Keep Irving Beautiful honors local community members at annual awards

The annual Mayor and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) Awards Ceremony took place on August 1 at a new location, the Jack D. Huffman Community Building. The event kicked off with long-time volunteer Elouise McMillian and KIB Board Member Candace Eldridge welcoming and signing guests at the welcome table. Guests then had the special opportunity to tour the Irving Museum prior to the ceremony.

Randy Lemerand of Spirit Grille prepared the appetizer buffet, which guests enjoyed at tables featuring centerpieces created by Nancy Ard. TJ Friedel provided photography for the event, and a crew from Irving Community Television was on hand to interview guests for future coverage of the event.
KIB Treasurer Jim Scrivner opened the ceremony by giving a brief overview of KIB’s accomplishments, including the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award, and the Gold Star, Sustained Excellence, and Achievement Awards. Community Excellence from the Governor of Keep Texas Beautiful. He then introduced Cathy Whiteman, returning as Master of Ceremonies for the eleventh consecutive year, and Honorary Chair Mayor Rick Stopfer for the following awards:

Educator Award: Andrea Keller, Lamar Middle School
Educator Award: Father Thomas Esposito, University of Dallas and Cistercian Preparation
Media: Nexstar Media Group
Business and Industry Award: Restaurant Via Reál
Civic Organization: VFW Post Irving 2494
Non-profit organization: The Main Place
Government Award: City of Irving Community Development and Housing Department
KIB Hometown Award: Pete Miller
KIB Hometown Award: Albert Zapanta
Achievement of a lifetime: Margie Stipes

“This is a meaningful event that everyone appreciates,” said KIB Board Chairman Scott Wilson. “It is a pleasure to recognize people who make a positive impact in the community each year. It is especially gratifying that we have renamed the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of our very own Margie Stipes.

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the community about waste reduction, recycling and beautification to help preserve health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, KIB reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, business, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. . For more information about volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit or call (972) 721-2175.