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Thank You Thursday - Keep Akron Beautiful

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Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1981 to implement a comprehensive litter prevention recycling promotion and beautification program for the City of Akron. One of the annual beautification sites is the world famous Derby Downs track.

Each spring KAB volunteers and staff prepare the trackside flower beds for the annual planting of flowers. They then time the planting of the flowers so they are in full bloom for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby in July.

“We are so grateful for the partnership that we have with Keep Akron Beautiful,’ said Derby Vice President Bobby Dinkins. “The staff and volunteers take great pride in the work that they do here at the track. The flowers really add color and pageantry to all of the events that we have throughout the event season, especially for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby where families annually come from all over the world.”

The Derby would like to say THANK YOU to Keep Akron Beautiful for helping us continue our mission of building knowledge and character, and creating meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

This is the 35th installment of our weekly “Thank You Thursday” feature. Each week we will offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to a corporation, civic or community leader, volunteer, foundation or an individual who has helped us continue our mission. To view previous features please click below.

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Keep Akron Beautiful volunteers planting flowers at Derby Downs.

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Keep Akron Beautiful volunteers planting flowers at Derby Downs.

P7259192Trackside flower beds at Derby Downs.

Thank You Thursday
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - FirstEnergy Corp.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Don Plusquellic
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Bill Ginter
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Marous Brothers Construction
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Myers Industries
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Outgoing Board Members
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - New Board Members
Thursday. November 24, 2016 - Volunteers
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Dairy Queen 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Curriculum Funders
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - SUBWAY®
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Will Looman
Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Taylor Made Jewelry
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - Greater Akron Chamber
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Bob Troyer
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - GPD Group
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Former Summit County Executive Russ Pry and the County of Summit, Ohio
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Pilot Flying J
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Dave Hubbell
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - AAA Akron Auto Club 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Danny Hughes
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Corbin Bernsen
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Dave Lieberth 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Joe Mazur
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Chris Harris
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - J.W. Didado Electric
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Welty Family Foundation 
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Fallsway Equipment Company 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - United Way of Summit County
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau 
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - The University of Akron College of Engineering