In 2007, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful initiated an award's program to honor volunteers who have demonstrated a sustained commitment and exceptional contributions on behalf of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to make our communities clean and beautiful. Each year, one individual is recognized for the distinction.
2012 – Celina Seftas
Celina is the Affiliate Coordinator of Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. In 2002, a friend invited Celina to the New Fording Road cleanup, and it made quite an impression. While a student at Juniata College, she helped the campus environmental clubs define volunteer activities with the local KPB affiliate. She joined Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful in 2008 as the Affiliate Coordinator. Since then she has organized dozens of cleanups and collection events, and participated in the Tire War, leading her affiliate to win this event 5 times. Cleanups are at the affiliate’s core. For example, the Ridge Road cleanup produced over 33 tons of trash, 2 tons of tires, and 50 volunteers in just one morning! She heads the Dumpsite Field Trip, combining a bus trip and educational event which has educated several hundred students over the last 4 years. This past year she started the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program with Huntingdon Borough, producing an 89% reduction in cigarette litter.
Previous Year's Awardees:
2011 Nicole Williams
As the leader of Keep Royal Gardens Beautiful, Nicole has led the cleanup and beautification of Morris Park in West Philadelphia over many years. Under Nicole’s leadership, Keep Royal Gardens Beautiful has an extensive network of volunteers and partnering organizations.
2010 – Carl Williams
A founding father of PA CleanWays of Fayette County, Carl was recognized for giving generously of his time, strength, and knowledge to make his community a safer, more beautiful place for all.2009 – Glenn Witherspoon
A priceless partner and friend to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful since 1997, Glenn's spirit will live on through the Litter IQ and Recycling IQ boards that he helped create and that have educated over 100,000 people.
2008 – Pam Sechrist
Pam became an integral member of PA CleanWays of Mifflin County in 2004 and was recognized for her tireless efforts to coordinate illegal dump cleanups, special collections, and education programs within Mifflin County.
2007 – Gene Wolbert
A volunteer with PA CleanWays of Fayette County since 1994, Gene was recognized for volunteering hundreds of hours to help plan, implement, and participate in cleanups.