Archive for the ‘Gwinnett CAN Challenge’ Category

Taste of Home Cooking Show: Help the Hungry and Win an iPad!

Interested in helping hungry families in our area and filling local food banks? Come join us at the Taste of Home Cooking Show this Thursday, October 20th starting at 4PM at the Infinite Energy Arena. For every can of food and other most needed items you bring, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for our iPad drawing at the show! This annual event an annual brings hundreds of foodies together from across the area to learn more about cooking techniques, cutting edge culinary products and more. In addition to live cooking demos, the Gwinnett County Public Library will host award-winning authors Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart at the event, which is sponsored by the Gwinnett Daily Post. Critical Needs to Bring to the Show: Canned: meats (chicken, spam, ham, ravioli), soups, vegetables, fruits Protein: peanut butter, dry beans, tuna fish Dry: pasta, rice, cereal Paper: toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, diapers Hygiene: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant Cleaning: detergent, laundry soap, new cleaning cloths You can also buy raffle tickets for $1 each, and those funds will be donated to the food banks. As a bonus, everyone that stops by our booth while supplies last will get a free bottle of our custom Holtkamp Heatwave […]

Help Fill Local Food Banks & Win a Trip to San Diego

At Holtkamp Heating & Air, we’re passionate about supporting our community in many ways. Two of our top priorities are helping fill local food banks and celebrating the arts. We’re excited to share a new campaign that brings these two important causes together in a big way. Connecting the Arts with a Need in the Community Currently, the shelves are very bare at Gwinnett’s food pantries, according to the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services. “The need is pretty intense right now,” Suzy Bus, helpline director for the Coalition, said. Based on this pressing situation, we considered how we could connect our passions and help drive donations to keep local food banks filled year-round. As longtime sponsors of the Aurora Theatre, we have long supported their artistic efforts and kept their patrons comfortable during performances. With thousands attending their shows, we had the idea of connecting them all to the food bank cause. During the Aurora’s 20th season, we’re proud to be partnering with them to help raise 20 tons of food to help fill local food banks! How to Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway To sweeten the pot and celebrate everyone who participates in this food drive, we are offering […]

Delivering Big for Local Food Banks at Taste of Home Cooking Show

For years, we’ve been dedicated to raising awareness about hunger in our community and helping to generate donations to local food banks through our Gwinnett CAN Challenge. To help fill the shelves with food, we’re constantly looking for new opportunities for engagement around this important issue. Image courtesy of Gwinnett Daily Post We recently sponsored the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Taste of Home Cooking Show, an annual event that brings foodies together to learn more about cooking techniques, cutting edge culinary products and more. Image courtesy of Gwinnett Daily Post What a perfect environment to connect food lovers to the tremendous need of local families that are desperate for food. Prior to the show, we asked attendees to stop by our booth and bring cans or other most needed items or make cash donations for food when they arrived. Plus, who doesn’t love a photo opportunity with Chopper, the Gwinnett Braves mascot? To help sweeten the pot, the attendees received one entry into a grand prize drawing for each item or dollar they donated. The perfect grand prize for this crowd? A KitchenAid Mixer! We were very pleased to gather 909 items of food and receive $383 in cash donations. These contributions generated 2058 total items […]

CAN Challenge: Rewarding an Elementary School's Good Deeds

Our CAN Challenge food drive intends to get local non-profits such as schools, churches and scouting/athletic groups engaged in helping to fill local food banks, which unfortunately have a critical shortage of food throughout the year. With rising numbers of families in need, this ongoing program not only raises awareness about the problem but also gives citizens a chance to make a real impact locally. Once groups organize and conduct their own food drive, they can receive up to $500 in grants, in addition to knowing they are actively helping those in need. This makes the program a win-win! One group that has proudly participated in the CAN Challenge for the past three years is the Level Creek Elementary School PTA in Suwanee. As the internal champion of the school’s CAN Challenge efforts, first grade teacher Kristin Neely has used this both as a service opportunity and educational experience for students. In their three years of participation, the students and families of Level Creek Elementary have raised a whopping 6,914 pounds of food! By gathering 3.5 tons of food that have gone directly to the North Gwinnett CoOp, the group has been awarded a total of $1,350 in grants. “We are all so happy […]

Holtkamp Food Drive Raises over 1 Ton of Food

At Holtkamp Heating & Air, we’re passionate about keeping folks comfortable in their homes. But we’re also just as passionate about helping those in need throughout our community. Our ongoing Gwinnett CAN Challenge campaign encourages individuals and non-profits to help fill local food banks, especially during January-October when food banks receive less attention. With a goal of raising 15 tons of food in 2015, we recently sponsored two performances of the 3 Little Pigs children’s educational show at Aurora Theatre. 100% of the $3.50 ticket price was collected and donated to local food banks. Additionally, attendees were encouraged to bring jars of peanut butter to help provide a protein-packed item for the food banks. For every jar they brought, they received one raffle ticket for great prizes. The Results Thanks to the hundreds of attendees that came out to the performances, we were able to raise: • $905 in cash based on ticket sales. • With that $905, 2,715 items can be purchased for local food banks. • 95 jars of peanut butter. • Between the cash and donated items, that’s over one ton of food raised in one day! Many thanks to all who attended the shows and participated in this food […]

Holtkamps Collect 1 Ton of Food at Festival of Trees

As a proud sponsor of the Aurora Theatre, we always participate in their annual Festival of Trees. Each sponsor decorates a tree in the lobby, and theatre patrons place cans of food to help fill local food banks next to their favorite tree. From trees made of food packages to an upside down tree, we always try to bring a creative touch to our entry. For Christmas 2014, we created a snowman tree complete with a Gwinnett CAN Challenge hat, a carrot nose, can buttons and a corn cob pipe. We just totaled up the collected food, and are pleased to report that we gained a record amount of items: 3,094! That is over one ton of much needed food that will go to local food banks to help feed families this Christmas season.   2014 Gwinnett CAN Challenge Results Through the Aurora Theatre and other community events, our goal was to raise 10 tons of food right here in Gwinnett in 2014. With the help of so many citizens that donated, we actually gathered over 12.5 tons! If you’d like to get involved with the Gwinnett CAN Challenge and host your own food drive, please learn more here.

Holtkamp Home School Day at the Aurora

We were thrilled to recently sponsor a home school day for the Aurora Theatre’s production of StinkyKids The Musical! As proud supporters of the home school community as well as the Aurora and arts in Gwinnett, we invited home school children throughout the area to attend for free. It was a great opportunity to provide children with a fun opportunity and also raise awareness for our local food banks! Since tickets were free, we encouraged families to bring non-perishable food items to help support the Holtkamp Can Challenge. Our community has a critical food shortage and our local food banks are working hard to help meet that need. The homeschool families brought 1,000 items that were delivered to the southeast Gwinnett Co-Op! They also had the opportunity to meet the woman behind StinkyKids The Musical. Atlanta mom Britt Menzies, who wrote the award-winning StinkyKids® books, was at the production signing books and greeting fans. Everyone had a great time and we look forward to our next opportunity to partner with the Aurora and our local home school community! Want to get involved in helping fill local food banks? Learn more about the CAN Challenge.

The Holtkamps Help the Community Fill Local Food Banks

As proud sponsors of Aurora Theatre, we recently provided complimentary tickets to hundreds of our customers for a performance of the classic musical Mary Poppins. In addition to rewarding our customers with these free tickets, we also used this performance to highlight a critical food shortage in our community. We asked that each family bring at least one paper or plastic bag filled with food and other most needed items to the performance. We were so pleased to see an outpouring of support by the attendees, which amounted to over a half ton of food and other essential items that would go directly to local food banks. To encourage contributions, Matthew and Suzanne provided raffle tickets for every item that attendees brought. At intermission, a drawing was held for Aurora tickets and a $250 Visa gift card! We were very pleased to give back to our patrons who so generously donated food to Gwinnett food banks. For those that were able to attend this spectacular performance of Mary Poppins and make a difference in our community, our family would like to say a very special thank you. If you are interested in getting involved to help fill local food banks, learn […]

Free Tickets to See Mary Poppins at Aurora Theatre

Want free tickets to see the spectacular production of Mary Poppins at Aurora Theatre? As sponsors of the theatre, we are pleased to offer your family up to 4 tickets for the August 17th performance at 2:30PM. In addition to rewarding our customers with these free tickets, we’re also using this performance as a way to highlight a critical food shortage in our community. Our Gwinnett Can Challenge effort helps connect citizens like you with the issue of hunger that affects families throughout Gwinnett and beyond. How can you help? We are asking that each family bring at least one paper or plastic bag filled with food and other most needed items to the performance. (see the full list of needs here) For every bag of food and items you bring, you will receive one entry into a random drawing for a $250 Visa gift card and Aurora Theatre tickets! How can you reserve tickets? To reserve up to 4 tickets, please fill out this ticket reservation form. We look forward to seeing you with arms full of food on Sunday, August 17th!

Holtkamp Food Drive at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter

Holtkamp Heating & Air is pleased to be partnering with the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforcement Services as they accept the Gwinnett CAN Challenge! If you plan to bring home a furry, four-pawed friend this holiday season, you can get a $10 voucher to help offset shelter fees just by bringing a few needed items. Through December 31, 2013, bring five items from the list below and you will receive a $10.00 voucher good for shelter fees for adoptions, reclaims or rescues. Critically Needed Items: ·  Canned: meats (chicken, spam, ham, ravioli), soups, vegetables and fruits ·  Protein: peanut butter, dry beans, tuna fish ·  Dry: pasta, rice, cereal ·  Paper: toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, diapers ·  Hygiene: soap, shampoo, deodorant ·  Cleaning: detergent, laundry soap Immediate use of the voucher is not necessary; they will remain valid for 30 days.  When donating items, check in with the front office to get your voucher before placing your items in the collection bin. For directions to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, click here. Please visit the Shelter’s website for more information.

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