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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 5, 2014) — With an eye toward keeping the Circle City’s reputation for cleanliness, hundreds of people volunteered their time Monday to clean up a popular downtown district.

The Seventh Annual Wholesale District Beautification Day runs from 9 to 11:45 a.m. throughout the district, which has borders of New York, Delaware, South and Capitol streets.

Indianapolis Downtown Incorporated’s Beautification Director Anne Maschmeyer told FOX59 News that more than 200 employees of the Greater Indianapolis Hotel and Lodging Association will spend their Monday morning sweeping sidewalks and streets, picking up litter and cleaning up graffiti and stickers.

“The hospitality industry recognizes how important it is to maintain a very positive and clean image for all of our visitors because cleanliness is one of the first things you see as a visitor when you come to a city,” Maschmeyer said.

In addition to the volunteers, the Department of Public Works agreed to take part in the  beautification effort by committing to immediately pick up all of the garbage bags filled during the event.