18th Annual Trinity Trash Bash a Rainy Success

Despite a weather forecast of “100% chance of rain,” over 400 volunteers arrived at Irving City Hall early Saturday morning to conduct the 18th annual Trinity Trash Bash. For the second year in a row, rain forced volunteer registration and exhibitors to seek the shelter of the City parking garage, but the teams of cleanup crews braved the elements and set out to collect litter from historic downtown and surrounding areas. Upon their return, they were treated to a hot dog lunch, music, games, photos and dancing with KIB mascot “Kirby,” and the chance to win one of dozens of items and gift cards donated by local businesses and organizations for prize drawings. Honorary Event Chairman Mayor Herbert A. Gears issued an official “Trinity Trash Bash Day” proclamation.

“We want to thank all the volunteers who came out in the rain to help make Irving a cleaner more beautiful community,” said KIB coordinator Rick Hose. “They collected over 200 pounds of trash and over 500 pounds of recyclable material that could have ended up in our waterways. It’s rewarding to see so many people from such diverse backgrounds come together like this to work towards a common goal.”

“These volunteers are working to improve and sustain the visual image of Irving’s built environment, neighborhoods and corridors” said Randy Boatright, KIB President. “We consider every group and individual here today a partner and we are only as successful as our partners.” “KIB continues to do our part, along with others who are working toward environmental sustainability”.

Faith organizations such as members of St. Luke’s Catholic Youth Group, the Knights of Columbus and the Islamic Center of Irving were well represented. School organizations such as members of the MacArthur and Nimitz High School Student Councils, the Nimitz High School Junior Historians, as well as North Lake College’s Green Club, Service Learning, Trio Upward and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society attended as well. Corporations represented by employee work groups from Frito-Lay, Best Buy and Liquid Environmental together with civic organizations such as the South Irving Property Owners Association and the Universal Peace Federation joined numerous Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, together with many families and individuals from all areas of Irving.

Special thanks go out to the following sponsors for their contributions: Best Buy, James Evans Services Company, PlayTri Triathlons, VHA, Hyundai American Shipping Agency, North Lake College, Texas Land Records and the Irving Rambler. Other donations included hot dogs from Robert Power and Associates, chips from Frito-Lay, and water from Affirmative Mortgage, Fiesta Grocery and the Las Colinas Association. Prizes for the silent auction and the drawings were provided by the following:  Omni Mandalay Hotel, Four Seasons Café on the Green, Irving Symphony, Twin Wells Golf, Irving YMCA, Sonic, Arnold Brothers Forest Products, Hollywood Theaters, Angelo’s, Danal’s, Applebee’s, LePeep, Karate Do, the Harmon family, Star Nails, AMF Bowling and Years to Your Health. Fast Signs of Las Colinas provided a custom made banner, and T-shirts were from AcuGraphics. Westbound Dawgs provided cooking equipment and prepared the hot dogs for the hungry crowd. Children enjoyed the bouncehouse provided by Dallas Bouncehouses, and adults were offered free personal paper shredding by Green Star (over 200 pounds collected).

The City of Irving was well represented, with booths from Code Enforcement, Intergovernmental Services, and the Police and Fire Departments. Also exhibiting were Providence Environmental, Phi Theta Kappa, the Boy Scouts of America-Western Star District, and the Girl Scouts of Service Unit 123, who partnered with Googly Eyes and Craft Supplies for a recycling craft.

The Trinity Trash Bash is sponsored by Keep Irving Beautiful, in partnership with the City of Irving, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of North Lake College, the Trinity River Authority, and the Trinity River Environmental Education Society (TREES). The goal of the event is to protect the Trinity River Watershed and the communities it serves by preventing litter from entering the Trinity River and its tributaries. Irving is one of nineteen cities that host similar events during the months of September and October, with a combined goal of collecting 80,000 pounds of litter. In addition to Saturday’s efforts, volunteer Jeannine Beegle and her brothers paddled canoes down the Trinity River during the previous week and collected over 260 pounds of trash, the final phase of Irving’s TTB 2009 will be the Irving Lake Association’s fall cleanup of Vilbig Lake, to be held on September 26. The event is one of KIB’s contributions to the annual Keep Texas Beautiful Waterway Cleanup Program.

For more information on Keep Irving Beautiful and its programs, please visit the website at www.keepirvingbeautiful.org, or phone KIB offices at (972) 721-2175.

Press Release from Keep Irving Beautiful
September 12, 2009
Contact:  Rick Hose, KIB Coordinator
Office: (972) 721-2175, Cell: (972) 742-2421
Email: rhose@cityofirving.org

Posted Sept. 21, 2009