Forcing to postpone its traditional live Crunch Time Party on account of a surge in COVID-19 cases of the Omicron variant, the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses (SPTOR) Committee has decided to extend its online auction.
It was slated to end at 8 p.m. on December 30 but now will conclude at noon on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at noon.
“Yes, we are all still disappointed that we had to reschedule the Crunch Time Party until mid-March of next year, but we have decided to extend the online auction into the New Year to give everyone a chance to support our hometown float,” said Brant Dunlap, the SPTOR president. “You can now do your bidding while watching the ‘Sky’s the Limit’ roll down the parade route!”
That’s the name of South Pasadena float in the New Year’s Day spectacle down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard which features five ostriches, one towering over the others named Theodore Fahrenheit, wearing goggles, a scarf, and jetpack blasting off from a mountaintop.
“If you are already a registered bidder, please keep bidding,” suggested Dunlap. “We need all the help we can get.”
Those who have not yet registered for the online auction are asked to bid on a long list of items by going to www.auctria.com/auction/sptorcrunchtime
“Take a look,” said Dunlap. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the action, while helping to fund our float.”
Among the items up for grabs is framed print of the City of South Pasadena 2022 float entry.
Dunlap said committee members are working hard to put together a live “Better Late than Never” Crunch Redux Party at the War Memorial Building in town next spring with details to come.
The city entry, which organizers believe could cost as much as $150,000 when all the bills are paid, is constructed entirely by volunteers, some from out-of-state checking off a major bucket list item.
Dunlap says the float illustrates that anything is possible when you dare to “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” – the overall theme of the 2022 Rose Parade.
“Thank you all for your continued support!” he said.