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MINNEAPOLIS -- Denny Werner of Arden Hills, Minn., was awarded the grand prize for his grocery-bag artwork in Cub Foods' "Create Your Community Contest" held at the Silver Lake Cub Foods store in St. Anthony, Minn., June 28.
Using only Cub Foods paper grocery bags and some basic art supplies, Werner created a globe standing six feet tall, with ribbons describing different aspects of his community.
As grand prize winner, he will receive free groceries for a year. "I was laid off in April, so winning a year's worth of groceries from Cub Foods is really a blessing for my family," said Werner.
In a timed, spontaneous celebrity contest held during the award ceremony, local new personality Vineeta Sawkar from 5 Eyewitness News won by creating a television, complete with a news anchor and remote control. Cub Foods donated $500 to Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank on her behalf. Other celebrity participants included Tony Oliva, former Minnesota Twins baseball player; and Mrs. Minnesota 2005, Jennifer Sanneman.
Nearly 600 artists from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin competed in the contest. The winners were chosen by a panel of three judges from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, with one finalist being named from each of the market's 66 Cub Foods stores.
"We developed the Cub Create Your Community Contest to celebrate the spirit of the communities we serve," said Brian Huff, president, Cub Foods' West Region. "But when we announced the contest, we never imagined that we'd receive so many exceptional entries."
Participants had one month to create their works of art, which reflected the communities where they live. The contest was open to artists of all ages, with just one stipulation: using only basic art supplies, the entire piece of art had to be created from Cub Foods paper grocery bags.
In addition to the grand prize and celebrity winners, every Cub Foods' community store finalist received $250 in Cub Foods gift cards. Cub Foods also donated $100 in the name of each judge from the Minneapolis School of Art and Design and on behalf of the other celebrity art contest participants. A total of $1,200 was donated to Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank.
Winning artwork might end up featured on Cub Foods' grocery bags, on outdoor billboards or in print advertising.
Cub Foods is a subsidiary of Supervalu Inc.