Nearly 140 guests arrived at the Heidelberg Ballroom in the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center recently to honor those awarded the distinction of Everyday Heroes by Keep Louisiana Beautiful for their extraordinary efforts in furthering the organization’s mission to “promote personal, corporate and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana.”

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser talked about Louisiana’s beauty, strength and brighter days ahead.

Area affiliates that met Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s standard of excellence were among the 29 Circle of Excellence Awards, including Keep Ascension Beautiful, Keep East Feliciana Beautiful, Keep Hammond Beautiful and Keep Tangipahoa Beautiful. 

The list of honorees included:

Andrew R. Johnson IV, who received the Alice Foster Award, the night's highest award recognizing an individual for their exceptional leadership and contribution to the organization's mission.

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Wayne Heckford, who received the Golden Can Award, recognizing a public servant who displays a deep commitment to the group’s mission in their daily work by going above and beyond the call of duty.

Glass Half Full, who received the Most Innovative Program Award, recognizing a successful beautification, litter prevention, recycling, or waste reduction program led by a school, civic group, nonprofit or organization affiliate.

Keep Abita Beautiful and Keep West Monroe Beautiful, which received the Outstanding Affiliate Award. This award recognizes an affiliate that shows fortitude, leadership, creative and diverse programming and community engagement.

Thomas “Trey” Brownfield III, who was named Outstanding Affiliate Director. This award recognizes a director who demonstrates exceptional leadership and dedication to their affiliate organization.