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Cypress' December 14th Canned Food Sculpture Contest for Second Harvest Food Bank Has Celebrity Appeal

Last Updated: June 08, 2020

Former NFL Players Eric Wright and Keena Turner, Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming and Reality TV Finalist Manuel Romero to Judge 17th Annual Competition at Chip Company

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 12, 2007 - Your mother always said "don't play with your food," but the employees at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) are doing just that. For the 17th straight year, Cypress is hosting its annual canned food sculpture contest, part of the Corporate Food Bowl Challenge benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The event will be held on Friday, December 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 198 Champion Court in San Jose. The goal is to raise more than one million pounds in food donations.

On hand to judge the innovative and often humorous life-sized food structures built by Cypress employees are Former NFL/Pro Bowl defensive back Eric Wright and linebacker Keena Turner, former Olympic figure skating champion, Peggy Fleming, and singer-songwriter Manuel Romero, a finalist in the inaugural season of NBC's reality television series "America's Got Talent."

Featuring a half dozen artistic displays made from thousands of pounds of canned and packaged foods, Cypress's canned food sculpture contest draws awareness to the Second Harvest Food Bank's efforts to feed local families during the holidays. Several departments within Cypress compete against each other to construct the most unique sculpture using nonperishable foods collected during the food drive.  Each sculpture is judged on a number of criteria including complexity, clarity, creativity, use of food, presentation of theme and percent of food content. Some sculptures feature live performers and mechanically moving elements to help accentuate the themes.

Previous winners of the Cypress contest have included a Las Vegas casino, a chess board with a remote controlled rook, a three-hole playable miniature golf course, a fire engine with siren and flashing lights, a World War II battle at sea, a twelve foot tall pirate's ship, a smoke-breathing dragon, a steam train and the Golden Gate Bridge. Last year's winner, the casino, along with the 2005-winning chess sculpture and the 2003-winner "pirate ship" were also awarded the Second Harvest Food Bank's Rodin Award for most artistic sculpture.

Cypress is looking to claim its 17th consecutive Corporate Food Bowl Challenge trophy for donating the most pounds of food per employee during the food bank's annual Holiday Food Drive.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the main provider of food, information, and supportive services to hungry children, adults and elderly people in both counties. One of the nation's largest community food banks, it serves as a clearinghouse for donated and purchased food through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, the food industry, government, volunteers, corporations and individuals.

About Eric Wright

Eric Wright was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft. A cornerback from the University of Missouri, Wright played in 10 NFL seasons and spent his entire career with the 49ers. In his best season, 1983, Wright intercepted seven passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He was a four-time Super Bowl winner with the 49ers and appeared twice in the NFL Pro Bowl.

About Keena Turner

Keena Turner was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft. A linebacker from Purdue University, Turner played in 11 NFL seasons-all with the 49ers. Turner was named to the 1983 NFL ProBowl team and retired from the 49ers with four Super Bowl rings.

About Peggy Fleming

Peggy Fleming won the Olympic Gold Medal in the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France. She has appeared in a number of television specials, including her Sun Valley Special which won two Emmy awards. In 1980, she was the first skater invited to perform at the White House. She also performed during the 1986 unveiling of the restored Statue of Liberty. Fleming was also an honored athlete who carried the Olympic flame into the 2002 Opening Ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fleming is a breast cancer survivor and has made a number of guest appearances on talk shows to promote breast cancer awareness.  

About Manuel Romero

Manuel Romero is a singer-songwriter from Milpitas, Calif., who was a semifinalist on the inaugural season of NBC's reality television series "America's Got Talent," which aired in the summer of 2007. In 2002, Romero received the International Trebby Award for best popular album and song of the year along with Grammy nominations for Best Album and Best New Artist. He has released four albums to date.

About Cypress

Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value." Cypress offerings include the PSoC® Programmable System-on-Chip™, USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB™ radio system-on-chip, to West Bridge™ and EZ-USB® FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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