Stanwood honors Davis with hoops

STANWOOD — Hoops for Davis is a Stanwood and Camano Island community gathering and fundraiser open to anyone who has suffered a loss and anyone who has helped someone else through a loss.

“That includes just about everybody,” Garry Carlson said. “This year, we’re also encouraging people from surrounding communities to join us in this celebration of life.”

The fifth annual Hoops for Davis event, which includes basketball games, a carnival and a silent auction, is set for Saturday at Stanwood High School.

Carlson’s son, Davis, was a fifth-grade student at Utsalady Elementary School when he died on Dec. 25, 2005, at the age of 11. During Davis’ fight with cancer, the community gave the boy a lot of support, Carlson said.

As a result, the Carlson family started the Davis Carlson Memorial Fund, with a goal of bringing people together to raise money for Davis Place, an after-school hangout in downtown Stanwood, and an annual scholarship given to a graduating high school senior, based on his or her community service record.

The Stanwood Camano Resource Center, which manages Davis Place, hopes eventually to build a new community center especially for young people, Carlson said.

Along with a series of basketball games that involve students and teachers, the other activities at Saturday’s Hoops for Davis event include face painting, nail painting, concessions, a dessert table and more than 50 baskets full of items to be auctioned.

Last year, about 1,000 people participated in the event, Carlson said.

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Saturday social

Hoops for Davis begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Stanwood High School gym, 7400 272nd St. NW.

For more information, call 360-629-5257.

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