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Keep Utopia Beautiful claims state prize

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    Keep Utopia Beautiful claims state prize

Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide environmental and community improvement organization, over the summer named Keep Utopia Beautiful a Gold Star Affiliate, which is the highest status an affiliate in the statewide initiative can achieve, a news release from Keep Utopia Beautiful said.

It said the designation, which was announced during Keep Texas Beautiful’s 52nd Annual Conference in Rockwall, was presented to 85 of Keep Texas Beautiful’s nearly 300 affiliates.

“We are proud to honor our most active affiliates who have such a large impact on their communities,” says Suzanne Kho, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Our Gold Star Affiliates are educating and engaging the community, actively recruiting and managing volunteers, hosting beautification events throughout their community and so much more. They deserve this great honor!”

Keep Utopia Beautiful Chair John Heideman said, “Our volunteers are the key to the success of Keep Utopia Beautiful.

“We had 2,050 hours of donated labor in 2018, valued at $50,512, and KUB’s cost-benefit ratio is $18.57 — for every $1 spent, $18.57 of value is returned to the community. Our citizens and volunteers truly deserve this recognition, and KUB is proud to be recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful for our efforts.”

The Gold Star recognition was introduced in 2004 to reward affiliates of the state organization that went above and beyond the established requirements for affiliation.

Keep Utopia Beautiful has attained Gold Star status for several years running, a spokesperson for the organization said.

It also was named a winner of Keep America Beautiful’s President Circle Award last year for the second time in four years and won a third Governor’s Community Achievement Award for towns with populations up to 3,000 this year from Keep Texas Beautiful.

Utopia successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens and beautify and enhance the local community as a result of the affiliate’s activities, officials said.