Angel Carter Receives Beautify Texas Award

Published on April 29, 2022

Angel Carter next to bags of trash

(Grand Prairie, Texas) – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) recently announced Angel Carter as a winner of the 2022 O.P. Schnabel Volunteer of the Year award. The Beautify Texas Awards, formerly the Keep Texas Beautiful Awards, recognize the efforts of those working to enhance their community and protect the Lone Star State. These awards range in honoring extraordinary volunteers, professionals, youth, educators, businesses, local/civic governments, organizations, and specific projects and programs.

The O.P. Schnabel Volunteer of the Year award is one of ten categories and recognizes individuals who support the mission of KTB through extraordinary volunteer efforts and contribute to the betterment of their community. Angel Carter is incredibly deserving of this recognition. 

In January of 2022, Angel Carter brought together Arlington and Grand Prairie residents for the fourth year in a row for the Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge by joining forces with the City of Arlington Parks Department and the City of Grand Prairie Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Program. Moving within watersheds, instead of within city limits, 406 volunteers removed 13,640 pounds of litter from Fish Creek in 2022. This increases the lifetime numbers of the Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge to 2,246 volunteers removing over 62,220 pounds of litter from Fish Creek.

The Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge was founded in 2019, because Angel Carter was motivated to ‘do something’ about the litter accumulation along her beloved walking trail. The 7.3 mile Fish Creek Linear Trail overlooks Fish Creek along the entire route while crossing the city boundary between Arlington and Grand Prairie, in north central Texas. Join us for the 5th annual Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Information is available at

In addition to being the founder of the Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge, Angel also serves as the DFW platoon leader for The Mission Continues and an Operation Legacy Leader of the Travis Manion Foundation. She continues to serve her community as an active member of many environmental, community, and social improvement initiatives including Trinity River Trash Bash, Ferguson Road Initiative, Character Does Matter mentor, and local race director for the 9/11 Heroes Run DFW.

“We are proud to honor and recognize Texans who are making a difference in our state,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Their actions do more than protect the environment: they inspire community members to get involved and help us keep Texas beautiful.”

For more than 20 years, Keep Texas Beautiful has recognized extraordinary Texans and Texas institutions who are committed to keeping Texas beautiful. Today, these awards serve as a continued reminder of the hard work and dedication of our supporters across the state.

Angel Carter will be honored at the KTB Annual Conference, which will take place in Austin from June 27 through June 29. A full list of winners and award descriptions, as well as information about the conference can be found at