Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” – Juno Beach, Fla.

Keep America Beautiful partnered with Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) in Juno Beach, Fla. as part of Bud Light’s #DoGoodHaveFun campaign. Volunteers teamed up with LMC staff to beautify Juno Beach Pier by staining the pier deck, rails and benches.

Since 2011, LMC has removed more than 7,000 pounds of debris from beneath the Juno Beach Pier and surrounding beaches. The center has also recently installed eight brand new recycling bins at the pier to reduce marine debris. In order to enhance the appearance of the pier and keep America beautiful, LMC will continue to host multiple volunteer events, such as the “Do Good. Have Fun.” series throughout summer

Keep Arkansas Beautiful

Keep Arkansas Beautiful hosted a “Do Good. Have Fun.” event with Bud Light and Keep America Beautiful on Saturday, June 28! More than 100 volunteers gathered at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock to help beautify the park.

Volunteers painted the Visitor’s Center and entrance gates to the park, and also re-painted the trail-markers on the park’s hiking trails. Volunteers also helped clear and sort storm debris, which will be used for Park activities in the fall and winter. Finally, volunteers worked hard to remove approximately 500 pounds of litter from in and around the park!

Special thanks to all the individuals and organizations who helped make this “Do Good. Have Fun.” event a success!

After the event, volunteers enjoyed a nice lunch and ice-cold Bud Lights, thanks to generous support from Anheuser-Busch on a national and local level. Special thanks to Golden Eagle of Arkansas for all their help and support with this event!

Keep Broward Beautiful, Fort Lauderdale Florida

Keep Broward Beautiful through Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, the Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA), a local non-profit organization, and the State of Florida Park Service, are partners in implementing the Keep America Beautiful / Waste Management John U. Lloyd Beach State Park Dune Restoration Project. During the course of 4 events held since November 2013, over 400 volunteers from 10 different organizations have planted more than 8,000 native dune plants and trees as an effective method to mitigate beach erosion, restore coastal habitats and beautify the park. Volunteers and park staff continue to monitor and water the plantings to ensure their survival. This project clearly demonstrates the power of partnership and community engagement. “It was amazing to see such active participation from the community”, said Dawn McCormick, Community Affairs Manager for Waste Management. “When we work together, we accomplish great things!”

Keep Martin Beautiful, Martin County, Florida

Every year as part of the Great American Cleanup, Keep Martin Beautiful in Martin County, FL works with local non-profit, Habitat Angel to revitalize one neighborhood during “Extreme Martin Makeover.” This year we conquered Port Salerno’s New Monrovia Neighborhood. Not only were we able to remove 2400 lbs. of debris, but we also gave facelifts to 22 homes by repainting and adding landscaping. One house was even given a new, much needed roof from our friends at Capps Roofing. As part of the event the homes were prepped prior to the makeover. Weeks in advance volunteers spent time removing any rotten sliding, priming, and pressure washing the homes. Over 300 volunteers came out to help our community and keep Martin County beautiful! We couldn’t have made it such a successful day without all the help!

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

On February 13, 1945, Pfc. Manuel Perez, Jr., led fellow members of the United States 11th Airborne Infantry Division in an assault on an enemy strong point during the Philippines campaign. Perez succeeded in destroying a heavily defended pillbox, and for his actions that day he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration our military can bestow upon a soldier. Tragically, Pfc. Perez was killed in action a month later, but his name and legacy live on in a small park in south Oklahoma City, near his 1923 birthplace.

Regretfully, Manuel Perez Park at SW 14th and Harvey has long been neglected. With the coordination efforts of local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and OKC Beautiful, 16 volunteers along with 9 staff and board members, participated in ridding Manuel Perez Park of litter, mulched around grand beautiful trees, and planted flowers around the monument lauding Pfc. Perez. Additionally, this crew gave the park benches and big toy a fresh coat of paint.

America’s leading beer brand, Bud Light in partnership with Keep America Beautiful (KAB), brought the volunteer project “Do Good. Have Fun.” to Oklahoma City. Lisa Synar, Executive Director of OKC Beautiful (OKCB) and Executive Director Jeanette Nance of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) joined together and with the permission of Oklahoma City parks department, chose this neglected memorial as the project. Local area adults were recruited to register with Bud Light online to help, “Do Good. Have Fun.” The event was held this past Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:00am to Noon. Afterwards the group enjoyed lunch together with a little refreshment contributed by Bud Light.

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is the statewide affiliate and OKC Beautiful is the local affiliate. These two work together to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance natural beauty, ensure a healthy environment and to improve the image and appearance of the communities within which we live.

Helping in this small community just south of the beautiful Sky Bridge over I-40, meant so much to the families surrounding the park, several of whom came out to help. At the end of the day, “we did a good thing” said Lisa Synar, of OKCB. “To witness the teary eyed thank you of the small group that has worked so hard to save this small park was a blessing beyond measure,” said Jeanette Nance of KOB. During the clean up at the end of the project a woman, her child, and her mother drove slowly by, rolled down the car window and said to the group, “I grew up playing here, this is an amazing thing you have done, thank you so much!”

Keep Chicago Beautiful Engages Volunteers for “Do Good. Have Fun.” Playground Restoration

Nearly 100 volunteers joined Bud Light, Keep Chicago Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful at Calumet Park District in Chicago, Ill., to beautify a community park and #dogoodhavefun.

The volunteers descended upon the park amidst cheering from the Chicago Bulls’ Luvables, and were then brought in for a quick team huddle and warmup before the day’s work began. Volunteers worked in smaller groups — some worked together to rejuvenate and repair the basketball court; others worked on fixing up the running track; while the remaining  volunteers worked on removing litter, pulling weeds from the tennis court, and cleaning up the area surrounding the park playground.

Volunteers worked long and hard to get the job done. One of the day’s biggest surprises was the appearance of Chicago Bulls legend Toni Kukoc and current Chicago Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler. Kukoc and Butler graciously took the time to shoot some hoops with the volunteers, play a little one-on-one as well as take pictures and sign autographs.

After the event, volunteers were then invited to Murphy’s Bleachers pub next to Wrigley Field to enjoy some food and Bud Light, as a reward for their hard work.

Check out these photos from recent Bud Light/Keep America Beautiful “Do Good. Have Fun.” events, and look to see if an event is taking place in a community near you this summer!

Keep Slidell Beautiful

Olde Towne Lamp Post Painting

KSB observed the lampposts in Olde Towne Slidell were faded, pitted and had green oxidized paint.  Thinking we had about 125-150 lampposts to paint, KSB asked the Mayor for permission to take this on as a project.  Once he agreed, KSB actually counted the poles and found out there were 328!  A total of 25 volunteers and community service workers worked 217 hours on the project and painted 225 lampposts.  The Police Department Trustees painted the rest.

The Mayor was so pleased with the outcome that he had the City put in all new globes with new LED fluorescent lights.  The 36 hanging baskets that KSB plants and maintains sure look a lot better on nice beautifully painted lampposts.

Keep Broward Beautiful, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Keep Broward Beautiful along with The Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, The Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA) and Florida Park Service formed a partnership to conduct the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park Dune Restoration Project. The goal of the project was to educate the community about impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise, beach erosion and habitat change, and engage the community to take steps to mitigate these impacts by undertaking and supporting dune restoration projects.

To undertake this project, student volunteers were recruited from Embassy Creek Elementary School’s SOLAR club, or Students for Outdoor Learning, Adventure and Responsibility and the Yellow Wood Learning Center, an alternative Montessori-Based High School. Corporate and civic volunteers were recruited from employees and their families of Waste Management Inc., Kohl’s Department Store, Best Buy, Inc., Allstate Resource Management, Inc., Broward County and the Florida Park Service.

Volunteers received educational presentations about the impacts of climate change, beach erosion, beach and dune ecology and the correct methods in planting dune vegetation. Broward County staff, YEA and the State Park Service worked with the volunteers to prepare and fence off the sites to be restored. Over the course of 3 events held in November and December 2013 and January 2014, volunteers then planted over 5,000 sea, as an effective method to mitigate future beach erosion. Additionally, more than 1000 native dune plants, including Bay Cedar, Beach Creeper, Beach Elder, Beach Sunflower, Beach Verbena, Inkberry, Railroad Vine, Sea Lavender, Sea Oxeye Daisy, Sea Purslane, Wild Allamanda, Wild Sage and Sea Grape trees were planted in the mid and back dune in order to diversify the plant community and improve ecological function of the dune habitat within the park.

The project demonstrates the power of partnership and community engagement in the cleanup and restoration of sand dunes in John U. Lloyd Beach State Park. The involvement of community youth has fostered a sense of personal accomplishment and raised awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship.

Corporate, public, and nonprofit partnerships have been solidified as a result of this project, building a model and formula for success moving forward. As a result, YEA has developed additional partnerships with other coastal municipalities to conduct new community education and volunteer based dune restoration projects in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.