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OneJax announces 2011 Humanitarian Awards

OneJax has announced the recipients of its 2011 Humanitarian Awards. 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.

Recipient of this coming year’s Gold Medallion is Delores Barr Weaver, CEO and co-owner of Jacksonville Jaguars and chair and CEO Jaguars   Foundation. The Gold Medallion is an infrequently bestowed award that recognizes those who have had an extraordinary impact on their communities over their lifetime. Weaver was the recipient of a Silver Medallion in 2000 and has continued working vigorously on behalf of the community since then.

Recipients of this coming year’s Silver Medallion include:

• Martha Barrett, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility for Bank of America, and member of the Duval County School Board;

• Nathaniel “Nat” Glove, interim president of Edward Waters College; and

• Mark M. Green, partner in Dale, Bald, Showalter, Mercier & Green.

Michael R. Hightower, vice president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and past chair of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been named Chair of the 2011 Humanitarian Awards Dinner to be held the evening of May 26, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. Hightower will lead the effort to generate support for the dinner, one of the primary fundraising efforts conducted by the organization.

“I am excited to be involved with OneJax and the planning of the 2011 Humanitarian Awards Dinner,” said Hightower. This year’s honorees are all true leaders and stewards of the Jacksonville community and each is deserving of the recognition and honor. I expect the coming dinner to be an outstanding and successful event in every way.”

“The 2011 Humanitarian Awards Dinner will mark the 41st time that we will honor the people of our community who are having the greatest impact and making a real difference,” said Tatiana Salvador, OneJax Board Chair. OneJax is proud to put them in the spotlight as they all join with us to promote respect and understanding among people of different religious, racial, ethnic and cultural differences.  They embody the spirit of this commitment and I know this year’s event will be a very special celebration.”

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. Its core programs include Metrotown, an intensive, week-long teen diversity program; LOUD (Leaders of United Diversity), where Metrotown graduates bring the message of respect and appreciation for religious, racial and cultural differences into their schools; Interfaith and Community Forums, periodic forums for public dialogue on diversity and community building; and Advocacy, working to promote issues of importance to the OneJax mission. In addition, OneJax partners with the Aspen Institute, the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and the Community Foundation in Jacksonville, on Project Breakthrough, an initiative to change the story of race in Jacksonville.

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