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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Recognizes More than 700 Supporters During its Annual Adopt-A-Block Appreciation Dinner Next Week

INDIANAPOLIS – (March 11, 2014) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will host more than 350 supporters next week for its annual Adopt-A-Block Appreciation Dinner on March 20, at Arsenal Technical High School. Aimed at highlighting the efforts of more than 700 Adopt-A-Block participants, the annual dinner will feature an awards ceremony, special comments from Mayor Greg Ballard, and additional community speakers.

“Our Appreciation Dinner is our way to thank the almost 700 volunteers across Indianapolis for doing work that not only beautifies their neighborhood, but creates stronger community ties. Helping neighbors to inspire each other, by setting an example of environmental and community stewardship, dramatically improves their quality of life,” said Joseph Jarzen, director of community engagement with KIB. “It is their commitment and dedication, which solely makes Adopt-A-Block so successful.

KIB will honor special attendees with “Green Glove” Awards for various accomplishments in 2013; including:

  • Enduring Commitment: Allean Williams
  • Youthful Service: Nicholas Willey
  • The Shirley Purvitis Adopt-A-Block Legacy Award: The Adopt-A-Block Steering Committee
  • Adopt-A-Block Coordinator of the Year: Bruce Gable
  • Adopt-A-Block Neighborhood with Most Renewed before the 2014 Kickoff: Garfield Park
  • Adopt-A-Block Neighborhood with Most Renewed before the 2014 Kickoff, Honorable Mention: Bates-Hendricks
  • Neighborhood with Most Blocks Adopted: West Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood with Most Blocks Adopted, Honorable Mention: Brookside
  • First Neighborhood Fully Adopted: North Square of Fountain Square
  • First Neighborhood Fully Adopted in 2014: Ransom Place
  • Adopt-A-Block Graffiti Free Indy Sponsor: Lowes Home Improvement and Valspar Paints
  • Adopt-A-Block Business Captain: Sun King Brewery
  • Adopt-A-Block Community Cleanup Leadership Award: Shari Lynn Himes
  • Adopt-A-Block Business Sponsor: Brehob Nursery

Established in 2002, Adopt-A-Block engages thousands of neighbors to reduce litter, combat graffiti, and build community at the smallest city unit—the city block. In recent years, KIB has grown the Adopt-A-Block program from 200 adopters in 2011 to nearly 700 in 2013. With support from the City of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), KIB’s Adopt-A-Block program empowers neighbors to keep their block clean of litter on an ongoing basis, and provides tools and resources to help in these efforts. For more information on KIB’s Adopt-A-Block program, 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 2012, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 500 community projects. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.