EVIE is a thirteen year old Yellow Labrador Retriever who is the real character from her books. EVIE was born in Canada and her official Canadian Kennel Club registered name is Asklar Corhampton’s Clean Sweep, but friends call her EVIE SUE. EVIE’s name is a bacronym for Every Volunteer Is Essential to keep the Earth beautiful and protect the environment. EVIE became the mascot for Keep Evansville Beautiful in 2007 after her human mom wrote Retrieving With EVIE which promotes anti-littering. She is an Honorary Vanderburgh County Deputy Sheriff who has shared her environmental message with over 150,000 children and adults at presentations in Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, and Washington, D.C.
EVIE visits area classrooms and other community events to promote anti-litter with the help of Keep Evansville Beautiful and her pawrents. EVIE’s program focuses on the 4 R’s by encouraging humans to retrieve litter, reduce their waste, reuse items, and recycle everything they can in order to protect the Earth. EVIE leaves pawprints on people’s hearts and has changed the way children and their families react towards litter and recycling. EVIE uses her two books, Retrieving With EVIE and EVIE Goes Clean and Green to get her message out to the world.
EVIE has been honored by USA Today as one of five dogs chosen to be their nominee for Hero of the year for 2010. She has also been honored by the Red Cross as Hero and her program won a Leadership of Evansville award. She won first place in the nation awards from Keep America Beautiful for her anti-litter education work in 2008 and for her PBS Kids/Go web-game in 2010. The Indiana General Assembly passed House Resolution 51 in 2009 to honor EVIE’s work and Governor Mitch Daniels also congratulated EVIE for her efforts to make Indiana a better place. EVIE was featured at the Environmental Kid’s Event in 2011 at Dollywood Theme Parks. She was also honored to be recognized in American Dog and AKC Family Dog magazines. EVIE was presented with the 2011 Evansville Sustainability Award from the Mayor of Evansville and the local Environmental Agency. EVIE and her family were the 2014 Keep Evansville Beautiful Volunteers of the Year. In 2017, EVIE was awarded the “Spirit Award” from Leadership Evansville for her community efforts. In EVIE’s spare time, she works as Team 02 Indiana for the Emma Zen Foundation (Anaheim, California) which provides Pet Oxygen Masks for fire departments. EVIE has raised money to place 51 Pet Oxygen Masks on fire trucks in three counties.
EVIE lives at Labrador Lane with her mom, dad, and sister, VANDY LEE who is three years old and also a Yellow Labrador Retriever. VANDY LEE is proud to join EVIE as a Mascot for Keep Evansville Beautiful. VANDY LEE has a robust love for picking up litter and recycling and has been excited to learn from EVIE. Her Canadian Kennel Club registered name is Asklar’s Recycling Queen. VANDY’s name is from our county (Vanderburgh) and is a bacronym for Volunteers Are Needed Donate Yourself. The LEE stands for Love Earth Everyday.
Together the mascots love to run around their three acres which is a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. They love visiting with their friends on Facebook which helps them spread their environmental message to help the Earth.