I’d like to express my heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of the attendees that came to support Polk County Recycling & Beautification at our Annual Earth Day Fundraiser at Tempe Creek Vineyard. We were thrilled to have so many people join us to celebrate Earth Day and help support our cause.
PCRB was founded by a small group of determined individuals who are committed to reducing litter in our parks, roadways, and waterways and providing a more accessible recycling option for our communities. After numerous meetings with community groups and local government representatives, Polk County Recycling and Beautification was established. Today, our mission is to provide recycling opportunities, promote sustainable living practices, and support beautification initiatives throughout the county. We strive to expand our recycling services to reduce waste disposal costs, minimize our landfill footprint, and enhance the environment as much as possible.
We are immensely grateful for our partnership with Polk County, without which a recycling center may not have been possible, our dedicated volunteers who keep it running, and our Operations Director, who has been a driving force in expanding our knowledge of recycling. In the beginning, we had to figure out how to sort materials, market our program to residents, and operate within our budget. With the help of our Board and volunteers, we have made significant strides, diverting over 140,000 pounds of material from landfills, participating in highway cleanups, and educating countless individuals about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.
However, we know that there is still so much more work to be done. We hope to see our membership continue to grow so that we can expand our reach and impact. Our vision is to create a network of community cleanups throughout the county, increase our outreach efforts to educate more people about recycling and sustainability, and see more residents take advantage of our recycling program. We are confident that with hard work, dedication, and a bit of luck, we can make these goals a reality.
We are incredibly grateful to some of our strongest supporters, who have been unwavering in their support for our cause. Keep Texas Beautiful has been instrumental in providing us with expertise, guidance, and grant funding for equipment. Deep East Texas Council of Governments, with funding from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, has provided grants for equipment and operations. Republic Services has generously offered their assistance on numerous occasions, and we are thrilled that they gifted a luxury suite for a Space Cowboys baseball game that was auctioned off at the event. MTC, who joined us for the event, has adopted their own stretch of highway to keep clean and has started a program of their own at the IAH Secure Adult Detention Facility, bringing us several hundred pounds of material every week. We want to thank Emily Wooten of the Polk County Enterprise who joined us, and regularly recognizes our major milestones and achievements. We could not be more grateful to all of our supporters.
We also want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Tempe Creek Vineyard for generously offering their beautiful venue for the event and for their tremendous efforts to make it a success. Music by CC and the Road Dawgs was a big hit with everyone. HEB, one of our top sponsors, and Brookshire Brothers provided a delicious spread enjoyed by our attendees. We are grateful to Sam Houston Electric Coop, First State Bank of Livingston, First National Bank of Livingston, Enterprise Fleet Management,
Tractor Supply, Lake Livingston Adventures, Lowe's, Sweet Wing Gardens, Case-Rey Architectural Woodworking, Black Dog Woodworking, Alma's, Red Barn, McWilliams & Sons, Grease Monkey, Coats Jewelers, ReMax Lake Livingston, all of our members, and many individual supporters, who all made substantial contributions to make this event a success.
We can’t wait to do it again next year!