Keep Columbus Beautiful gave its top honor, the Edna D. Kendrick Award, to local attorney Ken Henson Jr. Thursday afternoon.
Henson, the driving force behind the founding of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and a board member for Trees Columbus Inc., said he was surprised and honored to receive the award and the Cheorkee rose glass sculpture.
“They tricked me into coming here,” Henson said. “It is special because I had the privilege of knowing Mrs. Kendrick.”
One of the reasons Henson was honored was his efforts to help statewide environmental groups defeat a bill this year in the General Assembly that would have allowed billboard companies to clear more trees on state right of way.
In addition to Henson, local schools, businesses, individuals and organizations were honored for their commitment to help keep the city beautiful.
“What is more important than what I have done, is the work the young people getting started early and making our community a great place to live.”
Among those honored were Frank R. Lloyd Elementary, Veterans Memorial Middle, Teenage Parenting Center, St. Anne-Pacelli School, James Ray of Dimon Elementary, Michael Burgess, Pamela McCoy, Allen Elementary Green Team, Carver High School, J.D. Davis Elementary student council, Andrea Chambers, BellSouth Pioneers, Cusseta Road Elementary, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Claude Anthony Ellington, Uptown Business Improvement District, Brookstone fifth grade Green Team, Columbus High Science Club, Brantley Ford, Eastman Kodak Co., Clubview Elementary School, Dimon Elementary Environmental Club, Keep Columbus Beautiful Commissioner Larry Trammell and Rep. Calvin Smyre.