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MANATEE COUNTY – Keep Manatee Beautiful is now accepting nominations for honorees of its 2014 Awards Celebration, which recognizes exceptional volunteer efforts in the beautification of Manatee County.

Over 20 nomination categories are available and include schools, neighborhood communities, individuals, youth organizations and more. At the Awards Celebration, awards will be presented for public service, recycling, landscaping image and green schools.

The annual celebration honors award recipients with an enjoyable evening that includes live tropical music, dinner and a cash bar. In addition to the awards presentations, the highlight of this year's celebration is the keynote address "Beautification Begins at HOME" by John Neal, president of Neal Land Ventures. Mr. Neal's philosophy emphasizes a commitment to natural design and responsible building, with a focus on ecological accountability and the economic growth of local communities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with the celebration's sponsors, who join Keep Manatee Beautiful in recognizing the award recipients.

Nomination forms are available at www.manateebeautiful.com and must be postmarked by July 31, 2014.

Sponsor opportunities are now available for Keep Manatee Beautiful's 17th Annual Awards Celebration, to be held on Sept. 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Polo Grill Ballroom at Lakewood Ranch.

Sponsors are a vital part of the celebration's success, not only through their generosity, but also because their attendance helps raise community awareness of and participation in environmental stewardship. Several sponsor levels are available, from Bronze ($250) to Emerald ($1,500). All sponsorships include event seating and a name or logo in the event program, depending on the sponsor level. Exclusive benefits for Emerald sponsors are the opportunity to briefly speak at the podium and placement of their logo on the awards.

Sponsor opportunities are limited, and commitments must be received no later than July 31, 2014 for inclusion in the celebration's promotional materials.

Complete details are available on the nomination and sponsor commitment forms at www.manateebeautiful.com, or by contacting Keep Manatee Beautiful at keep@manateebeautiful.com or (941) 795-8272.

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