Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of Saturday evening’s “Party of the Century” celebrating the Rose Bowl’s 100th birthday, event Co-Chair Angela Miller was still bubbling with enthusiasm and giddy over the sold-out and twice-rescheduled event, which she reported had raised $2.5 million by evening’s end to maintain and modernize the iconic and historic stadium.
“It really exceeded all our expectations,” Miller said Sunday afternoon. “We were all blown away and overwhelmed by it. It just all went so smoothly.”
“Everyone involved was so engaged with passion, and I want to thank everyone involved,” she said of the event, nearly three years in its planning.
The funds raised on Saturday are in addition to approximately $40 million raised by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation since its creation in 2010.
Longtime major donor Mickey Segal also led a separate fundraising effort on Saturday that collected nearly a half million dollars for the design and construction of a new Rose Bowl marquee.
Segal noted that he had played on the Rose Bowl field four times in high school.
“We never lost,” he said, smiling.
Segal has served as the President of the Legacy Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2014, and is currently a managing partner at Nigro, Karlin, Segal Feldstein and Bolno. He has made a number of major donations to the Rose Bowl over the years, as well as to his own alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona.
Along with the silent auction was a very lively one led by famed auctioneer Sean Endicott, where guests bid on a small treasure chest of items including a VIP pass to every Rose Bowl event in 2023, a ticket package to the Dodgers, Rams, Lakers, Clippers and Kings, as well as a Key West vacation and an exclusive Mediterranean cruise.
2006 Rose Bowl hero Vince Young lobbed autographed footballs to a handful of happy bidders, including LA County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger and State Senator Anthony Portantino.
The evening also saw the introduction of a new award series, the Rosi Awards, naming hometown hero Jackie Robinson the “Sportsperson of the Century” and selecting acclaimed Olympic gymnast Simone Biles as “Sportsperson of the Year.”
Following dessert and dancing and a dazzling display of fireworks, happy and weary guests traipsed off the historic field and out of the stadium only to find more food trucks in the parking lot, happily doling out late night snacks. It was that kind of an evening.