FLEMING ISLAND, Florida, April 28, 2015 – The Paul E. & Klare N. Reinhold Foundation, Inc., held its annual “Celebrate Clay” community service awards breakfast on April 28, during which the Foundation distributed $75,000 and 48 community service awards to nonprofit organizations that provide services to Clay County residents.
The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs 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 $465,000 to Celebrate Clay award recipients in the past seven years.
A panel of five judges including three independent volunteers from the community and two Reinhold family representatives voted on the best projects of 2014 to determine the winners of the $75,000 in cash awards. This year’s judges were: Mr. Doug Conkey, President, Clay County Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Darren Dailey, Artistic and Executive Director, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus; Mrs. Glo Smith, MBA, Consultant, Smith Political Consulting Group; and Dr. Annie Egan and Mrs. Donna P. Myers, 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 2014. The 48 winners included Clay County and regionally based nonprofits, churches, and school programs.
Congratulations to all of the 2015 Celebrate Clay awards winners (listed below).
Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award ($10,000):
Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs
Judges’ Choice Program Awards ($5,000 each):
Concert on the Green
James Boys of Orange Park United Methodist Church
Extraordinary Executive Director* ($5,000):
Ann Dugger, Justice Coalition
Peggy Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award* ($5,000):
Dave Quirk, Penney Retirement Community
Judges’ Choice Volunteer Awards* ($2,500 each):
Mike DelPizzo, Haven Hospice
Judith Chapple, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE FL
*Note: Volunteer and executive director awards recognize outstanding individuals for their community service. The cash awards are provided to the nominating nonprofit organization which they serve.
Best New Organization ($2,500):
Bright Minds Youth Development
Special Judges’ Awards ($1,500 each):
Answers Resource Facility
Clay County Golf Classic
Clay County Police Activities League
Clothes Closet, Church Women’s Christian Ministries
Northeast Florida Community Action Agency
PET Florida-Penney Farms
Seniors on a Mission
Category Awards ($750 each):
Arts & Culture
CalaVida Arts Festival
Clay County Fair Association
Orange Park Chorale
Historical Society of Orange Park
Challenge Enterprises of North Florida
Clay County Habitat for Humanity
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
Mercy Support Services
Waste Not Want Not
Education & Literacy
Black Creek Bowl Association
Environment & Ecology
CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm
Friends of Clay County Animals
Health & Human Services
St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation
Way Free Medical Clinic
Senior Citizens’ Accomplishments
Clay County Council on Aging
Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park
Church Service Programs
Food Bridge, Middleburg United Methodist Church
Good Samaritan Ministry, Orange Park United Methodist Church
St. Catherine’s Conference
St. Luke Catholic Outreach Ministry
Accomplishments by Youth
Clay County 4-H Foundation
Teen Court of Clay County
Service to Youth & Families
Episcopal Children’s Services
Family Nurturing Center
Kids First of Florida
Take Stock in Children of Clay County
Young Life 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.