Dear Editor: These past weeks, I have been repeatedly reminded of why my wife, Marla, and I chose to make the Stanwood-Camano community our home. During our recent efforts to raise funds and construct the new Soap Box Derby Headquarters and Track at our Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island, we were greeted time and again with support, encouragement and excitement. Due to this, we were able to complete the track on budget and on time for last month’s annual Windermere Soap Box Derby event with great success and fanfare.
More than 70 kids from across the state of Washington came out to race in this year’s derby — two of whom will advance to the World Championships in Akron, Ohio, later this summer.
Our hope with this event is to provide a positive atmosphere for molding childhood memories. Further, we’re putting our stamp on the map as a community that revolves around its people; a place where businesses and families can thrive with mutual support.
I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has and continues to contribute to this great event. The participating families, volunteers, donors and spectators all helped make this year’s derby the greatest yet. Hats off to you all — with gratitude.