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National Paint Week Ohio Grant Winners Announced

Keep Ohio Beautiful is pleased to have announced grant winners of the National Painting Week Ohio Program sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.  Designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies, the program enables these groups to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint and a lot of elbow grease.  During the months of April through July, the four (4) grant winners will transform their structure utilizing up to 40 gallons of exterior paints and painting supplies. 

Four winners were selected including: Summit County Historical Society (SCHS), Akron, a project with Keep Akron Beautiful. Keep Akron Beautiful will work with the SCHS to paint the Historical Society's Wash House.

Keep Ohio Beautiful received many applications from across the state, and grant winners were chosen based on their applications.  Two of the awardees will receive an additional $500 gift card at the end of the project for community improvement projects, based on reporting and the winner of two criteria; best visual impact and best community revitalization story.  

National Painting Week, in its third year, is slated for the week of April 7.  Sherwin-Williams employees across the U.S. will dedicate their time, effort and Sherwin-Williams products to upgrade nonprofits, churches, schools and other deserving community organizations. 

“We are proud to bring National Painting Week to Ohio and the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee,” said Tim Baechle, vice president of marketing, Sherwin-Williams.  “It is a valuable new program and I encourage community groups in Ohio to take full advantage of this great opportunity."

“Through our partnership with the Sherwin-Williams Company, National Painting Week in Ohio empowers community groups to take a direct role in community revitalization efforts,” explains Michael Mennett, Executive Director of Keep Ohio Beautiful. “Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint on a public library or community center sends a strong message that we care about our communities.

For additional information regarding Keep Ohio Beautiful’s National Painting Day Ohio Program, please contact Michael Mennett, Keep Ohio Beautiful at 330-338-8328 or







Dreamscape Winners Announced!

The Dreamscape Makeover Raffle is Keep Akron Beautiful's annual fundraiser that was developed 11 years ago to help support our public land beautification program, Flowerscape. This year, for the first time ever, friends of Keep Akron Beautiful sold all 1,500 tickets to Summit County businesses or residents! KAB grossed approximately $36,000 through ticket sales to support the 33-year-old public land beautification program, Flowerscape. 

The 2014 winners include:

GRAND PRIZE: Steve Williams and David Jesse of West Akron who won a $10,000 front or backyard makeover. Lisa Graf & Craig Graf of Graf Growers Garden Center and Landscape Design will be the lead landscape designers. 

1st Runner Up: J. Nelson of Akron won his choice of mulch blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape Ltd.

2nd Runner Up: Bradley Bowers of Akron will receive a bird bath donated by Suncrest Gardens

3rd Runner Up: Chastity Duskey of Green will receive a $100 gardening gift basket from Graf Growers.

Read more in the press release, here.





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