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2020 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED


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On January 18, 2019 Laura Farber was announced as the 2020 Tournament of Roses President. Laura is the  third woman and first Latina to hold the office of President in the Tournament of Roses’ history.  Laura has been a volunteer member of the  Tournament of Roses since 1993 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2012. Throughout her extensive Tournament career, Farber has served on and chaired various committees including Decorating Places, Formation Area, Judging and Membership Development. Her theme for the 2020 Rose Parade is “The Power of Hope,” which celebrates the influence of optimism and hope. Laura is a partner in the Pasadena law firm of Hahn & Hahn, where she practices civil litigation with an emphasis in employment disputes. Laura and her husband,  Tomás Lopez, reside in South Pasadena and have  two children, Christopher and Jessica.

 

PASADENA MARTIN LUTHER KING JR COMMUNITY COALITION EVENTS


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The Tournament of Roses is the proud title sponsor of the Pasadena Martin Luther King Community Coalition and Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) annual events in Pasadena, which occurs during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Each year, community volunteers participate in a  beautification project,  Holiday Celebration and Student Awards for a specially selected Pasadena school. This year, we joined in the annual Campus Beautification Day to help plant trees, garden, and assist with various maintenance tasks and McKinley School. Additionally, we participated in the MLK Community Coalition Essay and Art Contest,  which is the culminating ceremony of the 2019 MLK Holiday Celebration. 

 

ROSE CITY HIGH SCHOOL -
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


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The Tournament of Roses College Tours Program kicks off with the University of Southern California (USC) hosting Rose City High School (RCHS). Over 30 students and chaperones  were provided with insight into USC’s academic programs, on-campus cultural programs and overall student life. Alongside RCHS Principal, Brian Stanley, we have coordinated additional upcoming college tours to be held at California State University, Los Angeles; Occidental College; and California State University, Northridge. RCHS is a continuation high school in Pasadena established to provide proven and effective alternative programs to meet individual student needs.

 

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE


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The Tournament of Roses leadership recently visited Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber that does the flyover before the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. The Tournament of Roses has had a wonderful partnership with the United States Air Force over the past several years and looks forward to many more years of flyovers to come!

 

WASHINGTON STEAM MULTILINGUAL ACADEMY - CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES


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In our continued efforts to prioritize college access and STEAM/STEM within our community, we partnered  with Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy (WSMA) to host 40 students and chaperones on a tour of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Students were provided insight into some of CSULA’s STEAM  programs, on campus cultural and support programs, other various academic programs, and overall student life. Alongside WSMA Principal, Shannon Malone, and instructors, we have  additional  college tours scheduled at the University of California, Los Angeles; California Institute of Technology; and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).

 

NOW ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS


The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019 grant assistance program. Since its inception in 1983, the Foundation has invested over $3 million in more than 200 Pasadena-area organizations.  In 2018  $200,000 was awarded, which funded 33 organizations. Historically, the Foundation has  funded grantees up to $10,000 per year. This practice will continue for the upcoming grant cycle, and the Foundation is now accepting applications for three $25,000 grant awards as a part of the annual grants process. One of these new awards will be a two-year grant, which will be $25,000 each year. The other two awards will be single-year grants.

Grants will be given in the categories of Performing and Visual Arts, Sports and Recreation, and Education (Early Childhood Education, Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. 

Applications will be accepted from January 14, 2019 through February 22, 2019 at 5:00PM. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will make the final grant selections at its annual spring meeting, and applicants will be notified of their funding status via email in May 2019.

 
 

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