The Tournament of Roses Foundation has announced 2015 grant awards totaling $200,000 presented to 42 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley. Ten of the 42 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients. These organizations are: About Productions, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, Jericho Road Pasadena, Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc., Mark Keppel High School Drama Boosters, Marshall Music Boosters Inc., Monrovia Wildcats Band Booster Club, Pasadena Girls Softball Association, Pasadena High School Instrumental Music Club, and The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.
Since its inception in 1983, the Tournament of Roses Foundation has funded more than $2.7 million in charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association. The amount awarded in 2015 is $100,000 more than the amount funded in 2014 – a 100 percent increase. The Foundation assists charities in the Pasadena area by funding sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. These grants, ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 will help support new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors.
The 2015 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipients are:
In addition to the new grant recipients, the Tournament of Roses Foundation also announced the election of Ken Burrows, Mitchell Ing, and Robert Miller to the board of directors. These new members replace outgoing board members Gerald Freeny, Brian James and Mike Ward who provided a combined nine years of outstanding service and leadership. The Foundation board also elected a new president and officers: Katherine Martinez Kleine, president; Nancy Neal Davis, vice president; Maxine Harris, treasurer; and Norma Garcia Kachigian, secretary. Members continuing to serve on the Foundation Board are Shannon Boalt, Laura Farber, Rick Jackson, Charlie Martinson, Karen Palmersheim, and Jerri Price-Gaines.
The Tournament of Roses Foundation is a tax exempt, non-profit public benefit corporation established to receive and manage contributions from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, its supporters and the general public. The 13-member board of directors is comprised of community leaders and Tournament members, appointed by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. Organizations or individuals interested in making a contribution or inquiring about the grants process should contact the Foundation by calling (626) 449-4100 or visiting the Tournament of Roses website at www.tournamentofroses.com/foundation.
About the Tournament of Roses®
The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. Nine hundred thirty-five volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization and contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Learn more at www.tournamentofroses.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.