The Keep Sedona Beautiful Awards of Excellence honor individuals, businesses or organizations that demonstrate outstanding public or commercial architectural design, xeriscaping, lighting, signage, or provide exceptional service to the community. The awards honor those who have most contributed to the mission to keep Sedona beautiful.”
KSB believes that the scenic beauty of Sedona should be protected, and that the built environment should never compete for attention with our natural surroundings, day or night. Thus, judging for new or redesigned buildings is based on their harmony with the natural environment, beyond what is required by municipal or county regulations. Outdoor lighting, signage and landscaping are judged by the same standards. Single-family homes are not usually considered for these awards, unless there is an exceptional innovation in environmental construction.
Special attention is given to major improvements in existing buildings, lighting and signage which did not previously conform to these standards. Innovations in environmentally-sensitive building, native low-water-use landscaping and elimination of non-conforming signs are considered as well.
Community service awards are made for outstanding contributions to the community by individuals, businesses and organizations.
Award presentations are usually held each year following the fall nominations.
KSB Awards of Excellence for 2015 held Saturday February 13, 2016
Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. Recognizes
Outstanding Efforts that Align with its Mission
All Photos by Beverly Copen
From top left to right: Tom Vitron, Steve Segner, Amy Aossey, Kent Ellsworth,
Bonnie Golub, Norm Sunstad, Lynne Crowe, Joanne Kendrick, Birgit Loewenstein, Susan Murrill
The winners for the 44th Awards of Excellence are:
Kent Ellsworth, Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition
Tom Vitron, Page Springs Winery
Bonnie Golub, Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley
Amy Aossey, Yavapai Food Neighbors Project
Volunteer of the Year
Birgit Loewenstein and Joanne Kendrick
Norman McGee Award recipients
KSB Awards of Excellence for 2014 held Saturday January 24, 2015
From top left to right: Rob Adams, Former Mayor of Sedona, Tom O’Halleran, KSB President, Jody Marie Smith, Diane Joens, Mayor of Cottonwood,
Nicole Branton, Red Rock District Ranger, Corrie Cooperman, Sedona Fire District, Jennifer Young, President, Friends of the Forest
The winners for the 43rd Awards of Excellence are:
BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response Team) Slide Fire, U.s. Forest Service
For their Environmental Stewardship and dedicated efforts after the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon.
Sedona Fire District, Chapel Station No. 6
For Architectural and Environmentally – Sensitive Design
City of Cottonwood
For Water Conservation through their Exemplary Water Recreation System.
Friends of the Forest (FOF)
For 20 Years of Community Service , protecting and enhancing the forest experience for residents and tourists alike.
City of Sedona
For Environmental Stewardship through its support and cooperation with KSB in achieving the city’s Dark Sky Designation.
Norman McGee Award – Tom O’Halleran
Keep Sedona Beautiful’s highest recognition of an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and service over many years. KSB is proud to present this honor in 2014 to Norris Peterson
in grateful appreciation of his outstanding dedication and service.
Volunteer of the Year
Jody Marie Smith, Graphic Design
KSB Awards of Excellence for 2013 held Saturday January 25, 2014
The winners for the 42nd Awards of Excellence are:
Citizens Steering Committee for the Sedona Community Plan
For their dedicated effort to create the 2014 Sedona Community Plan for a sustainable, maintainable Sedona.
Jon Thompson, Chair; Rio Robson, Vice-Chair
Community Plan Committee : Mike Bower, Member; Jim Eaton, Member; Angela LeFevre, Member; Barbara Litrell, Member; Marty Losoff, Member; Elmer Magaziner, Member; Gerhard Mayer, Member; Judy Reddington, Member; John Sather, Member;
Volunteers for the Red Rock State Park
For developing environmental education for park visitors, school children and the local community as a whole.
Gardens for Humanity
For creating sustainable change through education and the development of gardens in local communities and schools.
Verde Valley Wine Consortium
For playing a major sustainable, maintainable role in the Verde Valley wine industry through the growth and development of the Yavapai College viticulture and enology programs.
Oak Creek Watershed Council
For its sustainability efforts in working to maintain the water quality in Oak Creek; in providing valuable water education to the public; in installing pet waste stations; and in storm water mitigation community projects.
Norman McGee Award – Norris Peterson
Keep Sedona Beautiful’s highest recognition of an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and service over many years. KSB is proud to present this honor in 2013 to Norris Peterson in grateful appreciation of his outstanding dedication and service.
Volunteer of the Year
Please join us to honor the recipients on January 25, 2014.
Call 928.202.4938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
KSB Awards of Excellence for 2012 held February 16, 2013
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Sustainability for the Future”. We will honor contributions which have kept this place so special with an eye toward keeping it special well into the future.
Learn about projects and groups involved in sustainable practices.
Those honored this year are working very hard to keep Sedona beautiful without compromising future needs.
Red Rock Ranger District – Signage
Town of Clarkdale – Permaculture Project
Sedona Recycles – Acceptance of Styrofoam
Enchantment Resort – Exemplary Sustainable Practices
Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Office – Green Building
Sedona Wetlands Preserve – Creation of Wildlife Habitat Using Treated Effluent
M & M Property Management – Additional Solar Panel Installation
NRG Build Pros – Zero Waste Production in Residential Building Project
Sedona West Elementary Green Club – Grade 6 Green Team Efforts
The speaker this year is KSB president, Tom O’Halleran. Tom served in the Arizona State Legislature from 2006-2008. Tom chaired several committees which included the House Resource Committee and the Senate Higher Education Committee. He is Co-Founder of the Arizona Watershed Alliance and has chaired the Verde Watershed Association.
KSB’s 41st Annual Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held at Tlaquepaque in the upstairs ballroom on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM. Wildflower Bakery is providing the buffet luncheon. All seating is by reservation only. Tickets are $30 per person for KSB members and $35 for non KSB members. A table of ten general seating may be purchased for $275. A table of ten including the honoree and guest may be purchased for $215. Please call the KSB office at 928.282.4938 or email email@example.com to reserve your tickets today!
KSB Awards of Excellence for 2011
KSB’s 40th Awards of Excellence luncheon will be held at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa on Sunday, February 19, 2012 starting at 11:30. All seating is by reservation only. Tickets are $35 per person or a table of ten can be purchased for $325. Please call the KSB office at 928.282.4938 to reserve now!
To celebrate KSB’s 40th Anniversary, we have chosen the “Four Decades of Treasures,” as this Year’s Theme
We Will Honor the most significant contributions which have kept this place so special
and, A Very Special Speaker …
Lisa Schnebly Heidinger
|Our “Four Decades of Treasures” include:|
|The Forest Management Plan||Sedona Academy|
|Friends of the Forest||Educational Resources|
|Sedona Recycles||Sedona-Oak Creek School District|
|KSB Litter Lifters||Yavapai College, Sedona Campus|
|Land Preservation||Sedona Public Library|
|Sedona Heritage Museum||KSB Native Plant Workshop|
|Building Community||Red Rock State Park|
|Sedona Incorporation||Performing Arts|
|Big Park Regional Council||Jazz on the Rocks|
|Roadway Enhancements||Chamber Music Sedona|
|Uptown Enhancement Project||Sedona Arts Center Theatre|
|Highway 179 Project||Southwest Theatre|
|Sedona Community Center||Canyon Moon Theatre|
This year, to celebrate KSB’s 40th Anniversary, we will have a special guest speaker who can weave Sedona into a broader context. Lisa Schnebly Heidinger is a very dynamic speaker, story teller, and accomplished author. Lisa’s love of Arizona is as deep as her roots; Sedona was named for her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly. For 30 years, Lisa has been a journalist, finding and recording Arizona’s stories, first as a newspaper and television reporter, then as a columnist and author. She has written six books and countless articles about aspects of Arizona
February 14,2012 will be the Arizona State Centennial, and Lisa’s most recent book is the official State Centennial book, “Arizona: 100 Years Grand.” This book was a six-year labor of love. Besides writing our state’s official centennial book, Lisa serves on the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission and the Arizona Centennial Commission, as well as the Centennial Foundation Board.
Tom & Shondra will be our Masters of Ceremonies for our Awards of Excellence presentations and great raffle prizes.
The cost of the luncheon is $35 per person for KSB members and $40 per person for non KSB members. You can reserve a complete table for 10. The entire table will be $325.
Reservations can be made by contacting Jan or Wendy in the KSB office at 282-4938 or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to a wonderful event honoring businesses and organizations that help keep Sedona beautiful.
KSB 39th Awards of Excellence for 2010
On February 13th, 2011, Keep Sedona Beautiful held its 39th Awards of Excellence luncheon to honor individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made a significant contribution to keeping Sedona beautiful.
The 2010 award honorees were:
Architectural Design – The Hike House
Signage – City of Sedona Department of Parks and Rec
Signage – Desert Quail Inn.
Community Service – Sandie Hensley
Community Service – Cornucopia Community Advocates
Landscaping – Sedona Area Garden Club
Landscaping – Dry Creek Plaza
Conservation – Sedona Oak Creek School District Solar Farm at the High School
Special Community Award – Sedona Oak Creek School District for the Sedona Performing Arts Center
The KSB Ken Corey Award – Cole Greenberg
The KSB Awards of Excellence 2010 Honorees
Theme: Inspiring Efforts
Building and Architecture
- Chamber of Commerce Uptown Visitor Information Center
- Amitabha Stupa
- Shepard Wesnitzer Office Building
- Uptown Enhancement Project
- Doug Blackwell
- Sedona Community Foundation
- Voice of Choice for Highway 179
- Barbara R. Brown
- Ruth Kane
- Marie Brown
- Sedona Water Wise Alliance
- Bob Carabell
Norman McGee Award
- Stephen DeVol
The Norman McGee Award is the highest recognition that KSB can bestow on an individual for outstanding dedication and service to Keep Sedona Beautiful and to the community, over a number of years. This award is not given lightly nor regularly – only when obviously and richly deserved. The 2007 Norman McGee Award recipient is Stephen DeVol.
Emcees: Tom & Shondra
Special thanks to Shondra for writing the music and lyrics for We Are the Guardians which expresses her love of Sedona and the responsibilities of all residents and visitors who care about Sedona! Keep Sedona Beautiful is grateful to Shondra for presenting We Are The Guardians theme song as a gift to Keep Sedona Beautiful on the occasion of its 35th anniversary of Preserving the Wonder®.
Most Sedonans know Shondra as half of the well known entertainment duo, Tom & Shondra. What most people don’t know is that she composes and arranges all of the duo’s music herself by layering and recording each instrument digitally. The duo does not use karaoke tracks but rather her recorded compositions whether it be dance music or show tunes. In addition, she is a songwriter and has been composing her own songs in every style imaginable for years. This includes tunes she’s written for organizations, commercials and projects of all kinds.
To contact Tom & Shondra, call 282- 3530 or www.tomandshondra.com