Past President Still a Force in Tournament of Roses

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Laura Farber, chair of the Rose Bowl Management Committee, oversees the coin toss at the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game, when she was Tournament of Roses president. Although the 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled, hopes are still high that there will be a 107th Rose Bowl Game.

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Past President Laura Farber still believes in “The Power of Hope.”
Months after her reign as president, the theme she chose for the 131st 2020 Rose Parade seems more poignant than ever amid the global pandemic and resulting shutdowns that have paralyzed society and led to the cancellation of the iconic 132nd parade on New Year’s Day.
Parade officials last week cited Gov. Gavin Newsom’s phase 4 reopening schedule, health restrictions enacted to slow the spread of coronavirus and interruption of the lengthy preparation needed by participants as their reason for canceling the 2021 parade. But there is still hope that the 107th Rose Bowl Game, “the Granddaddy of Them All,” will deliver an exciting collegiate contest to fans starving for entertainment — and sports.
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Rose Bowl Dedicates Statue Honoring ‘99 Women’s Soccer Champs

Brandi Chastain
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U.S. 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team member Brandi Chastain poses with the commemorative statue unveiled last week at the Rose Bowl Stadium, which pays tribute to the “99ers” team and all it did for women’s sports.

It was the kick felt around the world for women’s sports, and now, the momentous occasion of soccer legend Brandi Chastain celebrating the winning goal for the United States’ 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team has been immortalized on the green expanse near the Rose Bowl Stadium entrance with a life-like bronze statue. Continue reading “Rose Bowl Dedicates Statue Honoring ‘99 Women’s Soccer Champs”

Masters of Taste Exceeds $500,000 for Union Station Homeless Services

OUTLOOK photo Maestro restaurant owner Sergio Martinez and chef Elena Vega joined The Raymond owners Leslie and Rob Levy, who served as event chair of last week’s record-setting Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Union Station Homeless Services.
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Maestro restaurant owner Sergio Martinez and chef Elena Vega joined The Raymond owners Leslie and Rob Levy, who served as event chair of last week’s record-setting Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Union Station Homeless Services.

The third annual Masters of Taste fundraiser was attended by approximately 2,500 guests and raised more than $500,000, a record-setting amount for Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services.
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11K Attend Autism Speaks Walk at Rose Bowl

Dallas Raines and Bret Gaon

Local residents KABC-TV meteorologist Dallas Raines and Bret Gaon were some of the nearly 11,000 people who participated in the annual Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk at the Rose Bowl.
The event raises funds to help improve the lives of people with autism. The walk was powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and supporters, and so far, has raised more than $700,000 for free innovative resources, grants and trained staff to help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead their best lives.
Fundraising will continue until June 30. To donate, visit act.autismspeaks.org/losangeles.

Masters of Taste at Rose Bowl on May 6

Robert Shahnazarian, Claud Beltran and Rob Levy were among those who enjoyed a prior Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 6, at the Rose Bowl.
Robert Shahnazarian, Claud Beltran and Rob Levy were among those who enjoyed a prior Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 6, at the Rose Bowl.

The third annual Masters of Taste, a premier food and beverage festival to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services, will be held Sunday, May 6, from 3-7 p.m. on the field of the iconic Rose Bowl.
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President Draws on Deep Roots to Promote Rose Parade

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet is inspired by the ways in which so many bands make a difference in their communities.
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Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet is inspired by the ways in which so many bands make a difference in their communities.

Lance Tibbet’s Pasadena roots are deep. This year’s Tournament of Roses president was born and raised in Pasadena; he graduated from Pasadena High School and attended Pasadena City College. His business — wholesale nursery Magic Growers, Inc. — is based in Pasadena.
“I went through all the schools, my business is here, I live here, a few years ago I said, ‘Maybe I’m a little too provincial, maybe I need to get out into the world?’” Tibbets said.
In the past year, he’s certainly accomplished that — in the most Pasadena role of all.
As president for the 129th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, Tibbet had the enviable task of visiting each of the parade’s marching bands, “traveling around the country and traveling around the world, spreading the good work of the tournament.”
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Military Spouses Treated to Rose Bowl Luxury on July 4

Photo courtesy Dani Perry Madeline Pena (from left), Crystal Zrelak, Esmer Lopez and Sarah Gibson. The military spouses got to know each other before their day of pampering began while brunching on mimosas, pastries and coffee.
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Madeline Pena (from left), Crystal Zrelak, Esmer Lopez and Sarah Gibson. The military spouses got to know each other before their day of pampering began while brunching on mimosas, pastries and coffee.

Traditionally known as a day of fireworks, picnics and getting together with friends, Independence Day now has a new meaning for several military spouses: a day of pampering.
Sponsored by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation in conjunction with 870-AM, about 30 military spouses were treated to a variety of pleasantries at the Rose Bowl on the morning of July 4.
Lauren Hall, marketing specialist for the Rose Bowl, said the event — the first of its kind — was designed to keep participants’ minds off of everything.
“They’ve come to enjoy breakfast and coffee,” Hall said. “It’s a day they’ve come to relax without children, without spouses, without worrying about anything.”
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