Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Competition Yields 28,627 Cans of Food to Benefit Long Island Cares, Inc.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — CANstruction, a national charity committed to ending hunger, is using “one can” as a catalyst for change which was sponsored locally by the Long Island Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration. Teams of design and construction industry professionals, led by architects and engineers, built 8 giant self-supporting structures out of 28,627 cans of food ultimately destined for the hungry on Long Island.

The teams spent two months designing and testing their structures prior to the final build-out. Once completed, the eight structures were judged by a panel including Comedian Paul Anthony, Restaurateur Tom Schaudel, Long Island Pulse Publisher Nada Marjanovich and New York Islanders Head Coach Ted Nolan.

Winners were declared in the following categories:
• Structural Ingenuity - “Whale you help feed the hungry?”, by The LiRo Group
• Best Use of Labels – “Scaring hunger away”, by H2M Group
• Best Meal – “BeaCAN of hope in the fight against hunger” by the team of J. S. McHugh, Inc. and Sidney B. Bowne & Son, LLP
• Honorable Mention – “Spongebob CANpants”, by the team of Burton, Behrendt and Smith (BBS) Architects and Stalco Construction, Inc.
• Juror’s Favorite - “Scaring hunger away”, by H2M Group

Winners of the competition will go on to compete nationally in May 2008.

The structures were on display to the public from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4 daily, with the price of admission being one can of food. At the close of the exhibition, the 28,627 cans used to create the sculptures along with all cans collected from the public were donated to Long Island Cares, Inc. The Harry Chapin Food Bank to help feed the hungry on Long Island.

Long Island Cares is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, community based, regionally responsive, and working in partnership with other charitable agencies to fight hunger in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It is the leading anti-hunger organization and the only food bank on Long Island. Long Island Cares was founded in 1980 by the late singer/activist Harry Chapin in response to the immediate needs of hungry Long Islanders. It is continued today by his wife, Sandy Chapin. In the years since Harry passed away, Long Island Cares has become an organized force of caring, dedicated people who are making a difference in the fight against hunger on Long Island.

When the Harry Chapin Food Bank first opened its doors in February 1982, it served a mere handful of agencies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Today, it delivers food to over 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, day treatment facilities, senior nutrition sites and day care centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties. These agencies, in turn, distribute the food to their clients and/or provide meals from the food received.

The Long Island Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS-LI), established in 2004, provides education, networking and business opportunities for marketing professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. Recognized as one of the fastest growing chapters of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), the organization’s mission is to advocate for, educate and connect leaders in the building industry.

This competition to showcase creativity is also one of Long Island Cares'largest food drives. A surprising number of people are at risk of hunger on Long Island, an area that is one of the most prosperous in the nation. But in fact, there are an estimated 259,000 Long Island residents who are hungry, including about 93,000 children and 39,000 seniors.

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