A self-built float is a community affair, and the communities of La Cañada Flintridge and Rose Parade sponsor Wells Fargo are coming together to rebound from a devastating theft at the float site, it was announced on Wednesday in an emailed press release.
La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association (LCFTRA) president Ann Neilson told Examiner that the theft was discovered on Oct. 13 when volunteers showed up at the yard. According to the release, food, bolt cutters, cordless screwdrivers, insulated copper extension cords, welding cables and 1,500 feet of power cables were stolen.
Wells Fargo presented LCFTRA with a $5,000 check on Wednesday to Neilson to get the “Dog Gone!” float rolling again. Wells Fargo has been an official sponsor of the Tournament of Roses for eight consecutive years and is sponsoring the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade opening ceremonies. The company will also have its usual stagecoach and equestrians in the parade.
Suzanne Hart, a Wells Fargo team member from La Cañada, said, “The work the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association does every year to make their dream of building a float come true is remarkable—their efforts unify the entire city and give us all something to be proud of as we watch the parade on New Year’s Day. When our team learned of the equipment robbery we were heartbroken and knew we had to help.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department believes that the perpetrators of the theft cut through a fence from the Flintridge Preparatory School baseball field, then pried open one of the containers that contained bolt cutters, according to the release. Those bolt cutters were then used to remove 16 heavy-duty padlocks protecting the material. They also opened a gate to bring a truck into the site to remove the stolen materials.
Anyone wishing to join Wells Fargo in helping replace the stolen materials can make a tax deductible donation at http://www.lcftra.org/donate.php. Those interested in decorating the float in December can sign up online.
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