Volunteers of the Year – Dorothy Francis & Sylvia Martin

By Johanna Barnowski, Intern

At our Green the Scene party on August 30, we recognized Dorothy Francis and Sylvia Martin as our Volunteers of the Year. We were thrilled to present them with this award – they really deserve it. These women have maintained one of our Adopt-A-Site flowerbeds for 13 years! The Adopt-A-Site can be seen at Ely Road and Fairlawn Boulevard.

volunteers of the year receiving awards from keep akron beautiful

The women were presented with proclamations signed by Mayer Horrigan that proclaimed August 30, 2017 as “Dorothy Francis Day” and “Sylvia Martin Day.” Francis and Dorothy were also presented with recycled glass flower vases from Weisenbach Recycled Products etched with their names and the award.

We are proud to have hard-working and long-standing volunteers helping us keep the city beautiful and clean. Francis and Martin have also dedicated their time to volunteer with us canvassing for Beautification Watch Awards and Arbor Day seedling delivery to schools.

photo of flowerbed adopt a site 2016

Dorothy & Sylvia’s Adopt-A-Site 2016

adopt a site flowerbed 2015

Dorothy & Sylvia’s Adopt-A-Site 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Green the Scene

By Johanna Barnowski, Intern

Our Green the Scene party is almost here! We’re excited and we hope you are too. If you have not bought a ticket it’s not too late! Tickets are still available here. We don’t want anyone to miss out – so we will also be accepting payment at the door.

who: keep akron beautiful what: green the scene party when: august 30th 5-8:30 pm Where: akron art museum 1 S. High St. Akron

Green the Scene will take place at The Akron Art Museum in the Bud and Susie Rodgers Garden located at 1 S. High St. Akron, OH 44308. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and end at approximately 8:30 p.m.

There will be food provided by Swensons Food Truck, as well as soft drinks, beer, and wine all included with your ticket.

Worried about where to park? Complimentary valet will be provided! You can also park for free yourself at the High Street Garage (across from the Art Museum entrance).

There are no physical tickets for this event. Don’t worry – you didn’t lose them! We will have a guest list at the door. If you or your company bought tickets, then your name will be on the list. The suggested attire for this event is business casual.

Don’t forget your smart phone! Our silent auction will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m, and will be featured on an online bidding website that will allow you to bid on items using your mobile device or computer from anywhere. The silent auction features items like sports bundles, unique Akron-only experiences, gift certificates, and so much more. The silent auction is live now – you can check out the items here!

You won’t want to miss the live auction portion – taking place at 6:30 p.m. Items like a jersey and sneakers worn by LeBron James, a vacation home in Lake Chautauqua, and a personalized landscape plan from the KAB crew (including installation and two custom pots!) will be featured.

If you are the winner of any of the auction items, payment can be made via check, cash, or credit card.

We hope to see you there!

Keep Akron Beautiful would like to thank the sponsors who have committed to supporting “Green the Scene” through sponsorship:  The FirstEnergy Foundation, D-A Specialty Co., Inc., Kim Haws Falasco of Robert W. Baird, Vista Storage of Green, Dominion Energy, Dan & Anna Zampelli, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, The H.E. Graves Jr. Family Foundation, Mustard Seed Market and Café, S.A. Comunale, Yanke Bionics, Inc., River Valley Paper Company, Bella Dora Management, Roetzel, Hasenstab Architects, Sikich Financial, Swensons Drive In Restaurants, Ohio Savings Bank, A Division of New York Community Bank, The House of LaRose, Lasting Impressions Event Rental, LRC Realty, The City of Akron, Precious Petals Florist, Miller’s, and Pepsi Beverages Company.

Green the Scene– Sneak Peak!

Keep Akron Beautiful will be hosting “Green the Scene” – a fundraiser celebration – on Wednesday, August 30th from 5-8:30 p.m. in The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, located at the Akron Art Museum. This party will raise funds for Keep Akron Beautiful’s beautification programs. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about our various programs that the funds will benefit – including Litter Reduction & Beautification Programs, Litter and Illegal Dump Cleanups, Flowerscapes, and Graffiti Wipeout.

Each ticket includes an open beer and wine bar, as well as catering provided by the Swenson’s Food Truck.

A silent and live auction will take place during the evening, giving guests the chance to win unique prizes like a weekend stay at a Chautauqua Lake Home, a signed Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey, vouchers for Akron’s best golf courses, and a personalized landscape plan from Keep Akron Beautiful’s own Flowerscape director, Leah Heiser.











Tickets for the event are $45 and can be purchased here or by phone at 330-375-2116. Guests are also invited to purchase a table at the event for $350. Only a limited amount of tables will be reserved. Sponsorship opportunities are still available with levels ranging from $500 to $25,000. Sponsors will receive event tickets and exclusive company perks.

Come join us in celebrating all that KAB does, the wonderful people that support us, and help us spread beautification throughout Akron!

Questions? Contact Helen Dauka at 330-375-2116 or hdauka@akronohio.gov.

Keep Akron Beautiful would like to thank those sponsors who have already committed to supporting Green the Scene through sponsorship: The FirstEnergy Foundation, D-A Specialty Co., Inc., Kim Haws Falasco of Robert W. Baird, Vista Storage of Green, Dominion Energy, Dan & Anna Zampelli, The H.E. Graves Jr. Family Foundation, Mustard Seed Market and Café, S.A. Comunale, Yanke Bionics, Inc., River Valley Paper Company, Bella Dora Management, Roetzel, Hasenstab Architects, Sikich Financial, Ohio Savings Bank, A Division of New York Community Bank, House of LaRose, LRC Realty, The City of Akron, Precious Petals Florist and Pepsi Beverages Company.

Dreamscape Makeover Gives Macedonia Winner a Hidden Garden

By Johanna Barnowski, Intern

Our 14th Dreamscape Makeover is complete! The Dreamscape Makeover funds KAB’s Flowerscape program, which has allowed us to plant over 1 million flowers since 1982. This year, we were able to raise $19,275!

This year’s winner, Hollie Lerchbacher of Macedonia, was selected to receive a $10,000 front or backyard makeover, designed by the 2017 lead landscape designer and project manager, Leah Heiser, Flowerscape Director at Keep Akron Beautiful.

landscaping plan for home makeover

Leah Heiser’s Landscape Plan for Makeover

Leah created a plan to transform Lerchbacher’s backyard into a hidden garden. Prior to the makeover kickoff, W. L. Tucker Supply Company, Inc. delivered great quality patio materials to the home. The homeowner opted to pay extra to have the patio installed. The patio was installed and the sod was removed for new beds by RG Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc. The trees were pruned by Advanced Arboriculture – they also were able to take down a big blue spruce last minute! The electric lines were laid by Tim’s Custom Electric for the lighting installed later during the makeover.

On day one, Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. went out to stub out for back flow. TerraScape, Inc. delivered quality compost from KB BioEnergy, Inc. and blew the compost into beds. The existing beds were all cleaned up by Blooming Designs – they did a great job weeding and worked very hard! The beds were then tilled by the KAB Crew. The day was finished with the beds being edged by Lewis Landscaping, who edged fast, deep, and clean lines.

beginning over home makeover with empty beds tilled

Day two was filled with deliveries. Plants and trees were delivered from Suncrest Gardens, Dayton Nurseries, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, LLC, and Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center. A bench was also delivered from Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center! Additionally on day two, irrigation was installed into the new beds by Naragon Companies. They had a special attention to detail and knew exactly what equipment would be the most appropriate.

beginning over home makeover with empty beds tilled and some plants out

Flowerscape Crew Member Sue Johns Working on the Makeover and carrying buckets

Flowerscape Forewoman Sue Johns Working on the Makeover

Day three was planting day! All trees and all perennials were planted by Graf’s Landscaping and Nick’s Landscaping. They planted very diligently, mindfully, and did a great job pairing the quality products. Graf Growers Garden Center also delivered patio pots, a hook, and a bird house.

crwes planting flowers and trees at home makeover

On day four, all of the planting was finalized by the KAB Crew, and lights from Cascade Lighting, Inc were installed by Tim’s Custom Electric. The homeowner loves the lights and will be a returning customer!

patio with beds of trees and flowers being planted by crewsnaragon and wilson plumbing working outside on home makeover installing

On the last day of the makeover, mulch from KB BioEnergy, Inc. was picked up and installed by TerraScape, Inc. They were careful to keep the mulch clean and neat! The KAB Crew placed the trellis and patio pots and cleaned everything up. The makeover was completed!

Our crew was well taken care of with drinks from Circle K and cookies from Main Street Gourmet!

A huge thank you to all of our vendors! All of the products were great quality and much appreciated. All of the workers worked hard to make this dream come true for the homeowner. We truly could not have done this without them!