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Karins and Associates Wins Best Use of Most Needed Items!



We were so impressed with all of this year’s participants. Your creativity and teamwork resulted in really great builds, and what is sure to be a record breaking amount of food to help those in the community struggling with hunger.

Time to announce the winners!!

Best Use of Labels – Bank of America

Best Use of Most Needed Items – Karins and Associates

Best Meal – Zakat Foundation

Most Creative – Capital One

People’s Choice Award – Bank of America

Best in Show – Giant Foods


From Karins and Associates:


Earlier in the year, Karins’ staff voted to support the Food Bank of Delaware as our 2016 charity of the year…a way to further involve our company and staff in the communities in which we work and live.

The Food Bank’s CANgineering competition was right up our alley.  It’s “a creative way to collect much-needed food and create a spirited competition in Delaware’s organizations.  Participants hold food drives and compete to create sculptures out of the food items collected.”

Using Karin’s tagline “Better Communities Through Better Engineering” as a starting point, our team sought to incorporate this philosophy with the mission of the Food Bank.  “Our goal was to try and link community building aspects of civil engineering design with the community nurturing goals of charity,” says Edwin Gray, one of Karins’ CANgineering team leaders.  “This led us to a design which shows a road morphing into a fork before a newly constructed home, representing the charity work of the Food Bank as an integral part of the infrastructure of the community.  ‘Feeding our neighbors in need creates better communities’ became the basis for our sculpture.”

Karins’ staff donated approximately 400 cans of food to the sculpture/cause.  The remaining amount needed for the sculpture was provided by Karins through a partnership with Zingo’s Supermarket.  “I’m very proud of our staff for their support of this project through donations, creativity, and collaboration,” says Dev Sitaram, president of Karins. “Sure we’d love to win an award for the structure but our team is already a winner in my eyes.”


About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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