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Press Release for Friday, December 15, 2017

OneJax Announces 2018 Humanitarian Award Honorees

Media Contact: Amanda Dawson, Specialist                             

Department of Public Relations                                               

(904) 620-2192           


OneJax, an institute of the University of North Florida, has announced the recipients of its 2018 Humanitarian Awards. The honorees will be recognized at the Humanitarian Awards Dinner 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, located at 1000 Water St., downtown Jacksonville. A 6 p.m. reception will take place prior to the event.  


The OneJax Humanitarian Awards honor those who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity, have given generously and extensively to our community and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our community.


“This is a particularly strong group and among the most deserving in our community to be recognized for their contributions,” said Nancy Broner, OneJax executive director. “The honorees represent a cross-section of people doing meaningful work in our city, and they make an important difference in the lives of so many in Northeast Florida. Their impact is immeasurable.” 


The 2018 awards honorees are as follows:


  • 2018 Gold Medallion for Lifetime Achievement: John A. Delaney, UNF president. This award recognizes those who have had an extraordinary impact on and have given back generously to their communities over their lifetime through exceptional commitment to the OneJax mission of promoting the dignity and respect of all people. 
  • 2018 Silver Medallions: Barbara Drake, retired business executive and community volunteer; Lawrence ‘Laurie’ DuBow, philanthropist; Sherry Magill, Jessie Ball DuPont Fund president; and Darnell Smith, Florida Blue market president, North Florida region. This award is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding dedication and community service.  

“OneJax has been doing important work for a long time in our community,” said Jan Lipsky, OneJax board chair. “This year’s honorees reflect our efforts to educate, advocate and build community to promote the respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry and oppression. They embody the spirit of this commitment.”


The title sponsors for the event are Baptist Health and Florida Blue. Sponsorships for the Humanitarian Awards Dinner may be obtained by contacting OneJax at (904) 620-1529 or Tickets for the event are available online at .


Since 2012, OneJax has been an institute at UNF. Through education, community building and advocacy, OneJax works to make Northeast Florida a better place for everyone by celebrating differences and identifying all we have in common.


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.