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Keep Akron Beautiful Honors Former CEO Paula Davis When Paula Davis, Keep Akron Beautiful CEO of 26 years, retired in the winter of 2014, the remaining staff and new CEO, Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti, knew they needed to thank her for all she had done in a big way. The impact Paula Davis had on the agency and the Akron community was too big for just a simple ‘thank you.’ So when planning for the 2015 planting season, Keep Akron Beautiful decided it would dedicate a Flowerscape to Davis. Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) chose the Flowerscape located at North Main Street and Perkins, at the corner, which was one of Davis’ favorite Flowerscapes. This Flowerscape pays tribute to Davis, who helped the Akron community bloom with the same vibrancy and beauty as the white alyssum, vinca, zinnia, gomphrena and canna flowers. Since 1989, Davis’ work through KAB has had a lasting impact on the City of Akron. The agency’s Flowerscape program is considered a “model” program within the national network of Keep America Beautiful affiliates. In addition to the money Davis raised through extensive grant writing that sustains the agency’s annual operating budget, she also introduced the Dreamscape Raffle in 2004. Annually, private sector donations must be solicited to implement the urban beautification program, but the countywide Dreamscape Raffle was instrumental to supplement direct mail fundraising efforts. Davis was awarded the national Sue Smith Leadership Award at Keep America Beautiful's 60th anniversary National Conference in January 2013 for her exemplary contributions to Keep America Beautiful. She also served on Keep America Beautiful's board of directors for a number of years. The League of Women Voters of the Akron Area also recognized Davis for her dedication to protecting and preserving our natural heritage by declaring her a Champion for the Environment in the spring of 2014. And now, Keep Akron Beautiful would like to say thank you to Paula Davis for her commitment to Keep Akron Beautiful, through the dedication of a Flowerscape.

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

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With support from a $10,000 Anheuser-Busch/Keep America Beautiful grant, Keep the Coast Beautiful worked with volunteers to help build benches and picnic tables and plant trees in James Hill Park and Bayou Bernard Park in Gulfport, Mississippi. Harrison County SandBeach employees built benches and tables. Rex Distributing employees helped place the benches and tables and plant 60 magnolia, fir and cypress trees. Both parks, located along Bayou Bernard, were previously closed, and this recent work helped them get ready for their reopening in late July. Jenna Bennett, Keep the Coast Beautiful director and Harrison County's beautification department director, coordinated the project.

Keep the Coast Beautiful, Harrison, MS

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Over the course of two days, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB), a team of over 20 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and other community volunteers began the first phase of a three- to four-week project to transform a vacant, overgrown lot in Walnut Hills into a thriving community garden.  Community leader Gary Dangel is the mastermind behind the garden’s unique landscape design and will lead the project. Lowe’s is bringing volunteers, supplies, materials, equipment, and enthusiasm for giving back to the community. “Plans include raised vegetable beds surrounded by Monarch butterfly-friendly shrubs, an art and journaling area for neighboring after-school enrichment programs, a sensory garden, and a walking meditation pathway meandering throughout the garden,” said Gary Dangel, co-founder of Elevate Walnut Hills and community activist. Drew Goebel, Vacant Lot Stabilization program manager for KCB explained, “Community gardens provide healthy food alternatives, improve health and overall well-being, encourage exercise, and teach our younger population to be good stewards of the environment.” “We take great pride in improving our community and appreciate the opportunity to work with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful on this project, which will have a lasting impact on our neighbors and customers,” said Nick Gabel, market product service manager at Lowe’s. “To ensure the project’s future sustainability, we are continuing to build a strong team of dedicated neighborhood volunteers. A successful grant-writing campaign will enable us to fund a part-time garden manager position and to purchase plants and tools as well as garden and art supplies. And with the ongoing support of local businesses and organizations, such as Lowe’s and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, we will create a fun, interactive place that encourages kids to explore and discover the wonders of nature,” said Dangel.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Cincinnati, OH

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A middle school mission team from Jacksonville, Florida, joined Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful for a four-day community enhancement venture. The youth painted tables, pressure washed the building , planted flowers and played bingo at the ARC adult day care center. They made 600 food boxes at the food bank for the needy; they trimmed shrubs at a city park; and they painted the front porch of a city golf course clubhouse. But their favorite venture was painting out graffiti. This was the eighth year that @ Beach United Methodist Church has partnered with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful.

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Albany, GA

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As Keep Winter Park Beautiful 's contribution to the Great American Cleanup, we cleaned up the Lake Virginia areas within the watershed. Groups met at Dinky Dock Park and then were deployed to predetermined, designated locations that were mapped out with the help of the City of Winter Park Lakes Department. Equipment and boats were supplied by the City of Winter Park. Participants included folks from Dayo Scuba who practiced their dive skills while retrieving sunken trash. A SUP club and a canoe and kayak club were on hand to help skim the lake's shoreline, and multiple Winter Park residents and Rollins College students walked the streets within the watershed. In total, we had 55 volunteers that pitched in to collect approximately 440 lbs of debris, including 18 full garbage bags, a lawn chair, and an old buoy!

Keep Winter Park Beautiful, Winter Park, FL

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