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Mary Sue Rich Diversity Awards Nominations

Post Date:07/23/2019 9:30 AM

OCALA, Fla. (July 23, 2019) – The Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force is accepting nominations for the Mary Sue Rich Diversity Awards through Thursday, Aug. 15.


Presented annually since 2003, these awards are given to those who have distinguished themselves by promoting racial harmony and equality, raising cultural awareness and/or celebrating diversity in Ocala/Marion County. Honorees will be recognized at the annual Unity Breakfast Tuesday, Oct. 22.


Four awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Individual
  • Unsung Hero
  • Organization/Non-Profit
  • Business


Hard copies of the nomination form can be picked up and submitted Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department located at 828 NE Eighth Ave. Electronic copies of the nomination form can be downloaded from the REACH Ocala Marion website


The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.


“If you know of an individual, organization or business you believe is deserving of this recognition, we hope you will honor them by submitting a nomination on their behalf,” said Kathy Crile, Director, City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department. “We encourage you to talk to your colleagues, friends, family, church members and community leaders about this significant award.”


For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517 or email
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