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KOB Receives Innovation Award at 2011 National Keep America Beautiful Conference

Oklahoma City, OK (Dec 7, 2011) – Keep Oklahoma Beautiful received a Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Innovation Award at the 58th annual KAB National Conference for its innovative “Hometown Makeover - A Community Improvement Guide”, an online compendium of facts, research and practical application of today’s growing issues dealing with community improvement; environmentally, aesthetically and through sustainable practices.

Keep America Beautiful’s annual National Conference, which took place this year in New Orleans, brought together KAB affiliate leaders from across the country to share best practices and celebrate the successes of the last 12 months. The KAB Innovation Awards are judged by KAB affiliate peers only for program activities during the 12-month period from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011. The award recognizes affiliates that have created new and innovative programs and partnerships that further their mission, while encouraging individuals to engage in volunteer activities that improve their communities and their local environment.

“Keep America Beautiful presents the annual Innovation Awards to recognize breakthrough programs that push the envelope of creativity and resourcefulness,” said Matthew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, at the awards ceremony. “It’s my privilege to honor Keep Oklahoma Beautiful for its dedication in engaging volunteers to make its community flourish.”

“We are truly honored to be recognized by the national organization for this labor of love,” said Gail Ingram Ederer, the organization’s executive director since 1996.  “Use of the Guide has prompted the formation of a network of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful affiliates,” Ederer said.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s “Hometown Makeover” - Community Improvement Guide can be accessed by all who visit the organizations’s website at www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com.  It is written primarily for organizations interested in forming a KOB affiliate group - but is open to anyone interested in these topics.  There are also plenty of games, lessons and learning opportunities for kids and youth; information and resources for teachers.  The Hometown Makeover - Community Improvement Guide was made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

About Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to encourage, facilitate and recognize efforts that will improve the aesthetic, environmental and sustainable quality of life in Oklahoma.

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit www.kab.org.

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