This year marks the 50th anniversary of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. From its earliest days steadfast supporters of this organization and its mission to enhance the natural beauty of our great state have guided us to success. In recognition of this milestone and all that they have contributed to the success and longevity of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, we will present the Pendleton Wood Award to Governor and Mrs. Geoarge & Donna Nigh and posthumously to Governor and Mrs. Henry & Shirley Bellmon at a 50th anniversary reception celebration on April 21, 2015.
Named in memory of a longtime supporter and advocate for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, this award recognizes those individuals whose vision, dedication, and support nurtured this organization in its early years and ensured that it would succeed and serve the citizens of our state.
In its first two decades, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful was only able to survive because of the direct support of the Governor’s Office, their support during those crucial, early years allowed KOB to build the solid foundation on which we’ve grown. Today, KOB serves more communities around our state than ever before, and much of the credit for that success goes to our early supporters.
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1965. KOB has undergone a number of incarnations throughout the years, changing with the times, while always working to achieve its mission.
Today's KOB operates on a modest budget funded by contributions, grants and performance contracts with corporate partners and state agencies. KOB's volunteer board of directors guides our programs, which target grassroots efforts of Oklahomans involved with community and environmental improvement.
As a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, KOB organizes the annual Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma and provides materials and tools for communities and volunteers. Startup cash grants are available for qualifying KOB network organizations.
Fresh Paint Days is a KOB program designed to encourage communities and volunteers to seek out the unsightly community structures and give them a fresh look. Through generous sponsors KOB is able to provide paint and a stipend for supplies to selected participants.
We can’t forget the younger generations. End Litter is an opportunity for high school and college students to get creative! Students are challenged to tackle the issues of litter and illegal dumping in a 30-second video clip. The winning groups receive a $750 cash prize and recognition at KOB’s banquet.
The culmination of each year’s work is the annual, statewide awards competition leading to the annual awards recognition banquet. Well attended and greatly anticipated, the November event recognizes the best of the environmental best in Oklahoma.
You may purchase tickets to attend this event by following this link: http://www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com/events.
Posted on 03/05/2015
by Megan Moran