2012 Rose Float Decision
On January 1, 1999, the City of West Covina participated in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade with its float titled “The Little Rascals.” The float was a community project to culminate the City of West Covina’s 75th Anniversary. Since that time, West Covina has been represented each year with a rose float in this prestigious parade. For the past thirteen years, the West Covina Rose Float Foundation has promoted our community and is a shining example of the civic pride that our volunteers and donors have. West Covina’s entry into the Rose Parade has garnered five awards, including the prestigious Isabella Coleman, Mayor’s, and Past President Awards. It is rewarding to know that our local volunteer efforts, and that of our donors and float builder, can compete with the larger corporate entries.
Since 2004, our Foundation has raised all the necessary funds to design, construct, and decorate the float from private donations. Over this same time, our all-volunteer organization expanded our mission to include a scholarship program, partnership with local high schools and colleges to give students real life working experiences, and the restoration of the Taylor House, a 1912 Craftsman home located at Heritage Park.
During these tough economic times, non-profit groups are being hit especially hard and are having a more difficult time raising funds and maintaining volunteers. These past few years, our Foundation has had to closely examine our financial ability to participate in the parade. This year has been extremely more difficult. With the continued decrease in donations, our Foundation is unable to raise the needed funds to continue participation in the Rose Parade. With deep regrets, we will not be participating in the 2012 Rose Parade.
This decision has been a very difficult one for our Board of Directors. The community has been very supportive of the float and we do not want to disappoint them, but without the needed funds we have no other option. Even though we will not be participating in the Rose Parade, our Foundation will continue to remain very active in the community by providing scholarships to local youths, hosting tours and special events at the Taylor House, partnering with our schools to give students educational opportunities, and look towards the future to assist the City in making improvements at Heritage Park for all to enjoy.
It is our hope that we are able to once again participate in the Rose Parade, until that time, we want to express our deepest gratitude to our many volunteers, donors, and the City of West Covina for their unwavering support, so that millions of people around the world can see why West Covina is such an amazing community.
Frank T. Scalfaro
THANK YOU To All Of Our Very Special
Volunteers & Sponsors
Your incredible effort, energy and enthusiasm helped make this year’s float possible!
This year West Covina Rose Float Foundation’s entry entitled “Heroes in the Making,” paid tribute to the service and commitment of our First Responders (Fire, Police, and Medical Personnel), with children in oversized public safety uniforms, dreaming of one day helping others as a First Responder. “Heroes in the Making” was designed by Tim Harrington and constructed by Charisma Floats.
2010 Scholarship Winners Announced
In an effort to further its mission to provide educational opportunities to the youth of our community, the West Covina Rose Float Foundation, announced today, the winners of their 2010 Scholarship Program. This marks the fifth year that the Foundation has awarded scholarships to youths in our community.
To be eligible the student must currently be a full-time high school senior, volunteered for an organization serving West Covina, and completed an application with an essay describing why their community service work is important to them and the community they serve.
The West Covina Rose Float Foundation is awarding three scholarships, one in the amount of $1,000 and two in the amount of $750. The winners are as follows:
First Place ($1,000 Scholarship)
- • Miss Breanna Lujan of West Covina. Breanna just graduated from West Covina High School where she has excelled academically and graduated in the Top 5 of her class. She has volunteered hundreds of hours with numerous organizations, including: The Aquarium of the Pacific, Colonial Manor Convalescent Hospital, East Valley Community Health Center, Inland Valley Humane Society, and the West Covina Youth Council. Breanna is planning on attending Yale University in the fall.
Second Place ($750 Scholarship)
- • Miss Anna Dimitruk of Covina. Anna just graduated from Bishop Amat High School where she graduated with over a 4.0 G.P.A. She has volunteered hundreds of hours with the Assistance League of the Covina Valley, where she serves as President of the Assisteens Auxiliary, and as a Student Ambassador at Bishop Amat High School. Anna is planning on attending U.C. Berkeley in the fall.
- • Miss Julie Kim of Rowland Heights. Julie just graduated from South Hills High School where she graduated with a 3.9 G.P.A. She has volunteered over a hundred hours at numerous organizations, including: Queen of the Valley Hospital, Citrus Valley Hospice, Covina Public Library, and Serenity Infant Care Homes. Julie is planning on attending U.C.L.A. in the fall.
The West Covina Rose Float Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is fully responsible for the management and fundraising activities of their annual entry into the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade®. In the twelve years of participating in the Rose Parade, the West Covina Rose Float Foundation has earned six trophies, including the Isabella Coleman, Past President, and Mayor’s Trophies.