Press Release for Friday, September 18, 2015
OneJax Accepting 2016 Humanitarian Award Nominations
Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
Department of Public Relations
The OneJax Institute at the
University of North Florida is seeking nominations for the 2016 Humanitarian
Awards. Since 1970, these signature awards have been the Jacksonville
community's way of honoring those who have given generously of themselves and
have exhibited the highest personal and professional integrity.
Nominations are reviewed by a
committee of OneJax board members and former honorees, and are based solely
upon the following criteria:
- History of community service through long-term
involvement in civic, religious, nonprofit or professional/business
- Dedication to the improvement of human relations among
diverse groups in the Jacksonville area.
- Impeccable personal and professional integrity.
- Sustained commitment to humanitarian ideals.
- History of placing humanitarian concerns above self-interest.
- Realistic humility about his/her importance in the world.
The community can nominate
individuals for two awards. The Silver Medallion honors those who have
demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our community while the Dr.
Gaston Acosta-Rua Young Professionals Award recognizes a young
professional who is already making a significant impact on strengthening the
community through their time, talent and treasure.
“The nominating process is probably the most
critical part of the Humanitarian Awards,” said Nancy Broner, OneJax Institute
executive director. “The people of Northeast Florida know who the stewards of
our community are. We hope they enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to
recognize these deserving individuals by submitting nominations.
Nominations may be made by
completing the nomination form available at www.onejax.org. The form,
along with a written statement detailing how the nominee meets the criteria
outlined, must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Any individual or group
may submit a nomination about an individual they think worthy of being named a
The 2016 Awards Dinner, scheduled to take place
April 14, 2016, will mark the 46th year that people making a
difference in the community have been honored. Previous honorees include
Preston Haskell, Fran Kinne, Bob Shircliff, Carol Thompson, Frieda Saraga,
Madeline Scales-Taylor, Hugh Greene, Gertrude Peele, Dr. Parvez Ahmed and many
community building and advocacy, OneJax Institute at UNF works to make
Northeast Florida a better place for everyone by celebrating differences and
identifying all we have in common. For more information go to www.onejax.org or call (904)
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on
an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.