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Humanitarian Awards

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.


2019 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Thursday, April 11, 2019

5:30 p.m.

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.

2018 Honorees

2018 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.

John A. Delaney: President, University of North Florida

John A. Delaney Headshot

John A. Delaney became the University of North Florida's fifth president in 2003. In that capacity, he oversees a campus of more than 16,000 students, 600 faculty and more than 1,000 staff. The 1,381-acre campus in Northeast Florida is considered a driver in the region, with an annual economic impact of nearly $1 billion. Each year, 4,000 students graduate from the University's six colleges: the Brooks College of Health, the Coggin College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, College of Education and Human Services, and the Hicks Honors College. Under John's direction, UNF reaffirmed its commitment to students, by offering individualized attention and offering transformational learning opportunities. The University of North Florida is also known for its flagship programs, areas where UNF leads the nation. Flagships include Community Nursing, International Business, Transportation & Logistics, Coastal Biology, Music, and Nutrition & Dietetics. John is considered UNF's chief fundraiser, nearly doubling the University's privately funded endowment. In April 2013, the Power of Transformation campaign exceeded its goal, raising more than $130 million. The campaign was publicly launched in 2009 with an ambitious goal of $110 million. John's presidency continues a distinguished career as a public servant. He served two terms as mayor of Jacksonville, the country's thirteenth largest city, spearheading major initiatives including The Better Jacksonville Plan, a $2.2 billion improvement plan that gave the city new public facilities and other amenities. He also created the Preservation Project, a massive land conservation program giving Jacksonville the distinction of having the largest urban park system in the United States. Prior to that, he served as the chief assistant state attorney, the number two prosecutor for Northeast Florida, and as the general counsel for the City of Jacksonville. He has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards. John and his wife, Gena, have four children and three grandchildren.

2018 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.

Barbara Drake: Retired Business Executive & Community Volunteer

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Barbara started her career with Container Corporation of America's paper mill division as a controller. She requested to be transferred to the recycling division and soon became the regional controller for the Recycling Division, in Philadelphia. She was transferred to Jacksonville in 1981 as the southeastern regional recycling manager. As Regional Manager she supplied the company mills in Fernandina Beach, Venezuela, and Colombia with recyclable paper, their raw material for making new paper products. Additionally, she managed a large processing plant, and brokered paper internationally. In 1988 Barbara founded a commercial recycling business, Covenant Paper Stock. She expanded the services offered by the company to include all types of confidential document shredding and brand product destruction. She merged Covenant with Southland Waste Services, owned by Andy Crawford, in 1991, and the entire company was sold to Republic Services in 1996. Barbara joined Main Recycling in 1998 and became a principal in 2000. She was responsible for finance, administration, and buying and selling scrap metal. She set up the scrap metal brokerage business, computerized the accounting system, designed and implemented the first inventory system, and established business relationships in Puerto Rico and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She sold her interest in 2006. Prior to her recycling career, Barbara served in the United States Air Force with a broad range of responsibilities including Regional Comptroller for 52 communications bases, Budget Officer, Squadron Commander, and Management Analyst. As a Captain in the Reserves she was the Air Force Academy Liaison Officer and Director of Administration for an Air National Guard base. She earned her bachelor's and MBA degrees from the University of West Florida. Barbara was the interim Executive Director for Leadership Jacksonville in 1998, and later that same year served as interim Executive Director for the Mental Health Association. Barbara is a past President for United Way of Northeast Florida's Board of Trustees and past Resource Management Chair of the Board of Directors. Currently, she is the Treasurer for the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN) and a mentor for Stein Fellowship.

Lawrence "Laurie" DuBow: Philanthropist

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Lawrence DuBow, known to his friends as "Laurie," moved to Jacksonville in early 1956 after being honorably discharged from active duty in the United States Army. A 1953 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, he was actively engaged for over forty years in the wholesale drug business and pharmaceutical sales and marketing industry. He has been involved in various aspects of the pharmaceutical industry including serving as a consultant to Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. of New Delhi, India from 2000 to 2006. Laurie is involved with many community non-profit agencies having served as a Board member of the Super Bowl XXXIX Host Committee; Board member of Habijax; and on the Board of Trustees of WJCT. He is a former member of the Advisory Council at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and the UF Health Jacksonville Board of Directors. He is a founding member of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and a former Chairman of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. He served on the Jacksonville Housing Authority for eight years, the last year as Chairman. In 1999 Laurie and his wife Linda were Chairpersons of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Northeast Florida. He is a former partner in the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ltd. Laurie and his family, through the DuBow Family Foundation, continue to support and encourage charity and philanthropy in our community. He and Linda, his wife of 57 years, have two children and three grandchildren.

Sherry Magill: Jesse Ball duPont Fund President

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Sherry Magill serves as President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a private grantmaking foundation. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the Fund's assets approximate $285 million with an annual grants budget totaling approximately $12 to $15 million. Prior to joining the Fund's staff in 1991 as Program Officer for Education, Dr. Magill served as Vice President and Deputy to the President of Washington College, a small private liberal arts college located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. While at Washington College, she taught courses in American Studies and on the American South, and in 1991 was selected by the graduating class to receive the Gold Pentagon Award for outstanding service to the college. Sherry holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in American Studies from Syracuse University. She has served as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute, and is the founding executive director of the Wye Faculty Seminar, a nationally recognized enrichment program for professors teaching in the nation's small colleges. Dr. Magill holds an honorary doctor of humane letters from Jacksonville University, Randolph-Macon College, and Lynchburg College. She is recipient of the 2016 EVE Award given by The Florida Times-Union. In addition to having served as chair of the Council on Foundation board, State of Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls state board, and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center for Girls and Young Women board, Dr. Magill is past president of the Jacksonville Women's Network board, a past member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations board, the Leadership Jacksonville board, the Southern Education Foundation board, the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies board, and the Council of Independent Colleges board. She is a founding member and past chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network and is a member of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation-Jacksonville (LISC) advisory committee. She is an alumni member of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 1993, and Leadership Florida, Class XIV.

Darnell Smith: Florida Blue Market President, North Florida Region

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Darnell Smith is Florida Blue's market president for the North Florida Region. In his role, Darnell is responsible for Florida Blue's business market growth, as well as customer and community engagement across 36 North Florida counties, stretching from Palm Coast through Pensacola. Prior to his current role, Darnell was group vice president, Service Organization and Business Process Management Organization (BPMO) where he was responsible for leading a team of approximately 2,000 people who provide service to more than 3 million customers each year. Throughout his career, Darnell has been very active in the community, serving on advisory committees and board of directors such as, the PACE Center for Girls in Jacksonville, the Sulzbacher Center, YMCA, United Way, Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, Communities in Schools-Florida (CISFL), and the Cathedral Arts Project. He served as the 2017 Chair of the Jacksonville Chamber Board of Directors. Darnell holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, the Advanced HR Executive Program at University of Michigan and Leadership Jacksonville.


We Appreciate Our 2018 Sponsors

OneJax is immensely grateful to our 2018 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!

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