California's Pasadena News Now reports that to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles will start off the centennial year with a float entry in the upcoming Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2 with the hope that every flower on the float honors a Girl Scout, a former Girl Scout or a Girl Scout supporter.
“For 100 years, Girl Scouts has inspired girls with the ideals of courage, confidence and character and encouraged them to make the world a better place,” said Lise L. Luttgens, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. “In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting, this spectacular floral tribute looks back to the beginning and forward to the future of the largest girl-serving organization in the world.”
The float’s design captures 100 years of Girl Scouting by showcasing the organization’s history and its future with elements of the unlimited opportunities and experiences it has provided to girls for a century. Enveloped by yellow roses, signifying the friendships made in Girl Scouting, the float’s theme of “What Will You Do Today?” echoes the iconic non-profit’s campaign of challenging girls to imagine the possibilities through Girl Scouting.
The float was conceptualized by area Girl Scouts, designed by local Girl Scout mother-daughter team Renee Hoss-Johnson and Brianne Johnson, and will be decorated by a legion of Girl Scouts.
With the hope that every flower on the float represents a Girl Scout or friend of Girl Scouting, GSGLA is offering “virtual rides” to Girl Scouts young and old and Girl Scout friends and family for a tax-deductible donation of $5 each. The nominal gift serves as a float flower dedication that will ride aboard the Girl Scout float.
For each donation, a name will be “placed” on the float, giving the honoree a virtual ride in the Rose Parade. Float flower dedications have already been made in honor of current or former Girl Scouts; Girl Scout moms, dads, and grandparents; Troop Leaders; Girl Scout Gold Award recipients; Girl Scout volunteers; and friends of the Girl Scouts. Several troops are out in the community talking about the float and garner up support.