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HabiJax CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke Named 2015 EVE Awards Finalist

May 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mary Kay O'Rourke

Mary Kay O’Rourke, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax), has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 EVE Awards in its employment category.

Now in its 46th year, the EVE Awards are a North Florida and South Georgia tradition and are presented to women who have made the community a better place. The awards were established in 1969 by the Florida-Times Union and are presented to the honorees who most contributed to the fields of education, volunteer service and employment throughout the year.

Additionally, one woman will be presented the Arnolta J. “Mama” Williams Lifetime Achievement Award, representing the community’s first and most esteemed award for women. The 2015 EVE Awards luncheon will take place Friday, June 5, 12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. This year’s speaker is Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon, Inc.

“To be selected as a finalist for the EVE Awards is a true honor,” said O’Rourke. “There are many great women in the Jacksonville community who do amazing things each day, and I am sincerely humbled to be recognized.”

O’Rourke has led HabiJax since 2005, and has served the organization in several leadership positions since 1997 where she began her tenure in the Family Services Department. Today she is accountable for the oversight of a budget of more than $13 million, and as a result of O’Rourke’s efforts, HabiJax is financially stable and continues to thrive. A fiscally conscientious leader, O’Rourke’s concerted efforts to efficiently utilize volunteer hours saved the organization almost $900,000 in 2014, and 92 percent of the organization’s budget is disbursed solely on program services.

O’Rourke is committed to the long-term success of the more than 1,900 families who have become homeowners through HabiJax, and the countless others who the organization has touched through other housing counseling services. HabiJax expanded its financial literacy services and is a Certified HUD Local Housing Counseling Agency, along with one of few City Certified Housing Counseling Agencies, and helped 107 potential homebuyers expand their financial literacy.

She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of Achieving Excellence in Community Development from Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. O’Rourke has a Leadership Education Certificate through the Harvard Business School for Social Enterprise and is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville.

For more information about HabiJax or to learn about its mission, volunteer opportunities and more, visit www.HabiJax.org.

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