Sully's Hometown Pride Committee is among 81 statewide award winners for the 2016 allocation of paint from the Diamond Vogel Paint Company and Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) as part of the 2016 Paint Iowa Beautiful Program.

The program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa. Sully's application was for painting the new shelter/stage in the Central Park. The program is administered through Keep Iowa Beautiful with the paint provided by the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.

Newton also received four of the paint awards: Center of Arts and Artists for a 12' x 24' mural, Hometown Pride Committee for arches for Christmas decorations on the courthouse, Hometown Pride Committee for welcome sign new logo, and Jasper County Historical Museum for the 1875 barn and engine house.

"Governor Branstad signed a proclamation last week designating April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month, and we are pleased to do our part by awarding paint to 81 community projects in Iowa," said Doug Vogel, vice president of trade marketing of the Iowa-based company. "The partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful allows Diamond Vogel Paint to assist and work with the many local volunteers that help build stronger Iowa communities."

Gerald Schnepf, executive director of Keep Iowa Beautiful, added, "The Paint Iowa Beautiful Program helps us increase our assistance to neighborhoods, communities, historic projects, and other public service organizations in improving the attractiveness and beauty of our home areas. These projects definitely improve the beauty of Iowa, its countryside, and its communities."

In the 13-year partnership with KIB, Diamond Vogel has provided over 8,260 gallons of paint for 585 community projects in Iowa. Diamond Vogel is an Iowa-based, family-owned company started in 1926 by Andrew Vogel. It serves 13 states with seven manufacturing facilities and over 65 service center outlets.