The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee (SPTOR) has postponed its live Crunch Time party that was scheduled for Wednesday until February or March with great caution as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread across the country.
The Crunch Time Party is a major fundraiser for SPTOR, designed to raise funds to help pay for materials on board the city float during the annual Rose Parade.
This year SPTOR broke its record for spending on the City of South Pasadena float over its long history of participating in the Rose Parade due to rising costs for flowers and steel.
This year’s float will cost around $ 150,000. This is $ 50,000 more than what the group usually spends.
South Pasadena’s tank, “Sky’s the Limit,” features five ostriches, one of which – towering above the others wearing a Jetpack, leather helmet, scarf and goggles – taking off from the top of a snow-capped mountain.
“While we know this can be disappointing, as it has been for us, we encourage you to support us by registering and participating in our 4 day online auction,” wrote the SPTOR President. Brant Dunlap in a letter to those who had purchased tickets for the live event scheduled for December 29 at the town’s War Memorial.
The online auction, featuring a wide assortment of items, begins Monday, December 27 at midnight and ends at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 30. The auction site is located at: www.auctria.com/auction/sptorcrunchtime
“Thank you again for your understanding and continued support as we go through yet another difficult situation,” said Dunlap.