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Posted on: February 16, 2016

Community Pride, Inc. of Charleston County Seeks Award Entries

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Feb. 16, 2016) - Community Pride, Inc. of Charleston County, an organization sponsored by the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service, is seeking award entries to recognize beautification and environmental improvement activities. Individuals, garden clubs, youth groups, businesses, and governments or civic organizations are eligible to be nominated for awards.

“For 50 years, Community Pride has been dedicated to honoring those in Charleston County who are committed to environmental improvement,” said Michael Pound, Community Pride Chairman. “The goal is to recognize the dedication of others, encourage them to continue their hard work, and inspire more people to become involved in community projects.”

The deadline for applications is March 31st. Anything that is done for visual enhancement or environmental improvement between March 2015 and March 2016 should be included.
Cash prizes (where applicable) or plaques will be awarded at the annual Community Pride Award Presentation that will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at Park Circle in North Charleston.

For complete award rules and information or to receive an application form by mail, contact Angela Crouch by phone at (843) 730-5203 or by e-mail at acrouch@clemson.edu. Forms may also be downloaded online at http://communityprideinc.com/awards.htm.

Anyone may nominate an individual or group for one of the following eight categories of awards:

• Garden Club Awards – first place: $75, second place: $ 50

o Environmental Education Award - Club contributing the most to environmental education efforts. Book of evidence required. o Community Improvement Award – Club demonstrating the greatest improvement to community. Book of evidence required.

• Adopt-A-Highway Awards – Awards given to group that exceeds in participation/results (miles cleaned, number of pick-ups, pounds collected, recycling, and number of volunteers), to group that generates enthusiasm and interest (how group made pick-ups fun, why members were excited, number of participants, and group longevity) and to group that has impacted the community (road less littered, created pride, area appears cleaner). Three Awards: $50 each.

• Johnnie Dodds Education Award – first place: $100, second place: $75, third place: $50. Award that is given to individuals or youth groups who perform outstanding community service through clean-up or beautification efforts. Examples include Adopt-A-Highway, Dune, Beach, Waterway, or Block and/or school, neighborhood, or church service projects.

• Captain Pride Award - Given to the top 10 individuals, businesses, governments, or civic organizations that have undertaken tasks that have significantly improved the environment.

• Spirit of Cooperation Award - Given to individuals, businesses, government municipalities or civic organizations that have partnered to undertake projects that have significantly improved the environment. The projects must have been sustainable for a minimum of 1 year.

• Mammie Williams Award – A very special award for the recipient who embodies the spirit of Mammie and is given to a most deserving individual, who has demonstrated excellence in improving a particular area or assumed a project beyond the usual “Pride” work.

• Gene Ott Award – Given to an outstanding businessperson who has improved his/her business through environmental stewardship efforts, landscaping and/or architectural restoration or other significant improvements.

• Barrett S. Lawrimore Award – An award of top honors given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in community pride and has exhibited leadership and served his/her community at the local level and beyond.

The Pride awards program is made possible through the financial support of the Greater Charleston business community.

Clemson Extension offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.

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