Hosted by Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), 15 teams from businesses, churches, schools and organizations around Dane County built giant structures made of canned goods and packaged food, and competed for awards, for this year’s 7th annual Canstruction® Madison. This year’s theme was “Can Film Festival”, and structures were based on themes such as the Oscars, the Red Carpet, movie theaters, and movies such as The Titanic, Beauty and the Beast and Twister.
The event was held April 18 – April 24 at West Towne Mall in Madison, WI. Over 1,500 votes, both in person and online, were cast for the 7th annual Canstruction® Madison People’s Choice award. Over 35,000 cans were collected for the MOM Food Pantry, as well as nearly $30,000 in support. See the full list of teams.
Top items used for the build were:
“We are unbelievably thankful for every team, and in our eyes, they are all winners! The collective creativity and generosity of these teams not only provides education and awareness surrounding the issue of hunger in our community, but provides the food we need to keep our shelves full throughout the summer,” said Al Ripp, Executive Director of MOM. The MOM Food Pantry is one of the largest food pantries in the area, serving West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains. MOM distributed over 1.4 million pounds of food in 2016.
The Awards Ceremony was held in the West Towne Mall Food Court on the evening of April 30 at 6:30pm, featuring emcee Amy Carlson, NBC15.
The winners were:
Strand Associates: “Be Our Guest, Be…Our…Guest, put CANstruction to the test” for winning Most Nutritious Meal award.
Flad Architects: “Live From the Red Carpet” for winning Best Use of Labels, Celebrity Judge’s Choice (chosen by judge’s from the Wisconsin Film Festival), and Most Cans awards.
West Middleton Lutheran Church: “The TiCanic” for winning Structural Ingenuity award
JMM Sparcans: “Batcan vs SouperCan” for winning Celebrity Judge’s Choice – Youth and People’s Choice – Youth awards
Asbury United Methodist Church: “Give What You Can” for winning Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards
The community was also invited to participate by buying a “Can of Hope”. For $10, a yellow can with the donors name was added to Dorothy’s Yellow Brick Road. Donors raised $2,000 in donations and met Zendesk’s Challenge Grant which donated an additional $1,000. All donations support MOM’s efforts to end hunger in the community.
Immediately following the event, volunteers started taking down the structures and loading the food into boxes, to be taken back to the MOM Food Pantry.
“Our hope is that this event draws awareness to the need, and also to the many people and businesses that care deeply about the well-being of people in our community.”
Canstruction® Madison 2017 was generously presented by Godfrey & Kahn and Associated Bank.