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Press Release for Friday, September 18, 2015

OneJax Accepting 2016 Humanitarian Award Nominations

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

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 organizations.
  • 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 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 OneJax Humanitarian.


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 others.


Through education, 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 or call (904) 620-1JAX.


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.