Story last updated at 10/21/2009 - 1:32 pm
JUNEAU - Have you ever wanted to play with food only to be told you couldn't? Now you can, and support a worthwhile cause in the process. The Nugget Mall is hosting a non-perishable food sculpture contest to support Helping Hands with their upcoming holiday food baskets.
All are invited to form teams to create sculptures out of non-perishable food items. Teams will set up sculptures Nov. 9-13, and the public is invited to vote for the best sculptures on Nov. 14. Awards will be give for Best School Sculpture, Most Complex Structure, Funniest, Best of Theme, Best Use of Labels, and People's Choice. All sculptures will be donated to Helping Hands, a non-profit food bank that passes out food to local people in need.
The sign-up deadline for the contest is Sunday, Nov. 1. Contact Stacey Poulsen, marketing director of the Nugget Mall, at 789-4439 or at the Nugget Mall office (#328) for sign-up forms.
The annual Halloween Carnival will also be held at the Nugget Mall to raise money for Helping Hands. For $5, you will receive six game tickets to be used for fun, prizes and cotton candy.
The carnival will be held 5:30-7:30 on Friday, Oct. 23, noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, and 1:30-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Helping Hands is been providing food to local families and individuals since it was founded by Betty Kaplor in 1983. The organization serves about 400 people a week out of its distribution site in Lemon Creek. The program is run entirely by volunteers and is a member of United Way.
For more information about these events or Helping Hands, call Helping Hands Director Karen Fortwengler at 209-2520.