Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s Everyday Heroes honored virtually for efforts in Anti-Litter Action and Beautification Projects 

In any typical year, you’d find all of the Everyday Heroes Award recipients in a ballroom during the Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference, sharing a meal, celebrating, and swapping success stories. 2020; however, was not a typical year. Due to the COVID pandemic, Keep Louisiana Beautiful shuttered its traditional awards banquet for a virtual presentation and announcement. Abbeville’s Charlene Beckett is among this year’s honorees.

Outstanding Affiliate Director Award | Charlene Beckett, Abbeville

This award recognizes a Keep America Beautiful affiliate director who demonstrates exceptional dedication to KLB’s mission and leadership in building a healthy and sustainable organization. Working closely with the Abbeville Garden Club, Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Vermilion Tourist Commission in promoting the City of Abbeville and Vermilion Parish, she has had many successful events for the city and brought countless people together for a cleaner community. She manages a diverse group of volunteers to promote and implement Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful program’s concepts and goals. “It’s all in a day’s work,” says Charlene.
*A Memorial gift of $200 Honoring C.B. Forgotston Jr. will also be awarded.

During the month of February, each Everyday Hero honoree will be hand-delivered their award during a small, meaningful presentation. KLB will utilize social media to engage a state-wide audience by going “live” for all eight awards and spotlighting each Everyday Hero on all its social media feeds for the month of February. “In light of our ongoing state-wide Coronavirus response, shifting our Everyday Hero awards to a more personal, individual program was the right choice for everyone’s safety,” said Susan Russell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s Executive Director, “we want to keep our state beautiful, but that also means we want to keep it healthy, too.”

Cabell Mouton, Programing and Grants manager continued, “Even though we won’t be able to celebrate in person, this allows us to celebrate virtually online with thousands more who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. While it’s different this year, that won’t take away from the extraordinary work that our Everyday Heroes are doing in our local communities every single day.

The Everyday Hero Award Recipients for 2020 are:
Alice Foster Award | Stuart Hodnett, City of West Monroe
Golden Can Award | Mark Benfield, Baton Rouge
Most Innovative Program Award | Compost NOW, New Orleans
Youth Leadership Award | Tre Bishop, Lafayette
Outstanding Affiliate Award | Keep Assumption Beautiful, Assumption Parish
Corporate Leadership Award | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge
Litter Enforcement Recognition Award | Mike Daniels, Baton Rouge

Keep Louisiana Beautiful also recognized and celebrated the state affiliates which had met KLB’s standard of excellence. Those affiliates are: Abbeville, Abita, Ascension, Assumption, Baton Rouge, Bossier, Calcasieu, Covington, Desoto, DeRidder, East Feliciana, Eunice, Hammond, Jefferson, Lacombe, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Mandeville, Monroe, Natchitoches, New Orleans, Ouachita, Shreveport, Slidell, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge, and West Monroe.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is the state’s anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness, and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. Keep Louisiana Beautiful is comprised of a network of 40 affiliates in communities throughout the state.

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Excerpt from original article in Gueydan Journal, 2/22/21