Local organizations, firms building can sculptures for food fund-raiser|
|Antigo will be filled with sculptures of the most unique sort next week, and proceeds will benefit a very worthy cause.|
Fifteen local companies, organizations and schools have registered to build can sculptures in the first annual Thrivent “Cans” Hunger benefit.
The Mid-Wisconsin Chapter of Thrivent Financial will match each pound of canned goods used to construct the sculptures with a $5 donation, up to a maximum of $17,500.
The donation, plus all the cans of food, will be donated to the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry, with a goal of stocking the shelves for the holiday season.
Starting Monday, the can sculptures will be placed at various locations around the community with the public able to vote for their favorite creation. There will be bins donated by Waste Management at each of the 15 locations. Donation of $1 or a canned good counts as one vote, and repeat voting is encouraged.
Trophies designed by Mary Herman will be awarded in three divisions. “Antigo Heavyweight” will go to the largest sculpture, by poundage, the people’s choice award to the top vote-getter, and the most creative award to the best sculpture as chosen by a team of out-of-town judges.
The winners will be announced at a Thrivent-sponsored cookout and awards ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the west side shelter at Lake Park. Festivities will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited.
—Boys & Girls Club, partnered with the Shoppers Guide.
—Bradley Funeral Home.
—Brettingen, Smits, Novak & Bastle, CPAs.
—Calvary Lutheran Church.
—CoVantage Credit Union.
—Crestwood Elementary School.
—Drs. Randy and Lisa Krebs at Antigo Complete Dental Center.
—Heinzen Plumbing & Heating, partnered with the Boy Scouts, Farmers’ Market and Quinlan’s Equipment.
—Inlanta Mortgage, partnered with the Pinnacle Team of Thrivent, Integrity Realty and Gowey Title.
—Johnson Electric Coil Co.
—Lakeside Market, partnered with Langlade County and Langlade Springs.
—Peace Lutheran Church and School.
—The Blue Awning, partnered with L.A. Arts and Gary Kieper of Thrivent Financial.
—and Eckerman Tax Services.
From left, Travis Rose of the Pinnacle Team of Thrivent Financial, Joanna Hilger of CoVantage Credit Union, which is building a can sculpture, Antigo Area Community Food Pantry Board President Dr. Patrick McKenna and Dave Selmeyer, Mid-Wsconsin Chapter officer.
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