Celebration Announced to Honor Statewide Environmental Excellence

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Celebration Announced to Honor Statewide Environmental Excellence

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Announces Finalists for Annual Awards

All year, Oklahomans have been doing their part to keep Oklahoma beautiful, and now it’s time to recognize them for their efforts. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) is hosting their 26th annual Environmental Excellence Celebration on Thursday, November 17, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

A statewide nonprofit, KOB recognizes Oklahomans doing their part to help preserve the beauty and sustainability of this state. This year, over 60 individuals, groups, businesses, municipalities, etc. from across the state will be recognized for their work for the past year.

This year’s board commendation winners are Latta High School FFA for the Towering Spirit Award, Global Gardens for the Visionary Leadership Award, OGE Energy Corp. for the Vanguard Award, Dixie Harper for the Champion Volunteer Award, and Tom Terry for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Our Environmental Excellence Celebration and Award banquet is our moment in time to appreciate the work, acknowledge the passion, commitment and sacrifice of remarkable Oklahomans who go above and beyond to enhance the beauty and health of our environment and our state,” said Jeanette Nance, Executive Director of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. “This is more than just a public pat on the back. Our event is the largest in Oklahoma gathering 550+ citizens at the Cowboy & Western Heritage museum in Oklahoma City. Join us to celebrate these selfless volunteers, groups and corporations that work tirelessly to keep Oklahoma’s beauty running deep.”

Finalists for the Environmental Excellence Competition showed exceptional work in the following areas and more: education, conservation, beautification, sustainability practices, nonprofit efforts, youth leadership, litter prevention, and much more. These finalists include Andrew Sartain with Earth Rebirth, Ardmore Beautification Council, Armstrong Flooring, Inc., Bethel High School STEM Club, Charlie Dougherty with Lincoln County, Chris Coager with the Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative, City of Comanche, City of Cushing – Cushing Pride, City of McAlester, City of Midwest City, City of Muskogee, City of Newkirk, City of Oklahoma City, City of Okmulgee, City of Owasso, City of Wilburton, City of Yukon, Collinsville Trails Initiative, Donna Mackiewicz with Beyond the Classroom, Durant Chamber of Commerce, Earth Day: Celebrate CommUNITY, Environmental Management Inc., Grand River Dam Authority & Oklahoma Blue Thumb, Jacob Coffman with Team Up to Clean Up, JCPenney in Enid, Kathy Harding with Peters Elementary, Lake McMurtry & Friends, McAlester Main Street, Melissa Walker with Ardmore Beautification Council, Neighborhood Solutions, OKC Beautiful, Okeene FFA, Okeene Historic Preservation Group, Operation Clean House, Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative-Owasso Cares, Pittsburg County Drug Court, Pride in McAlester, Pryor Main Street, Inc., Rhodes Molenda with Beyond the Classroom, Rick Miller with the City of Okmulgee, Russel Gaskamp with Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Sharon Atcheson with Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful, The Grove Neighborhood, The Nature Conservancy, Town of Fargo, Tree Bank Foundation, Twin Cities Revitalization Project, University of Central Oklahoma, Up With Trees, Urban Soul – Xtreme Youth Ministries, Vision Farms, and Wildhorse Gardens and Market.

Kathy Gain, KOB Board President, believes these finalists exemplify Margaret Meade’s famous words of, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Winners in the various award categories will be announced the night of banquet. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com. The event will begin with a reception and fundraiser at 5:00 p.m. Dinner and awards will follow.

Join KOB in recognizing these outstanding Oklahomans!

– (published November 8, 2016)

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