about celebrate clay

a summary

Celebrate Clay was created in 2009 by The Paul E. & Klare N. Reinhold Foundation, Inc. to recognize, reward, and encourage community service within Clay County. Annual cash awards are presented to nonprofit groups providing outstanding services, as selected by a panel of judges who vote the best for that year. Since 2009, the Reinhold Foundation has awarded $1,065,000 to more than 100 nonprofit organizations at its annual “Celebrate Clay” community service awards breakfast.

The James Boys earned the Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award of the year in 2022. Click below for the full list of 2022 recipients and the lists of past years' award recipients.

2022 Awards Program

$100,000 was awarded at the 2022 celebrate clay awards ceremony as follows

30 Category Awards


10 Special Judges' Program Awards


2 Outstanding Volunteer Awards


1 Peggy Bryan Volunteer of the Year


1 Jack Myers Extraordinary Executive Director


2 Judges' Choice Program Awards


1 Paul E. Reinhold Community Service of the Year Award


Award categories

  • Arts and Culture
  • Civic Community Service
  • Community Programs
  • Education and Literacy
  • Environment and Animal Welfare
  • Health and Human Services
  • Senior Services and Accomplishments
  • Church/Service Outreach Programs
  • Accomplishments By Youth
  • Service to Youth and Families

2022 Judges

A panel of five judges including three volunteers from the community and two representatives on behalf of the Reinhold Foundation voted on the best projects and volunteers of 2021 to determine the winners of the $100,000 in cash awards presented at the 2022 Celebrate Clay Awards Breakfast. This year’s judges were: Daniel (Matt) Johnson, Headmaster, St. Johns Classical Academy; Kevin Rinks, FACHE, Administrator, Ascension St. Vincent's Clay County Hospital; Sandra Staudt-Killea, Executive Director, Waste Not Want Not; and Neely Egan and Jennifer Hutchen, Reinhold Family Members. 

(Photo of 2022 Judges left to right: Sandra Staudt-Killea, Jennifer Hutchen, Kevin Rinks and Matt Johnson. Neely Egan absent from photo.) 


To be eligible to apply, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and not a "private foundation” under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Every 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the First Coast area, regardless of size, is eligible, as long as the project submitted actively supports citizens of Clay County and the sponsoring organization validates its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status (including proof that it is not a "private foundation” under Section 509(a) of the IRC). Applications that do not contain proof of the organization’s 501(c)(3) status will not be accepted.

The deadline for completing the 2023 Celebrate Clay application is Tuesday, February 7, 2023.


The Date

Celebrate Clay
Awards Breakfast

Tuesday, April 25, 2023



Contact Amy Parker

(904) 269-5857, Ext. 404