Virginia Beach Clean Community to Sponsor Recognition Event for Clean the Bay Day Volunteers

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission will recognize Clean the Bay Day volunteers on Saturday, June 4, at Great Neck Park from noon to 3 p.m. “We appreciate the dedication of volunteers who work unselfishly to keep Virginia Beach waterways clean and beautiful,” said Nancy Degges, event coordinator and commission treasurer.

Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. will participate and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s staff assistant, Sandy Bodenhamer, will present a letter from the senator.

Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has helped educate the public and has improved water quality in local streams, rivers and the bay. “From our coalition of volunteers to the support of local businesses, government resources and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, we have a circle of collaboration that is essential in maintaining a beautiful, more sustainable environment.” Commission Chairman Dan Baxter said.

Clean the Bay Day is one of the largest volunteer efforts in Virginia, with volunteers removing debris and litter from local waterways. “The Clean Community Commission takes great pride in partnering with local businesses to show our appreciation for the efforts of the thousands of volunteers who come out and dedicate a part of their Saturday to helping us to protect and preserve the natural beauty of our city and region,” Baxter said.

The coalition, formed in 1980, promotes litter prevention, recycling, beautification and general environmental awareness through educational projects. It is a City Council-appointed body that advises the council. For more information, call (75) 385-4650 or visit