REINHOLD FOUNDATION AWARDS $100,000 AT THE 2020 “CELEBRATE CLAY” VIRTUAL CEREMONY

The Paul E. and Klare N. Reinhold Foundation, Inc. held its annual “Celebrate Clay” community service awards ceremony live online on June 16th. “For 26 years the Reinhold Family has celebrated community service in Clay County at its annual awards program,” said J.F. Bryan IV, Chairman of the Foundation. “Usually, we gather with nearly 250 people for a hot breakfast and the awards ceremony. In response to the coronavirus challenges and in the interest of personal safety and community health, we chose to host this year’s ceremony live online.”

In addition to this year’s format change, also new this year the Reinhold Foundation increased the amount of the total cash awards from $75,000 to $100,000. All 47 award categories saw an increase in cash gifts in 2020.

Clay Behavioral Health Center captured the top honor this year, earning the $15,000 Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award.


George Egan, Reinhold Foundation Trustee hands the “2020 Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award” to Irene Toto, CEO, Clay Behavioral Health Center (left to right: Clay Behavioral Health team with George – Tina Swathwood, George Egan, Paul E. Reinhold in photo, Irene Toto, Elizabeth Franco, and Ernie Cohen)

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 2019 to determine the winners of the $100,000 in cash awards. This year’s judges were: Rena Coughlin, CEO, Nonprofit Center of NE FL; Don Fann, CEO, The Way Free Medical Clinic; Jim Kuhn, Retired (Former Vice President and Board Member, Reinhold Corporation); Sharon Lastrapes Myers, Reinhold Family Member; and Pete Sutton, Retired (Former General Manager, Clay County Agricultural Fair).

Applications were open to all nonprofit groups active in the First Coast Area that provided services to Clay County residents in 2019. The 47 winners included Clay County and regionally based nonprofits, churches, and school programs.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 “Celebrate Clay” awards winners (listed below).

Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award ($15,000):
Clay Behavioral Health Center

Judges’ Choice Program Awards ($7,000 each):
Miriam’s Basket
Safe Animal Shelter

Extraordinary Executive Director* ($7,000):
Beth Clark, Executive Director, BASCA

Peggy Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award* ($7,000):
Joelle Marquis, Mercy Support Services

Judges’ Choice Volunteer Awards* ($3,500 each):
Joyce Perchy, BASCA
Bryce Adams, Special Olympics Florida – Clay County

*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.

Special Judges’ Awards ($2,000 each):
Clay County 4-H Foundation
Clay County Archives
The Clothes Closet and Food Pantry of Church Women’s Christian Ministries
Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs
Hope Therapy
Kids First of Florida
McRae Elementary School Weekend Food Program
Oakleaf Village Elementary School Music Program
Quigley House
Village Improvement Association GFWC of Green Cove Springs

Category Awards ($1,000 each):
Arts & Culture
CalaVida Arts Festival
Concert on the Green
Jacksonville Children’s Chorus
Orange Park Community Theatre
Civic Programs
Orange Park Jr. High Black History and Diversity Program
Community Programs
Clay County Habitat for Humanity
Magnolia Point Women’s Club Charities
Mercy Support Services
Special Olympics Florida Clay County
Waste Not Want Not
Women’s Empowerment Services of NE FL
Education & Literacy
Challenge Enterprises of North Florida
Clay County Education Foundation
Episcopal Children’s Services
Project REACH Kids, Clay Schools
Environment & Animal Advocacy
CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm
Clay County Humane Society
Health & Human Services
Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Soldiers Freedom Outdoors
Senior Citizens’ Programs
National Association of Veterans & Families
Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park
Church Service Programs
Good Samaritan Ministry – Orange Park United Methodist Church
James Boys
The Kitchens of Clay County
Food Bridge – Middleburg United Methodist Church
Accomplishments by Youth
Teen Court of Clay County
Service to Youth & Families
AMIKids Clay County
Seamark Ranch
Young Life Clay County

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 $865,000 to Celebrate Clay award recipients in the past twelve years.

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact: Amy Parker, Executive Director, Paul & Klare Reinhold Foundation, 904-269-5857 ext. 404, aparker@reinhold.net or visit www.reinhold.net.

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