Columbia, SC – PalmettoPride, the state’s anti-litter and beautification organization, honored the 2010-2011 PalmettoPride Grant award winners at a luncheon today held at Seawell’s Banquet Facility in Columbia. In addition to this annual recognition event, PalmettoPride announced a special new awards program and presented winners of the PalmettoPride Spirit Awards.

Speakers at the luncheon included Linda Shadel, Director of Operations for PalmettoPride, and Miss South Carolina Desiree Puglia. The Miss South Carolina organization and PalmettoPride have had a long-standing relationship where current title holders give presentations to schools across the state on the importance of litter prevention and protecting our environment.

The PalmettoPride Grants program presented 112 groups with more than $413,000 in grants in four categories: Community Pride, Education, Enforcement and Keep South Carolina Beautiful. In addition to grant funds, cleanup supplies were given to groups initiating cleanup events in their communities. The PalmettoPride Tree Grant awarded 2,245 trees to 26 groups for beautification projects on public spaces across the state.

Linda Shadel, Director of Operations for PalmettoPride, presented the first annual Spirit Award Winners. The PalmettoPride Spirit Awards honor individuals and groups for their efforts in furthering the mission of PalmettoPride in their four program areas: Education, Enforcement, Awareness and Pickup.

“We’d like to give awards to all our wonderful volunteers and participants every year,” said Shadel. “Since that is logistically challenging, the Spirit Awards give us a chance to recognize a few special stars.”

Recipients of the Spirit Awards are as follows:

Karen Fisher, Individual Education;

Driftwood KAB Kids, North Myrtle Beach, Group Education;

Lt. Jamie Nelson, Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement, Individual Enforcement;

Hampton County Environmental Enforcement, Group Enforcement;

Julia Hook, The Columbia Star Reporter, Individual Awareness;

WVOC News Team, Columbia, Group Awareness;

Albert Ng, Individual Pickup;

Lowcountry Jeep Club and Palmetto Jeep Club, tie, Group Pickup.

The PalmettoPride Grant program is an annual grant cycle that starts up in August. In addition to fulfilling their grant projects, all grant recipients are required to participate in the Great American Cleanup of South Carolina or Zero Tolerance for Litter Campaign.

A complete list of all grant winners follows this release. For more information on PalmettoPride, please visit