Rose Float Honored with President?s Volunteer Service Award

Rose Float Honored with President?s Volunteer Service Award
A pair of volunteers working on a previous Cal Poly Universities Rose Float.

President George W. Bush has honored the Cal Poly Universities Rose Float team with the President's Volunteer Service Award for the group's demonstrated commitment and dedication to volunteer service.

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation created the award in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who inspire others to engage in volunteer activity.

The team received the gold level award, which acknowledges those who have dedicated 500 hours or more to community service.

The Rose Float team was nominated by the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles, which recognized their year-round effort to put together a float for each parade. Volunteers include Rose Float students as well as university staff, faculty, alumni and community members.

Students from the Cal Poly Universities in Pomona and San Luis Obispo have designed, constructed, decorated and financed entries in the Tournament of Roses Parade every year since 1949. Over the years, the floats have received 45 awards, including nine Founders trophies for the best volunteer-built float.

Their most recent entry, the Guardians of Harmony float, won the Fantasy Award in the 119th Rose Parade.  

For more information about this year's float or to find out how you can volunteer, please visit the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float web site at or contact Marla Franco, senior coordinator, at (909) 869-3642.