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Jax Daily Record Friday, Jan. 3, 201412:00 PM EST

OneJax honoring Haskell with lifetime award


Businessman Preston Haskell will receive a lifetime achievement award from OneJax Institute during the annual Humanitarian Awards.

The awards honor those who have given to the community and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups.

Haskell, founder and chairman of The Haskell Co., will receive the gold medallion at the May 22 event at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.

He is also a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council, a trustee of Episcopal School of Jacksonville and a director of the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute.

Nina Waters, president and CEO of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, will receive the president's citation.

She is a 2013 EVE award winner, a supporter of the Human Rights Ordinance, has been vocal about racial issues and is a staunch supporter of women and girls in Northeast Florida. She serves on the executive committee of the Jacksonville Civic Council, the steering committee of the Women's Giving Alliance and the board of directors of Florida Coastal School of Law.

Silver medallions will be awarded to:

• Eleanor Ashby, executive director emeritus of Leadership Jacksonville, who has served Jacksonville's civic and nonprofit communities for more than 40 years. Named a Lifetime Achiever by the EVE Committee in 1998, Ashby has held leadership positions with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Guild, the Museum of Science and History, JCCI, the Foundation Board of the University of North Florida and the Pace Center for Girls.

• Parvez Ahmed, an associate professor at the Coggin College of Business at UNF, who serves on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, the boards of the Museum of Science and History and the World Affairs Council, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American Islamic Relations.

• Ronald Elinoff, who has served as president of the Jewish Federation, River Garden, River Garden Foundation and Congregation Ahavath Chesed (twice). He is a contributing dentist at Volunteers in Medicine and provides free dental care to the underemployed in Jacksonville. In his private practice, he never turns away a patient. Several times a year he visits shanty towns and rural areas in the Caribbean to provide free dental care.

• William Cody, an obstetrician who since 1991 when he joined St. Vincent's Medical Center from the U.S. Naval Hospital, has spent hours teaching young physicians in the Family Practice Residency to care for and treat women. He personally delivered and supervised the residents in delivering hundreds of babies. He has

been leading annual missions of health care providers to Haiti since 2006, providing free care and treatment (including surgery) for hundreds of impoverished patients.

"This year's honorees include true leaders and stewards of the Jacksonville community and each is deserving of the recognition and honor," said Nancy Broner, OneJax executive director.

The chair of this year's awards event is Gary Chartrand, executive chairman of Acosta Inc., who also serves as chair of the Florida State Board of Education.

Ticket information for the event will be available this month.

For information about sponsorships for the dinner, call (904) 620-1529 or email [email protected].

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