Trophy goes to big teddy bear as Kiwanis float wins major parade
prize for third time in five years
second straight year and the third time in five years, Pasadena's
Tournament of Roses Parade presented one of its 23 trophies
bell-ringing teddy bear-dressed in a paisley tuxedo, purple
bow tie, and straw hat-won the "Volunteers' Trophy" for the
best floral design following the parade theme-"Celebration 2000:
Visions of the Future"-among floats under 35 feet in length.
by the California-Nevada-Hawaii District and co-funded by Kiwanis
International, the organization's entry for the 2000 parade
carried Kiwanis International President Nettles Brown and the
California-Nevada-Hawaii District-sponsored programs governors:
Circle K's Joe Bussiere, Key Club's David Chang, and KIWIN's
Elizabeth Pluta. KIWIN's is a Cal-Nev-Ha high school program.
included: Joshua Wilson of Columbus, Ohio, representing the
Make-a-Wish Foundation; Special Olympians Kory Frazier and Lori
Ann West; Samantha Agostinio, the winner of a Kiwnis Club of
Phil-Am, Los Angeles pageant; Rudi Ascension, the winner of
a Division 27 essay contest; Brittany Loya of Alta Loma; and
Heidi and Jenna Carroll of Covina, CA.
volunteers from the Kiwanis family helped assemble the Kiwanis
bear, as well as seven other floats that appeared in the parade
on Jan. 1, the first day of the new millennium.
Tournament of Roses Association estimates that more than 750,000
people saw the parade along the route. Television coverage extended
the viewership to 365 million persons in more than a hundred