Last night, the official 2017 Capital Region CANstruction theme was unveiled! “Go Team”, the 2017 theme, speaks to the only way CANstruction can be successful, through teamwork that extends beyond the board, beyond our teams and into the community. Together, working as a team, we can make a huge difference in our community and the spirit of that was truly captured in last evening’s event.
A homecoming of sorts, the “Theme Reveal” welcomed representatives from the CANstruction board, former CANstruction teams, past sponsors and The Food Pantries for The Capital District to Lucky Strike Social in Crossgates Mall. With refreshments in hand, the attendees waited with anticipation for the theme to be revealed as Sara Stein, the President of Capital Region CANstruction and Jill Shorter, Vice President, took the stage.
Sara recapped the stunning stats from the local program to date. The 2016 numbers of 104,095 pounds of food and a donation to The Food Pantries for the Capital District of $26,000 brought Capital Region CANstruction’s impact to over 360,000 pounds and nearly $100,000 since it’s inception.
We were also honored to have Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District, speak at the event. Each year Natasha brings infuses our teams with inspiration and explains how great the need for food throughout the Capital Region really is. As one in ten people locally struggle with having adequate food resources, Natasha emphasized the impact we have on our neighbors. She expressed excitement for this year’s theme, reminding supporters that a mantra of The Food Pantries is “working together, in a spirit of cooperation, to do what none of us could do alone.”
With the speeches complete and the theme unveiled team representatives took to the bowling lanes for some friendly, pre-CANstruction competition.
CANstruction can’t happen without creative teams dedicated inspiring the community through their designs while also helping to feed those in need throughout our community. We are so excited to see what this year’s teams create! See a video of the theme reveal here.
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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Capital Region CANstruction, we are a local chapter of CANstruction that invites the best architecture, engineering and construction firms and students to build huge structures out of canned food items. Each year a new theme is unveiled that helps shape the look and feel of the structures built.
2017 will mark the 7th anniversary of Capital Region CANstruction and we can’t wait to get started! If you’re: