was one of the original 13 national recipients of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Television Fellowships.
Shah Faisal Sayed
Executive Director, Muslim American Social Services
Shah Faisal Sayed is the Founder and Executive Director of Muslim American Social Services (MASS), which provides free medical care for residents of Duval County. MASS serves everyone, regardless of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief. In the last six years MASS has served more than 5,000 patients and provided more than $1.5 million of medical services to community members who are most in need. Faisal began working on the concept of a free health clinic in Duval County more than 10 years ago and six years ago he established a small clinic in a trailer at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida. Three years ago, the Islamic Center raised $250,000 from the Jacksonville Muslim community to purchase a building for the clinic. Faisal recruited 30 passionate physicians from the community to volunteer their time to the clinic. Through his actions he has inspired hundreds of people within the community to volunteer their time and money for a noble cause. He has partnered with WE CARE to deliver medical care to the most needy in Duval County. A software developer by profession, Faisal has created software that is used by Fortune 1000 companies. He brings that same professional acumen to MASS, making it a very technologically savvy clinic.
2017 Acosta-Rua Young Professionals Award
Young professionals, under the age of 40, who are already making a significant impact in their community through their time, talent and treasure, are recognized for their contributions to society for promoting understanding and awareness, furthering the cause of social justice issues and for providing leadership that encourages responsible action to others throughout the community. This award is not necessarily given each year.
Sabeen Perwaiz Syed
Executive Director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance
Sabeen exemplifies the young professional who is already making a significant impact on strengthening the community through time, talent and treasure. Her volunteer leadership here in Jacksonville as the co-organizer and executive producer of TEDxJacksonville has made her well-known for vibrant leadership and exceptional motivation and organizational skills. Sabeen’s work with TEDx has brought attention to people and ideas that challenge many of our notions about our community. In 2013 she volunteered with Aide et Action in Cambodia, serving as an early education specialist trying to increase the number of preschools in the country by visiting with and learning from local community leaders, parents, and young adults. Sabeen is a member of the 2016 Leadership Jacksonville class and was named a 2016 Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She has worked diligently to develop a culture of civic dialogue through her work with Atlantic Institute as well as TEDx. In addition, she is involved in advocating for the plight of refugees in Jacksonville. Sabeen was born in Pakistan and grew up in Queens, NY. She has a Bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and a Master of Science in International Development from the University of Bimingham, UK. She also has a certificate in Women’s Health and Human Rights from Stanford University.
We Appreciate Our 2017 Sponsors
OneJax is immensely grateful to our 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner sponsors. Your sponsorship affords us the tools we need to make our vision of being the catalyst that creates an inclusive community where difference is welcomed and celebrated a reality in Jacksonville.
THANK YOU for your generous support!
View our full list of supporters.
Beaver Street Fisheries
Dan and Cindy Edelman
Hugh and Susan Greene
HASKELL / Ullmann Brown Wealth Advisors
Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, Inc.
|River Garden Senior Services / Martin and Susan Goetz
||University of North Florida
|Ackerman Cancer Center
||Acosta-Rua Family Foundation
||Brightway Insurance, Inc.
||The Community Foundation forf Northeast Florida
||Community Hospice & Palliative Care
|Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
||Dr. and Mrs. George H. Dorion
|DuBow Family Foundation
||Elite Parking Services of America, Inc.
||Ernst & Young LLP
|Friends of Jim Crooks
||Fidelity National Financial, Inc.
||First Coast Cardiovascular Institute and Jacksonville Clinic
|Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball
||Greene-Hazel Insurance Group
||GreenPointe Holdings LLC
|Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church
||Connie and Bill Hodges
||Ashton and Mandy Hudson
|Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
|Jan and Bruce Lipsky
||Muslim American Social Services Clinic (MASS)
|Operation New Hope, Inc.
||Selevan Family Foundation
|Smith Hulsey & Busey
|Susan S. Wilkinson, Ed.D.
||James H. Winston
||W. W. Gay Fire Protection, Inc.
|Zimmerman Family Foundation