FLEMING ISLAND, Florida, April 23, 2019 – The Paul E. & Klare N. Reinhold Foundation, Inc., held its annual “Celebrate Clay” community service awards breakfast on April 23rd, during which the Foundation distributed $75,000 and 48 community service awards to nonprofit organizations that provide services to Clay County residents.

The Way Free Medical Clinic 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 $765,000 to Celebrate Clay award recipients in the past eleven years.

A panel of five judges including three independent volunteers from the community and two Reinhold family representatives voted on the best projects of 2018 to determine the winners of the $75,000 in cash awards. This year’s judges were: Mr. Russell Buck, Regional Vice President, Vystar Credit Union; Mrs. Chance Irvine, Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors, Penney Retirement Community; Mr. Mark Szaks, President and Owner, Trust Environmental Services; and Mr. J.F. Bryan IV and Mrs. May Martin Bryan, 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 2018. The 48 winners included Clay County and regionally based nonprofits, churches, and school programs.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Celebrate Clay awards winners (listed below).

2019 Celebrate Clay All Award Recipients

 Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award ($10,000):

The Way Free Medical Clinic

 Judges’ Choice Program Awards ($5,000 each):

PACE Center for Girls Clay

Quigley House

Extraordinary Executive Director* ($5,000):

Fred Meiners, Executive Director, Seamark Ranch

Peggy Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award* ($5,000):

Dianne McKittrick, Special Olympics Florida – Clay County

Judges’ Choice Volunteer Awards* ($2,500 each):

John Wrightington, Waste Not Want Not

Jerry Ballmann, Church of the Good Samaritan Anglican

 *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):

CalaVida Arts Festival

 Special Judges’ Awards ($1,500 each):


Challenge Enterprises

Clay County Habitat for Humanity

Clay County Police Athletic League

The James Boys of Orange Park United Methodist Church

Mercy Support Services

Mobility Worldwide FL – Penney Farms

Project REACH, Clay County School District

Safe Animal Shelter

YMCA Take Stock in Children Clay County

Category Awards ($750 each):

Arts & Culture

Concert on the Green

Oakleaf Village Elementary Music Department

Civic Programs

Clay County Archives

Community Programs

The Clothes Closet of Church Women’s Christian Ministries

Feeding Northeast Florida

Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs

Hope Haven Association

Hunger Fight

The Kitchen on Clay County

Orange Park Outfitters – Orange Park High School

Women’s Empowerment Services of NE FL

Education & Literacy

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

Episcopal Children’s Services

Health & Human Services

Clay Behavioral Health Center

Community Hospice & Palliative Care

Hope Therapy

Soldiers Freedom Outdoors

Senior Citizens’ Accomplishments

Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park

Church Service Programs

Food Bridge – Middleburg United Methodist Church

Good Samaritan Ministry – Orange Park United Methodist Church

A Heart for Homes – HighPoint Community Church

Mission of the Dirt Road (Keystone Heights)

Accomplishments by Youth

AMIkids Clay County

Clay County 4-H Foundation

Lake Asbury Jr. High Band – United Sound

Service to Youth & Families

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE FL

Kids First of Florida

Magnolia Point Women’s Club Charities

Miriam’s Basket

Teen Court 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.

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