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Rose Parade floats bring visibility to charitable organizations

City of Hope
City of Hope
Ramona Monteros

Non-profit organizations and service clubs get a big boost for their causes from appearing in the Rose Parade. The reward to them is not a trophy (though that’s nice), but bringing attention to the missions their volunteers and staff work so hard to support.

Six organizations who did not win trophies in the 2014 Rose Parade, but whose projects are worth noting, are presented in the list attached to this article. Those organizations are

  • City of Hope, a research center and hospital specializing in cancer and diabetes
  • K9s4COPs, which raises funds to provide dogs to law enforcement agencies (for a
  • Kiwanis International, a service club devoted to children
  • Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation, dedicated to the rescue, care, spay/neuter and adoption of homeless pets
  • Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, Inc., representing Rotary International’s commitment to stamp out polio around the world
  • Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Rose Float Corporation, representing the relief, educational, ecological and medical projects funded by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.

Funds for their Rose Parade floats do not come out of donations to the organizations; the fundraising committees receive separate donations for the entries.

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City of Hope
City of Hope Ramona Monteros

City of Hope

“Turning Hope & Dreams into Reality,” designed by Art Aguirre and built by Phoenix Decorating Company, depicted the Wishing Trees that line the entrance to the hospital campus in Duarte. Patients, visitors and well-wishers can place a tag on a tree with their dreams for the future. The hospital and research facility focuses on turning science to practical benefit, especially in the fields of cancer and diabetes. the 10 riders were patients and former patients.

K9s4COPs
K9s4COPs Ramona Monteros

K9s4COPs

“Working Together for Safer Communities” was designed by Don Davidson and built by Fiesta Parade Floats. Police dogs—K9s—cost an average of $10,000 to raise and train, so many law enforcement agencies cannot afford them. When Kristi Schiller heard a news story about a K9 killed in the line of duty, who would not be replaced due to cost, she founded K9s4COPs to help fund dogs for law enforcement.

Johnny Cash the dog
Johnny Cash the dog Ramona Monteros

Johnny Cash the dog

The giant King Shepherd was modeled after the K9s4COPs mascot, a dog named Johnny Cash. The big guy was decorated in a variety of seeds and grasses to create the realistic fur, including dark brown nyjer seed and beige sesame seed with accents of black pharmitas and golden pampas grass. The vest is covered in onion seed.

It’s exciting to be in the Rose Parade!
It’s exciting to be in the Rose Parade! Ramona Monteros

It’s exciting to be in the Rose Parade!

The outwalkers with the K9s4COPs float were officers and deputies with their dogs, selected from more than 50 K9s that have been given to 23 agencies in nine states. This pooch was pretty excited to make the trek along the route, even when he became entangled with a photographer angling for close ups.

Philanthropist Kristi Schiller
Philanthropist Kristi Schiller Ramona Monteros

Philanthropist Kristi Schiller

Houston philanthropist and social entrepreneur Kristi Schiller, founder of K9s4COPs, rode with her husband John and their daughter Sinclair. Having a float in the Rose Parade was a dream come true for her. Other riders included Deputy Ted Dahlin and Liz Lara-Carreno, executive

director of K9s4COPs.

Kiwanis International
Kiwanis International Ramona Monteros

Kiwanis International

“Building Children’s Dreams” was designed by Michelle Lofthouse and built by Phoenix Decorating Company. Kiwanis International Pres. Gunter Gasser chose the theme for the float. He rode with his wife Christina; Circle K Dist. Gov. Sean Nguyen; KIWIN'S Dist. Gov. Erika Goto and District Administrator Margo Dutton; Key Club Dist. Gov. Victoria Lai; Dillon Smith, son of the Kiwanis decorating crew chief.

Bridging Children’s Dreams
Bridging Children’s Dreams Ramona Monteros

Bridging Children’s Dreams

The scene of a bridge over a creek in the redwoods is a symbol of Kiwanis’ efforts to give youth a bridge to reach their dreams. Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. It has clubs for children, youth, university students and adults living with disabilities.

Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation
Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation Ramona Monteros

Beverly Hills Pet Care Foundation

“Loving Dreams … Adopt A Shelter Pet” was designed by Don Davidson and built by Fiesta Parade Floats. The theme was chosen to raise worldwide awareness about pet adoption, lower the number of animals euthanized each year, and remind owners to spay or neuter their pets. BHPF, also known as PETS 90210, holds 11 adoption events per year and has found homes for more than 6,000 animals since 2009.

Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee
Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Ramona Monteros

Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee

“Engage Rotary, Change Lives” was designed by Michelle Lofthouse and built by Phoenix Decorating Company. The charming little gingerbread locomotive decorated with candy canes, lollipops, cupcakes, ice cream cones, jelly beans and a gingerbread man, chugs over a hill on the road to Rotary’s dream of eradicating polio in the three countries where it still exists, thus making the world polio-free. The float theme was chosen by Rotary International Pres. Ron Burton.

Odd Fellows & Rebekahs
Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Ramona Monteros

Odd Fellows & Rebekahs

“Friendship, Love and Truth” was designed by Dave Pittman and built by Phoenix Decorating Company. The theme represents the three links of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, who aim to make a difference in the lives of people around the world by working together like the family of birds on this float. The fraternal organization funds relief, educational, ecological and medical projects.