Nearly 2,500 votes, through Facebook, Instagram, text and in person, were cast for the 8th annual Canstruction® Madison People’s Choice award. The event was held April 23 – April 29 at West Towne Mall in Madison, WI. Hosted by Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), 17 teams from businesses, churches, schools and organizations around Dane County built giant structures made of canned goods and packaged food, and competed for awards. This year’s theme is “Rock Can Roll”.
The structures in total included an estimated nearly 19 tons of food, and nearly 50,000 cans or packages of food, and making this Middleton Outreach Ministry’s largest food drive of the year. Included in that can count were 15,000 cans of tuna, an important protein source for those using the food pantry.
“We are so thankful for everything that the teams gave to make this year’s event such a success. The collective creativity and generosity of these teams not only provides education and awareness surrounding the issue of hunger in our community, but provides significant food to keep our shelves full throughout the summer,” said Ellen Carlson, 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.
The Awards Ceremony was held in the West Towne Mall Food Court on the evening of April 29 at 6:30pm, featuring emcee Amy Carlson, NBC15.
The winners were:
Most Nutritious Meals Award – 3 way tie –
Stand Associates, Inc – Beans by Dre
JMM SparCans – One More Can in the Wall
Exact Sciences – Cancer Survivors and Cancer Awareness Advocates
Structural Ingenuity Award – Springs Window Fashions – MTV
Best Use of Labels – Exact Sciences – Cancer Survivors and Cancer Awareness Advocates
Most Cans Award – Affiliated Engineers Inc / AEI Cangineers – Rock and Roll Cans of Fame
Judges Choice Award – The Sylvee – Madison CAN Smash Hunger
Judges Choice Youth Award – 2 way tie-
Middleton Youth Center and Mead & Hunt – “The BosCANs: Groovin’ and givin
West Middleton Lutheran Church – The Beatles Yellow Submarine
People’s Choice Award – Asbury Madison – King Sized Dreams
People’s Choice Youth Award – Lutheran Church of the Living Christ – Rock Around the Clock at MOM’s Diner
Canstruction® Madison 2018 is generously presented by Godfrey & Kahn, Chase Brieman of CBRE, and Associated Bank.