Royalty came to the South Pasadena Senior Center holiday luncheon, as Cole Fox, a local resident talked about the excitement of being a part of the 131st Rose Parade and 106th Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day.
A hometown girl, Fox, who grew up in South Pasadena her entire life, is a member of the 2020 Royal Court. The 17-year-old princess is a senior at South Pasadena High School, the daughter of Robert and Rachel Fox and has two siblings, Harper and Sawyer.
Telling the group of senior citizens a little bit about herself at the luncheon held in the city’s War Memorial Building, Fox noted she’s a frequent visitor of the city’s farmers’ market, is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, attends the city’s 4th of July Parade, the annual holiday tree lighting and other events in town throughout the year.
“I’ve really enjoyed growing up here because there’s a lot of tradition, a lot of community and great people,” she said. “I’m very blessed to have grown up here and to have the honor and privilege to represent our amazing city as a member of the Royal Court. I’m having the best time and I’m so happy to be here today.”
Fox is currently applying to a wide variety of colleges as she looks ahead to high school graduation next spring and a four-year university in the fall, where she looks to study biology and become a dermatologist after going to med school.
“I wish you a happy holiday season and happy new year and hope to see all of you at the Rose Parade or at least watch it on TV,” she said, pointing out, “It’s going to be great” while mentioning that the game will be played between Wisconsin and Oregon.
For millions who will be viewing from around the world, the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition. The theme this year, “The Power of Hope,” celebrates the profound influence of hope in the world.
Before heading back to SPHS, Fox mingled with the crowd, saying hello, greeting guests.
Newly selected South Pasadena Mayor Robert Joe, welcomed those present at the luncheon by saying: “During this festive season of giving, let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. May this time of the year touch your heart in a special way, wishing you much happiness, not just today, but throughout the new year. Fill your heart with the warmth of the closeness of your family, friends and loved ones this holiday season and forever.”
The event featured lunch sponsored by the South Pasadena Police Officers’ Association. Staff members from State Senator Anthony Portantino, Assembly member Chris Holden and Congress member Judy Chu wished those on hand a happy holiday season.
Liliana Torres, the city’s community service supervisor, opened the program by telling the large gathering, “Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the South Pasadena Senior Center. I’m so glad you’re sharing today with us.”
In a message from Torres in the Senior Center newsletter, she wrote: “Wishing you a holiday season filled with good friends, peace and love, experiences that enlighten your day and continued opportunities for learning, and most of all, good health to all!”