GUTS is a friendly pumpkin carving competition organized and created by CRAFTED, a marketing agency in Charlotte, North Carolina. What began as an internal team building event at CRAFTED has grown into a community-wide event, attracting the finest creative talent in the area and generous support from both our sponsors and patrons. The primary goal of this event is to unify the creative community in support of the kids who fight the real fight every day at Make-A-Wish.
As we enter our 9th Annual GUTS competition, we've seen our venue grow from a small parking lot on the edge of Uptown, to the heart of Center City in 2010, and for five years in a row, the North Carolina Music Factory, and now, at the BB&T Ballpark. We've also seen our list of carvers and attendees grow each year and, therefore, we are able to raise more money for our cause. And with the help of AIGA Charlotte, we've been able to take the event national with Orlando, Pittsburgh and Cleveland joining in 2015 and Austin, Cincinnati, Orange County, Providence and Wichita joining in 2016.
The competition is open to local and regional creative professionals that want to test their pumpkin carving skills, and more importantly, raise money for the brave kids of Make-A-Wish Foundation. We raise money through ticket sales, carver's registration fees, sales of creatively carved pumpkins, food, drink and merchandise sold at the event. And, for those who can't make it or would like to do a little extra, we invite anyone, anywhere, to contribute making a wish come true by donating here.