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Press Release for Thursday, January 3, 2019

OneJax Announces 2019 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 2019 Humanitarian Awards. The honorees will be recognized at the Humanitarian Awards Dinner 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center located at 1000 Water St., downtown Jacksonville. A 5:30 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 locally.


"Each year, we wonder how we will ever outdo the previous year's group of Humanitarian honorees, but yet again, we have a group of incredibly deserving people who have made an immeasurable positive impact on our community," said Nancy Broner, OneJax executive director. "These honorees are truly passionate about making Jacksonville the best place it can possibly be and are impacting the lives of so many in Northeast Florida."


The 2019 awards honorees are as follows:

  • 2019 Silver Medallions: Myron Flagler, executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance; Patrick "Pat" Geraghty, chief executive officer, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Florida Blue and GuideWell Group, Inc.; Janet Owens, executive director of the Jacksonville office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC Jacksonville); and Julia Taylor, community trustee. This award is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding dedication and community service.
  • 2019 Acosta-Rua Young Professional Award: Basma Alawee, immigration activist and teacher

View honoree photos and biographies via the OneJax website. For media outlets, full resolution photos are available upon email request to Amanda Dawson, UNF public relations specialist.


"OneJax has been doing important work in our community for years," said Connie Hodges, OneJax board chair. "This year's honorees reflect our efforts to achieve civility, understanding and respect for all through education, dialogue and community-building. They embody the spirit of this commitment."


Sponsorships for the Humanitarian Awards Dinner are available and may be obtained by contacting OneJax via email or by calling (904) 620-1529. Tickets for the event are available online.


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.