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Big Turn Out for Polish the Pearl!

Posted By Kate Washington on October 26, 2015

  • Blog, Featured News, Livability, Pearl News

Polish the Pearl 2015

Brooms, grabbers and trash bags in hand, more than 100 participants turned out to clean up the streets of the Pearl District in the semi-annual Polish the Pearl event on October 17th. Wearing an array of orange and yellow vests, the spirited volunteers, led by street captains, marched through the streets of the neighborhood picking up trash.

The group gathered early in the morning at Peet’s Coffee to pick up equipment, receive instructions and mingle with their friends and neighbors. Finishing up several hours later, volunteers assembled at the Fields Park to enjoy donated refreshments and to vie for the raffle prize of a donated bicycle.

Leader of the event, Jennifer Posivak of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) Livability Committee, reported the following results:

  • A total of 41 walk ins who had not preregistered on the SOLVE website.
  • 65 Individuals preregistered on the SOLVE website – 92 total number of volunteers  (one person can register multiple people).
  • 13 youths under 18 participated.
  • 55 free coffee tickets were turned in to Peet’s coffee.
  • 100 donated tacos were delivered to the Fields park from The Fields Bar & Grill.
  • 59 raffle tickets were counted.
  • 105 total garbage bags weighing in at 2100 pounds.
  • 5 total recycle bags (consolidated multiple bags).

Polish the Pearl is sponsored by the PDNA and is held in the fall and spring every year.

Reported by Stan Penkin

Author: Kate Washington

Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.

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