PalmettoPride hosted its annual Adopt-A-Highway awards luncheon today at Stone River in West Columbia, SC. Groups from around the state gathered to receive awards for volunteer litter pickup efforts.

Adopt-A-Highway is a volunteer litter pickup program coordinated by PalmettoPride in partnership with SC Department of Transportation.

In 2014, 24,751 volunteers from 1,904 groups picked up 1,064,762.5 pounds of litter from 4,707.34 miles of highway.

Proverbs 3 from Saluda County received the District 2 award as well as State Group of the Year. Proverbs 3 is one dedicated volunteer who adopts 6 miles of highway and picked up 3,330 pounds of trash last year.

Adopt-A-Highway awards groups at the county level, district level and state level. District Awards went to the following groups:

District 1 – Lake Murray Irmo Rotary Club (Richland County)

District 2 – Proverbs 3 (Saluda County)

District 3 – Knights of Columbus 10819 (Greenville County)

District 4 – Cherokee County Junior Women’s Club (Cherokee County)

District 5 – Sampit Community Watch Group (Georgetown County)

District 6 – VA Tech Alumni Association Charleston Charter (Charleston County)

District 7 – Barnwell County Detention Center (Barnwell County)

In addition to awarding groups, Adopt-A-Highway awards individuals for coordinating county volunteer efforts.

Denise Brown, Anderson County Coordinator with the Department of Transportation received the Coordinator of the Year award.

Fritz Wewers also with Anderson County, received the Resident Maintenance Engineer Award.

2015 Adopt-A-Highway County Groups of the Year

County District Group Name
Abbeville 2 Olin Smith Road Residents
Aiken 7 Jerusalem Baptist Church
Allendale 7 ACI
Anderson 2 New Holly Missionary Church
Bamberg 7 Govan Fire Department
Barnwell 7 Barnwell County Detention Center
Berkeley 6 A Smard Idea & In Skippers Honor
Calhoun 7 Town of Neeses
Charleston 6 VA Tech Alumni Assoc. Charleston Chapter
Cherokee 4 Cherokee County Junior Women’s Club
Chester 4 Minter Rd. Community Crew
Chesterfield 4 Memory of CPL. Kelly Keith
Clarendon 7 Abate Palmetto Chapter
Colleton 6 Oakman Branch Neighborhood Crime Prevention Group
Darlington 5 Darlington Presbyterian Church
Dillon 5 LVHS International Club
Dorchester 6 Fort Dorchester High AFJROTC
Edgefield 2 One Step Ahead
Fairfield 4 Upper Hope Station Missionary Baptist Church
Florence 5 Roche Carolina Inc.
Georgetown 5 Sampit Community Watch Group
Greenville 3 Knights of Columbus 10819
Greenwood 2 Fuji Film/Ascend
Horry 5 Conway Rotary Club
Jasper 6 Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc
Kershaw 1 Road Warriors
Lancaster 4 Andrew Jackson State Park
Laurens 2 James H Gambrell
Lee 1 Pine Grove AME Sons of Allen
Lexington 1 BSA Troop 309
Marion 5 Marion  High Interact
Marlboro 5 Bubba Gang
McCormick 2 SLV Road Warriors
Newberry 2 St John Baptist Church
Oconee 3 The Morrow Family
Orangeburg/Central 7 Nix Stilton Road Community Improvement Orbg
Orangeburg/Eastern 7 JKJ Youth Club
Pickens 3 Clemson Rotary Club
Richland 1 Lake Murray Irmo Rotary Club
Saluda 2 Proverbs 3
Union 4 Lukesville Care Club
Williamsburg 5 Tiger Cub Pack 260
York 4 Community Pride