Good Luck Helen

By Johanna Barnowski, Communications Intern

This month, we are saying goodbye and good luck to Helen Dauka, our Communications and Volunteer Project Manager, as she will be moving on to The University of Akron’s Office of Admissions as an Admissions Counselor.

helen dauka speaking at event for keep akron beautiful

Helen says this about her transition and time at Keep Akron Beautiful, “I have always benefited from having a strong support system of mentors both at school and professionally. I am excited to be able to provide that same support that I so greatly benefitted from! I will always carry with me the pride of knowing I helped make a difference during my time with Keep Akron Beautiful. I am so proud of the work done by our volunteers! While I will miss my KAB family, I am excited to transition into a volunteer role with the agency.”

helen dauka and jacqui ricchuti at clean up event for keep akron beautiful

Helen’s work in the Office of Admissions will have a focus on transfer students, which holds a personal connection for Helen. As an Akron alumna, she is herself a transfer student and will be able to relate firsthand to students. We will miss Helen very much, but we are excited to see what she will do in her new opportunity!

helen dauka with cleaned up debris

helen dauka working on lowe's grant project for keep akron beautiful

KAB Dedicates Flowerscape to Polly Kaczmarek

By Johanna Barnowski, Intern

On September 25th, 2017, Keep Akron Beautiful dedicated our Alexander Park Flowerscape to our 34-year Flowerscape Director, Polly Kaczmarek. This Flowerscape was dedicated to Polly to recognize and thank her for all of the work she did before retiring in 2016 – including helping to start the Flowerscape program.

 Polly Kaczmarek next to sign dedicating flowerscape to her

Polly next to her dedication sign

Polly always favored Alexander Park during her employment. Besides its beauty, Polly was particularly fond of the park because it is where she married her husband, Jeff, in 2003. The dedication sign is in the area where Polly’s son, Jason Simmons, walked her down the aisle on her wedding day.

 Polly Kaczmarek and husband jeff on wedding day

Polly and husband Jeff on their wedding day

Since 1983, Polly’s work has had a long lasting impact on not only Keep Akron Beautiful, but the City of Akron. The Flowerscape program has been considered a “model program” throughout the National Network, Keep America Beautiful, for many years. Keep America Beautiful, Inc. has awarded the agency the Presidents Circle Award annually since 2003, and the Flowerscape program has always been a large part of the award.

Flowerscape at Alexander Park dedicated to Polly Kaczmarek

Flowerscape at Alexander Park dedicated to Polly Kaczmarek

Thank you to Polly for her commitment to Keep Akron Beautiful, and we are proud to dedicate this Flowerscape to her!

Additional coverage:

Read September 27, 2017 Article by Brittany Nader: Keep Akron Beautiful dedicates Alexander Park garden to first Flowerscape director

Read West Side Leader October 19, 2017 Article: Alexander Park flowerscape dedicated to retired KAB official

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.