COVINGTON -- Mary Arnwine is the recipient of the third annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award for her many hours of volunteer work and community service.
The award is given each year by the Newton Fund, an organization that provides grants to local nonprofits and allows individuals and organizations to set up funds benefiting nonprofits of their choice.
Arnwine is a long-time member and past president of the Covington Woman's Club and volunteers for the Newton County Library, the Arts Association in Newton County, Covington Manor Nursing Home, Covington Garden Club, Meals on Wheels and St. Jude's Hospital. She is an active member of Covington First United Methodist Church.
"I think it's very wonderful and I thank you very much," Arnwine said to the crowd assembled at The Center Facilitating Community Preservation and Planning on Wednesday evening.
Arnwine was thrilled to receive a special gift from Patrick: a Covington Woman's Club pin owned by his grandmother, Sadie Greer Patrick, who was a past president and active member in the club in the 1940s and 1950s.
"Oh honey, this means everything to me. It's the most wonderful gift I have ever received," Arnwine said.
Arnwine also received $2,000 from the Newton Fund to donate to a nonprofit of her choice. She selected the Arts Association in Newton County and Friends of Newton County Parks, the organization raising funds to build a passive park behind Newton County Library.
Also at Wednesday's event, the Newton Fund awarded six other nonprofits $26,812 in grants. Recipients were FaithWorks; The Center Facilitating Community Preservation and Planning; Newton County Community Partnership; Southern Heartland Arts; The Learning Center; and Willing Helpers Medical Clinic.
Since 2000, the Newton Fund has granted more than $246,000 to Newton County nonprofits. Additionally, since 2000, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has awarded 454 grants totaling more than $3.2 million to organizations in Newton County.
"Nonprofits in Newton County help create a better community for us all," said Barbara Morgan, chair of the Newton Fund advisory board. "This year's grant recipients represent some of the strongest organizations in our community and provide quality services for many of our neighbors in need and enrich the lives of us all. We are pleased to be able to provide them funding to continue their work, especially during these difficult economic times."
For more information about the Newton Fund, e-mail Morgan at Newtonfund@cfgreateratlanta.org.