Bright n’ Beautiful, the Keep America Beautiful affiliate for Yellowstone County, is proud to announce that the Laurel Small Business Alliance is the recipient of its 2022 Community Star Award. Bright n’ Beautiful established the annual honor in 2018 to celebrate people who make valuable contributions to the beauty and well-being of Yellowstone County.
Laurel’s Small Business Alliance is being recognized for launching and sustaining its inspiring Laurel Main Street Cleanup to cheerfully address litter problems around downtown.
“We all see it, now let’s do something about it,” reads a typical call for volunteers to participate in the Saturday morning effort. “Picking up trash is great exercise, a good time to catch up with friends and, who knows what you might find? Let us work together in taking better care of our home.”
Volunteers come together on the first weekend of the month in the spring, summer and fall. They are hard to miss in their high-visibility yellow “Laurel Proud” T-shirts as they pick up litter, clean up graffiti, trim trees and pull weeds to make their patch of Montana paradise shine.
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“Laurel is a vital and dynamic community — the pride of Yellowstone County. Laurel’s Small Business Alliance’s Main Street Cleanup is a fine example of the way Laurel folks come together to solve problems,” says Joanie Tooley, executive director of Bright n’ Beautiful. “It’s inspiring to see people of all ages take notice and take action to address litter. They’ve found ways to have fun doing it, too.”
“Right now, we are a smaller group, but we are mighty,” says Lisa Dietz, an active member of the Alliance. “We are proud to be a group of doers. Within a few months of forming, we came up with the Laurel Main Street Cleanup idea and started banding together every first Saturday. We are grateful to partner with Bright n’ Beautiful; they have been a big part of our success. We are honored to be the recipient of this award and are so thankful for our community support.”
The 2022 Bright n’ Beautiful Community Star Award was presented to members of the Laurel Small Business Alliance by the Board of Bright n’ Beautiful at one of the Alliance’s regularly scheduled meetings at Laurel’s Main Street Perk on Friday, January 20.