2018 Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby will support nonprofits serving City Schools of Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 18, 2018

Nola Setser, 10, of Winona Park,dressed as a bottle of ketchup. Nola and her hot-dog styled derby car finished the course in 20 seconds. File photo from 2017

The Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby will return in October and this year two nonprofits serving City Schools of Decatur will receive proceeds from the event.

“The organizers of the annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby, an autumn event that has become a Decatur mainstay, today announced the selection of the Decatur Education Foundation’s (DEF) ‘Lighten the Load’ initiative and City Schools of Decatur Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) as the beneficiaries for the 2018 race,” the Derby Organizers said in a press release. “This is the first time in the event’s history that multiple nonprofit organizations will receive financial support in the same year to grow their impact on Decatur youths.

“DEF and SEPTA both work with City Schools of Decatur to support student achievement. DEF’s ‘Lighten the Load’ provides food, clothing and other resources to families of students living in need. SEPTA exists to serve families and educators of children receiving special education and gifted services in the district.”

Here is a video of last year’s event.



Since 2011, the Soapbox Derby has brought in nearly $130,000 for children-oriented charities around the Decatur area, like Gigi’s Playhouse and Hagar’s House. Proceeds from the 2017 derby went to Decatur Robotics. The event drew about 1,500 people and 100 racers.

“The Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby is a Decatur tradition that brings together families, local businesses and philanthropy,” Raul Trujillo, a founding member of the Madison Avenue Community Fund, said in a press release. “Without strong commitment from the City of Decatur, business owners, and volunteers, all working together in the interest of supporting student achievement, this event would not be possible.”

The 2018 Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby will be held on Oct. 6. Online registration opens on Aug. 6. To learn more about the event, click here.

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