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Pascagoula Pride Awards Annual Winners

For the past 31 years, Pascagoula Pride has worked to beautify the city of Pascagoula. As part of these efforts, the group recognizes the beautification efforts of community members with monthly and annual awards. Annual awards were given last week out to a number of community locations that have made a commitment to beautifying their property.

The 2019 winners are as follows:

  • Singing River Health System won the 365 Award, which is given to a Pascagoula area business in recognition of their commitment to beautification 365 days a year.
  • Darryl Strickler won the Tom Link Award, which recognizes an individual who has generously and consistently supported Pascagoula Pride’s Mission by beautifying and enhancing our community.
  • Mary Bet Evans won the Aesthetic Award. For this award, Pascagoula Pride acknowledges specific public art projects. The Award draws attention to the major contribution made by artists in our community making public spaces more appealing.
  • Compton Engineering, Crossfit & Liquors Unlimited won Market Street Make Over Awards, which are dedicated to Market Street revitalization efforts. Pascagoula Pride is proud to recognize businesses that exemplify innovative and extraordinary beautification efforts by focusing to bring vibrancy back to Market Street.
  • Bozo’s Seafood Market & Bozo’s Too won the 2019 Beautification Award. The Pascagoula Pride Executive Board presents awards to innovative, exciting, and extraordinary projects that add to the beauty of our community.
Jane Askew and Mary Bet Evans
Jane Askew, Pascagoula Pride president, and Mary Bet Evans

The Pascagoula Pride Awards Program was established to recognize and reward City of Pascagoula businesses for improvements and maintenance of their properties within public view, according to Helen Gardner, treasurer of Pascagoula Pride. The awards are given both monthly and annually and are decided by the group’s board of directors.

“The Pride Beautification Awards Programs purpose is to build a sense of community in keeping Pascagoula a beautiful place in which to live, work and to improve the economic vitality of the city and inspire others to improve their properties,” Gardner said.

The awards come with a sign for their property to show their commitment and effort to beautification. The awards are given to Pascagoula area businesses in recognition of enhancements made to the visual image of properties through renovation, landscape, lighting, window design, and overall aesthetic appeal, Gardner said.

“Recipients are very excited to receive their award,” Gardner said. “Pride is proud to recognize businesses that exemplify innovative and extraordinary beautification efforts.”

Pascagoula Pride is celebrating 31 years of beautifying Pascagoula. The group was organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to clean up and keep up the City of Pascagoula for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

“Since 1988, Pascagoula has benefited from the generosity of individuals and businesses allowing us to invest more than $600,000 in projects that enhance the livability and marketability of our city,” Garner said.

The group’s core values center around pride, leadership, integrity, and education. They take pride in Pascagoula and working to build a community that all can take pride in. They provide guidance and inspiration in improving the community. They act with honesty and forthrightness in all they do with high ethical standards and dealing with everyone with respect. They committed to educating the community on the importance of and reward from making and keeping Pascagoula clean and beautiful.

You can learn more about Pascagoula Pride and see the most recent winners on the group’s Facebook page.

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