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Newton Fund accepting nominations for Big Heart Award

The Newton Fund, a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is now accepting nominations for the Pat Patrick Big Heart Award.

In just its second year, this award is given to a special individual who has made a measurable difference in Newton County through his or her volunteerism. The award is named in honor of Pat Patrick, the founding chair of the Newton Fund, who has given and continues to give unselfish and untiring service in support of nonprofits in the community.

"This award was created to recognize and honor a local community volunteer who gives back through notable service and time to Newton County," says Bruce Gallman, 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."

To nominate someone for the Big Heart Award, contact Jasper Tanner at 770-788-2250 or e-mail newtonfund@cfgreateratlanta.org. You will be given a nomination form to complete and return. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Sept. 25.

The 2008 Big Heart Award was given to Lee Aldridge, who also received $2,000 to designate to a nonprofit of her choice. As was done in 2008, this year's recipient will be recognized at a reception in November.

This year marks the 10th 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 $220,000 to area nonprofits responding to the changing needs of the community.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta connects donors, nonprofits and community leaders to strengthen the Atlanta region through philanthropy.

In 2008 The Community Foundation awarded more than 4,600 grants totaling an estimated $90 million throughout 23 counties in the greater Atlanta region. For more information visit www.cfgreateratlanta.org.