Eight Redmond businesses remain in the competition after the first round of ’s March Can Madness competitive food drive to help stock the agency’s food banks. The single-elimination competition continues through March 30.
In week one of the contest, defending champion collected 579 pounds of food, followed by with 477 pounds and Roos Orthodontics with 457 pounds.
To ensure businesses of all sizes are able to compete on a level playing field, the competition uses a unique scoring system: the total pounds of food donated by a business are divided by the total number of employees, resulting in a competitive “score,” giving Hancock’s Bakery a score of 165.43, followed by at 58 and at 48. Despite a strong showing in their first year of competition, NAMI Eastside received an unlucky draw in the first round and was eliminated by Hancock’s Bakery.
In Round II, Hancock’s Bakery will face off against Pacific Music, Roos Orthodontics will be matched with 180 Degrees Chiropractic, the will face , and Redmond Athletic Club will meet .
The 32 businesses competing in Round I collected a total of 4,935 pounds of food and $1,090 in cash.
Hopelink’s third-annual competition is patterned after the national spring college basketball tournament, matching businesses in weekly contests to see which onecan bring in the most food. Teams are bracketed together in pairs and one winner from each 2-member bracket advances to the following week.
Businesses set to face off in Round II of the competition:
- 180 Degrees Chiropractic, Redmond
- Chuck Olson Chevrolet Kia, Shoreline
- Falco Sult & Company, Redmond
- Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce
- Guild Mortgage, Kirkland
- Hallmark Realty, Kirkland
- Hancock's Bakery, Redmond
- Jake's Kirkland/Life is Good
- J.J. Mahoney's Irish Pub, Redmond
- Lake WA Physical Therapy, Kirkland
- Pacific Music, Redmond
- Redmond Athletic Club
- Roos Orthodontics, Redmond
- Sterling Savings Bank, Kirkland
- Sterling Savings Bank, Shoreline
- TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy, Shoreline
—From a Hopelink news release