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"CANSTRUCTING A WORLD WITHOUT HUNGER" AT THE TECH

Press Release Date 
Monday, 19 July, 2004
The Tech Museum of Innovation hosts CANSTRUCTION, a national service project that brings together the architecture and engineering communities to benefit thousands of hungry people. Colossal free-standing canned food exhibits, designed and built by local firms, are on display in The Tech's grand lobby through Labor Day. All of the roughly three thousand cans will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank in early September.

"CANSTRUCTION raises community awareness for the plight of the hungry, and also demonstrates, through participating architects, the same design challenge learning process that we engage our guests in," said Yolanda Canny, The Tech's VP of Marketing. "Our Engineer It! exhibit, which focuses on the fun and creative side of structural engineering, is the perfect complement to a CANSTRUCTION visit at The Tech."

"Most people donate food during the holiday season, but thousands of people don't have enough to eat all through the year," said Jenny Luciano, a spokesperson for Second Harvest Food Bank. "CANSTRUCTION is an amazing program, generating large scale food donations over the course of the year in a truly unique way. We're really excited to be working with The Tech on this year's program."

"The uniqueness of CANSTRUCTION lies in the fact that it is one of those rare community service events that crosses all religious, political, racial and national boundaries for a common good," said Cheri Melillo, National Executive Director of CANSTRUCTION.

CANSTRUCTION events are hosted annually in 45 North American cities. The Society of Design Administration (SDA), founders of CANSTRUCTION, hopes that all nations around the world will join them in the effort to make their vision to "CANstruct a World without Hunger" a reality.

Participating local firms:
Biggs Cardosa Associates
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc (SGH)
The Steinberg Group, Architects

NOTE TO EDITORS
Special CANSTRUCTION reception on Thursday, July 22 from 11 to 12:30. Preview the structures, learn the award winners, and meet with Second Harvest, Tech Museum & architecture firm spokespeople.

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For more information, visit www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH.

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