KIRO 7 and The Trust for Public Land Announce Helen Hoenig as Western Washington’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero


Seattle (Sept. 21, 2016) – KIRO 7 and The Trust for Public Land today named Helen Hoenig as Western Washington’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero. Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Hoenig’s nonprofit beneficiary, will receive $10,000. The funding will be used to support the organization’s Connecting Kids to Nature program.


Hoenig started picking up trash while walking from her house to the health club. It evolved into a passion for picking up trash. Her yellow trash bags and neon safety vest are easy to spot, and Hoenig’s resolve to keep Washington green has made her a colorful local celebrity after being named Grand Marshall of the Duvall Days parade. Armed with her yellow bag and trash grabber, she continues to pick up litter and people's spirits.


The two finalists each will each receive $5,000 for their nonprofits of choice. Bill Hagen selected Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project as his nonprofit of choice; Kortney Okura chose Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.


As either a finalist or winner’s nonprofit of choice, the following Washington organizations have received financial support from the Cox Conserves Heroes program: EarthCorps, Forest Fire, Lookout Association – Western Washington, Greater Metro Parks Foundation, Green Tacoma Partnership, King Conservation District, Metro Parks of Tacoma, North Olympic Land Trust, Northwest Trek Foundation, Sustainable West Seattle, Washington Wilderness Coalition and WSU Island County Beach Watchers.


The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of KIRO 7. Through the overall Cox Conserves Heroes program, more than $700,000 has been donated to environmental nonprofits and 51 winners have been named. The program also takes place in Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Virginia.


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