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Newton Fund seeks nominations for Big Heart Award

COVINGTON -- The Newton Fund is looking for the most outstanding volunteer in the community for the fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Feb. 10.

As part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, local nonprofits as well as individuals and other community-based organizations are asked to nominate those who have made a measurable difference in the county through selfless endeavors.

Along with the recognition, the winner of the award which is 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, current Newton Fund chair. "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 email newtonfund@cfgreateratlanta.org and request a nomination form.

Nomination forms can also be downloaded at (link) www.cfgreateratlanta.org. Nominations must be received by Feb. 10.

Last year's Big Heart Award recipient was Mary Arnwine, a Newton County resident recognized for her years of dedicated volunteerism.

Similar to 2011, 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 philanthanropy 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.