Brightside St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis’ Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” project involved nearly 150 people working to establish a butterfly garden in Benton Park and paint murals around the community garden. Volunteers from Anheuser-Busch, Benton Park and Benton Park West neighborhoods plus Young Friends of Brightside St. Louis joined forces to transform one of the city’s most heavily-traveled intersections, Jefferson and Arsenal, into an attractive and beneficial community resource.

The volunteers planted 1,200 perennials and shrubs including native milkweeds to benefit the threatened migrating Monarch butterfly. Only a few short hours after the plants went in the ground, a few remaining volunteers watched as our first Monarch fluttered through the newly-planted garden. Now we will have blooms for many years to benefit butterflies and other important pollinators.

Protecting the community garden from cars traveling on the nearby busy streets led to the installation of barricades around the perimeter of the garden, yet their appearance totally detracted from the beauty of the garden. Talented local artists, Casey Kasparek and Peat Wollaeger, prepared stencils for the volunteers to paint designs and outdoor scenes on the barriers. Once unsightly eyesores are now beautiful assets on this corner.

Brightside St. Louis was proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful to do what we all do best – make communities more vibrant, thriving and beautiful. And our friends at Bud Light make every project more fun. Special thanks to our long-time partner and Benton Park neighbor, Anheuser-Busch.

Seattle Works, Seattle, WA

In partnership with Keep America Beautiful and Bud Light, Seattle Works threw a mural painting party in Seattle’s historic International District on July 19! Over 40 volunteers came out on Saturday to help revitalize a neglected, but heavily-trafficked block in the busy neighborhood.

We worked with Urban ArtWorks and local artist Jonathan Fischer to create the mural, titled “Eternal Spring.” The design was inspired by the joy Seattle’s famous cherry blossoms bring to the city each Spring — the promise that a long, grey winter is over and summer is on its way. Volunteers worked with the artist to use a combination of rollers, brushes, stencils and spray paint to create an explosion of color that spanned most of the block. As we worked, neighbors honked their horns in support, cheered, dealt out many thumbs-ups and even wandered over to shake volunteers’ hands and thank them for their work. We even made it into the Seattle Times.

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with KAB to bring such a fantastic gift to a busy part of our city!

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

Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” Memphis River Warriors Cleanup

Memphis City Beautiful, Tenn. was fortunate enough to be selected by Keep America Beautiful and Anheuser-Busch for a Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” project. Memphis City Beautiful is one of the founding partners along with the University of Memphis of the Memphis River Warriors, a group of college students who come together to adopt the cleaning of shoreline along the Mississippi River and the lakes and harbors adjacent to Downtown Memphis. The warriors conduct at least six annual clean ups recruiting primarily college aged students.

Memphis City Beautiful and the Memphis River Warriors decided to conduct this clean up in support of the International Outdoors, Inc. Annual Canoe & Kayak Race. We targeted the area of the harbor where over 500 racers and thousands of spectators would gather the weekend after our clean up.

Working with our local distributor – Budweiser of Memphis – Memphis City Beautiful and the Memphis River Warriors went to Social Media and the colleges to recruit volunteers.

On Saturday, June 7 on the banks of the Mississippi River 78 volunteers came out to help cleanup along the waterfront parks, cobblestone landing, streets and alleys of Downtown Memphis; as well as plant bushes to beautify Tom Lee Park.

Volunteers were rewarded with BBQ provided through a generous grant from Anheuser-Bush and beer was on tap provided by our local Bud Light distributer.

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 Chicago Beautiful- Bud Light Do Good. Have Fun. Event

On Saturday, May 31, about 100 volunteers participated in the Bud Light Do Good. Have Fun. event at Calumet Park in Chicago. Calumet Park is a historic park of nearly 200 acres, including a beach, numerous playing fields, a basketball court, and a running track. Through the coordination of the Chicago Park District, Keep Chicago Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, volunteers showed up ready and willing to make this project a success. The basketball court was re-striped, the standards and backboards were painted, and new nets were hung. At the same time, volunteers raked tons of limestone screenings onto the running track, transforming it from a narrow cinder path into a seven-foot-wide running path. Bags of winter debris were gathered up. It was a nice surprise to the volunteers when they were able to partake in free throw contests with prizes ranging from coolers to concert tickets. After the work was done, volunteers celebrated their efforts together with some refreshing Bud Light. The weather was perfect, the volunteers were enthusiastic, and the park looked spectacular—another successful Keep Chicago Beautiful event!

A huge thank you to Bud Light for their generous support of Keep Chicago Beautiful and to the Calumet Park community for providing a welcome transformation that will sustain the Calumet Park community for many years to come.

South Miami Dade Beautiful

Nearly 75 volunteers joined Bud Light, Keep South Miami Dade Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful at Henry’s Dry Cleaners to build and beautify a Community Garden as well as have some fun.

As part of Bud Light’s “Do Good. Have Fun.” Summer program, the volunteers descended upon the donated green space cheering for the Miami Heat and were then brought in for a quick group briefing and a snack before the day’s work began. Volunteers worked in small groups — some worked together to rejuvenate some of the garden beds while other built brand new ones. A portion of the volunteers planted seedlings, bulbs and trees. The rest of them cleaned up the surrounding area and removed weeds and soil. The volunteers worked extremely efficiently and the tangible results at the end were awe-inspiring. Two thousand pounds of litter was collected of throughout the project site and a total of nine community gardens were successfully planted.

Volunteers worked long and hard to get the job done. One of the day’s biggest surprises were the Miami Heat t-shirts given away by the local Bud Light distributor after the event. After the project was complete volunteers sat back and celebrated their hard work with some refreshing Bud Light.

Check out http://on.fb.me/1kN69eC to see photos from all of the Do Good. Have Fun. events. Check out http://www.budlight.com/do-good-have-fun.html to see if an event is taking place in a community near you this summer!

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!”