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Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Local Affiliate with National Award

Feb 01, 2018 10:47PM

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) was recently honored with the 2017 Affiliate Award of Excellence for distinguishing itself as an exemplary Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliate organization at the KAB’s National Awards Ceremony in Dallas, Texas.

KIB was recognized for a commitment to encourage local government, business and private citizens to work together to make Indianapolis a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live.

Sherrie Bossung, Eli Lilly and Company’s recently retired director of community engagement, was also honored for her service to Indianapolis by receiving KAB’s 2017 Lady Bird Award. Bossung partnered with KIB President David Forsell a decade ago to start Lilly’s Global Day of Service.

“These imaginative, inspirational and transformative community leaders help bring to life creative, resourceful and meaningful programs in their communities,” said KAB president and CEO Helen Lowman. “It’s my privilege to recognize Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and President David Forsell for such valuable, mission-based work that helps their community be more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”

“We’re so proud to have this national recognition for our work,” said Forsell.

“We listen to the community, and aim to meet their needs and aspirations for improving quality of life, from individuals adopting their blocks to our work alongside Indy’s largest employers to do community good. And, KAB appreciates we do all we can with every public or philanthropic dollar we secure to contribute to biodiversity as we beautify the city.”

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. To learn more, visit KIBI.org.

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