Largest River Cleanup In LA History Held Saturday

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Thousands of volunteers donated their time and efforts Saturday to the largest cleanup in the city's history.

The 22nd Annual Great Los Angeles River Cleanup was held from 9am-noon Saturday in conjunction with the Mayor's Day of Service at 14 locations. Some 25 tons of garbage were projected to have been pulled out of the river.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was present at one of the the Sepulveda Basin Rec Center site located at Anthony Beilenson Park in Van Nuys.

A performance by musical group Ozomatli was held immediately following service activities as part of a culmination festival in recognition of the volunteers at El Rio de Los Angeles State Park.

This volunteer event is part of Los AngelesÂ’ national demonstration project within the Cities of Service, a national effort among mayors to engage citizens to address the great challenges of ourtime.

Pine-Sol sponsored the event, providing a $25,000 grant, donating approximately 700 bottles of Pine-Sol product to the community, and hosting post-service activities for volunteers.

Pine-Sol will award a $5,000 grant to the Girls Today Women Tomorrow (GTWT) Leadership Mentoring Program, a non-profit organization through which girls ages 10-21 are encouraged to contribute to their community as young leaders.

Mayor Villaraigosa, members of Ozomatli, and volunteers engaged in riverbank clean-up efforts, in addition to the GTWT check presentation at the culmination festival.

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