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32 Local Teams Competing for Trophy
Friday, February 26, 2016
REDMOND, WA – A full slate of 32 local businesses are off and running in Hopelink’s seventh annual Can Madness competitive food drive to help stock the agency’s five food banks. The first weigh-in will take place Friday (March 4) and the competition will continue until the winner is crowned April 1.
The drive is patterned after the national spring college basketball tournament, matching businesses in weekly competitions to see which can bring in the most food. Teams are bracketed together in pairs and one winner from each 2-member bracket will advance to the following week.
This year, defending champion Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc., of Kirkland is joined by six other Kirkland teams, as well as 15 businesses from Redmond and five from Bellevue. A new team from Sammamish also joins the roster this year, while north King County will be represented by four Shoreline teams.
To ensure that businesses of all sizes are able to compete on a level playing field, the competition uses a unique scoring system that divides the number of pounds of food collected each Friday by a denominator that reflects the size of the business.
This year, a new wrinkle will make it easier for competitors to raise funds in addition to food, through interactive web pages designed for each team. Community members can support their favorite team here: https://fundraise.hope-link.org/events/hopelink-can-madness/e69548.
The annual drive offers a way for local businesses to help bolster Hopelink food banks during the time when holiday donations traditionally taper off but demand remains high. Last year, 32 businesses in Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Shoreline and Seattle collected nearly of 48,000 pounds of food and more than $5,500 cash – the most ever raised during one year of the competition.
Hopelink Can Madness 2016 participants:
AT&T Redmond Town Center
City of Redmond
Flying Saucer Pizza
Home Team Real Estate
McDonald’s Book Exchange
Super Jock ‘n Jill
VCA Redmond Animal Hospital
VCA Redwood Animal Hospital
Wingin’ It Café & BBQ
Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Express Employment Professionals
TJ Maxx Factoria
Vega Consulting LLC
Lake Washington Physical Therapy
Touch of Class Barbershop
Wilde Rover Irish Pub
Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc.
Boys and Girls Club
Magnum Self Storage
Orange Theory Fitness
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy
Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in north and east King County by promoting self-sufficiency for all members of our community and helping people make lasting change. Hopelink assists people with meeting their needs for food, shelter, homelessness prevention, family development and stabilization, transportation and adult literacy skills. For more information on Hopelink and its services, call 425.869.6000.