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Shriners Hospitals for Children Among Participants in Upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade

New Year’s Day is a day for pork and sauerkraut and parades! The East Coast has the Mummers. The West Coast has the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The theme this year will be “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!™” The Grand Marshall of the Parade will be Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. The Rose Queen will be 17 year old Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez. Shriners Hospitals for Children® will be one of the many participants.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® will be one of the many participants in the 124th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The theme this year will be Oh, the Places You’ll Go!™”. The parade will take place inPasadena,California on Tuesday, 1 January 2013, at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children® float is entitled, “Helping Kids Live their Dreams.” That theme symbolizes Shriners Hospitals for Children’s dedication to improving the health and well-being of children so they can reach their full potential.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children’s mission is to ensure we give the best care possible so children can imagine – and realize – all of the things they can be and do. This spirit embodies the Tournament of Roses’ theme that there are no limits to what children can accomplish,” said Alan Madsen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “This marks the third straight year we are participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade and it is a pleasure to be a part of an event that shares the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s passion for children and their well-being.”

To increase awareness of the care Shriners Hospitals for Children provides at its 22 facilities, in June 2012 it launched “Love to the rescue™,” a national advertising and public relations campaign that tells the Shriners Hospitals for Children story and supports their mission of providing specialized caring for children by driving donations. The initiative demonstrates that love is the driving force behind the Shriners Hospitals for Children mission, from medical breakthroughs to patient care to supporting families.

The Grand Marshall of the Parade will be Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. The Jane Goodall Institute, which Dr. Goodall founded in 1977, works to protect the wild chimpanzees of GombeNational Parkin Tanzaniaand other parts of Africa. To learn more about JGI, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

The Rose Queen will be Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez. At 17, Manjarrez lives inPasadena. She attendsMayfieldSeniorSchool, where she is on the Diversity Committee and Advising Council. She also participates in the Dance Conservatory and is involved with the National Charity League, the Pasadena Humane Society and Villa Esperanza. A Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, she hopes to study business and science in college. Her hobbies include traveling and volunteering. Vanessa’s parents are Maria Sarry and Armando Manjarrez.

“I’m so honored to be Rose Queen, and representing the Tournament of Roses has already been amazing,” said the newly crowned queen.

The Tournament of Roses festival began in 1890 and features flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians and, since 1902, the Rose Bowl college football game, produced by the nonprofit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. The Rose Parade will be broadcast live by: ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA-CW and Univision. For additional information on the Rose Parade, visit http://www.tournamentofroses.com.

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This article was taken in part from press releases by Shriners Hospitals for Children® and by the Tournament of Roses.

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