SARASOTA, FLA. — For the past four years, employees at S-One Holdings Corporation combine their competitive spirit with a charitable goal of collecting food for All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota. This year, the teams built their games-themed “can-struction” projects primarily using foods considered the most-needed items for All Faiths, such as rice, pasta, and canned meats and vegetables.
Eight teams throughout S-One’s headquarters, located on Main Street in downtown Sarasota, created imaginative structures that ranged from a mini Wrigley Field and Mario Bros. re-enactments to life-sized Operation and Jenga games, with whimsical S-One themes and interactive play.
The teams competed for an extra day of vacation and a catered lunch. The judges for the day included guests from All Faiths, Beau Wilberding, senior director of marketing, and Elaina Mand, community engagement manager, as well as members of the S-One leadership team.
“Every year, our teams have a lot fun creating these structures and competing with each other,” says Jason Metnick of S-One’s leadership team. “But ultimately, we’re all members of this community, which has supported us through the years, and this is an opportunity for us to give back.”
Two teams went on to win the competition: The Operation game featuring S-One founders Art Lambert and Ron Simkins and one of the Mario Bros. displays. “It involved not only lots of canned food, but also choreography and various characters from Mario Bros. … it was amazing,” Wilberding told ABC-7, which was on hand during the event. (See the news coverage at 19:40 on ABC-7’s site.)
The event raised a total of 1,883 pounds of food, bringing the total S-One donations for the last three years to more than 6,600 pounds. According to its 2015 annual report, All Faiths Food Bank serves 63,000 people per year, distributing 6.5 million meals in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
Check out the video above and the gallery below to see the creative structures the teams built:
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