paradeThe Parade Company and the Skillman Foundation will commemorate a quarter century of inspiring young designers by announcing the winner of the 25th Annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. The popular annual contest provides Detroit students ranging in grades four through eight an opportunity to design a larger-than-life float that will be included in this year’s parade. On Nov. 15, the winning designer will be joined by family and teachers as their imagination is brought to life.

 The winning student will have the honor of leading their float down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.  Honorable mention winners will also be present at the press conference.

 Celebrating “90 Years Together,” America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van is produced by The Parade Company. It’s recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by U.S. News & World Report Travel and is broadcast to more than 170 cities nationwide.

Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping Detroit children prepare for college, career and life. The Foundation has assets of nearly a half-billion dollars, with an annual grants budget of $17 million. The Foundation works to achieve its goal by investing in community leadership, neighborhoods, safety initiatives, high-quality schools, and youth development.

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 90 years of Parade tradition in Detroit and is committed to funding, creating and executing the best family events in Michigan. The Parade Company staff, board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit and the region including the Ford Fireworks, Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot, and America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van.

 WHAT:           Skillman Foundation Float Unveil

WHO:             Tonya Allen, president & CEO, the Skillman Foundation; Tony Michaels, president & CEO, The Parade Company; student winner, teachers, honorable mention students and families

 WHEN:           Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:        The Parade Company Studio, 9500 Mt. Elliott, Studio A, Detroit, MI 48211

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