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Photos from Tree Giveaway 2016

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What a beautiful day and great turnout for our 2016 Community Tree Giveaway! Our volunteers showed up before sunrise to make sure this year’s Tree Giveaway was a hit – and it was! Thank you for the hundreds of Dentonites who came out and made this year’s event a huge success!

THANK YOU!

The photos in the post were taken by KDB volunteer photographer, James Coreas of the Vision Beautiful. James took some gorgeous photos which truly captured the spirit of this event.

Tree Giveaway Pre-Event Workday 2016

img_3744_blogOctober 20th was the Pre-Event Workday that we have every year in preparation for the Community Tree Giveaway. With the help of some awesome volunteers, we tag each individual tree with a personalized identification tag and sort all of the trees by species and participant last name. This year, we had approximately 700 trees to sort and tag. Can you imagine how long that would take KDB’s tiny staff of three people? The Our volunteers were so amazing and kicked it into gear as soon as they arrived. What we had planned would take 4 hours, actually took 3! That’s how hard these individuals worked. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our amazing volunteers!

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This year we also piloted these custom-made tree boxes, made of old pallets taken to the landfill. The Solid Waste Dept. created these with the Tree Giveaway in mind, because the wind tends to blow our trees over before the event on Saturday. Since they on pallets, we were also able to move them with a fork lift! This was a major time-saver this year!img_3711_blog img_3718_blogimg_3715_blog

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2016 Appreciation Reception

As we wrap up another great year serving the Denton community, we at Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) feel such a sense of pride for what we have been able to accomplish with you – our volunteers, supporters, and friends. KDB’s Annual Appreciation Reception is an opportunity to highlight these accomplishments, and honor the individuals and partnerships that make it all possible. The 2016 Appreciation Reception was held last Wednesday, November 2nd at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Attendees were treated to a delicious dinner provided by The Chestnut Tree; donated beer from Grapevine Craft Brewery; live music from renowned local musician Leoncarlo Canlas; award photos from the Denton ISD Advanced Technology Center’s Commercial Photography Class; and beautiful decor from our friends at McMath Middle School, Strickland Middle School, and the Native Plants Art Exhibition. Scroll down to see photos of the event, all courtesy of The Vision Beautiful.

Thank you to every volunteer, partner, and supporter who contributes to our mission of a clean, beautiful Denton. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

Floral arrangements and table centerpieces were created by student gardeners from McMath Middle School and Strickland Middle School, whose school gardens have been funded in part through KDB’s Environmental Education Grants Program.
Floral arrangements and table centerpieces were created by student gardeners from McMath Middle School and Strickland Middle School, whose school gardens have been funded in part through KDB’s Environmental Education Grants Program.

 

Attendees enjoyed dinner catered by the Chestnut Tree, a locally owned and operated restaurant on the square.
Attendees enjoyed dinner catered by the Chestnut Tree, a locally owned and operated restaurant on the square.

 

Our Program Intern Kristina presents Union Pacific Foundation with our Outstanding Community Partner award. Framed awards were taken by high school students from the Advanced Technology Center's commercial photography class.
Our Program Intern Kristina presents Union Pacific Foundation with the Outstanding Community Partner Award. Framed awards were taken by high school students from the Denton ISD Advanced Technology Center’s Commercial Photography class.

 

Our Program Manager Lauren presents Denton P.D. with our Outstanding City Partner Award.
Our Program Manager Lauren presents Denton P.D. with the Outstanding City Partner Award.

 

Board member and long time volunteer Sonny Solis proudly displays his Outstanding Board Member award.
Board member and long time volunteer Sonny Solis proudly displays his Outstanding Board Member Award.

 

Our Event and Outreach Coordinator Autumn stands with board member Haywood Morgan, Jr., as he receives the Vicki McCombs Urban Forestry Award.
Our Event and Outreach Coordinator Autumn stands with board member Haywood Morgan, Jr., as he receives the Vicki McCombs Urban Forestry Award for his exceptional support of KDB’s community tree programs.

 

Our Littie Grooms Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to CeJay Petersen, a longtime volunteer of Keep Denton Beautiful.
Our Littie Grooms Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to CeJay Petersen, an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer of Keep Denton Beautiful.

 

Attendees were treated to the ethereal music of renowned local musician and classically trained violinist Leoncarlo Canlas.
Attendees were treated to the ethereal music of renowned local musician and classically trained violinist Leoncarlo Canlas.

 

A portion of Keep Denton Beautiful's dedicated Board of Directors.
A few of Keep Denton Beautiful’s dedicated Board of Directors.

 

Keep Denton Beautiful's 2016 staff.
Keep Denton Beautiful’s 2016 staff.