Keep Troup Beautiful celebrated their 20th anniversary Thursday night at Del’avant in LaGrange.
The organization took this opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions and to thank the community for their continued support of the Troup County environment.
The evening, with over 160 in attendance, featured a full dinner before the presentations and awards were given. Keep Troup County Beautiful (KTB) Anniversary Committee Chairwoman Michael Andrews scripted the evening with KTB Chairman of the Board Howard Mingo as the master of ceremony, board member Gina Key as the official photographer and KTB Executive Director Doris Jefferson making sure all of the guests were taken care of.
Executive Director of Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB) Foundation, Sarah Visser, was the keynote speaker for the evening. Visser’s presentation was entitled “20 Years of Wonderful,” which highlighted the progress that has been made in environmental education and dedication in the Troup County and Georgia communities.
“When I think of 20 Years of Wonderful, I think of all of you,” Visser said. “All of you have made the difference.”
Visser went on to explain that in 1953 Keep America Beautiful (KAB) was started, in 1978 KGB was started and in 1993 KTB was started. Today KGB has 75 affiliates and is the largest component of KAB. Visser said that 75 percent of Georgia is covered under the program.
After Visser’s presentation awards were presented to individual and organizations. Jim Nix, who wasn’t previously available to receive his award, was presented with the 2011 Man of the Year, the Steve Reynolds Award for his work in establishing a victory garden in West Point.
Keep Troup Beautiful
Awards of Excellence
Waste Management & Recycling
Individual Category: Aiden Flavin
Group Category: Long Cane Middle School
Beautification & Community Improvement
Business Category: Kia Motors
Group Category: Hogansville Elementary School
Litter Prevention and Clean-Up
Group Category: Lafayette Christian School
Mingo ended the evening by congratulating the award recipients and thanking everyone for helping to keep Troup County the beautiful place that it is.