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Mayor Foxx Proclaims April 20, 2013 as "Historic West End Clean-Up for Change" Day
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Contact: Justine Gazzola
704-315-3259 or jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

At Monday’s April 8 City Council meeting, Mayor Anthony Foxx provided recognition through a proclamation for the April 20, 2013 Historic West End Clean-Up for Change in Charlotte. This is the second annual event hosted by the Chris Canty Foundation (CCF) in Charlotte along the Beatties Ford Road corridor.

The Historic West End Clean-Up for Change is one of CCF’s largest service projects. It provides a platform for youth to serve communities that need beautification. It teaches kids the importance of green communities and recycling. The program also instills a sense of pride in volunteerism and making a visible impact in the community. Over 30 community partners and nearly 500 volunteers are expected to participate in this clean-up and beautification effort across 20 sites along the corridor.

This year’s CCF event sparked a new partnership with the City of Charlotte’s Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) Committee, one of the nation’s first Keep America Beautiful affiliates, as the goals of the event aligned perfectly with the goals of KCB’s Great Charlotte Clean-Up initiative.

Each year, KCB participates in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Clean-Up by hosting a local clean-up in April. This clean-up effort is the nation's largest community improvement program, built on a foundation of individual responsibility and civic pride. All neighborhoods, businesses and individuals are encouraged to take part in a clean-up during the month or can get involved by signing up to volunteer with CCF on the Historic West End Clean-Up for Change event. Citizens can sign up to be a volunteer at www.chriscantyfoundation.org.

“We are very excited about our partnership this year with the Chris Canty Foundation. Keep Charlotte Beautiful encourages Charlotteans to take greater responsibility for improving their community's environment and the response we have seen from the neighborhood and business community is astounding,” said Keep Charlotte Beautiful Chairman Stephen Ashworth. “This will be a hugely impactful event that we are proud to be a part of.”

Joseph Canty, CCF president, said, “People are excited about what we are doing. They hear about an opportunity to help out in their neighborhood, and many are just looking for this kind of outlet. We hope to help citizens express their desires to make a collective difference in the city they live in.”

For more information about the Historic West End Clean-Up for Change, visit: www.chriscantyfoundation.org.

About The Chris Canty Foundation (www.chriscantyfoundation.org)

The Chris Canty Foundation was founded in 2011. We are a youth organization focused on the leadership development of youth. Our mission is to utilize the platform of sports to affect positive change in the lives of children through educational programs, health/fitness activities and community service projects. We seek to inspire our youth to be in service to our communities and our communities to be in service to our youth by providing support to these initiatives.

About Keep Charlotte Beautiful (http://kcb.charmeck.org)  

Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) was founded in 1974 and is one of the nation's first Keep America Beautiful affiliates. KCB's objective is to enhance the quality of life for Charlotteans by maintaining and improving the cleanliness and beauty of our city. The committee works closely with neighborhood organizations and homeowners groups, as well as with area businesses, schools and local governments to achieve its goals.