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