$140,000 Awarded by Tournament of Roses Foundation to Grant Winners

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Totaling over $140,000, the grants will support new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors.  

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation has announced its 2020 grant awards totaling more than $140,000 presented to 16 organizations in the San Gabriel Valley. 

The grants will support new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors.  

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Due to COVID-19, many of the grant recipients were able to adjust their service approach to comply with physical distancing, while others pivoted their programming to meet community needs related to the pandemic.

Since its inception, the Tournament of Roses Foundation has funded over $3 million in charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association.  A goal of the Foundation is to invest in people through sustainable programs. This year, two $25,000 grants were awarded to such organizations:

• Two-year, $25,000 grant – YWCA Pasadena- Foothill Valley supporting TechGyrls.

• Single-year, $25,000 grant, awarded to the Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA for their Sports and Recreation program.

The other 14 community initiatives received grants in the categories of Performing and Visual Arts, Sports and Recreation, and Education (Early Childhood Education, Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  In addition, the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF), a 2-year grant recipient, received the second half of their funds and has allocated the $25, 000 to provide COVID-19 relief. 

Below is a complete list of 2020 Tournament of Roses Foundation grants recipients, along with brief descriptions.


TIER 1 – 2 Years / $25,000.00 YWCA Pasadena- Foothill Valley – TechGyrls: Due to COVID 19 and limitations to provide onsite programming, in order to adhere to the social distancing requirements, the YWCA Pasadena –Foothill Valley is implementing virtual programs. Additionally, they are partnering with YWCA Glendale to leverage resources and deepen its community impact to empower girls in the Pasadena area to participate in TechGryls activities and STEAM based activities. Pending changes in state mandates, the program will either continue in person or virtually in order to allow girls to stay engaged through the school year in TechGryls activities, collaborate on projects, upload final products and earn badges of achievement along the way.

TIER 2 – 1 Year / $25,000.00 Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA – Sports and Recreation: Funding from the Foundation would provide scholarships, financial assistance to children and youth who participate in Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCAs Youth Sports Program. Funding will also support the purchase of equipment.

Foothill Creative Arts Group – ImaginArt: ImaginArt welcomes 1st – 5th grade students at Sierra Madre Elementary School to Creative Arts Group to engage in a ceramics-based art project linked to their natural and social science curriculum that challenges and explores their creativity and imagination. Foundation funding will be used to purchase the ceramic materials, books, and other program materials.

Jackson Elementary – Jackson Elementary Music Expansion: The project seeks to expand the music program at Jackson Elementary by purchasing additional musical instruments, adding needed equipment to the music classroom, and enhancing our science lab so students can learn the science behind how music is produced.

Light Bringer Project – Room 13 Creative Studios: Room 13 is a unique afterschool arts program that serves students at four public schools within Pasadena Unified School District, including John Muir High School, Eliot Arts (middle school), and Longfellow and Jackson Elementary Schools. Each studio provides arts practice guided by a trained Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, funds will be used to provide art supplies and materials at each of our studio sites.

Lineage Performing Arts Center – Dance For Joy: Lineage has moved the Dance for Joy program online in response to COVID-19 precautions. Lineage will utilize funding from the Foundation to host a series of free weekly classes for persons with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke at the Lineage Performing Arts Center. The classes provide exercise, community, creative expression, and manage and mitigate some of the effects of neurological diseases.

Marshall Music Boosters Inc. – Marshall Music Boosters: Foundation funding will still be utilized to

purchase music equipment, materials and transportation for trips. Pending COVID-19 mandates by the

state, school and the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SBSCOA) they will move

forward as planned.

Move A Child Higher, Inc. – Feeding Equipment: Move A Child Higher, Inc. (MACH 1) will utilize Foundation funding to purchase feeding supplies for the horses used in the MACH 1 equine-assisted therapies program.

Pasadena Audubon Society – The Bird Science Program: Pasadena Audubon’s Bird Science Program brings conservation education to children in Pasadena public schools. By developing an appreciation of local birds and their habitat, they build conservation values. They offer classroom visits with lessons on birds and a half day field trip. Foundation funding will be utilized to support field trip transportation, Equipment Binoculars, and other program materials.

Pasadena Education Network – PEN’s School Readiness Program: At PEN’s School Readiness programs, parents of young children learn how to create a home environment that supports their child’s learning, how to conduct activities and develop healthy habits that prepare their students for school success, and how to find and enroll in the right school for their family. PEN is currently developing remote programs so that they can continue to provide parents with the information they need to support their students even if schools remain closed during the summer and fall.

Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation (Pasadena Jaycees) – Operation Santa: The Pasadena Jaycees are monitoring the physical distancing guidelines and plan to do deliver presents in December, as they have since 1934. As state mandates change, the Pasadena Jaycees will monitor their ability to perform the project and are considering contactless deliveries and visits from Santa.