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10/15/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News

Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida, First Coast Chapter Announces Honorees for National Philanthropy Day 2023 Awards

Jacksonville, FL - The Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida, First Coast Chapter is proud to announce the distinguished honorees for the National Philanthropy Day 2023 Awards. This annual event, which celebrates philanthropy and the remarkable individuals and organizations making a positive impact on our community, will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the prestigious Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. AFP FL, First Coast Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Committee is honored to have Kent Justice, News4Jax co-anchor and reporter, serving as Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event.


The 2023 National Philanthropy Day honorees are:


Lifetime Achievement Award - Michael Ward

Nominated by Guardian Catholic School, Feeding Northeast Florida, City Year Jacksonville

Recognizing a lifetime of dedication and outstanding contributions to the world of philanthropy, Michael Ward is a beacon of inspiration for future generations.


Outstanding Champion of Diversity - Brandice Acree-Landing

Nominated by Pace Center for Girls, Jacksonville

Brandice Acree-Landing's unwavering commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity has made a profound difference in our community, fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.


Outstanding Corporation - THE PLAYERS Championship

Nominated by Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Health, Pace Center for Girls, Inc.

THE PLAYERS Championship has demonstrated exceptional corporate social responsibility, making significant investments in the betterment of our region.


Next Generation Award - Osprey Miracle Dance Marathon Executive Board

Nominated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

The Osprey Miracle Dance Marathon Executive Board represents the future of philanthropy, showcasing dedication, creativity, and a passion for positive change.




Outstanding Foundation - The RITA Foundation

Nominated by Mayo Clinic, Baptist Health, UF Health Jacksonville

The RITA Foundation's unwavering support for crucial causes has transformed countless lives, setting an example of philanthropic excellence.


Outstanding Philanthropist - David Miller

Nominated by Jewish Community Alliance

David Miller's philanthropic vision and generosity have made a profound and lasting impact on our community, inspiring others to give back.


Outstanding Small Business or Civic Organization - Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise

Nominated by Barnabas Center, Inc.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise embodies the spirit of community involvement, contributing to the well-being of those in need with unwavering dedication.


Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Bernadette Moran

Nominated by The Arc Jacksonville

Bernadette Moran's tireless commitment to fundraising has raised vital funds and awareness for critical causes, setting a remarkable standard for volunteerism.


"We are delighted to honor these exceptional individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to our community," said Brittany Upchurch, National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair. "Their dedication and philanthropic spirit serve as a source of inspiration to us all, reminding us of the profound impact we can make when we come together to create positive change."


The National Philanthropy Day 2023 awards ceremony, presented by The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, promises to be an unforgettable event. Join us in celebrating these remarkable honorees and their commitment to making the world a better place on November 2, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. Registration deadline is October 26, 2023.


For event details, ticket information, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://community.afpnet.org/afpflfirstcoastchapter/npd/npd2023.


About the Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida, First Coast Chapter:

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Florida, First Coast Chapter is a dynamic, inclusive community of individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing philanthropy in Northeast Florida. Our members, which include nearly 200 fundraising professionals representing more than 90 local nonprofit organizations, are committed to the highest ethical standards and promote philanthropy through leadership, education, training, mentoring, and advocacy.


For more information about AFP, FL First Coast Chapter, please visit https://community.afpnet.org/afpflfirstcoastchapter/home.



For media inquiries, please contact:

Brittany Upchurch

National Philanthropy Day, Chair

Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida, First Coast Chapter


(904) 887-1347


Event Website URL: https://community.afpnet.org/afpflfirstcoastchapter/npd/npd2023

AFP, FL First Coast Chapter Website URL: https://community.afpnet.org/afpflfirstcoastchapter/home



Event Sponsors:


Presented by The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and Sponsored By Baptist Health, Chartrand Family Fund, CSI Companies, GOBEL Group, Jacksonville University, Jan Kary & Associates, JM Family Enterprises & Southeast Toyota Distributors, Literacy Alliance Of Northeast Florida, Inc., Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust, Mayo Clinic, Nemours Children's Health, Ring Power Corporation, The Foundation of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, THE PLAYERS Championship, The Thomas M And Irene B Kirbo Charitable Foundation, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, UF Health, Vystar Credit Union, University of North Florida, RUCKUS, Color Fusion, The Resident News Group, Sight and Sound Productions, and WJCT Public Media.