Everyone knows – or at least I hope they do! – that the Tournament of Roses Association is responsible for the annual Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. What people might not know is that the Tournament is also an important supporter of many other San Gabriel Valley-area organizations. Each year, the Tournament Foundation gives $100,000 to local non-profits so they can fulfill their own missions in serving the community. In fact, we just announced our grant recipients for 2013. Twenty-eight different organizations are receiving financial help from us this time, with grant amounts ranging from $1,600 to $7,600. That might not seem like very much money, but for many of these recipients, support from the Tournament represents the ability to activate a new program or continue one that has shown promise.
In addition to the Foundation and the hard work its Board does in selecting qualified and worthy programs for grants, the Tournament’s Government and Community Relations Committee provides support to non-profit organizations for individual events and programs that might fall outside the Foundation’s sphere. In many cases, the Tournament sends members of its Executive Committee or others from among its volunteer ranks to these events in addition to making financial contributions. Receiving a check is certainly meaningful, but having someone present from the Tournament is significant in a different way and is often just as important.
The Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game are famous all over the world. I’m proud to be the president of the association that makes those events possible. I’m equally proud that the Tournament continues to honor and respect its Pasadena heritage by helping other organizations in the area serve the communities right here in our backyards. To be both global and local in influence is evidence again that “Dreams Come True.”
– Scott Jenkinsby