Celebrate Clay

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 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 $865,000 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 Recipients2017 Recipients2018 Recipients2019 Recipients, and 2020 Recipients.

2020 Celebrate Clay Awards Clay Behavioral Health Center top PER 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)

2020 Awards Program

$100,000 was awarded at the 2020 Celebrate Clay Awards Ceremony as follows (click here for a complete list of all 2020 Celebrate Clay Award Recipients):

Thirty (30) $1,000 Category Awards;

Ten (10) $2,000 Special Judges’ Program Awards;

Two (2) $3,500 Special Judges' Outstanding Volunteer Awards;

One (1) $7,000 Peggy Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award;

One (1) $7,000 Executive Director Award (optional award at the discretion of the judges);

Two (2) $7,000 "Judges’ Choice" Program Awards; and

One (1) $15,000 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.

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.

2020 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 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).

2020 Celebrate Clay Judges

(left to right: Don Fann, Sharon Myers, Amy Parker, Rena Coughlin, Pete Sutton, and Jim Kuhn)

Eligibility

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

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – Celebrate Clay Awards Breakfast

Assistance

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

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