$ 308,543 raised 1,077 gifts
Rose Float has raised $ 9,175 from 21 gifts!
Rose Float
Give to the Rose Float

The Cal Poly Rose Float has been jointly created at the Pomona and San Luis Obispo campuses since 1949. It is the only student built float in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Cal Poly students have been building rose floats for over 70 years. Student Don Miller deserves credit for getting Cal Poly into the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. His family, long-time residents of Pasadena, had a history of involvement with the parade. As a proud Cal Poly student, Don Miller had openly spoken about his belief that Cal Poly could create a Rose Parade float.


2019 Rose Float- Winner of the Extraordinaire Award

2017 Cal Poly Rose Float- Winner of the Founders Trophy


The Cal Poly floats have led in introducing technology to the Parade, including the first use of hydraulics for animation in 1968, the first use of computer-controlled animation in 1978, the first use of fiber optics in 1982, animated deco in 2014, and the first to create a color changing floral effect in 2017. As of January 1, 2019, the floats have won 59 awards. This program is one of the longest consecutive running self-built entries in the parade, as well as the only "self built" float designed and constructed entirely by students year-round on two campuses. They compete against professional float builders who manufacture entries for sponsors, many of them with development budgets approaching $1 million. This tradition continues today and marks the partnership between the two campuses.

Early Bird Day 2
The next $5,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Bronco Fund.
$5,000 MATCHED
Early bird donors
The first $10,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar courtesy of the Bronco Fund.
$10,000 MATCHED
Reunion Giving: Gifts in honor of 25 and 50 year reunions
Thank you classes of '94 and '69!
Is this your 25th or 50th reunion?
Rank Answer Amount
1 Class of '94 (25th Reunion) $662.50
2 Class of '69 (50th Reunion) $200.00
Rose Float Match #2
The next $1,000 given to the Rose Float will be matched by Dr. Steve Kin '75
Parent Match
The first $1,000 given by parents will be matched by an anonymous parent donor. (Matching funds will support the Basic Needs Initiative.)
$1,000 / $1,000 Raised
Rose Float Match #1
Alumni couple Kit and Wayne Hittinger have generously pledged to match the first $6,000 raised for the Rose Float! Give now to secure your gift match.
$1,500 MATCHED
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