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Inaugural Mary Awards Recipients To Be Announced At Ceremony Thursday

April 28, 2015

St. Vincent’s HealthCare will announce recipients of the inaugural Mary Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at San Jose Country Club.

The Mary Awards honor the courage and willingness of young women who are high school seniors serving God and their neighbors through their faith community. The awards were created around St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s core values: Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication.

“Today, women are decision makers, caregivers and extraordinary leaders in business and in the family,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare Foundation President Jane R. Lanier, CFRE. “The Mary Awards recognizes the values that can empower young women today, which we applaud and celebrate.”

All finalists are high school seniors whose permanent address is in Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns or Baker County. They have all demonstrated:

  • Service to God and their faith community
  • Creativity and achievement in one of the four defined fields: academics, athletics, leadership and volunteerism/philanthropy
  • Selflessness and service to their neighbor

“We want to create a forum to encourage young women who may not otherwise be recognized in our community,” said Mary Awards Chair Jill Arnold. “St. Vincent’s has long been an advocate for women of all ages and their important role in the fabric of our society as civic, volunteer, family and business leaders. The Mary Awards continue that tradition.”

A committee representing the diversity of our region read more than 100 applications thoroughly. After the nominees’ applications were reviewed, 16 finalists were chosen and interviewed by the judges. Each Mary Award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash gift to use however they wish.

The evening’s keynote speaker will be Carla A. Harris, who was born and raised in Jacksonville. Harris, a Harvard graduate, is Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management as well as Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Harris has spent more than 20 years on Wall Street and, in 2013, was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She sits on many national boards and is a respected author and internationally known gospel singer. Signed copies of Harris’ books, Expect to Win and Strategize to Win, will be given to all 16 finalists.

To learn more about the finalists or about the Mary Awards, visit