FLEMING ISLAND, Florida, April 25, 2017 – The Paul E. & Klare N. Reinhold Foundation, Inc., held its annual “Celebrate Clay” community service awards breakfast on April 25th, during which the Foundation distributed $75,000 and 48 community service awards to nonprofit organizations that provide services to Clay County residents.
Seamark Ranch captured the top honor this year, earning the $10,000 Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award.
The Foundation created the “Celebrate Clay” awards program to honor the legacy of Paul and Klare Reinhold and to recognize, reward, and encourage community service within Clay County. The Foundation has awarded more than $615,000 to Celebrate Clay award recipients in the past nine years.
A panel of five judges including three independent volunteers from the community and two Reinhold family representatives voted on the best projects of 2016 to determine the winners of the $75,000 in cash awards. This year’s judges were: Mrs. Daphne David, Chief Operations Officer, Orange Park Medical Center; Mr. Brian Knight, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pragmatic Works; Dr. Anna Lebesch, Vice President for Workforce Development and Executive Director Orange Park Campus at St. Johns River State College; and Mr. Josh Bryan and Mr. Robert Baptist, Representatives of the Reinhold family.
Applications were open to all non-profit groups active in the First Coast Area that provided services to Clay County residents in 2016. The 48 winners included Clay County and regionally based nonprofits, churches, and school programs.
Congratulations to all of the 2017 Celebrate Clay awards winners (listed below).
Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award ($10,000):
Judges’ Choice Program Awards ($5,000 each):
Waste Not Want Not
PACE Center for Girls Clay
Extraordinary Executive Director* ($5,000):
Peggy Payne, Executive Director, Quigley House
Peggy Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award* ($5,000):
André Van Heerden, Mercy Support Services
Judges’ Choice Volunteer Awards* ($2,500 each):
Susan Bleecker, The Way Free Medical Clinic
Mike Woods, Good Samaritan Ministry of Orange Park United Methodist Church
*Note: Volunteer and executive director awards recognize outstanding individuals for their community service. The cash awards are provided to the nominating nonprofit organization that they serve.
Best New Organization ($2,500):
Black Creek Bowl Association of Middleburg
Special Judges’ Awards ($1,500 each):
Clay County Habitat for Humanity
Food Bridge of Middleburg United Methodist Church
Good Samaritan Ministry of Orange Park United Methodist Church
J.P. Hall Children’s Charities
The James Boys of Orange Park United Methodist Church
Mercy Support Services
Orange Park Outfitters of Orange Park High School
The Way Free Medical Clinic
Category Awards ($750 each):
Arts & Culture
Clay County Schools All County Elementary Music Program
Orange Park Community Theatre
Military Museum of North Florida
Clay County Special Olympics
The Clothes Closet of Church Women’s Christian Ministries
Dignity U Wear
Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs
Lake Area Ministries
Magnolia Point Women’s Club Charities
Education & Literacy
Project REACH Kids, Clay County School District
Environment & Ecology
CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm
Clay County Humane Society
Health & Human Services
Challenge Enterprises of North Florida
Clay Behavioral Health Center
First Coast Women’s Services
Senior Citizens’ Accomplishments
Clay County Council on Aging
Mobility Worldwide (f/k/a PET FL – Penney Farms)
Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park
Church Service Programs
Church of the Good Samaritan Anglican
A Heart for Homes Ministry of HighPoint Community Church
Salvation Army of Clay County
Accomplishments by Youth
Clay County 4-H Foundation
Teen Court of Clay County
Service to Youth & Families
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE FL
Clay County Police Athletic League
Kids First of Florida
Take Stock in Children of Clay County
The grant programs of The Paul E. & Klare N. Reinhold Foundation, Inc. support philanthropic and charitable organizations that work to improve the quality of life for Clay County residents.
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact: Amy Parker, Executive Director, Paul & Klare Reinhold Foundation, 904-269-5857 ext. 404, aparker(at)reinhold.net or visit www.reinhold.net.
2017 Celebrate Clay Awards photos