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Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup champions are region’s top volunteers

Mark Brewington and Patty Brendel accepted their plaques for the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award at the Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup on March 23.

Mark Brewington and Patty Brendel accepted their plaques for the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award at the Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup on March 23.

Patty Brendel and Mark Brewington were honored at the Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup on March 23 for their leadership in organizing the event and for promoting recycling.They received the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award from Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, a nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting environmental cleanup and education across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. The award recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE mission.

Brendel and Brewington “always play a major role in PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month and the Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup,” and they “effectively help promote the new Cumberland County Recycling Program,” according to the nomination form submitted to PRIDE by Judge-Executive John A. Phelps, Jr., and Jerry Lynn Wheat, Solid Waste Coordinator and Recycling Manager.

“This is the third annual Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup, and Patty and Mark have helped build it into a local tradition that is rewarding for the volunteers and makes the lake roads look great,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.

“They participate in every planning meeting for the cleanup, with Patty representing Hendricks Creek Resort and Mark representing Sulphur Creek Resort,” Wilson said. “Patty and Mark oversee volunteer registration at their docks on the day of the cleanup.”

“Patty and Mark spend a lot of time recruiting volunteers for the cleanup, too,” Wilson added. “Patty has been very active in collecting donations for the lunch and door prizes for volunteers, and Mark donated $50 for those things, which are so important for making volunteers feel appreciated.”

Phelps, Wheat and Wilson also thanked the owners and managers of Hendricks Creek Resort and Sulphur Creek Resort, along with the Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, for sponsoring the Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup. At Hendricks Creek Resort, the owners are Frank “Bim” Brendel, Jr., and Pat Brendel. Mike and Bonita Humphrey own Sulphur Creek Resort, Brian Humphrey is the manager/owner, and Jay Cory is the manager.

The Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup brings together volunteers to pick up litter along the roads leading to the lake. This year, the event kicked off the region-wide PRIDE Spring Cleanup. Through the end of April, local governments will be organizing opportunities for volunteers to clean their communities. They will receive volunteer T-shirts, cleanup supplies and funding assistance from PRIDE.

The region-wide 2013 PRIDE Spring Cleanup is made possible in part by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the following sponsors: Waste Connections of Kentucky (Gold Sponsor), Outdoor Venture Corporation (Silver Sponsor), Walmart (Silver Sponsor), Hacker Brothers, Inc. (Bronze Sponsor), Lightyear Network Solutions (Bronze Sponsor) and Owens Auto & Truck Parts (Bronze Sponsor).

To find more Spring Cleanup volunteer events, please click your county at www.kypride.org/service-area.

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