– Two talented school children were overjoyed to see
their artistic creations come alive for the first time today
when The Parade Company unveiled The Skillman Foundation winning
float and balloon designs at The Parade Studio in Detroit.
Davison, a 4th grader from Harms Elementary School in Detroit
and Sam Carroll, a 4th grader from Pare Elementary School
in St. Clair Shores were the winning artists of the 15th Annual
Skillman Foundation Float and Balloon Design Contest. Davison’s
drawing of a colorful dinosaur transformed into a life-size
captivating float, and Carroll’s drawing inspired a
vibrant balloon named Otto: The Rainbow Octopus.
students, their families, teachers and principals attended
the unveiling. Twenty students whose drawings earned honorable
mention were also invited to see their drawings on display.
Joan LeMahieu, President of The Parade Company and The Skillman
Foundation representatives joined the students for this special
is a delight to continue our partnership with The Skillman
Foundation in encouraging kids to use their creativity and
express their imaginations,” said Deborah I. Dingell,
Chair Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation.
up through grade five are invited to join in this exciting
tradition and create life-long memories for our Parade. We
are pleased at the great number of students who want to experience
this Detroit tradition.”
morning, a very proud Charlie Davison will accompany his float,
a 13-foot tall dinosaur, with a 12-foot long tail and multi-colored
striped sweater that is over 16 feet long! An ecstatic Sam
Carroll was listening to The Beatles hit, “Octopus’s
Garden,” when he was inspired to draw his masterpiece.
involved with the Parade is a very rewarding experience,”
said Carol Goss, President and CEO of The Skillman Foundation.
“This signature event for The Skillman Foundation is
important in that it gives the many children of metropolitan
Detroit an opportunity to utilize their literary and artistic
knowledge as they team up to create some truly impressive
floats and balloons.”
The Skillman Foundation
The Skillman Foundation is a resource for improving the lives
of children in metropolitan Detroit. The foundation applies
its resources to foster positive relationships between children
and adults, support high quality learning opportunities and
strengthen healthy, safe and supportive homes and communities.
The Foundation was founded in December 1960 by Rose P. Skillman,
widow of Robert H. Skillman, vice president and director of
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, and has an annual
grantmaking budget of $23 million.
The Parade Company
Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization
governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose
board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate
leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company
is celebrating 80 years of Parade tradition in Detroit. The
mission is to fund, create and execute the best family events
in metro Detroit. The Parade Company staff, the board of directors
and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring
a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit
each year including the International Freedom Festival and
Target Fireworks and America's Thanksgiving Parade®.