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Newton Fund Now Accepting Nominations for Pat Patrick Big Heart Award
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The Newton Fund, a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is looking for the most outstanding volunteer in the community for the fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. Local nonprofits as well as individuals and other community-based organizations are asked to nominate individuals who have made a measurable difference in the county through selfless endeavors.  Along with recognition, the winner of the award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Newton Fund, will receive a $2,000 award grant to be designated to a charity of choice.

“This award was created to recognize and honor a local community volunteer who gives back through notable service and time to Newton County,” said Barbara Morgan, chair of the Newton Fund. “The Newton Fund understands the importance of civic engagement and how it shapes our community. When residents give of their time, talent and resources, critical needs are met and communities are improved.”

Those interested in nominating someone for the Big Heart Award should contact Morgan at (770) 385-8811 or A nomination form will be provided to complete and return. Nomination forms can also be downloaded at (go to the Newton Fund page). The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 10.

The 2011 Big Heart Award was given to Mary Arnwine, a local resident recognized for her years of dedicated volunteerism. Similar to last year, the 2012 winner will be recognized at a special reception in late February. In addition to the Big Heart Award recognition, the Newton Fund will also award grants totaling nearly $19,000 to several Newton County nonprofits at the reception.

This year marks the 12th year of the Newton Fund, which works with community members, nonprofits and other partners to encourage philanthropy in Newton County.  One of four local funds of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Newton Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations making an impact in their community. Since 2000, the Newton Fund has granted more than $260,000 to area nonprofits responding to the changing needs of the community.