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Junior Achievement of North Florida Hosts Hall of Fame Luncheon, a Celebration of 100 Years

May 2nd, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Junior Achievement of North Florida will be hosting its annual Hall of Fame luncheon on May 14.

The event is part of the organization’s celebration of their 100 years of service and adds another name to the elite group of people who have received the Thompson S. Baker “Solid As A Rock” Award. This year Darnell Smith, Florida Blue’s market president for the North Florida region, will receive the prestigious award.

Smith is the 21st recipient of the Thompson S. Baker award and joins a group of community leaders who have been honored for giving back to the citizens of Duval County. The award was named for the first winner, Thompson S. Baker, founder of Florida Rock Industries. Baker unselfishly contributed to the betterment of the community and JA of North Florida honors his life and work with the annual presentation.

Students who participate in JA programs will be serving as the emcees for the event. Dekari Long, a second-grader from R.L. Brown Gifted and Talented Elementary, is a first-year JA student. Ariana Cobb, an eighth-grade student from James Weldon Johnson, has been in a JA program since second grade and Christian Savin, a 10th-grade student from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, is in his third year of participation with JA.

The Hall of Fame luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville on Tuesday, May 14. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to register for the event, visit JANFL.org.

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