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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2021 Humanitarian Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 15, 2021
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OneJax Humanitarian Awards Dinner sponsors gain exposure in a large group of community leaders 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.
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2021 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 been a past recipient of the Silver Medallion and who has distinguished herself/himself not only through outstanding dedication and community service but also 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.
Nathaniel "Nat" Glover: President Emeritus, Edward Waters College; former Sheriff of Duval County
On April 11, 1995, Dr. Nathaniel Glover made history by being elected as the first African American Sheriff in Florida in more than 100 years and the first African American Sheriff in the history of Jacksonville. He served for two terms and retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on June 30, 2003. In August 2018 Dr. Glover retired again after serving eight years as the 29th president of Edward Waters College. Dr. Glover was born and raised in Jacksonville and is a product of the Duval County Public School system. He is married to Doris J. Bailey and they have two children, two grandsons and a granddaughter. Dr. Glover is also a product of Edward Waters College where he earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science. He later earned the Master’s Degree in Education from the University of North Florida. In addition, Dr. Glover is a graduate of the 130th Session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the 1989 class of Leadership Jacksonville and the 2016 Leadership Florida Class IX. He has received outstanding alumnus awards from Edward Waters College, the University of North Florida and Leadership Jacksonville in addition to being awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree by Edward Waters College and the University of North Florida.
Dr. Glover’s career in law enforcement started with the Jacksonville Police Department on November 12, 1966. With the consolidation of the city and county governments on October 1, 1968, the Jacksonville Police Department and the Duval County Sheriff’s Office became the new Office of the Sheriff-Jacksonville Police. In 1969, he became an investigator in the Detective Division of the Office of the Sheriff. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1974 and headed the Police Hostage Negotiation Team from 1975 to 1986. He served as Chief, Division of Services from 1986 to 1988, and was then appointed Deputy Director of Police Services. In 1991, he was named Director of Police Services, one of the top three positions in the Department. During his first term as Sheriff, he donated $240,000 of his pension benefits to a college scholarship fund for deserving low-income children in the Jacksonville community. After his retirement from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office he became a special advisor to University of North Florida President John Delaney. His role at UNF was to promote higher education, college recruitment, and drop-out prevention. During this time, Dr. Glover also served on the Edward Waters College Board of Trustees.
In 1999, Dr. Glover was awarded the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for "his untiring efforts to combat crime through community involvement and to effect positive changes in the criminal justice system." In 2003 he served as co-chair and then chair of Mayor John Peyton’s Transition Team, after opposing him as a run-off candidate in a heated mayoral race.
Dr. Glover received the Liberty Bell Award from the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Law and Spirituality Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild. He is also a past recipient of the Jacksonville Jewish Community’s Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the Jacksonville Chapter NAACP Sallye B. Mathis Award for outstanding community service. The Mental Health Association of Northeast Florida presented Dr. Glover with the Community Service Award and the Arthritis Foundation selected him as the Community Leader of the Year 2002. Dr. Glover was chosen to participate in the White House Leadership Conference on Youth Drug Use and Violence and received the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of being the most outstanding initiate of the Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi for the first 50 years.
In May 2010, Dr. Glover was asked to serve in the role of Interim President of Edward Waters College and on February 12, 2011 he accepted the charge presented to him by the Board of Trustees to serve as the College’s 29th President. During his tenure as President, Dr. Glover has been one of four presidents nominated for Best Male Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) President of the year by HBCU Digest for two years in a row. June 30, 2015 was declared Nat Glover Day in the City of Jacksonville and on March 8, 2016 he was the recipient of the Junior Achievement Thompson S. Baker “Solid as a Rock” award in recognition of his dedication to bettering our community through leadership, hands-on involvement and philanthropic deeds. Most recently, he was recognized by the City Council of Jacksonville for his Distinguished Career in Public Service on November 9, 2016 and received the “Great Floridian Award” from Governor Rick Scott on May 10, 2016.
In addition to Dr. Glover’s professional career, he continues to be involved in community service activities. He is President Emeritus Pro-Tempore of the Board of Trustees at St. Stephen AME Church, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Brotherhood of Police Officers and a former Rotary Club member with the distinction of being a Paul Harris Fellow. He serves on several boards including, Tiger Academy (Emeritus), OneJax Advisory Council, The Bridge of Northeast Florida and Take Stock in Children (Emeritus). Dr. Glover is also a former member of the United States Judicial Nominating Commission of the Middle District Conference for the 114th Congressional Term and was the 2016-2017 President of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities.
2021 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.
Martin Goetz: Chief Executive Officer, River Garden Senior Services
Marty Goetz has been with River Garden since 1978, starting as associate administrator, becoming chief operating officer in the mid-1980s, and then assuming the position of CEO in 2004. The nonprofit agency sponsors an array of eldercare programs and services on a 40-acre campus in Mandarin. Since 1946, the Home has provided traditional long-term care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, short-stay skilled nursing care and rehabilitation, respite care, and adult day programming. Its campus also includes: The Coves, an 80-unit independent senior living facility; a Medicare-certified home health care agency; and a foundation which raise funds in support of the agency’s services. River Garden is a nine-time recipient of the prestigious “Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long Term Care.”
Marty is a past member of the board and executive committee of LeadingAge Florida, a trade organization for those involved with eldercare, from which he received several awards. He is also a member, past board member and chair of the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS), from which he received their highest recognition, the Dr. Herbert Shore Award of Honor, in 2016. Marty earned his Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Stony Brook University in New York. He also completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of North Florida. Marty has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of North Florida College Of Health in Jacksonville and served two terms on the board of OneJax, among other community activities.
Robert & Margaret Hill: Former CEO & Vice Chair, Acosta Sales & Marketing; Community Volunteer
Robert and Margaret Hill arrived in Jacksonville in 1997, a few years after the family business which Robert led in East Tennessee was acquired by Jacksonville-based Acosta Sales & Marketing. Since then, he went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility, becoming President & COO in 2004 and CEO in 2009. In 2017 he became Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, the position he held until he retired in 2018. During his 30 years in the consumer goods business, he was recognized by Supermarket News as one of the 50 most powerful individuals in the industry for four consecutive years.
Both Robert and Margaret have been significantly involved with the community since arriving in Jacksonville. Margaret, a former editor at Mercer University Press chaired the diaconate at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church for two years and was a member of the board of Learn to Read in Duval County. She has served on the boards of WJCT Public Broadcasting and Speaking of Women’s Health. She volunteered and was a member of the advisory board of the Hill Breast Center at Baptist Medical Center. She dedicated two days each week to volunteering at the Breast Center. She was also been an active volunteer in St. Johns County public schools for many years. Robert serves on the Board of Baptist Health, the largest hospital system in North Florida. He was System Board Chair from 2010 to 2017. The Hills have had a special interest in behavioral health and breast care and made the lead gift for the campaign to build the Hill Breast Center, named in their honor. They have also generously supported the Children’s Home Society, Florida Forum, and the Guardian Ad Litem programs. Robert also serves on the Board of the United Way of Northeast Florida and led the N. Florida $25 million campaign in 2017. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Community Foundation where he chairs the investment committee. The Hills are graduates of Furman University and are currently leading a $350 million campaign at the school. Robert has served on the Furman Board for the last nine years and just completed a six-year term on the Jacksonville University board.
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OneJax is immensely grateful to our 2020 Virtual Humanitarian Awards Dinner event 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.
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