“The idea is to promote an environment conducive to a healthier style of living.” says Anita Smith. “Last year, we were involved in several clean-up projects, fundraised and funded multiple flower bed plantings and hanging flower baskets throughout Anderson, and participated in a handful of marathon events. It is our intent to lead by example and to continue these efforts in 2013.”
Smith, an avid bike rider, focuses on bringing life quality back into the community. Last year’s Mayor’s Ball proceeds funded hanging flower baskets, materials for community clean-up events, and traffic island bulb plantings, an initiative continued into 2013. Smith’s beautification committee is determined to raise proceeds this year geared towards gateway improvements and community fountain sites.
- May 4, 6 p.m., Mayor Kevin S. Smith and First Lady Anita Smith will lead a bike ride to kick-off May Bike Month. The event is hosted by MCCOG, Spoke and Wheel, Buckskin Bikes, and the city of Anderson.
- June 15, First Lady Anita Smith will lead “Remember When- Old Fashion Day” 5K walk, hosted by Debbie Danner and Lil’ Miracles Pregnancy Center.
- July 27, in partnership with Anderson Black Expo, First Lady Anita Smith and President of the Anderson Chapter Black Expo Judy Streeter will lead “Community Walk” to increase awareness of diabetes especially in the African American community.
- First Lady Anita Smith will lead BFIT or Benefit For Indiana Trails, an annual walk/run/bike ride to benefit trails throughout Indiana.