This past Saturday was our 2nd Annual (I guess I can actually call it annual now because it WAS the 2nd) Pinebox Derby Grand Prix. It was a fantastic day. We had learned so much after our first event last year, and this year contained even more learning. We’re really excited about the longterm possibilities of this event, and ALREADY know when we’re doing it next year.
Most important of all, we raised $3000 for CURE Childhood Cancer. I’ll be delivering a check to CURE later this week. This money was raised via entry fees to the race, donations, and proceeds of some chicken biscuits donated by Chick-Fil-A the day of the race.
Why Raise Money For Childhood Cancer Research?
We probably all know someone who has had cancer. Chances are high that we know a family who has or has had a child with cancer. We are bombarded with opportunities to donate to various cancer/disease needs. The fact is that Childhood Cancer receives FAR less funding for research than adult research.
Since 1980, only 3 new drugs have been approved specifically for the treatment of childhood cancer.
During the same time span, hundreds of drugs have been approved for adults.
96% to 4%. That is how much
There is great need. Every “little” bit helps.
CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research and through support of patients and their families.
Stop reading this article now. Go. Make a donation. We’ll wait.
Back to the Race Recap
We had a phenomenal turn out again this year. We had 49 entries for the race. The Car designs were creative. The competition was heated, but fun was had by all, and smiles were all around.
We had a few major improvements this year. First, we moved the track to a much more visible and open area. Last year it was tight… we admit it. The main aisle of our store was perfect for year one, but we realized with more folks this year, we needed more room to move around. Therefore, we moved the to the front of the store with half of it in the Power Equipment area, and the other half in the Hardware area. It worked great!
We also added an electronic timer and computer program which helped us conduct the race much better than year one. Each car raced down each lane once and we took the average times of all four races to determine the overall fastest cars. This alone made the race more enjoyable as it allowed for more racing and even the slow cars were able to compete in their heats.
It’s cliche to say that everyone was a winner, but it was true. There were a lot of smiles and fun by all. However, we did determine the first, second and third place in speed for all three divisions. Then we took the top 2 of each division (Under 18, Adult, and Sponsor) and had a grand finale heat.
We also gave prizes to the top 4 best designs or the day.
Prizes were given. Trophies were handed out!
Thanks to the Peachtree Ridge Robotics Team for not only participating in the race, but for stepping in and volunteering for ‘whatever we needed.’ They helped sell the tasty Chick-fil-A biscuits, they helped with photography, and I saw several of them helping direct people in the store. Y’all rock!
Thanks to the Duluth Chick-fil-A on Peachtree Industrial and Pleasanthill. They helped us promote the race, and they provided coffee and biscuits for race morning.
Thanks to Cub Scouts Pack 420 based out of Duluth First United Methodist Church again for loaning us their track and computer software. A lot of work goes into this effort, but having them help makes it so much easier.
Last, Thanks to all our sponsors who stepped up with a little more money for CURE:
Start Planning for Next Year
Start planning for next year’s race. It will be held on Saturday, June 18th!
Enjoy these photos from the race.