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Local Hero: Leigh Eicher

Posted By Kate Washington on April 30, 2013

  • Livability

We all owe thanks to the scores of Pearl District neighbors who turned out Saturday, April 20, for the most successful Polish the Pearl event ever. Polish the Pearl cleans the entire neighborhood, from Burnside north to Raleigh and from Broadway west to the I-405. Volunteers collect tons of trash, remove graffiti, and make the Pearl shine.

Particular thanks go to Leigh Eicher, who worked not only on Saturday, but innumerable hours beforehand to bring off this successful event.

As chair of Polish the Pearl, Leigh recruited between 90 – 100 volunteers. She arranged for free coffee at Peet’s for the volunteers, starting at 8:30 a.m. Leigh managed the difficult and sometimes overwhelming task of getting the large volume of volunteers registered and assigned to teams and Street Captains. This involved handing out 100 vests, trash grabber tools, gloves, trash bags, etc. (Our recruiting was so successful she even ran out of vests!)

Leigh managed everything — from transporting all the supplies from storage at 8:00 a.m., to arranging for their return to storage at the close of this year’s (Earth Day) Polish the Pearl. We salute you! Many, many thanks.

Author: Kate Washington

Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.

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