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Sponsors sought for annual Arkansas River cleanup

Volunteers participate in the 2014 Arkansas River Trash Roundup.
Volunteers participate in the 2014 Arkansas River Trash Roundup. Courtesy photo

The city of Wichita and its partners are lining up support for the annual Arkansas River Trash Roundup.

Event organizers said this year’s event will feature a new range of sponsorships, from the $10,000 Platinum level to the Bronze level, which is a donation of less than $1,000.

The city, Cargill, Spirit AeroSystems and Wichita Ducks Unlimited are among those that already have committed to sponsoring the May 2 event. Organizers are looking for sponsors at other levels to help finance the cleanup and related projects, according to a news release.

Wichita Ducks Unlimited will use any remaining proceeds raised from sponsors to underwrite the Ducks Unlimited Junior Legacy Greenwings, an educational program for children up to 11 years old in Sedgwick County.

Over the past six years, the annual trash roundup has generated enough funds for the Ducks Unlimited chapter to complete the Slate Creek wetlands project, allowing the wetlands to be expanded from about 70 acres to more than 900 acres.

Cleanup organizers also are looking to expand the number of participants. The goal for 2015 is to sign up 900 volunteers, compared to 663 last year, and to collect 3.5 tons of trash, compared to 2.6 tons collected last April, according to a news release.

Cargill, which plans a $15,000 donation this year, will be a title sponsor for the seventh consecutive year.

Those interested in sponsorships should contact Cindy Le, environmental specialist, Wichita Department of Public Works, at 316-350-3386 or cle@wichita.gov.

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