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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Recognizes 2013 Supporters at Annual Awards Ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS – (February 11, 2014) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) recognized its 2013 supporters last week at its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon. With nearly 100 attendees, KIB honored Cortney Ewing and Deb Hollon, Volunteers of the Year; Perry and Michelle Griffith, Donors of the Year; Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), Corporate Donor of the Year; Covanta Energy, In-kind Donor of the Year; and Joanna Nixon, KIB Board Member of the Year.

“Each of these award winners have contributed their time, talent and treasure to KIB and they have gone above and beyond in their support of our mission in 2013,” said David Forsell, KIB president. “We are thrilled to recognize and honor their generous spirit, and grateful to have such engaged and passionate donors and volunteers.”

Information on award winners:

Volunteers of the Year: Cortney Ewing & Deb Hollon
Cortney Ewing is a KIB Ambassador, and a consistent volunteer at KIB projects in the community. She has helped with a variety of jobs such as office support, warehouse cleanup, and staffing booths at community fairs, and she began her support of KIB watering trees during the 2012 drought. This KIB “Jill of all trades” always has a smile on her face and we’re so glad to have her around. When asked about volunteering with KIB, she says: “It is a great place with awesome people!!! It is so easy to volunteer your time with the different projects, and you meet so many different people. I absolutely love it!”

Deb Hollon is KIB’s GIS intern. She volunteers with KIB for several hours each week, driving from Anderson, Indiana. She has worked on many important projects for KIB, such as mapping tree planting spaces, an overview of trees and plantable spaces at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and creating numerous reports. Her work is complex and skillful, and it couldn’t be done by just anyone – we are grateful to have her on our team. Her time with us has totaled more than 300 hours.

Individual Donors of the Year: Perry and Michelle Griffith
Perry and Michelle have been supportive of KIB for many years, and their contribution has made a significant impact on our city. They are true supporters of our city, and passionate advocates of creative placemaking, which is at the heart of our work. Perry and Michelle Griffith are enthusiastic about KIB’s work to help people and nature thrive, and we appreciate their very generous support.

Corporate Donor of the Year: Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL)
IPL has selected KIB as one of its primary nonprofit partners in Indianapolis. Their support includes a title sponsorship of our pocket park and beautification work, IPL Project GreenSpace—work that truly transforms the physical and human landscapes of our city. Additionally, IPL’s initial multi-year gift has enabled KIB to launch its nationally-recognized, model community forestry work. We’re so grateful to IPL for their continued generosity of our work.

In-kind Donor of the Year: Covanta Energy
KIB could not complete our work we do without in-kind donors. Generous donors, such as Covanta Energy leverage our impact and provide tremendous to support to not only us, but the amazing Indy neighborhoods that we serve. Covanta Energy provides incredible in-kind support, as well as monetary sponsorship of our Great Indy Cleanup program. In 2013, Covanta provided in-kind support totaling 228 tons of litter from Great Indy Cleanup sites, at no charge to KIB.

KIB Board Member of the Year: Joanna Nixon
A first-year board member, Joanna Nixon played a crucial role in planning and executing THRIVE – KIB’s inaugural fundraising event in September 2013. Joanna is also in touch with KIB’s programming, as she is a long-standing Adopt-A-Block coordinator. We are grateful for her contributions and her leadership. She is very engaged in and committed to KIB’s work, and she always acts as an enthusiastic ambassador for KIB.

In 2013, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 550 community projects throughout the city. For more information on KIB’s efforts to beautify the city and to learn about KIB programs, please visit

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. In 2013, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 550 community projects throughout Indianapolis. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.