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Go for the Gold

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4rd Annual Canstruction® Madison Features Giant Structures Built to Feed Neighbors in Need
Area teams help MOM go for the Gold in the Olympic feat to end hunger in the community

Local businesses, architects, engineers, and students from around the Madison area are building structures comprised of cans and packaged food in the 4th annual Canstruction® Madison, a community competition to end hunger.   Following a year where MOM distributed unprecedented amount of food to people in need, MOM is going for the Gold in the Olympic feat to end hunger in the community.

Join the 30+ teams and MOM at the free and family-friendly Canstruction® Competition on Thursday, May 1 between 5-8pm at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton, where spectators can view the enormous structures built out of canned and packaged food.  Structures in the past have included everything from a giant globe to a working life-sized Simon game.   Besides viewing and voting for favorite structures, there will be food concessions, children’s activities, and free ice cream is provided by The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream.  The award ceremony begins at 7pm.  The site is sponsored by KEVA Sports Center.

However, the structures are more than just a fun team building exercise.  “Each can is food for a family and another step towards ending hunger in our community.   Every can is an act of kindness that makes a real difference in someone’s life,” says Al Ripp, MOM Executive Director.

This year’s Celebrity Judge is internationally known Women’s Soccer Player and Olympic medalist, Lindsay Tarpley.  In 2003, Tarpley was named Soccer America Player of the Year and led the University of North Carolina to the national title. On the international level, she helped the U.S. win gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was a member of the 2007 World Cup team.  Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Tarpley now calls the area home.    Tarpley will be on hand to take pictures with Canstruction® Madison teams and sign autographs for event attendees.  She will also choose two teams (including a youth only team) to win the coveted “Judge’s Choice” award.

After the structures are built and the winners are declared, all food used in the structures is donated to the MOM Food Pantry.  Teams plan their structures weeks in advance, and then come together on the day of the event to build their displays.  Prior to the evening event, the structures are judged by design professionals and community leaders.  Many awards are given, including youth only categories and one chosen by the Celebrity Judge.  The final award is decided by the community, who vote for the People’s Choice Award.   Trophies are awarded for use of color, creativity and engineering.  During the first three years, the event raised nearly 150,000 pounds of food in total.

Middleton Outreach Ministry has seen an increase in use of services.  MOM, which works to prevent homelessness and end hunger in the West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains areas, distributed approximately 800,000 pounds (or 400 tons) of food in 2013, enough to fill 20 semi-trucks. This is up nearly 7% from 2012.

MOM’s Eviction Prevention program also prevented approximately 250 families from being evicted from their homes and kept the lights on for 740 people, 50% of whom were children.

Food pantries also struggle during the summer months.  The need for food dramatically increases because children are not receiving free and reduced lunch at school and because donations often decrease as a result of summer travel.  “We selected May for our Canstruction Competition because it will allow us to build up a food reserve going into the summer,” says Cheri Farha, Distribution Center Manager for MOM.

This year’s event is generously presented by Godfrey & Kahn.

Design Expert Spotlight: Devin Little

Tell me about your day job! How would you describe what you do?

Devin Little:  I am an Architectural Designer for BWBR Architects In Madison.  I specialize in designing hospitals.  On a day to day basis, I work work with our project team to build a 3D model that captures the client’s vision while creating documents for the general contractor to use to build while in the field.

How many years have you been a Design Expert for Canstruction® Madison?

DL:  This will be my 4th year helping out as a Design Expert.  I even created a Canstruction® structure one year at our AIA (American Institute of Architects) Expo to promote the event.

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Why did you decide to participate the first year, and what keeps you going?

DL:  It seemed like a really great way to get involved in something that showcases design (architecture/engineering) and also share with the community.  Food is one of the essential items we all need.  So if you are donating food to a good cause, why not have fun with it and design a structure!

Since then, I’ve found it to be a fun way to challenge myself  - I try and out-do myself from the previous year!

With all of the places you are involved, why Canstruction®?

DL:  Seeing all the different ways you can engineer a structure is really fun. I also love meeting the teams that a have a passion to help out their community.

Does it take a lot of time? 

Design Expert, Devin Little, helps team Kosnick Financial with their structure.

Design Expert, Devin Little, helps team Kosnick Financial with their structure.

DL:  The initial design takes time but figuring out the types of cans & food items you are going to use and research colors is probably the most time consuming.  It’s fun working with the teams to make their dream come true. Using 3D modeling software to design the structure is a great benefit because it makes the structure so easy to visualize.

Why should someone else get involved?

DL:  It’s a way for designers to express themselves while helping out their community at the same time.  But most importantly, it’s FUN to build!!  If I could design a structure for all of the teams, I would – but since I can’t, I hope others will get involved.

Thanks, Devin!

Can you help by becoming a Design Expert?  Read more here-

 

Use your Design Skills to End Hunger!

MOM is hosting it’s annual Canstruction® Madison event May 1st and are in need of a design experts to work with sponsored teams.  Canstruction® is a community competition where teams use canned and packaged goods to build imaginative structures.  Awards are given out after the build in many categories, but the most important part is that all of the food is used to help feed local people in need.  MOM hosts one of the largest food pantries in Dane county.  In 2013 alone, the MOM Food Pantry distributed over 800,000 pounds of food, serving over 3,000 different individuals, 43% of whom were children.

Design Expert, Devin Little, helps team Kosnick Financial with their structure.

Design Expert, Devin Little, helps team Kosnick Financial with their structure.

A brief description of what the design expert does is below. If you are willing to help or want further information, please contact Elaine Bogen at elaine@momhelps.org

Design Expert 
Job Description 

The Canstruction® Design Expert acts as a consultant to a Canstruction® Team
providing the Team with design and build expertise.

The Design Expert will… 

  • Periodically consult with Team members to design/engineer the Team’s Structure.
  • Be accessible to Team members during regular business hours to answer questions and provide guidance.
  • Help Team develop a technically accurate illustration of their Structure for submission to MOM by assigned due date.
  • Help Team determine total number of canned goods and packaged foods required to build their Structure.
  • Optional: Help Team build their Structure at the Canstruction® Competition on May 1 during the day. Build Out runs from 7:00am – 3:30pm.
  • Design Expert and affiliated business name will be recognized at the event and on the Canstruction® Madison website

Small and Easy for the Win!

minion at kevaYou want to help end hunger in your community and you’ve been eyeing up the Canstruction® Madison structures and wishing you could participate in this fun event – but don’t think you have the time to make it happen-

Here is proof that anyone can join the fun!

This minion, which is on display right now at KEVA Sports Center, took two volunteers a combined total of 13 hours to plan, shop, and construct – and he is sure to be a crowd favorite.

There are many simple structures that your team can build! Check out our Canstruction® Pinterest Page for ideas (both large and small). Also, youth awards will be given in several categories, so younger teams can enjoy their experience.

Now head over to our registration page and join the fun!

Sponsors Needed to help End Hunger

Local businesses, architects, engineers, and students from around the Madison area are needed to build structures comprised of cans and packaged food in the 4th annual Canstruction® Madison, a community competition to end hunger.   Following a year where MOM distributed unprecedented amount of food to people in need, MOM will go for the Gold in the Olympic feat to end hunger in the community.

However, the structures are more than just a fun team building exercise.  “Each can is food for a family and another step towards ending hunger in our community.   Every can is an act of kindness that makes a real difference in someone’s life,” says Al Ripp, MOM Executive Director.

The free community event following the building of the structures will take place on Thursday, May 1st at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton and will be great fun for the whole family.   Besides viewing and voting for favorite structures, there will be food concessions and children’s activities.  The site is sponsored by KEVA Sports Center.

Sponsors are needed!  Contact Elaine (elaine@momhelps.org) for more information- 608-826-3414.

Sponsor Grid

Women’s Soccer Player and Olympic Medalist Tarpley is Celebrity Judge

Lindsay TarpleyThis year’s Canstruction® Madison Celebrity Judge is internationally known Women’s Soccer Player and Olympic medalist, Lindsay Tarpley.  In 2003, Tarpley was named Soccer America Player of the Year and led the University of North Carolina to the national title. On the international level, she helped the U.S. win gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was a member of the 2007 World Cup team.  Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Tarpley now calls the area home.

Tarpley will be on hand to take pictures with Canstruction® Madison teams and sign autographs for event attendees.  She will also choose two teams (including a youth only team) to win the coveted “Judge’s Choice” award.

Canstruction® Madison is a competition where local businesses build incredible, highly imaginative structures out of canned goods and packaged food.  After the structures are built and the winners are declared, all food used in the structures is donated to the MOM Food Pantry.  Teams plan their structures weeks in advance, and then come together on the day of the event to build their displays.  Prior to the evening event, the structures are judged by design professionals and community leaders.  Many awards are given, including youth only categories and one chosen by the Celebrity Judge.  The final award is decided by the community, who vote for the People’s Choice Award.   Trophies are awarded for use of color, creativity and engineering.  During the first three years, the event raised nearly 150,000 pounds of food in total.

Middleton Outreach Ministry has seen an increase in use of services.  MOM, which works to prevent homelessness and end hunger in the West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains areas, distributed approximately 800,000 pounds (or 400 tons) of food in 2012, enough to fill 20 semi-trucks. This is up nearly 7% from 2012.  MOM’s Eviction Prevention program also prevented approximately 250 families from being evicted from their homes and kept the lights on for 740 people, 50% of whom were children.

Food pantries also struggle during the summer months.  The need for food dramatically increases because children are not receiving free and reduced lunch at school and because donations often decrease as a result of summer travel.  “We selected May for our Canstruction® Competition because it will allow us to build up a food reserve going into the summer,” says Cheri Farha, Distribution Center Manager for MOM.

More information about the event or about registering as a team or sponsor can be found at canstructionmadison.org

New! Canstruction Madison Pinterest Boards

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Follow our new Pinterest boards, which will provide information about the upcoming event, as well as ideas from Canstruction teams around the world.

MOM on Pinterest

Register your Team today!

Teams and Sponsors Needed

MOM is currently registering teams for this community competition to end hunger.  One of the most meaningful and fun community building competition available in the Madison area, MOM offers design experts to teams who don’t have design expertise and wants everyone to consider participating in this unique and fun event.   All teams will attend a kick-off Team Meetings in February.   Teams can range from church, school or business groups to teams of friends.  Event sponsors are also needed!  Several groups have already registered, including Exact Sciences, Strand, Middleton High School’s E.L.I.T.E club, and Memorial High School’s Spartan Youth Service Team.

People’s Choice Award Winner, Roller-Canster, in action

Winner of the People’s Choice Award, Roller-Canster was created by team Thinking Outside the Can.

Photos from 2013

Pictures from the event can be found on the following links:

Can Drop-Off (Wednesday, May 1, 2013)
Team Build (Thursday, May 2, 2013)
Structure Judging, Event, and Awards Ceremony (Thursday, May 2, 2013)

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KEVA Sports Center

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