Pitching In

| April 20, 2011

Brightside/PNC Clean UpThousands of people from all over the world will land in Louisville during Derby week, which is why the city is seeking your help at its annual cleanup on Thursday.

“Brightside is donor-funded and volunteer driven, and the Pre-Derby Cleanup is a great example of what we can do when everyone comes together to make our city shine,” said Brightside Programs Director Lisa Gunterman. “We have an amazing corporate citizen in PNC, who stepped up as the title sponsor, making it possible for Brightside to provide T-shirts, bags, gloves, mulch and tools for the volunteers.”

Last year, more than 500 River City residents pitched in to beautify the streets in preparation of the Run for the Roses and subsequent festivities surrounding the renowned horse racing event. Gunterman said she expects the same if not more volunteers to help with the endeavor by picking up litter, mulching tree wells and pulling weeds in the downtown corridor. Additionally, TARC is onboard to shuttle volunteers to their cleanup location, Louisville Metro Solid Waste will pick-up the filled bags of trash and various downtown-area businesses have committed to releasing their employees for a half-day to help with the beautification.

“Cleanups are important year-round, but Derby is the time when Louisville is on the world stage,” Gunterman said. “It is important that we have our best foot forward. You never know when a guest visiting for Derby will decide to return for a convention, or better yet, locate their business here.”

Jean Lee, PNC

Brightside/PNC Pre-Derby Cleanup

When: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28
Where: Jefferson Square Park.
Register: www.louisvilleky.gov/brightside
Etc.: The cleanup costs you nothing. PNC is the presenting sponsor, which has made it possible for Brightside to provide free T-shirts, bags and gloves to volunteers. Pre-register at the website address above, and you will also receive a free box lunch, courtesy of KFC/Yum! Brands and Coca-Cola Refreshments USA.

Did You Know

Over the past 25 years, Brightside has:

  • Planted 1.5 million daffodil bulbs
  • Removed 375,000 tons of trash from Louisville’s sidewalks, streets and green spaces
  • Planted 5,000 trees
  • Invested 10 million private dollars into community-wide beautification projects
  • Educated 65,000 area school children

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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