Thank you to BHI Las Cruces CANstruction Team!
CANstruction is a nationwide nonprofit organization that has partnered with Casa de Peregrinos, a Las Cruces-based food program that distributes more than three million pounds of food to underserved residents annually. For CANStruction, teams compete by building large-scale sculptures made entirely of canned, nonperishable food, which is then donated after the competition.
We would like to give a huge thank you to our CANstruction team members and BHI for supporting this Casa de Peregrinos volunteer event. BHI Las Cruces has supported this group for several years now as they strive in their mission to alleviate hunger in our community and promote public awareness of hunger in Doña Ana County. This year’s theme was centered around Casa De Peregrinos’ 40th anniversary, so BHI Las Cruces designed and built a Chile Cake can sculpture for the competition. The sculpture contained over 1,400 cans and was nearly 7’ tall. The sculptures were on display in the Dona Ana County building and were such a success that we were asked to leave them up for a few extra days. Many hours were donated designing and building the sculpture by the Las Cruces team and their hard work and generosity shows.
Elena and Josue spent many hours crafting the can layout based on a cake with candles and a 40th logo on a red chile, which they designed in CAD. The can structure was built in the center of the Doña Ana County Administrative Building, so it received prominent public attention and looked great. Our BHI team consisted of Elena Bronisz, Mikhala Churchman, Sunny Snell, Noah Snell, Diana Gomez, Josue Magaña, Julian Silva, and Matt Thompson. This event included one other team that stayed with the competition: the NMSU Society of Women Engineers. Special kudos to Sunny for making a command decision that we needed two more structural column supports to prevent a bad chile sag. Great job all and we sincerely appreciate your community support!
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