Mary Sue Rich Diversity Awards

About the Award

The City of Ocala is proud to present the Mary Sue Rich Diversity Award to individuals and organizations who distinguish themselves by promoting cultural awareness and diversity. The awar is presentd though the Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Fore and is named after City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich, who began the City-sponsored task force in 2003 and serves as its chair.

These awards are given to those who have distinguished themselves by promoting racial harmony and equity; raising cultural awareness; and/or celebrating diversity in the Ocala/Marion County community. Honorees are recognized at the annual Unity Breakfast each October. If you know of an individual, organization or business that you believe is deserving of this recognition, we hope that you will honor them by submitting a nomination on their behalf.

2017 Winners

Individual Award: Dr. Izu Nwakoby, Chief of Medicine, Ocala Regional Medical Center

Organization Award: Elevate Magazine – John Sotomayor, Publisher

Unsung Hero Award: Rondo Fernandez,  Owner, MoJo Grill and Catering


View previous winners here.



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