Making A Difference

Houston's Litter Day Saint: Man who spent four decades cleaning up the city honored for supreme effort

Man who spent four decades cleaning up Houston's litter honored

2 Jim Tates, from left, J. Howard Rambin III and Mayor Annise Parker at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Jim Tates, from left, J. Howard Rambin III and Mayor Annise Parker. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
8 Harry S. Jukes III, from left, Joann King Herring and Betty and Harry T. Jukes at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Harry S. Jukes III, from left, Joann King Herring and Betty and Harry T. Jukes. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
13 Danielle Blut, from left, Robin Blut and Reisha Beaty at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Danielle Blut, from left, Robin Blut and Reisha Beaty. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
12 Alex and Emily Barlow at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Alex and Emily Barlow. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
9 Jan Rose, from left, Miranda Maldonado and Vanessa Shepherd at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Jan Rose, from left, Miranda Maldonado and Vanessa Shepherd. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
11 Leven Rambin, from left, Howard and Karen Rambin and Joe Rambin at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Leven Rambin, from left, Howard and Karen Rambin and Joe Rambin. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
7 Ben White, left, and Jim Tates at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Ben White, left, and Jim Tates. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
6 Zane Luman, from left, Ariana Luman and Joshua Rosenblum at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Zane Luman, from left, Ariana Luman and Joshua Rosenblum. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
5 Jacquie Vargas and Craig Whitfield at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
Jacquie Vargas and Craig Whitfield. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Woodallen-Houston
2 Jim Tates, from left, J. Howard Rambin III and Mayor Annise Parker at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
8 Harry S. Jukes III, from left, Joann King Herring and Betty and Harry T. Jukes at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
13 Danielle Blut, from left, Robin Blut and Reisha Beaty at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
12 Alex and Emily Barlow at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
9 Jan Rose, from left, Miranda Maldonado and Vanessa Shepherd at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
11 Leven Rambin, from left, Howard and Karen Rambin and Joe Rambin at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
7 Ben White, left, and Jim Tates at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
6 Zane Luman, from left, Ariana Luman and Joshua Rosenblum at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon
5 Jacquie Vargas and Craig Whitfield at the Keep Houston Beautiful luncheon

When Howard Rambin III went on a rampage against litter 40 years ago, he never imagined that his efforts would result in a significant city organization, Keep Houston Beautiful, that would become a licensed affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

Co-founder of Moody Rambin Interests, the real estate broker was honored with the Mayor's Outstanding Partner Award for those efforts at the 30th annual Mayor's Proud Partners luncheon held at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

In presenting the award, Mayor Annise Parker noted, "Howard Rambin has contributed to the quality of life and work valued by local businesses, international corporations, residents and visitors. Howard has contributed not just an hour or a day for us but most of his life."

Rambin is credited with establishing pilot programs for the construction industry that resulted in cleaner and safer construction sites and is founder of the organization that eventually became Keep Houston Beautiful. In fact, early on Houston Post columnist Lynn Ashby dubbed Rambin "the Litter Day Saint."

Also receiving honors were New Hope Housing tagged with the Founders Award, CenterPoint Energy receiving the chairman's award, Hal Opperman recipient of the Keep Kingwood Beautiful Proud Partner Award, Ben White receiving the Fifth Ward Civic Club Proud Partner Award and Texans for Clean Water represented by Mike Garver receiving an individual Distinguished Service Award.

More than 500 guests attended and helped raise $140,000 for the luncheon emceed by Jose Grinan of Fox 26.

In the mix were Karen Rambin, Leven Rambin, Joe Rambin, Cynthia Fowler, Jill and Kenneth Mercado, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Miranda and Jason Maldonado, Stephanie Christison Marx and Frank Marx, Joyce and Don Fitch and Betty and Harry Jukes.