Friends of the Hilltop: Annual Beautification Awards

Annual Beautification Awards

The annual Friends of the Hilltop Beautification Awards recognize individuals and businesses that are making a difference in the Hilltop through their special efforts to beautify our community with attractive and well-maintained landscaping.


2014 Beautification Awards 

The 2014 Beautification Awards Ceremony was held on Sunday, August 24 at the Hilltop Senior Village in the Dorian Room. This was our 18th annual awards ceremony.  

Sponsors donated door prizes for the award winners. Sponsors included

  • Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel
  • Gearhart's True Value Hardware
  • John & Barbara Lowry
  • Keller Williams Consultants Realtors

Winners were selected at the event from pictures submitted by nominees present.


Click here to see information (including photographs) about the 2008 Beautification Awards.


Friends of the Hilltop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Karen Whitman Hilltop, USA Award 

Friends of the Hilltop inaugurated the annual Karen Whitman Hilltop, USA Award in 2011 after the passing of Hilltopper Karen Whitman. Karen was well known for her love and support of Hilltop, USA. After a successful career in real estate as one of the first female realtors on the west side of Columbus, Karen served several terms as a member of the Greater Hilltop Area Commission, including serving as Zoning Chair and in other leadership positions. She was also actively involved with the Greater Hilltop Resource Center and Friends of the Hilltop. Karen served on the Hilltop Business Association Board of Trustees and later as its Executive Secretary. Karen supported any endeavor that benefitted the Greater Hilltop area. She was an inspirational leader.

The award is presented annually as a way to honor Karen and as a way to recognize individuals who carry on her work through their own commitment and service to the Greater Hilltop area. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and recipients are selected by the Friends of the Hilltop Board of Trustees. The award is presented at the Annual Friends of the Hilltop Beautification Awards ceremony at the Hollywood Casino during the Friends of the Hilltop Annual Open Meeting in November.  

Past recipients include:

  • Mr. Fred Tompkins
  • Dr. Annette Jefferson
  • Mr. Earl Potts
  • Mr. Dan Downing

Please contact us at or at 614-670-7357 to nominate a business or individual you believe should be considered for the Karen Whitman Hilltop, USA Award.

Beautification Award winners gather for a group picture.