By connectingneighbors

2018 Winners

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.

2017 Winners

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:

Tuna – almost 7,000 cans
Corn – 3478 cans
Meals in a Can – 3385
Black beans – 2813
Tomatoes – 2768
Green beans – 1794
Chili – 1068
Ranch beans – 1024
Baked Beans – 1000

“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.

 

2016 Winners

Over 1,500 votes, both in person and online, were cast for the 6th annual Canstruction® Madison People’s Choice award.  The event was held April 18 – April 24 at West Towne Mall in Madison, WI.  Hosted by Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), 22 teams from businesses, churches, schools and organizations around Dane County built giant structures made of canned goods and packaged food, and competed for awards, including one chosen only by the public.   This year’s theme was “sCANning the Galaxy”, and structures were based on themes such as Star Wars, Star Trek, video games and more.

The structures in total included an estimated 21 tons of food, adding to the 170 tons that was raised in the first 5 Canstruction® Madison events, and making this Middleton Outreach Ministry’s largest food drive of the year.

“In the end, every team is a winner.  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 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 1.3 million pounds of food in 2015.

The Awards Ceremony was held in the West Towne Mall Food Court on the evening of April 24 at 6:30pm, featuring emcee Amy Carlson, NBC15.

The winners were:

Exact Sciences “iCan End Hunger”WINNER: Most Nutritious Meals; WINNER: Best Use of Labels; WINNER: People’s Choice

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Flad Architects “Droids to the Rescue” – WINNER: Judge’s Choice

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JMM Sparcans “High-Powered Telescope”, technically and financially sponsored by Erdman – WINNER: Youth Award

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KJWW Engineering and WTS Paradigm “In our hearts and within our sights: Pluto” – WINNER: Most Cans

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Mead & Hunt “Voyages of the Starship Enterprise against Hunger”WINNER: Structural Ingenuity

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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 2016 was generously presented by Godfrey & Kahn and Associated Bank.

2015 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Canstruction Madison!    Because of their – and all of the teams – committments to this fantastic event, we are able to End Hunger in our community One Can at a time.

Winner:  Judges’ Choice 

Asbury United Methodist Church: COWstruction: Tipping the Balance on Hunger: Unlike cowtipping, hunger isn’t an urban legend! If we all work together, we can tip the balance and win the fight against hunger. Thanks to design expert John Gaska, Agricultural Engineer.

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Winner:  Structural Ingenuity

CUNA Mutual Group: Spidey Spins his Web to End Hunger: – With great power, there must also come great responsibility. Let’s end hunger together! Thanks to Moreton & Co. for construction help, and our design team from Strang.

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Winner:  Best Use of Labels

St. Andrew High School Growth Group: Pac Man CAN Beat Hunger: Pac Man may be too small to be a super hero, but beating hunger is done one can at a time. Thanks to members of St. Andrew for the food donation, to our Growth Group leaders Jon Fricke and Jared Dammann, to our “Canstruction” leaders Dave Hochmuth & Kate Dvorak, and to design expert Steve Beglinger.

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Winner:  Most Nutritious

Walgreens: Skyscrapers and Superheroes! Helping to fight hunger in cities everywhere- makes us all superheroes!

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Winner:  Most Cans

Exact Sciences: Calling All Real Heroes! Special acknowledgements to Kyle Bindrim and Keith Bindrim.

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Winner:  People’s Choice Award

CUNA Mutual Group: Spidey Spins his Web to End Hunger: – With great power, there must also come great responsibility. Let’s end hunger together! Thanks to Moreton & Co. for construction help, and our design team from Strang.

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Winner: Youth Award

JMM SparCANs: The Madison Memorial SparCANs would like to help MOM checkmate hunger! Special thanks to the students of JMM for supporting our fundraisers.

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Our sincere thanks to Amy Carlson and NBC15 for their ongoing support Canstruction Madison!

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And now, the hopeful part of Canstruction Madison begins.  As the structures come down, every team can be proud of the work they have done to expand the outreach of MOM in the community during the past week at West Towne Mall, as well as the food that is heading to the shelves at MOM.

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2014 Winners

How do a giant replica of an acropolis or the Olympic rings, along with 18 other hand-built structures help end hunger in western Dane County?  When made from cans of food and packaged goods, the structures’ building blocks will fill the shelves of one of the largest food pantries in Dane County.

Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) hosted the fourth annual Canstruction® Madison, which in conjunction with a community wide food drive, raised over 28 tons of food to feed area people in need.  The event took place at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton.  Canstruction®Madison is a competition where community members come together to 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.

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Event go-ers were encouraged to bring a single canned food donation as a suggested entry fee, and over 1,000 pounds of food were collected.

This year’s team winners include:

Most Cans:  Exact Sciences, with Cancropolis, featuring more than 5,500 cans of food.

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Most Nutritious:  Glacier Creek Middle School Builder’s Cub, with Cinderella’s Castle.

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Best use of Labels:  Asbury United Methodist Church with We Can Do It, with Rosie the Riveter.

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Structural Ingenuity: Strand Associates, with WaterCANS

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Youth Award:  Kromrey Middle School Builder’s Club & Middleton Youth Center, with Olympic Rings, building Hope for the Hungry

Kromrey Middle School Builders Club & Middleton Youth center

Judges’ Choice: Team Globe, with Bring Home the Gold by Knocking Down Hunger

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Celebrity’s Choice (by Lindsay Tarpley):  Middleton Fire Department, with Giving a Lift to Neighbors in Need

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Youth’s Choice:  Walgreens, with Racing to End Hunger

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People’s Choice:  with Middleton High School E.L.I.T.E., with Race to End Hunger

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Also at the event was Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley, who not only served as the Celebrity Judge but also signed autographs and let event-goers hold her gold medals.   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.

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MOM is grateful that so many companies and groups are leading the effort to end hunger in our community.  In addition to the 20 teams who participated in the event and all of the people who generously donated to the team’s efforts, companies both sponsored the event and donated in-kind goods to make the event a success.  These donations included the space (KEVA Sports Center),   discounts to make the purchase of food easier for teams (Capitol Centre Market with support from Certco, Inc.), structure platforms (donated and installed by J.H. Findorff & Son), food for teams and event goers, donations of media, and more.  A complete list of sponsors can be found at canstructionmadison.org/sponsors.

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Thanks to the Can-Cans, a volunteer group who helped organize the teams and event.

See a full press release here.

2013 Winners

How does a moving roller coaster  a replica of Big Ben, and 18 other hand-built structures help end hunger in western Dane County?  When made from cans of food and packaged goods, the structures’ building blocks will fill the shelves of one of the largest food pantries in Dane County.

Middleton Outreach Ministry hosted the third annual Canstruction® Madison, which in conjunction with a community wide food drive, raised 28 tons of food to feed area people in need.  The event took place at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton.  Canstruction®Madison is a competition where community members come together to 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.

This year’s winners include:

Most Nutritious Meal – Exact Sciences:  Wash Away Hunger, a sandcastle built mostly with Baked Beans, surrounded by waves, made with cans of Tuna.  The structure also included rice, and cans of fruit and vegetables. Exact Sciences also won the award for most cans, with a structure that included 6,157 cans of food.

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Best Use of Labels – WTS Paradigm:  1-Up Hunger, a structure of Mario wiping out hunger and saving the day.

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Structural Ingenuity – CUNA Mutual Group:  Wishing Away Hunger with MOM, a genie made of tuna on a red carpet.

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Celebrity Award, presented by Gilbert Brown:  Middleton Fire Company #1:  Responding to Hunger, a fire-station replica with a talking fire-dog.

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Judges’ Choice – Capitol Insurance Companies:  Food FORE ALL, a classic windmill mini-golf hole, complete with moving blades.

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People’s Choice – Thinking Outside the Can:  Roller-Canster, a roller-coaster structure with a moving belt and a can (representing the roller-coaster car) that sped it’s way around the track.

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Youth Award –Middleton E.L.I.T.E.:  The Time to End Hunger is Now, a replica of Big Ben.

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According to MOM, this event is more than just a friendly competition.  “Each can is more than just a building block; each can is food for a family and another step towards ending hunger in our community,” says Al Ripp, Executive Director of MOM. “We’re thankful for the community members who made our third year such a huge success.  Nearly 45% of the people we serve are children,  which makes this fun event also vital to our community’s well-being.”

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, is serving record numbers of people and regularly distributing over 60,000 pounds of food per month, with a total of over 750,000 pounds distributed in 2012.  The pantry and mobile food pantries saw over 14,000 visits in 2012, an increase of nearly 20% over 2011 and a two year increase in visits of over 80%.

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.

MOM is grateful that so many companies and groups are leading the effort to end hunger in our community.  In addition to the 19 teams who participated in the event and all of the people who generously donated to the team’s efforts, companies both sponsored the event and donated in-kind goods to make the event a success.  These donations included the space (KEVA Sports Center),   discounts to make the purchase of food easier for teams (Capitol Centre Market with support from Certco, Inc.), structure platforms (donated and installed by J.H. Findorff & Son), food for teams and event goers, donations of media, and more.  A complete list of sponsors can be found at canstructionmadison.org/sponsors.

MOM is a local non-profit organization that leads a community-wide effort to prevent homelessness and end hunger for our neighbors throughout Middleton, West Madison and Cross Plains.  Through our business partners, affiliated churches, area schools, community service clubs, and numerous individuals, we provide food, clothing, housing assistance, emergency financial assistance, and special services for seniors.  All programs are provided free of charge to neighbors in need. To learn more about the programs and people helped by MOM, log on to momhelps.org.

2012 Winners

Over a thousand people gathered on the evening of May 3, 2012, to celebrate the completion of months of effort by hundreds of community members to raise what totalled over 28 tons of food for the Middleton Outreach Ministry Food Pantry.  Participants in Canstruction Madison 2012, 22 teams competed for 7 awards which were given to teams in a variety of categories.

Area design professionals judged the structures based on a set of criteria.  The winners were announced at a ceremony to a crowd of hundreds, all who had entered the event by donating a can of food as a part of a community wide drive.

The winners are:

Most Nutritious Meal
Asbury United Methodist Church:  A Light in the Darkness

Best Use of Labels
Thinking Outside the Can:  Simon

Most “Cans”
CPM HealthGrades:  Finishing First in the Race to End Hunger

Structural Ingenuity:
Capitol Insurance Companies:  Strike Out Hunger

“Tooned in Award”
Students of Globe University:  Stomping Out Hunger

Judge’s Choice
Zingg Design, Inc.:  Delivering Help for Hunger

People’s Choice
Flad Architects:  Barnyard Bounty

Thanks to everyone who participated, attended or donated to make this event such a success!