Keep Longview Beautiful generally presents only one annual beautification award to a business based on factors such as landscaping, Executive Director Kim Casey Droege said.
However, on Tuesday the nonprofit organization presented the award to the husband-and-wife dentist team of Renee and Chuck McGough of McGough & McGough Dentistry and to Eastman Credit Union, represented by Branch Manager Mary Dodson.
Keep Longview Beautiful also named First Vice President Dennis Samford as Volunteer of the Year. Keep Longview Beautiful promotes litter prevention, waste reduction and programs such as the Community Tree Project to improve the quality of life in Longview.
The awards luncheon, now in its 12th year, drew about 190 people to the Longview Exhibit Building at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex. A 16-member awards committee selected the recipients, Casey said.
Casey Droege said after the event that the McGoughs have worked continuously on maintaining their property at 2392 H.G. Mosley Parkway. She said the credit union has worked “extremely hard” on landscaping its grounds at 3066 N. Eastman Road.
Renee McGough, a pediatric dentist, said she and her husband have practiced dentistry for 25 years in Longview, have owned their office since 2007 and won the award for the second time.
She credits keeping the place clean and maintaining the landscaping.
McGough said she was “very surprised and humbled just because there are so many businesses in town that try to do the same thing.”
McGough also praised Keep Longview Beautiful as a “wonderful for our city” for providing The Green and other amenities.
Like McGough, Dodson said she felt surprised that Eastman Credit Union achieved the award. Both she and Facilities Manager Mike Butler said their employer invested a lot in landscaping the grounds for the credit union, which has been at that location for six years.
She said staff also removes litter from the grounds regularly.
Samford presented the awards to the McGoughs and Dodson while board member Lauren Gipner presented the volunteer award to him.
“Volunteering is contributing without expecting anything in return,” Gipner said. She said the first words in the dictionary to describe Samford would be “service leader.”
Samford, landscape supervisor for Weber Landscape & Maintenance, said Keep Longview Beautiful surprised him with the award.
“I thought it was going to be someone else,” he said.
He said he has been involved with Keep Longview Beautiful for five years.
Program attendees also heard brief speeches from Keep Longview Beautiful president Adam Graves and board member James Velde.