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KLB receives national award
KAB 2019 Karen Bell KLB and KAB President and CEO Helen Lowman
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell, left, poses with Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman during a national wards ceremony in Baltimore, Md., last month. - photo by Photo provided.

Keep Liberty Beautiful received a Keep America Beautiful National Community Improvement Award in the Beautify Communities Category at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony, which recently took place during Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 6-8.

Keep Liberty Beautiful was one of more than 80 individuals or organizations recognized at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards for their commitment and passion to transform public spaces into beautiful places. 

“These imaginative, inspirational and transformative community leaders help bring to life creative, resourceful and meaningful programs in their communities,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. “It’s my privilege to recognize Keep Liberty Beautiful and executive director, Karen Elaine Bell for such valuable, mission-based work that helps their community be more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”

Keep Liberty Beautiful was recognized for: 

• 2018 Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award of Excellence: Keep Liberty Beautiful Advisory Board represents the business sector as well as all seven municipalities and Commissioners Districts in Liberty County. The board creates a plan that puts the action in the KLB community education.  This past year, more than 5,300 Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers contributed nearly 22,750 hours (valued at nearly $545,000) in KLB’s initiatives.  

• 2018 Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Award, Beautify Communities: The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot were honored with this award for their Community Improvement Project for Veterans and Liberty County families. With the partnership of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, Home Depot selected Hinesville’s Bryant Commons Park as a location to impact veterans, military families and Liberty County residents.  The project included planting jasmines and trees, and adding mulch around the Veterans Memorial Walk, the Cisco’s Dog Park was fully built; they created and assembled the Bramble’s Playground, and put together two-dozen benches with shade structures.  

“It is the amazing KLB board members and volunteers that make the programs of Keep Liberty Beautiful successful,” said Karen Bell, executive director of Keep Liberty Beautiful. “We at Keep Liberty Beautiful are so honored and grateful to receive the awards from Keep America Beautiful.”  “When companies like Home Depot invest in doing Beautiful Things in Liberty County Georgia we become a better place to work and live!”

The Keep America Beautiful National Conference, its premier educational and networking event, brought together nearly 350 leaders from Keep America Beautiful’s national network of affiliates, business leaders, policymakers and other experts who shared innovative ideas and proven strategies to help end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities. 

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