With a fluffy teddy bear of light and dark beau mums and fuzzy paws of natural dry cordon puffs, rose-bordered hearts and riders nestled on a bed of roses and carnations, Shriners Hospitals for Children won the Tournament Volunteers Trophy in the 2015 Rose Parade. The award is given for Best Floral Design of Parade Theme for Floats under 35 feet.
“Love to the Rescue,” designed by Art Aguirre and built by Phoenix Decorating Company, presents the symbol of comfort and love, the teddy bear, and brings the message of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children that provide care for more than 100,000 children every year.
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The bear wears the red fez with the Shriners International icon, and has the heart-shaped icon of the hospitals emblazoned on its chest. The flying cape turns the bear into a superhero, flying to the rescue of children in need of healing, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Shriners Hospitals for Children provide innovative pediatric specialty care and engage in research and medical education. The facilities are located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, giving advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
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'Love to the Rescue'
A huge red heart of roses, carnations, mums and strawflower is a springboard for a flying teddy. The covering for the deck of the float included yellow, red, lavender, peach and pink roses; peach, orange and yellow gerbera and carnations; green, pink and blush anthuriums. The front heart used dry materials in white, black and bright colors as well as roses and carnations; the side hearts used roses, anthuriums, carnations and mums. Even the pipes holding sculptures in place must be covered with botanical material, in this case, black onion seed.
Aboard the float were John Cinotto, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International; his wife Margaret; and Brendon Wiseley, age 12, one of two current national patient ambassadors for the hospitals. Also riding but not pictured were Gary Dunwoody, a senior member of the Board of Trustees for Shriners Hospitals for Children, chairman of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and a past Imperial Potentate; his wife, Wanda; and Olivia Stamps, age 10, the other national patient ambassador.
Flying teddy bear
Teddy in this photo is folded down from his original 24-foot-height to get under the freeway overpass at the end of the Rose Parade. This view is from the off-camera side. The bear is covered in light beau mums with dark beau mums for seams, natural dried cordon puffs for paws, black seaweed and white rise and mums for the nose and eyes, red and pink strawflower for the mouth and tongue. The fez and and cape use strawflower, gold clover seed, and black seaweed, roses and carnations.