Junior Achievement of North Florida has set the date for the 2021 Hall of Fame Luncheon

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the annual event which will be held on Thursday, May 27
By: Junior Achievement of North Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - March 24, 2021 - PRLog -- Junior Achievement of North Florida has set the date for the Hall of Fame Luncheon, the nonprofit's largest annual fundraiser, for Thursday, May 27. JA of North Florida is currently looking for sponsors for the event which supports its mission to empower the next generation through JA learning experiences designed to lead youth to economic success. The Hall of Fame Luncheon also recognizes outstanding individuals in the community. This year, three awards will be handed out; the Thompson S. Baker Award, and new to JA of North Florida, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the JA Inspire Award.

"We are asking businesses and individuals to join us for the Hall of Fame as we embrace the challenges of today and continue our mission to prepare the leaders of tomorrow," said Shannon Italia, president of JA of North Florida. "We will also be celebrating individuals who have given back incredibly and positively. We have chosen three amazing people to recognize this year with our prestigious Thompson S. Baker Award and two new ones which recognize individuals who have made a positive impact through business and service."

Duval County Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene has been named this year's Thompson S. Baker "Solid As A Rock" Award winner. Greene will become the 23rd recipient of the award which was named for its first winner, Thompson S. Baker, the founder of Florida Rock Industries. The award was created in 1997 to recognize a local hero who has made a positive impact on business and education in the Jacksonville community through leadership, hands-on involvement and philanthropic deeds.

Chosen to be the inaugural winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award is Craig Mandeville, founder and CEO of Forcura. Jennifer Chapman, division chair of public affairs for Mayo Clinic in Florida, is the first winner of the JA Inspire Award.

The three will be presented with the awards at the Hall of Fame luncheon on Thursday, May 27. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Adam W. Herbert University Center at the University of North Florida. Sponsorships are available at many levels from the $25,000 Presenting Sponsor to the $2,500 Chairman level. For more information, contact Shannon Italia at shannon@janfl.org, (904) 398-9944, ext. 228, or visit https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-norflor/ja-hall-of-fame.

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