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Keep America Beautiful and Anheuser-Busch Award Grants to Support Local Environmental Projects

Submitted by: Keep America Beautiful

Categories: Environment, Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Mar 11, 2009 – 10:30 AM EST


Grant Program Promotes Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Prevention Efforts

Mar. 11 /CSRwire/ - STAMFORD, Conn. March 11, 2009 - Six Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliates were selected from a nationwide field of more than 40 entries for the 2009 Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch Environmental Grant Program, it was announced today. The KAB/Anheuser-Busch Environmental Grants awarded $50,000 in total to: "Keep Corinth Beautiful" (Corinth, Miss.); "Quality Forward Asheville" (Ashville, N.C.); "Keep Evansville Beautiful" (Evansville, Ind.); "Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful" (Rockford, Ill.); "Keep Las Cruces Beautiful" (Las Cruces, N.M.) and "Keep California Beautiful" (Sacramento, Calif.).

The grant applicants were matched up with their local Anheuser-Busch wholesalers to support projects designed to increase beverage container recycling and prevent litter through voluntary efforts. Programs receiving grants ranged from event recycling, awareness campaigns and collection systems, to school-based initiatives.

"Selecting only six applications from the many worthy projects we received from across the country was a difficult task," said Hugh Share, director, environmental sustainability, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "In addition to the Keep American Beautiful affiliates involved in this grant program, we also want to thank our wholesalers for their participation and the leadership they continue to demonstrate in supporting litter prevention and recycling efforts in their communities."

The six KAB Environmental/Anheuser-Busch Grant projects include:

  • "Keep Corinth Beautiful"/A&B Distributing - Recycling and education program for community events.
  • "Quality Forward"/Budweiser of Asheville - Community-wide waste reduction and recycling education program.
  • "Keep Evansville Beautiful"/Working Distributors - Recycling and education program to prevent litter in the Ohio River.
  • "Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful"/LaMonica Beverages, Inc. - Trailer recycling system for community events.
  • "Keep Las Cruces Beautiful"/Premier Distributing Company - School, business and community events recycling program.
  • "Keep California Beautiful"/Couch Distributing Company - Comprehensive program to manage litter and decrease marine debris.

"These types of grant programs are truly having an impact in local communities and we want to thank Anheuser-Busch and their wholesalers for their helping our affiliates bring these impressive initiatives forward," said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful.

Anheuser-Busch also partners with KAB on a variety of other programs, which include the development of KAB Man (, KAB's successful Web-based public service advertising campaign oriented to young adults.

About Anheuser-Busch
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.5 percent share of U.S. beer sales. The company brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer. Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired U.S. and Global Companies lists in 2008. Anheuser-Busch is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and one of the world's largest recyclers of aluminum cans. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Robert Wallace Keep America Beautiful
Phone: 203.659.3016
Tony Paraino Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Phone: 314.577.3453

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Keep America Beautiful


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