PASADENA, Calif. (May 19, 2015) – The Tournament of Roses Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 grant awards totaling $200,000 presented to 42 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley.  Ten of the 42 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients.  These organizations are: About Productions, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, Jericho Road Pasadena, Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc., Mark Keppel High School Drama Boosters, Marshall Music Boosters Inc., Monrovia Wildcats Band Booster Club, Pasadena Girls Softball Association, Pasadena High School Instrumental Music Club, and The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.

Since its inception in 1983, the Tournament of Roses Foundation has funded more than $2.7 million in charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association. The amount awarded in 2015 is $100,000 more than the amount funded in 2014 – a 100 percent increase. The Foundation assists charities in the Pasadena area by funding sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development.  These grants, ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 will help support new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors.

The 2015 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipients are:

About ProductionsContract services to conduct a 10-session Young Theaterworks THROUGH THE AGES residency at Blair International Baccalaureate School
Adelante Youth AllianceThe Adelante Madison Program (AMP): connecting college & high school students with Madison Elementary students to serve as tutors & role models
Alhambra Educational FoundationMusic & More Program: instructional music classes to every K through 3rd grade student at all 13 elementary schools in AUSD
American Composers Forum of Los AngelesMaking Music in Schools: a structured series of weekly classes
Boys & Girls Club of PasadenaYear-round Aquatics Program
Boys & Girls Club of the FoothillsVolunteer Development Program
Caltech YFour scholarships for The Caltech Y Rise Program
Club 21, Learning & Resource Center, Inc.Club Connections: an innovative program that will engage teens with Down syndrome through recreational experiences
Day OneAdvancing leadership skills of 50 Youth Advocates from various Pasadena High Schools
Door of HopeDoor of Hope's Volunteer & Intern Program
Flintridge Center (for All Saints Church Foster       Care Project)All Saints Church Foster Care Project's art show to showcase art of foster care children, youth and young adults
Foothill Creative Arts GroupImaginArt: curriculum-based art programming in ceramics for 1st-5th graders from Sierra Madre Elementary School.
Friends of the Levitt Pavilion PasadenaFree weekly Children’s Concert Series
Harambee MinistriesHarambee's Summer Day Camp which serves 65 K- 6th grade students in Northwest Pasadena area
Jericho Road PasadenaJRP project which connects volunteer experts with nonprofits that offer critical services in the community
Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc. dba The       First Tee of PasadenaThe First Tee DRIVE program for Pasadena LEARNS sites
Light Bringer ProjectSupport Room 13 creative studios at John Muir High School, Eliot Middle School, San Rafael Elementary School and to establish a new studio at Field Elementary School
Lineage Dance CompanyHealing Through Dance: CAPS Partnership will provide a weekly dance class for adults with dementia for six months
Los Angeles Children's ChorusExpand educational outreach to Pasadena elementary school children through First Experiences in Singing
Mark Keppel High School Drama BoostersPerformance by drama and music students of Peter Pan at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland
Marshall Music Boosters Inc.Purchase instrument storage lockers for the music department
Monrovia Wildcats Band Booster ClubPurchase 120 new marching band uniforms for the Monrovia HS Marching Wildcats Band & Color Guard
Mothers' Club Family Learning CenterMothers' Club Volunteer Program
MUSE/IQUEKIDS/IQUE!, a musical immersion program for foster and at-risk youth
Neighborhood Urban Family CenterInstrumental music lessons offered to all 3rd - 5th graders enrolled in the Can-Do Kids Club after school program
OBA, Inc.DOLI, the Diverse Outdoor Leadership Institute
Pasadena Arts Council (for Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy, SAPPA)SAPPA's high quality, afterschool music education instruction throughout the year for children and youth ages 7-18
Pasadena Education NetworkParents As Leaders, a series of free volunteer leadership development programs
Pasadena Educational FoundationSummer Enrichment Program, which provides an array of sports and recreational activities designed to engage the bodies and minds of children and youth
Pasadena Girls Softball AssociationPurchase of a permanent snack stand structure at their home field of Jefferson Park.
Pasadena High School Instrumental Music ClubExpansion of the percussion program by replacing and upgrading the drum line equipment
Pasadena Jr. Chamber of Commerce FoundationPurchase of toys for Operation Santa
Pasadena Police FoundationThe Junior Public Safety Academy, offering students ages 14-17, a one week intensive training program highlighting the work of police, fire and paramedics
Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra“The Young Artist’s Concert” project
San Gabriel Educational FoundationMusic Instructional Program for 1,200 kindergarten to 3rd grade students in San Gabriel
Shumei Arts Council of America, Inc.Two Children's Concerts in 2015
Side Street ProjectsProviding creative woodworking classes to all 3rd graders in PUSD
The John Muir High School Alumni AssociationPurchase of band and drum section equipment
The Pasadena Musical Theatre ProgramRegistration fees for 4th-12th grade students to enroll in PMTP's 2015 Summer Season
The Pasadena VillageVolunteer leadership development by strengthening the volunteer leadership structure
Women at WorkVolunteers LEAD project: to provide Women At Work 40 active, creative and supportive volunteers
YWCA Pasadena-Foothill ValleyScholarships for the Girls Empowerment Summer Camp for middle and high school girls


In addition to the new grant recipients, the Tournament of Roses Foundation also announced the election of Ken Burrows, Mitchell Ing, and Robert Miller to the board of directors. These new members replace outgoing board members Gerald Freeny, Brian James and Mike Ward who provided a combined nine years of outstanding service and leadership. The Foundation board also elected a new president and officers: Katherine Martinez Kleine, cpresident; Nancy Neal Davis, vice president; Maxine Harris, treasurer; and Norma Garcia Kachigian, secretary. Members continuing to serve on the Foundation Board are Shannon Boalt, Laura Farber, Rick Jackson, Charlie Martinson, Karen Palmersheim, and Jerri Price-Gaines.

The Tournament of Roses Foundation is a tax exempt, non-profit public benefit corporation established to receive and manage contributions from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, its supporters and the general public. The 13-member board of directors is comprised of community leaders and Tournament members, appointed by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. Organizations or individuals interested in making a contribution or inquiring about the grants process should contact the Foundation by calling (626) 449-4100 or visiting the Tournament of Roses website at www.tournamentofroses.com/foundation.


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