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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Recognizes Supporters at Annual Awards Ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS – (February 5, 2012) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) recognized supporters on January 31, through its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon. With more than 150 attendees; KIB honored Kevin Cloer, 2012 Volunteer of the Year; Margaret and Barry Wood, 2012 Donors of the Year; FedEx, 2012 Corporate Donor of the Year; Harding Poorman, 2012 In-kind Donor of the Year; and Christine Woodward-Duncan, 2012 KIB Board Member of the Year at the annual event.

Information on award winners:

Volunteer of the Year: Kevin Cloer
Kevin’s involvement with KIB began with an article she read in the Sunday paper about KIB—which enticed her to come out and volunteer on a tree planting. Since 2006, she has been volunteering with KIB, as well as donating. When asked about volunteering with KIB, she says: “It’s big fun. I have dug in the dirt with all different kinds of people – every Saturday morning has been an adventure!” We are so grateful to her service, and her hard work to help us tree up Indy.

Donor of the Year: Margaret and Barry Wood
Margaret and Barry have been supportive of KIB for more than a decade. Their contribution has made a significant impact on our city. This dynamic duo have also volunteered, one of whom served on the KIB board for several years, helping to guide our nonprofit as we went through several growth surges. Positive, enthusiastic and smart are words that come to mind when describing Margaret and Barry, these are two people who want to do a little good in the world. When asked why the support KIB, they had this to say: “It starts with a love for our City of Indianapolis. KIB does such wonderful work within our city. And the staff and board are some of the best, most committed people I’ve ever known.”

Corporate Donor of the Year: FedEx
FedEx has not only been important to KIB but to our city and its economy. For many years, FedEx has supported KIB, and in the past few years they have increased investment in urban reforestation and riparian corridor projects—which helps to restore the health of our water and neighborhoods. Additionally, they not only support KIB financially, but they volunteer their time at service days—on their days off!

In-kind Donor of the Year: HardingPoorman Group
KIB is lucky to receive more than $2.5 million in in-kind donations each year, and this year we would like to recognize HardingPoorman Group, who has given nearly $20,000 in services since 2009. They have also volunteered their time to plant trees. HardingPoorman Group is a leader in its field, using technology to create a smaller footprint, and gaining notoriety not only in Indiana, but nationwide for its commitment to – as they state it: “continuous improvement and measurement in reducing our impact on the planet and preserving natural resources for future generations.”

KIB Board Member of the Year: Christine Woodward-Duncan
Christine has played a crucial role in our programs, leading our Program Committee in evaluation and assessment of our work. She has volunteered her time to attend strategic plan stakeholder meetings, as well as to lead staff through the process of creating organizational goals. She is very engaged in and committed to KIB’s work, she is a generous personal donor, and she always acts as an enthusiastic ambassador for KIB.

Images of the winners can be downloaded by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151306700202903.468520.48223907902&type=1.

In 2012, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects throughout the city. For more information on KIB’s efforts to beautify the city and to learn about KIB programs, please visit www.kibi.org.

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 600 community projects. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.