Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Announces 2015 Winners of the Great American Cleanup of PA Video Contest

(June 17, 2015) – The winning entry of the annual Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania video contest, sponsored by the PA Waste Industry Association and the Department of Environmental Protection, was submitted by Tri County Community Action for the Great Harrisburg Cleanup. They received a $200 cash prize. The video captured residents of all ages cleaning the neighborhoods of South Allison Hill, Downtown Improvement District, Friends of Midtown and Camp Curtin. The cleanup resulted in the removal and proper disposal of 3,600 pounds of electronics, more than 32,000 pounds of trash and more than 665 tires. The cleanup involved over 327 volunteers!

Two runners up received a cash prize of $100 each and included the Fayette County Cultural Trust’s Connellsville Cleanup. This commemorative video was a collection of photos from a competition among various groups in Connellsville to see who could collect the most trash. The groups included the Mayor of Connellsville team, Central Fellowship Church, Connellsville Wal-Mart, Connellsville Wolverines Football Team, Project Talent Workshop, Connellsville Garden Club, Yough River Trail Council, and the Fayette County Cultural Trust.  Gardens were planted, hiking trail steps were built, and over 100 bags of trash and 25 tires were collected.

Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor also was a runner up and received a cash prize. The Delaware and Lehigh Earth Day Cleanup covered a distance of 3.5 miles. A total of 83 volunteers from Bethlehem’s Liberty High School football team and residents of Freemansburg collected nearly 45 bags of trash, 8 tires and 6 bulky items. Local merchants, Lehigh Pizza and Feasta Pizza, donated food for the volunteers. 

 “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful would like to thank all those who participated in the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA Video Contest, making it a huge success. The contest generated a lot of excitement and friendly competition among participants,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “These videos, viewed by nearly 12,000 people, were a fun way to recognize the efforts of local organizations and promote and encourage our collective mission of making our communities clean and beautiful. “ 

Each year Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful provides an opportunity for community groups and individuals to showcase their local programs via the Great American Cleanup of PA Video Contest. KPB received fourteen videos from diverse groups across the state showcasing programs that were equally diverse. Winners were chosen according to who received the most likes on Facebook during the voting period. The three winning videos can be found on our YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/user/KeepPABeautiful. All videos can be viewed on the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Pennsylvania-Beautiful/126911964023550

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About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 113 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways.  To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.