Celebrate Clay


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 non-profit 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 $615,000 to more than 100 nonprofit organizations at its annual “Celebrate Clay” community service awards breakfast. Click below for the lists of past award recipients:

2009 Recipients, 2010 Recipients2011 Recipients, 2012 Recipients, 2013 Recipients, 2014 Recipients, 2015 Recipients, 2016 Recipients, and 2017 Recipients.

All 2017 Celebrate Clay Award Recipients

2017 Celebrate Clay Award Recipients - $75,000 in cash awards and community service recognition

2017 Awards Program

$75,000 was awarded at the 2017 Celebrate Clay Breakfast as follows (click here for a complete list of all 2017 Celebrate Clay Award Recipients)

Thirty (30) $750 Category Awards;

Ten (10) $1,500 Special Judges’ Awards;

One (1) $2,500 Best New Organization Award (award for most effective new organization, for organizations five years or younger)

Two (2) $2,500 Special Judges' Outstanding Volunteer Awards;

One (1) $5,000 Peggy Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award;

One (1) $5,000 Executive Director Award (optional award at the discretion of the judges);

Two (2) $5,000 "Judges’ Choice" Awards; and

One (1) $10,000 Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award of the Year.

*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.

Seamark Ranch wins Paul E Reinhold Community Service Award of the Year

Carleen Haney accepts the 2017 $10,000 Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award on behalf of Seamark Ranch. (Carleen Haney, Community Development Director, Seamark Ranch, with George Egan, Reinhold Foundation Trustee.)

Award Categories

Arts & Culture; Civic Community Service; Community Programs; Education & Literacy; Environment & Ecology; Health & Human Services; Senior Services and Accomplishments; Church/Service Outreach Programs; Accomplishments by Youth; Service to Youth & Families

Note: The final award categories are determined at the discretion of the Foundation.

Click here for detailed information on the awards and categories.

2017 Judges

A panel of five judges including three volunteers from the community and two representatives from the Foundation voted on the best projects and volunteers of 2016 to determine the winners of the 2017 cash awards. 

2017 Celebrate Clay Judges

Amy Parker, Executive Director, Paul & Klare Reinhold Foundation, with 2017 Celebrate Clay Judges (left to right) Josh Bryan, Reinhold Family Member; Anna Lebesch, Ed.D., Vice President for Workforce Development and Executive Director Orange Park Campus at St. Johns River State College; Robert Baptist, Reinhold Family Member; Daphne David, Chief Operations Officer, Orange Park Medical Center; and Brian Knight, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pragmatic Works. 


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.

Save the Date

Information and applications for the 2018 Celebrate Clay Awards Breakfast will be available January 1, 2018.


Any questions should be directed to Amy Parker (904) 269-5857, ext. 404, or aparker (at) reinhold.net.

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