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KADB holds ‘Cheers to Volunteers’ luncheon

Ann Brim-Streat, mistress of ceremonies for the Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful “Cheers to Our Volunteers” luncheon Thursday, announced winners of several environmental awards. Ann Brim-Streat, mistress of ceremonies for the Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful “Cheers to Our Volunteers” luncheon Thursday, announced winners of several environmental awards.

Ann Brim-Streat, mistress of ceremonies for the Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful “Cheers to Our Volunteers” luncheon Thursday, announced winners of several environmental awards. Ann Brim-Streat, mistress of ceremonies for the Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful “Cheers to Our Volunteers” luncheon Thursday, announced winners of several environmental awards.

ALBANY — Julia Bowles, executive director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, said the purpose of the 24th annual “Cheers to Our Volunteers” celebration luncheon at the Albany Civic Center Thursday was to salute 2011 volunteers for KADB.

It may be a good thing some of them didn’t attend, considering there were a total of 34,444 of them.

Bowles noted that those thousands of volunteers contributed 242,047 hours of personal service to improve the environment of the community over the course of the year.

Still, a number of organizations and individuals thaat exhibitied outstanding efforts and dedication were singled out during the program.

“Today’s annual volunteer celebration is a tribute to the thousands of Albany/Dougherty County citizens who gave of their time, talents and resources last year to make our community a better place to live,” Bowles said.

Thursday’s program began with entertainment by some 60 students from Live Oak Elementary School, who performed several environmentally themed numbers with messages such as “every day is Earth Day” and “recycling is the thing to do.” The students were directed by Whitney Coleman.

“It’s appropriate to have the children sing about issues such as those addressed today,” Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, who attended the event, said. “They will go home and talk about those issues to their parents and to other people. This is good place to start.”

Mistress of Ceremonies Ann Brim-Streat announced winning volunteers in various categories, including: Business — the Law Office of Brett Wilson; Beautification — Chuck’s Customizing Services; Litter Abatement — Albany Rotary Club; Government — Dougherty County Public Works Department. KADB’s Recycling awards went to Turner Elementary School and Deerfield-Windsor Lower Campus.

Albany State University’s Students In Free Enterprise, or SIFE, were cited as top volunteers in the Organization category for their work in maintaining a full mile of Radium Springs Road as a part of KADB’s Adopt-a-Highway program. The group was also involved in other trash pickup and recycling efforts in the community.

KADB’s Volunteer of the Year award in the Environmental category was presented to Georgia Power Plant Mitchell employees. Streat said that for a number of years the group has assisted with KADB’s Rivers Alive event, during which 1,860 pounds of debris were removed from the banks and bed of the Flint River. In addition, Streat said the group donated “time and muscle” to lift and stack unwanted electronics at KADB’s electronic recycling event.

Faith Register and Kenny Williams accepted the award for the group.

Gerald Roach received the award for city of Albany Public Works Employee of the Year, while Alverso O’Neal was Solid Waste Department Employee of the Year.

Willie Solomon was given the Dougherty County Public Works Employee of the Year award, and Curtis L. Clay was the winner within the Dougherty County Solid Waste Department.

All KADB volunteer awards were presented by Hubbard and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard.