Keep Smyrna Beautiful Earns State Honors

Keep Smyrna Beautiful places 1st in the 2011 Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards program and places 2nd in national Keep America Beautiful (for 50,000 to 200,000 population grouping). Keep Smyrna Beautiful volunteers and staff are accepting that Keep Georgia Beautiful award today at the November 14 Awards Luncheon in Atlanta.

In addition to the top affiliate in the state award (for our population category), the Community Garden receives the top Nonprofit Community Improvement Project and Angie Bolton (IBM employee and tireless Smyrna volunteer) has been chosen for the Carolyn Crayton Award ( Female Volunteer of the Year for Georgia). Congratulations to Angie and all of the Keep Smyrna Beautiful Board and volunteers!

For over 30 years, Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB) has been highlighting the work of organizations/individuals like Keep Smyrna Beautiful. The KGB Awards program honors ongoing efforts in community improvement, waste reduction and recycling, and litter prevention as well as honoring individual volunteer efforts with the Woman of the Year and Man of the Year awards, Public Works Employee of the Year, Code Enforcement Officer of the Year and Student of the Year.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges and will be honored at the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation Awards

Luncheon in Atlanta on November 14th. “Local communities should be very proud of the efforts winning group and

individuals put forth to make their part of the world a better place,” said Sarah Visser, Executive Director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, “We are proud to pull all of these local efforts together and highlight the great work and progress being made statewide.”

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) was created in 1978 by Governor George Busbee. Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB), became the first state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization,

-the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation is housed in the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Its unique structure as a public-private partnership allows KGBF to benefit from the resources of citizens in government, corporations, and community organizations. These connections aid the mission to build and sustain community environmental activities and behaviors resulting in a more beautiful Georgia. KGBF currently supports a network of 74 Keep America Beautiful Affiliates in Georgia, the largest affiliate network in the nation.

From the December 2011 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.