Tournament of Roses Foundation presents $200,000 in grants to SGV non-profits

Forty-five organizations received checks from the Tournament of Roses Foundation on May 31.


by Laura Berthold Monteros

On Wednesday, the Tournament of Roses Foundation presented 45 non-profit organizations out of 81 applicants with grants totaling $200,000. Thirteen of the recipients were awarded grants for the first time. The Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit public benefit corporation which has given more than $3 million to organizations in the San Gabriel Valley that work with children and adults in the areas of sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development.

Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet said, “The Foundation’s goal is to give as much as we can.” Noting that the 2018 Rose Parade theme “Making A Difference,” he said, “You may be the only opportunity [someone] gets. You may be the only difference in their lives.”

Bonnie Hedrick and Karen Enzminger of Rose Bowl Riders Charitable Organization
Bonnie Hedrick and Karen Enzminger of Rose Bowl Riders Charitable Organization

The Rose Examiner was able to speak with some of the recipients, including Bonnie Hedrick and Karen Enzminger of  first-time grantee Rose Bowl Riders Charitable Organization. Since 2011, the Rose Bowl Riders have offered a program that introduces youngsters in the fourth and fifth grades to horses. The children get to pet the horses in the barn, watch a demonstration of horse jumping, and do an art project with a local artist.

“It kind of exploded this last year,” Hedrick said.

Enzminger said the organization also works with Five Acres, a residential facility that cares for children and families with behavioral, mental, and emotional issues, and give horsemanship lessons to children with Down Syndrome through Club 21.

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Executive Director of Friends In Deed
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Executive Director of Friends In Deed

Friends In Deed has been in Pasadena since 1894, when local congregations came together

to address common issues and community concerns. It works with homeless and at-risk individuals and families, offering an array of services including a food pantry, clothing, a seasonal bad weather shelter, and the Women’s Room for homeless women. Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, who has been the Executive Director for five months, said that the organization is expanding services and increasing the hours of the Women’s Room and food pantry. There is only a small paid staff.

“We wouldn’t exist without volunteers,” Grater said, and with the extended hours, there are more opportunities for volunteers. “We get about 150 people each day the pantry is open,” he said. FID wants to do street outreach to homeless people, and build a list of names and stories so people can be connected with services.

Bill Creim, President of the Board of Pasadena Educational Foundation, and Gilbert Barraza-Marestein, Jr., PUSD Athletic Director
Bill Creim, President of the Board of Pasadena Educational Foundation, and Gilbert Barraza-Marestein, Jr., PUSD Athletic Director

The Pasadena Educational Foundation is dedicated to supporting public schools, students, and teachers in the Pasadena Unified School District. The foundation helps fund programs such as summer school, music, and engineering through procuring donations and grants. Bill Creim, President of the Board, said that PEF wants to help many more groups. The TOR Foundation grant will help Blair High School to reestablish baseball and softball teams.


These are 2017 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipients and programs. First-timers are marked with asterisks. Be sure to flip through the gallery below to see more recipients.

About Productions – “Through the Ages” residency for 30 new Marshall Fundamental  High School students.  

*Alhambra High School Mighty Moors Boosters –  Purchase 100 jackets for the  Alhambra High School Marching Band.  

*Altadena Library Foundation – Free monthly community concert series, The Second Saturdays.  

American Composers Forum of Los Angeles – Making Music in Schools, a structured series of classes that places ACF-LA instructors in local schools to teach the fundamentals of music.  

*Blair High School PTA – Purchase of five saxophones for the Blair High School Band, Pep Band and four levels of Concert Band.  

Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills – The Keystone Club and Torch Club programs focusing on developing good character and leadership skills in adolescent youth ages 11 to 18.  

Caltech Y – The Caltech Y Rise Program provides tutoring and academic mentoring for 85 junior high and high school students at Caltech’s campus.  

Day One – Monthly Youth Network program to advance leadership skills and increase collaboration.   

*Flintridge Center – The Youth of Promise program provides a safe space for underserved youth to increase character, leadership, team-building, and volunteer skills.   

Foothill Creative Arts Group – Curriculum-based art program in ceramics for 1st-5th graders at Sierra Madre Elementary School. 

Friends In Deed – Organizational development for board and staff training class on advanced use of Raiser’s Edge, a development database program.  

Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena – “Little Hands, Big World” interactive workshops before each of the Children’s Concerts, in partnership with Armory Center for the Arts, to provide a broadened experience of music, dance and art.  

*Friends of the Temple City Library – A Year of Girl Empowerment, a monthly series of programs, workshops, and panels with a focus on grades 5-12.  

Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County – Assistance for families in need through GOTRLA’s after-school youth-development program for young girls.   

Harambee Ministries – Music and arts summer program for 45 youth in 1st through 6th grades, who live in Northwest Pasadena.

Ideal Youth Incorporated – Summer youth workforce development training program that inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.

Jackson PTA – Expansion of the music and arts programs by purchasing equipment, and materials for free after-school classes. Transform an outdoor space to utilize as an arts classroom for Jackson STEM.  

Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc. dba The First Tee of Pasadena – Golf caps to participants of educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  

Light Bringer Project – Room 13 creative studios at John Muir High School, Eliot Middle School, San Rafael and Field Elementary Schools.  

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – Vital, need-based scholarships to help low income and hardship families cover the cost of their child’s participation.  

Mark Keppel High School Drama Boosters – Purchase equipment, costumes, makeup supplies, orchestra flooring, curtains, and more, to prepare our theatre students for college and a viable career, as well as continue to create high quality productions in theatre.   

Marshall Music Boosters Inc. – Hire color guard and percussion instructors who are not employees of Pasadena Unified School District. The funds will also be used to purchase a drum set and storage for Marshall Fundamental School.  

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center – Mothers’ Club Volunteer Program, providing free, high-quality education and social services to Pasadena parents and children in need.

MUSE/IQUE – KIDS/IQUE, a multi-faceted music immersion program.  

Neighborhood Urban Family Center – Can-Do Kids Club Music Lessons, instrumental music lessons offered to all 3rd-5th graders enrolled in the Can-Do Kids Club after school program.

Oakwood Brass – Outreach Project – Comprehensive programs designed to promote and support instrumental studies through concerts, hands-on learning with instruments, and mentoring for young musicians.  

OBA, Inc. – Train leaders through DOLI, the Diverse Outdoor Leadership Institute, to develop wilderness leaders of color that will expose urban youth to our national parks, forests and other wilderness areas.

Pasadena Arts Council – Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy’s (SAPPA) group music education classes for children, ages 7-12, and for adults and seniors.  

*Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy – Half acre garden, operated by student volunteer leaders in the Green Club at Pasadena High School that promotes volunteerism, contributes to STEM through botanical study, enables greater physical exercise, and helps improve student nutrition through greater consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Pasadena Educational Foundation – Re-establish baseball and softball teams for boys and girls in grades 9-12 at Blair High School in the Pasadena Unified School District.  

*Pasadena Heritage – Train volunteers as Lead Docents within the non-profit historic preservation organization.

*Pasadena High School Alumni Association – Enhancement of the athletic programs with the purchase of new equipment and uniforms serving the students at Pasadena High School.  

Pasadena Museum of History – A series of lectures as enrichment for the museum’s adult volunteers and to bring in interested members of the community as new volunteers.  

Pasadena Panthers Inc. – Reconditioning and purchasing new helmets for football players who learn the importance of education, the values of athletics, team work, competition, discipline and good sportsmanship.   

Pasadena Senior Center – Concerts in the Park, an eight-week summer musical series, with programming that is geared towards the musical tastes of older adults.  

Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra – “The Young Artist’s Concert” project, an annual public event in the City of Pasadena performed by middle school, high school, and college students.  

*Pittance Chamber Music Inc. – Production of a free public chamber music concert in Pasadena at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.  

*Rose Bowl Riders Charitable Organization – Art of the Horse, which brings 4th and 5th grade students from PUSD to the barn to meet the horses, learn about their history and jobs around the world, watch a riding demonstration, and create culturally appropriate art using the horse as the focus.  

*San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre – Workshops for underprivileged youth providing exposure to tools to improve their skills and positioning them for a successful career in music theatre.   

Sierra Madre Playhouse – New sound system to support stage storytelling from the community sharing their stories and perspectives.

South Pasadena Educational Foundation – Purchase of two carts for the South Pasadena High School marching band – one to move the gong, and the other to move the chimes to and from performance venues and during performances.   

*Southern California Children’s Museum – Art Room in Southern California Children’s Museum, dedicated to helping children explore and create visual arts.  

The John Muir High School Alumni Association – Eight new uniforms for John Muir’s 16-member band.  

*Theatre Americana – Purchase of a multi-media system to improve the theatre experience for senior members.  

YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley – Six-week Girls Empowerment Summer Camp for underserved girls ages 10 to 15.

All photos copyright Laura B Monteros 2017