Float Worker Moved by Generosity | Chris Colburn Honored by SPTOR Committee

Chris Colburn, a longtime volunteer of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee, was honored by his fellow builders with a plaque as Colburn and his wife, Megan, are making plans to move to Idaho

PHOTO: South Pasadena Tournament of Roses | SouthPasadenan.com News | Paul Abbey, fifth from left, a longtime volunteer with the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee, passed away of heart complications Friday, according to those close to him. In July, volunteer construction workers for South Pasadena’s float thanked Chris Colburn, third from left, and presented him with a plaque. Colburn gave thousands of hours to the organization over the years. From left are James Jontz, Brant Dunlap, Chris Colburn, Joss Rogers, Paul Abbey and Rob Benjamin

Moved by the generosity of others, Chris Colburn told those around him, “This is super awesome,” as he accepted an award from a crew of volunteers who have helped construct South Pasadena’s Rose Parade float over the years.

Colburn and his wife, Megan, will soon be departing for Idaho, where they will be setting up their new residency.

At the conclusion of Tuesday night’s South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee (SPTOR) meeting in the council chambers at City Hall, Josh Rogers, part of the construction crew on South Pasadena’s entry, presented Colburn with the prized keepsake in recognition for his many years of service to the organization.

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Colburn has held a variety of roles with SPTOR, from construction chair to president, and was deeply touched by the honor, at one point holding back tears.

PHOTO: South Pasadena Tournament of Roses | SouthPasadenan.com News | Chris Colburn was given an honorary plaque for the thousands of hours he has dedicated over the years

Local float builders James Jontz, Brant Dunlap, Paul Abbey and Rob Benjamin joined him in the celebration.

Thanking each, Colburn said, “I’m really going to miss you guys. You really mean a lot to me. Thanks.”

In other South Pasadena Tournament of Roses news:

Tent Goes Up in Next Month

James Jontz, a SPTOR committee member, said the tent erected each year to build the float in the back parking lot of the War Memorial Building, will go up in about a month. 

Golf Tournament Raises Over $11,000

Alan Vlacich, co-chair of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Golf Tournament along with John Vandercook, explained that the annual tourney raised more than $11,000.

Vlacich thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the event. “It’s really a team effort and I really appreciate it,” he said.

Pinewood Derby at Car Show in Sept.

The South Pasadena/San Marino YMCA will host its Pinewood Derby at the Cruz’n for Roses Classic Hot Rod and Classic Car Show on September 15.

An area for the car races will be held in a specific area at the show.

Janet Benjamin, the Car Show chair, explained that plans are in the works to get the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile to be a part of the event.

A new motorcycle classification will be part of the show this year. The entry fee to show a motorcycle is the same as a car – $30 prior to the event.

“There are a lot of new fun things since this is our 15th year [in hosting the show],” noted Benjamin.

Crunch Time Party

South Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Courtney Dunlap also serves at the Crunch Time Party chair. The fundraiser comes at the end of the year or during crunch time when volunteers are working feverishly to finish the float. “It’s only six months away,” declared Dunlap.