‘Can-Do’ contest to benefit Emergency Food Box

Instead of competing for the best bottom line, 20 Marshalltown-area businesses have signed on to best others in building a sculpture of canned goods at Marshall Town Center, 2500 S. Center St.

“Can-Do,” is the event theme, borrowing from the U.S. Navy’s Seabees (Construction Battalion) unofficial motto to inspire the businesses and area residents to “can hunger” and help Marshalltown’s Emergency Food Box.

The fun starts on Monday, as business representatives will each be constructing a 10 foot by 10 foot sculpture, according to Ken Huge, MTC general manager.

Area residents may vote for their favorite by donating canned goods. Each can is a “vote.”

Voters may donate at their favorite sculpture from April 29 through May 12.

“We expect businesses to have their sculptures complete by the end of the business day April 29,” Huge said.

The response for the event was fantastic, he said.

“Obviously the real winner at vote’s end May 12 will be the EFB,” Huge said. “The businesses competing have really stepped up to the plate to help those less fortunate in our community. The EFB served more than 14,000 individuals in 2011.”

Many MTC businesses will be competing, joined by other well-known firms.

MTC staff are doing more than promoting and organizing the event.

“We will be building a can sculpture, but won’t be officially competing ,” said Huge. “We will be donating all cans used and received to the EFB.”

Can-Do may become an annual event, he said.

For more information, contact 641-752-6200 or marshalltowncenter.com