Somerton: Lou DeCree Wins Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Appreciation Award

Phoebe Coles coordinated the day's budget with Miss America Teresa Scanlan right before the ceremony.
Phoebe Coles (left) coordinated the event's budget with Miss America Teresa Scanlan (right) before the ceremony.

Lou DeCree, president of the Daniel Boyle Athletic Program, was awarded the token of appreciation award by Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Friday.

Phoebe Coles, the not-for-profit’s executive director, said she appreciates his effort to make Somerton’s parks enjoyable. She considered DeCree as a recipient after reading an article about him on

“Mr. DeCree fits all the specifications that we look for,” Coles said.

Detective Jim Kopaczewski said everyone working with the Daniel Boyle Athletic program appreciates the honor. Kopaczewski has helped neighborhood projects for 33 years.

“Lou deserves it more than anyone I have ever met,” Kopaczewski said.

Miss America Teresa Scanlan was at the ceremony and said community efforts to make neighborhoods clean are important.

Both organizations started the fourth annual Philly Spring Cleanup Saturday. The landscaping effort included parts of Cottman and Rising Sun avenues.

As an entrepreneur of his own trucking company, DeCree couldn’t take the day off from work to receive the award in person on such a short notice. He is a self described “workaholic” as he is dedicated to running the athletic program and maintaining his own business.

DeCree’s original story can be found at

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