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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2012

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awards $20,000 for landscape improvements at Monarch Manor (former Old Municipal Stadium site)

The City of Kansas City, Mo., in partnership with Bridging the Gap, Inc., the Black Economic Union, Davison Architecture + Urban Design and Vireo, and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation today announced a Keep America Beautiful grant to provide landscaping enhancements to the Monarch Manor Subdivision at 22nd Street and Brooklyn Avenue. This subdivision resides at the site of the former Old Municipal Stadium, Kansas City’s first professional baseball venue.

The Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant of $20,000 is one of 120 merit-based grants awarded nationally to support grassroots community improvement projects ranging from community gardens and tree plantings to litter and debris cleanups, recycling programs, park and playground restorations and beautification efforts.

The grant will provide partial funding of a conceptual landscape design, including funding for the installation of planters and 40 trees in a plaza that both commemorates the contributions of former baseball greats and assists in attracting homeowners to the subdivision.

“This landscaping grant will help complete the landscaping at Monarch Manor and will improve this subdivision’s appeal to new homeowners,” said Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed.

The City will bid the first phase of the project this summer, with bids for landscaping to follow in the fall. Bridging the Gap will implement the phase funded with the Lowe’s grant during the fall tree planting season.

The grant program is supported by Lowe’s company-wide volunteerism effort, Lowe’s Heroes. This initiative offers Lowe’s employees the opportunity to work on a project in their own neighborhood, helping to make their communities better places to live, work and play.

“Keep America Beautiful is proud of the positive impact that the Monarch Manor Landscaping Project will have in the Kansas City community,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna. “We are truly grateful to Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for its support and leadership that is being demonstrated in community sustainability.”

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects andour national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanityand the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

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