Shadowbox business blooms for Loomis man

By: Joyia Emard Loomis News Editor
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Dan Soldano just wants to do something that will make a positive difference in people’s lives. The Loomis resident thinks he’s found a way to do just that through a new business – Lifetime Legacy – that was created as a way to honor and celebrate the Soldano's oldest son, Cameron, who graduated from Del Oro High School last June. Dan Soldano, a former homebuilder, designed and built an electronic shadow box as a graduation gift for Cameron. The box was custom-painted and held mementos of Cameron’s life, special lighting and an LCD monitor that rotated through 300 photos of Cameron from babyhood through high school. “It was a real surprise. I don’t have one friend who got anything like that for graduation,” Cameron said. “All my friends really like it. They say, ‘Dang, that’s pretty sweet.’” Cameron said he’d like to share it with his own children someday and he plans to add photos to it in the future via a flashdrive. Dan Soldano also wanted to celebrate Cameron’s varsity football team that won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title in 2010, so he made an even more impressive box to donate to the high school. That box contained a large team photo, engravings with all of the players’ names, a team helmet, custom painting and lettering and an LCD monitor that rotates 1,000 photos of the football season. Dan Soldano also built and donated a box to the Battle At The Capital football tournament that benefits Wounded Warriors. He said he was given some money to help purchase materials. Dan Soldano said he loved creating the boxes and felt he was doing something positive for others that brought meaning. “We all have achievements, accolades or memories that deserve recognition,” Dan Soldano said. Dan Soldano’s wife, Cindy, said he is starting to receive orders for the boxes that vary from a company that plans to put one in their corporate office, to the possibility of one placed in the state capitol. “We’re getting a lot of interest. It’s really exciting. It’s what I want to do – affect people’s lives and do something that makes a difference,” Dan Soldano said. Cindy Soldano said they’ve been approached by a family that wants to create a Lifetime Legacy box that would have a section for each of their children, and by a retired professional athlete. She said she could see the boxes used as gifts for anniversaries, weddings, graduations, birthdays and celebration of life ceremonies. She also said businesses could use them in their offices, for trade shows or sales. She said the shadow boxes can take anywhere from one to three months to build and could range in price from $500 to $10,000 depending on the size, complexity, custom features and materials used. Dan Soldano said he’d like to create another shadow box for Del Oro that would showcase all sports, not just football, and would include activities like band and drama. But before he does that he has to figure out what to do for his middle son, Austin, who is graduating from Del Oro in June and is also on the 2011 football team that just repeated winning the Sac-Joaquin Section title. LIFETIME LEGACY What: Customized, electronic, lit shadowbox Who: Dan and Cindy Soldano Cost: $500 to $10,000 Information: Contact: 765-5756