Generous donors helped Canstruction effort

Last month, eight Pickering Associates employees traveled to Charleston, W.Va., to build an 8-foot tall sculpture made entirely of canned food as part of the Canstruction Competition. Canstruction is a nonprofit organization which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations are on display to the public before being donated to local food banks. Thanks to the support our team received from our local communities, we were able to raise enough funds to purchase more than 4,500 cans and food items to build our sculpture. Two thousand cans were donated to the food pantry in Charleston that hosted the event, while the remaining 2,500 items were distributed to the food pantries at First Congregation Church in Marietta, Gospel Mission in Harmar, Williamstown Welfare League, Latrobe Mission, and Old Man River’s Mission on the South Side in Parkersburg.

We would like to thank all of our generous donors for making this contribution possible: Dr. Charles Pickering and Solar Energy Solutions LLC, Ryan Taylor, Empire Builders, State Electric Supply Co., Polymer Alliance Zone, Inc., Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Mark Mobley, Somerville Construction, Grae-Con Construction Inc., Jo Allen Jones, James McGinnis, Shawn and Natasha Ogaz, Community Bank, David Freeman, American Plate Glass Inc., Teri Ann’s, Schafer’s Leather, Crown Event Rentals, Greenleaf Landscapes, BHG Surveying LLC, Peoples Bank, Sherrie and Marty Mobley, Joe Lambert, Bob and Evelyn Arnold, Ken Strahler Masonry Inc., Gary and Valerie Campbell, Dorothy and Victor Ogaz, Linda and Roger Eddy, Davis Pickering Electrical Contractors, Ohio Valley Builders Supply, Richard Coley, Jennifer Garrison LLC, Lowe’s in Marietta, Mark and Marcie Arnold, Pleasants County Bank, Pam Shirley, Barbara Stewart, Christopher Smith, Carr Law Office PLLC, Kiwanis Club of Marietta, McDonald’s of Marietta, Peggy Squires, Aletha’s Florist, Erik and Deborah Hereford, Be A Skinnier You, Summer’s Motor Sales, Inc., Tyler Heddleston, Ron and Roberta Elder, Magnet Valley, Cheryl Potter, Robert Brawley, Julie Hoerst, Ciji Huffer, Diane Gottfried, Employees of North End Market in Parkersburg, Peggy Arnold, Tim Treadway, Laura and Michael Pytlik, David Braksator, Habibi’s Restaurant, Nutrition Pit Supplement Store, Advance Auto Parts in St. Mary’s, Kyleise Britton, Dontaveina Earley, Andrea Adkins, Rebecca Pytlik, Sandy Starr, Mountain Air Pottery, Robert Stutler, Arthur Mills, Anita Francisco, Eric Merrow, Evan Woods.

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Sarah E. Pytlik