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.
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2020 Humanitarian Awards Dinner
RESCHEDULED to: Thursday, September 10, 2020
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.
2020 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.
Michael Ward: Michael Ward & Jennifer Glock Foundation
Michael Ward served as the chairman and chief executive officer of CSX Corporation for fourteen years. CSX is one of the nation’s premier transportation and logistics companies. Over his 40-year career, Mr. Ward headed CSX’s operations, coal sales and marketing, and finance departments. Under Mr. Ward’s leadership, the company continually achieved record safety performances while providing vital services to customers and posting strong financial results for shareholders. On the Harvard’s Business Review’s November 2016 ranking of The Best Performing CEOs in the World, Mr. Ward ranked 26th in generating the best return for shareholders and the environment.
A native of Baltimore, MD., Mr. Ward’s commitment to personal philanthropy and corporate citizenship has been recognized with City Year’s prestigious Lifetime of Idealism Award. Mr. Ward is a member of the Board of Directors of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC). He also serves on various not for profit boards including City Year, One Love (One Love Foundation based in New York, which has a created a healthy relationship program which is given to all Duval County Public School students), Edward Waters College, Hubbard House, and the Civic Council of Jacksonville. Michael Ward was also an early supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and a major supporter of UNF’s award winning Military Resource Center. Through his private foundation, The Michael Ward and Jennifer Glock Foundation, he has donated over $35M to various charitable causes. The focus of the giving has been increasing educational opportunities and results in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and college, as well as promoting healthy relations, preventing domestic violence, support of the military and the arts. Mr. Ward earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1972, and received a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School in 1976.
MaliVai Washington & Terri Florio: MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, Founder and Executive Director
MaliVai Washington founded the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation (MWYF) in 1996, an after-school youth development program in Jacksonville’s urban core promoting academic achievement and positive life skills through the sport of tennis for students in grades K-12. Since its founding by Mal in 1996 and leadership from Terri since 1996, MWYF has served over 20,000 children. Just in the past year, the foundation has served 205 students in its Tennis-n-Tutoring program; provided a camping experience for 196 children in Camp Dynamite; established a partnership with Special Olympics Duval; helped for than 1000 youths through various outreach programs; and awarded more than $93,000 in scholarships for post-high school education. And an amazing statistic is that youths who take part in the MWYF activities have a 100% graduation rate!
Twelve years ago, Mal received the OneJax Acosta-Rua Young Professional Award. Since then he and Terri have continued to contribute to our community by serving thousands of our young people.
Dr. Jeffrey Levenson: Co-Developer and Coordinator of Jacksonville's Gift of Sight; President of Vision is Priceless; Chief Medical Officer of SEE International
Through the years, alongside his busy and successful practice, Dr. Levenson has quietly but consistently focused on providing eyesight to those who are underserved and uninsured. Locally, Dr. Levenson was an original supporter and long-term volunteer for Vision is Priceless, a not-for-profit in the community. He served as Board President for three terms and remains on the Board. It performs over 40,000 free preschool vision screenings and provides free eye care services thought its network of physicians. Twenty-five years ago, he founded "The Gift of Sight" program which has focuses on providing free cataract surgery for those unable to afford curative surgery by other means. To date, it has provided pro bono cataract surgery for over 1000 blind and medically indigent patients in Jacksonville. Dr. Levenson has personally and quietly created a fund to support this program, although he never draws attention to his generous philanthropy. He has also been a committed provider for many years in the WeCare Jacksonville network that offers care for the uninsured. He has been an active volunteer in SEE International (see attached) for many years where he serves as Chief Medical Officer. He has traveled to many places with SEE, including over 15 trips to Latin America, including El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and Honduras to offer free eye surgery. He works alongside local surgeons in these countries where there is information exchange and teaching. Dr. Levenson speaks Spanish fluently. Most recently, in the summer of 2019, Dr. Levenson went to a remote island in the Philippines where 500 patients received cataract surgery by the team in four days.
Melanie Patz and Lynn Sherman: Co-Chairs of the Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project and Leaders of 904Ward
Melanie and Lynn have been leaders of the 904ward group in Jacksonville for several years, bringing together individuals across our community to have open, candid conversations about race, equity and inclusion. They are currently serving as Co-Chairs of the Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project that is working in conjunction with the Equal Justice Initiative to commemorate lynchings that have occurred throughout the United States. Duval County has seven documented lynchings; the Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project is working to add detail and additional information to what is currently known about them, in addition to looking at some additional cases and identifying living descendants of the victims. When this all-volunteer effort is complete, it will result in published research about the documented cases, the establishment and unveiling of a historical marker, community-wide and youth education programming, and a scholarship essay contest for youth.
We Appreciate Our 2019 Sponsors
OneJax is immensely grateful to our 2019 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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