The Professional Landcare Network won a 2007 Award of Excellence in the Associations Advance America Awards for its Renewal and Remembrance project held each July at Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries, a project “which has resulted in significant benefit to American society,” according to the awards association.
ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership recognize three levels of winners at the annual awards, which include the Summit Award, Award of Excellence and Honor Roll. PLANET is among the winners for the second level of recognition, the Award of Excellence. The honor automatically enters PLANET’s project for the 2007 Associations Advance America Summit Award — the highest level of recognition — which will be determined in July.
PLANET CEO Tanya Tolpegin says the organization is pleased to receive the award. “Each year, hundreds of PLANET members work so hard to make this a successful event,” Tolpegin says. “The membership has earned this recognition.”
The Renewal and Remembrance project, taking place this year on July 16, has been an annual event for 10 years, with more than $1 million contributed in products, services and work to date. More than 300 landscape, lawn care and tree care specialists crews from around the nation send crews to Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries to mulch, cable trees with lightening protection, prune, plant and aerate the areas.
“This event provides our members a unique opportunity to give back to our nation on one of the country’s most sacred plats of ground,” says PLANET President Jim Martin. “Our members take great pride in using their professional skills to help maintain and enhance these two historic cemeteries.”