Finalists Named for Santa Barbara's Cox Conserves Heroes Program, Public Asked to Vote Funds donated on behalf of finalists to local environmental nonprofits

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land  announced Martin Camp, Katie Davis and David Fainer as the finalists for Santa Barbara's Cox Conserves Heroes program.

The winner will be chosen through an online vote, which is open to the public through Sept. 21 at CoxConservesHeroes.com.

Sponsored locally by Montecito Bank & Trust, Cox Conserves Heroes honors volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.

Martin Camp volunteers for a local, urban farm to educate people on the importance of sustainable food and conserving land. From fixing aging farm equipment to building an education center, Camp is a hands-on volunteer who also inspires others to volunteer. His nonprofit of choice is Fairview Gardens.

Katie Davis worked in conjunction with the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary and UCSB Marine Sciences to create a website on ocean acidification. She educates individuals, particularly youth, on the importance of protecting the environment. Her nonprofit of choice is Community Environmental Council.

David Fainer serves as president of Goleta Valley Beautiful. Under his leadership, the organization has grown to plant nearly 500 native trees each year. He engages students and community members to help care for the trees, remove graffiti and pick up litter. His nonprofit of choice is Goleta Valley Beautiful.

Awards:

  • Cox Conserves Hero: The winner's nonprofit of choice will receive $5,000, promotion through on-air public service announcements, and 20 volunteer hours donated by Cox employees.
  • Second Place: The finalist's nonprofit of choice will receive $2,500 and promotion through on-air public service announcements.
  • Third Place: The finalist's nonprofit of choice will receive $1,000 and promotion through on-air public service announcements.

For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com or find us on Facebook.

Social Media: #CoxConservesHeroes and #CoxConservesHero

About Cox Conserves

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and natural areas, and Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. The program takes place in Atlanta, Arizona, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Virginia.

About The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has completed 5,200 park and conservation projects, conserved more than 3 million acres, and helped generate $33 billion in state and local conservation funding. www.tpl.org.

SOURCE Cox Communications



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