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If You CAN Dream It, You CAN Do It!
2,894 Food Items
Design & Engineering
Jurors' Favorite
Walt Disney World, Design & Engineering (WDW, D&E) Team has come together this year to show how Orlando CAN Be Magical. Before Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971, Orlando was filled with orange groves and the citrus industry drove the economy. Walt Disney dreamed of this magical place and believed that Central Florida was the best location for it, and that’s when the Magic began to fill the city of Orlando. One thing Walt never wants us to forget is that this Magic was “all started by a mouse,” Mickey Mouse! “If you CAN dream it, you CAN do it!”- This is one of the most famous quotes from Walt Disney and our team was inspired by that to design our 2013 CANstruction. The Concept is Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from the most magical movie ever, Fantasia! He is dreaming, just as he does in the movie, only this time it is of creating a magical place, represented by the CINDERELLA CASTLE! Mickey is peeking over clouds holding Cinderella Castle as if he is in a dream.
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Hunger for Hope
2,546 Food Items
Winter Park Construction
Structural Ingenuity
The Daily City's Biggest Heart Award
With this year's theme of "Orlando Can be Magical," naturally one thinks of our basketball team and the numerous theme parks. Winter Park Construction, however, feels that Give Kids the World Village is the most magical, bringing fantasy and wishes to kids who may not be hungry for food, but "hungry" for a normal childhood without illness or disease. Give Kids the World Village is a 70-acre resort that offers children with life-threatening illnesses week-long vacations, free of cost to them and their families. Equipped with all the special requirements, doctors and therapy they may need, this facility truly offers magic to kids who hunger for hope. We feel the purpose of our structure is three-fold: raising awareness for Give Kids the World Village and hopefully promoting volunteerism, providing practical foods for Second Harvest Food Bank, and showcasing the most valued magic - the gift of life.
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There's No Place Like Orlando
2,698 Food Items
HuntonBrady Architects and DPR Construction
Best Meal
Yes Dorothy, there’s no place like home! And our home, our own Emerald City, is Orlando: the City Beautiful. Just like the Emerald City, Orlando is truly a magical place. We have a bounty of colorful, tree lined pathways and walkways filled with the beauty and color of nature. And what is at the end of our yellow brick road? It’s the magical sense of place and the feeling of community. We belong here and we share and care about each other. Helping others help feed themselves is the ultimate magical wonder. There’s No Place Like Orlando!
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Minionmizing Hunger!
2,940 Food Items
BHM Architecture, Inc.
Best Use of Labels
SHFB Award
Best Use of Signage Runner Up
Ooooohhhhhhhh! HaHaHaHaHaHaHa! Oooooohhhhh! Minions! Minions make us laugh…just about everything they do finds the magical part of our soul that lets out a laugh! And we all know a minion…a Bob, a Jerry, a Dave, a Kevin…or how about a Stewart? Our three minions are children. They represent the hope for our future. We need to feed their bodies and their brains. Imagine this…one of these 3 minion children would be food challenged here in Florida. So where is the Magic in Orlando? Well, actually, it is YOU. You make the difference between a child getting something to eat and a child going hungry. Your time, your money, your caring and your hope…all come together at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida , the hub of hunger relief for over 500 Agencies in our area. So, one of our Minion kids is getting a Kids Pack to take home with them. Because we believe in the power of a healthy, happy body and a nourished brain. Minions in our future? Industrious – yes! Creative – yes! Capable of “minionmizing” hunger? We think so! Together…fighting hunger…feeding hope!
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Swan Song for Hunger
3,148 Food Items
Phil Kean Design Group
Honorable Mention
Orlando Weekly's Downtown Award
It would be impossible to pinpoint one thing that makes Orlando "magical". From the living fantasy of Disney and Universal to the wonder of Central Florida's natural features, our City Beautiful has numerous qualities that make it special. The most special aspect of Orlando however is our incredible, magical people. No spot in Orlando demonstrates the magic of the people of Orlando better than Lake Eola. Originally an 80 foot deep sinkhole, the people of 1880's Orlando "magically" transformed the sinkhole into a lake which has since become the meeting point for our giving, generous, diverse community. Watching over our community from this lake are the floating swan boats. These majestic on-lookers are the inspiration for our sculpture. Besides the general neighborly friendliness that the Lake Eola swan boats see daily, there isn't a week that goes by that the park at Lake Eola isn't hosting a party, concert, or 5K for charity. The swan boats gaze over from the lake on every event and every human kindness, which to us best represents the magic of our City Beautiful.
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Abra-CAN-dabra
1,984 Food Items
HHCP
The Where's The Rabbit Award
Just as it takes many, many and many more hands to help fight hunger, there are a great many things that make Orlando magical. What better way to explain than to put on a show, so for all to see The Great CanDini will perform his feats. It begins with a theatrical wave of his hand and The Great CanDini reaches into his Magical Hat to draw forth three things that tie the Orlando community together as a magical place. Abra-CAN-Dabra he shouts as the Lake Eola Fountain appears, a fixture since 1912 and a focal point of Orlando’s downtown. Lake Eola is a place to celebrate, relax, exercise, picnic, propose or get involved in civic debate a place of political rallies, charity events, farmer’s markets, families and of course the many varieties of swans that make it unique. When Orlando comes together, we do so at Lake Eola in the backdrop of our magical multi-hued fountain. Abra-CAN-Dabra he sings with a flourish and a rollercoaster comes forth with all its screams, thrills and excitement. Globally, visitors flock to our many attractions, said to be some of the most magical places on earth. From the most famous and beloved children’s characters to the magic of the movies to the exhilaration of thrill rides, Orlando’s magical attractions bring millions to our city in both visitors and economic impact. For his last trick, the Great CanDini conjures the thing that flies above both Lake Eola and the attractions to mesmerize and draw gasps, oohs and ahhhs. Another wave of his hand and those magical words, Abra-CAN-Dabra, and fireworks fill the sky. Over the Lake Eola Fountain every Fourth of July, thousands upon thousands come together in celebration to watch the fireworks in the heart of the city. The exploding lights reflect off the lake below and the city’s towers above as the sound BOOMS through the crowd twice, once from the initial launch and again as it bounces back from the buildings. Finally, every night ends magically at our attractions as guests are treated to a show 365 days a year. The fireworks sparkle and sound crashes as Orlando sends our visitors out with a BANG and many magical memories. All shows must draw to a close, so the fireworks fade and the magician retreats with his hat behind the curtain. However, one thing is certain, there are many, many and many more magical things that make up Orlando to be drawn from the Great CanDini’s hat tomorrow…
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Every penny counts...wish away hunger
974 Food Items
Girl Scout Troop #506
Girl Scout Troop #350
Fountain of Youth Award
Our Girl Scout troop works together each year from the concept, to the title, down to the sign. These efforts were a collaboration between 9 middle and high school girls. The concept list had over 27 ideas but finally decided on the wishing well. After an entertaining brainstorming session, the selected title was a combination of two good ideas into one great one! Once that was complete, they begin to work on their sign. As you can see, Girl Scouts is all about working together.
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Help Orlando Magically Transform Hunger!
5,354 Food Items
Borrelli + Partners, Inc.
Creative Concept Award
Big Canhuna (Most Items Used)
Florida and in particular Orlando, has always been associated with the outdoor lifestyle, sunshine and virtually a continuous Spring-time. Part of that magical time period in nature is the number of transformations that take place for the vibrancy of life trees springing into blossoming displays of fauna and remarkably caterpillars transforming into beautiful butterflies that ultimately take flight and grace our skies and skylines. Orlando is home to all these things. It is also home to the virtuous actions associated with empathy, caring and support in bringing assistance to those in transformational need, with one of the most basic being a relief of hunger. Just as a caterpillar needs to first feed in order to cocoon and magically transform into the butterfly before taking flight, so too do people need to first eat and resolve hunger before they can cocoon, transform, take flight and grace our skies and skylines.
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The Magic of Storytelling
1,325 Food Items
HMH Can!
The Cat-CAN-do Award
Orlando can be magical because it is filled with the magic of storytelling. From its world class theme parks and sports venues, to shopping districts and nature, Orlando invites residents and visitors alike to create their own magical stories. For over 30 years, HMH has been part of Orlando in the business of publishing magical stories, such as the one that inspired our Canstruction today, “Mr. Wuffles!”, the new book by our Caldecott Medal winning author David Wiesner. It tells the story of a bored black cat whose new favorite toy happens to be a genuine (if tiny) spaceship. The aliens inside must repair their ship and escape their furry admirer, with the help of some unexpected new friends. HMH is proud to join its new friends at Canstruction Orlando to bring us all one step closer to the day when the story of hunger ends with a “happily ever after.” What can possibly be more magical than that?
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The Magic of Stuff CAN fuel our Community
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Michael LoSchiavo
Jeff Bush
Matt Houchin
Aaron Chayovan
Nick Hudacko
Karen Williams
Claudia Cintas
Robin Schindler
Sarah Kowslowski
Jennifer Szilaygi
Laure Lewis
Honorable Mention
The Central Florida community is built on the right Stuff. People here band together to help one another out during tough times, which is our goal with CANstruction by supporting Second Harvest Food Bank. Our Stuff, a replica of the beloved Orlando Magic mascot, is a symbol of community outreach, support, and connection. Stuff has been a team symbol for over twenty years. He enjoys connecting with others and bringing joy both on the court and at events off the court across the community. Stuff is depicted here with a basketball just after making his signature power slam. He is decked out in the latest Orlando Magic fashions in support of his favorite team. He is seated on the ground in preparation for a photo opportunity with his fans, friends, and teammates. Through our sculpture of Stuff, we aim to provide a nutritious meal for those in need. Providing members of our community with the right stuff to fill them up and the right energy to be prosperous full-bodied citizens. We hope Stuff will bring a little Magic to the dinner tables of those in need.
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The Science of Orlando Magic
1,068 Food Items
Interact Club
The TV Dinner Award
Originally our design came from the hit television show Breaking Bad. We realized that had nothing to do with the theme of "Orlando can be Magical" at first, but then were able to make a connection. We all remembered visiting the Orlando Science Center when we were younger on school field trips with our family and how we found the science to be so magical. The experiments and different exhibits were so astounding they seemed to be acts of magic rather than science. The Science Center is a place of exploring, learning, and joy- these things are all what makes up magic. We decided the Orlando Science Center was a special place to all of us as children and even today it still serves as a place that is creating magic inside of it. Everybody thinks the magic is found at Disney, but really the magic comes when we learn something new and see something so astonishing that our minds cannot think of any other way for it to exist except through magic. There is only one Orlando Science Center and no other place like it, making Orlando such a magical (and scientific) place.
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“FE FI FO YUM” C&P's Magic Beanstalk
2,033 Food Items
Cuhaci & Peterson Architects
Reaching New Heights Award
Best Use of Signage
“FE FI FO YUM” The truth is, magic and voodoo are not what we need, But it is magical how many people one normal seed feeds! In the rich Orlando soil, bean sprouts begin to form Photosynthesis causes nutritious food to be born. As if by magic, the stalks climb and grow If only more of us planted seeds – row upon row! After a while, we can pick the beans Which CAN then be made into very tasty cuisine! Imagine all of the tummies we could fill And a love for nature we could instill If everyone would acknowledge the power Of planting a seed and growing our own food or a flower. We need to take action, let’s be quick Growing and sharing food CAN be the trick! To solving the hunger issue right here at home, O-town is full of potential there’s no need to roam. Admittedly, not all of our thumbs are green, But the idea of supporting local Orlando growers is keen! Many, many fresh farm markets you’ll see all around We just have to get out there – there’s lots to be found. Together the magic beanstalk we can climb And slay the giant hunger issue, one seed at a time!