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Katz, Sapper & Miller & Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to Provide a “Green Makeover” at Broad Ripple High School

Donna Blackmon
Katz, Sapper & Miller
317.580.2112 – office
317.833.6809 – cell
dblackmon@ksmcpa.com

Linda Broadfoot
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
317.264.7555 x112 – office
317.223.5181 – cell
lbroadfoot@kibi.org

Katz, Sapper & Miller to Provide a “Green Makeover” at Broad Ripple High School

INDIANAPOLIS (November 3, 2009) – On Friday, November 6, 215 employees of locally-based certified public accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP will be rolling up their sleeves and donating their time as they take part in KSM Community Day, the firm’s first-ever day of community service.

The event will take place from 8:30 am – 3:15 pm at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts & Humanities. Katz, Sapper & Miller employees will spend the day working together alongside students to provide a “green makeover” of the school grounds. The project is being coordinated by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

As part of the beautification project, 50 trees will be planted around the school. That activity is part of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s NeighborWoods program, which has a goal of planting 100,000 trees in the city of Indianapolis between 2007 and 2017.

Additionally, Katz, Sapper & Miller volunteers will plant ornamental grasses and over 100 perennials in 28 planters around the school grounds, along with weeding existing grass and concrete beds and planting over 100 daffodil bulbs and native plants in those areas. Other volunteers will participate in projects involving the construction of a stone wall and pathway and the building and installation of five planter benches, including a planter bench shade structure made from materials that once comprised the roof of the former RCA Dome. The planting of perennials and mulching will round out the outdoor activities while inside the school volunteers will paint a mural.

“Katz, Sapper & Miller has a long history of giving back to the community through our participation with a variety of charitable and not-for-profit organizations,” said David Resnick, Managing Partner. “Establishing an annual day of service where we could integrate our philanthropic interests with our environmental concerns seemed like a logical next step, and we’re excited to be partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful in this important endeavor at Broad Ripple High School.”

”We are so proud of this inaugural partnership with Katz, Sapper and Miller,” said David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “KIB works in a collaborative process, bringing together people from all over the city for the common purpose of cleaning up and greening up. Broad Ripple High School came to KIB through our Project Green Schools program looking for just that. The work that will be accomplished at the school will have a long-lasting impact on the school grounds, the students and the neighborhood.”

About Katz, Sapper & Miller

Katz, Sapper & Miller is the largest Indianapolis-based accounting firm. In business since 1942, the firm has earned a reputation as a leader in the areas of accounting, audit, tax, and consulting services. The firm has been named one of the “Best of the Best” accounting firms in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting magazine and was ranked ninth among the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Katz, Sapper & Miller is an independent member of Nexia International, a leading global organization of independent accounting and consulting firms. For more information, visit www.ksmcpa.com.

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. unites people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. KIB enables people with minimal resources to achieve their dreams for a vital and more beautiful community, while at the same time improving Indianapolis’ urban environment. In 2008, KIB engaged nearly 45,000 volunteers on over 500 community improvement projects. To learn more, please visit www.kibi.org.