Helping Families Ensure Their Children Enter School Ready to Learn

Join us for the Children’s Champion Awards Gala!


February 22, 2018
6-9 p.m.

Omni Jacksonville Hotel

Reception 6 to 7 p.m.
Program & Dinner 7 to 9 p.m.
Cocktail or Business Attire
Benefiting Episcopal Children’s Services

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Since 2006, the Children’s Champion Award has recognized individuals and organizations who have made the well-being of children and families a top priority for our community. This year, Episcopal Children’s Services will honor The Hon. John A. Delaney, Dr. Nathaniel Glover, Dr. Richard G. Skinner, Jr. and Florida Blue for their work on behalf of Jacksonville’s youngest residents.

Join us in honoring our 2018 Children’s Champions on February 22 at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.


Meet Our 2018 Champions! 


The Honorable John A. Delaney

President, University of North Florida & Former Mayor of Jacksonville
Since 2003, John Delaney has led the University of North Florida’s development into a vibrant economic driver with an enrollment of more than 16,000. In his two terms as mayor of Jacksonville, Delaney improved the quality of life for children and families by expanding access to libraries, improving some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods, and enhancing and preserving Jacksonville’s natural assets. Read more >


Dr. Nathaniel Glover

President, Edward Waters College & former Sheriff of Jacksonville
Since Dr. Nathaniel (“Nat”) Glover made history in 1995 when he was elected as the first African-American sheriff in the state of Florida. In two terms as Sheriff, and his current leadership as President of Edward Waters College, Glover has worked tirelessly to create safer neighorhoods and communities, functioned as a mentor, coach and role model, and served on the boards of a number of youth-focused nonprofits. He also donated $240,000 of his pension benefits to a college scholarship fund for low-income children in the Jacksonville community. Read more >

Richard G. Skinner, Jr. M.D.

Pediatrician & Early Learning Pioneer
It’s no exaggeration to say that distinguished pediatrician Richard G. Skinner, Jr. has dedicated his life to improving educational outcomes for children, especially those with learning disabilities. Dr. Skinner served as Chief of Pediatrics for Hope Haven Hospital — which later became Nemours Children’s Clinic and then Nemours Children’s Specialty Care — from 1953-1968. His foresight and leadership is widely recognized as an essential building block of the mission and vision of Nemours, one of Jacksonville’s greatest healthcare assets for children and families. Read more >

Florida Blue

This year’s corporate honoree is one of the most philanthropic businesses in Florida, and children are a major focus of its generosity. Last year alone, Florida Blue provided more than $13.8M in contributions to 800 nonprofit organizations, many of them serving children. When it comes to human capital, the company’s commitment is just as extensive. Florida Blue employees providing board leadership, mentoring youngsters and supporting projects and events provided more than 60,000 volunteer hours last year in our region and throughout the state. This Jacksonville-based corporation is truly a Children’s Champion! Learn more >


Click to see our previous Children’s Champion Award Recipients!