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Rose Float - Friends of Bill Jacobson Fund
Honoring Bill Jacobson's legacy of gathering, connecting, and building community with Floaters.

OUR GOAL 

To honor Bill Jacobson's legacy of providing opportunities for Rose Float students to gather, connect, and build community at his Cypress Mountain Ranch through this campaign which will fund a commercial-grade kitchen and dedicated outdoor dining area for Rose Float students, alumni, and volunteers.

OUR CURRENT NEED

Rose Float students work in the program's laboratory space on an estimated 30 weekends of the year.  On these Lab Days, students are fed two meals. Additionally, the Rose Float Club Executive Board must plan and coordinate 40 meals for the timespan of 2 weeks from mid-to end-of-December. During this time, the Executive Board is responsible for feeding up to 200 volunteers each day. With a 73-year long legacy, the program and its supportive community continue to grow. The construction of the Rose Float Laboratory and Design Complex provides a wonderful opportunity to offer students a commercial-grade kitchen and beautiful outdoor dining area.    

A RICH 72-YEAR LEGACY

For more than seven decades, students from Cal Poly Pomona have designed, built, and decorated fabulous Rose Parade floats for the Rose Parade, which is televised in multiple languages to millions of viewers around the world. The journey began in 1949 when student Don Miller spearheaded the construction of the first float in 90 days. Today, this unique, learn-by-doing program is one of the finest examples of our Polytechnic Advantage, one that highlights the creativity, versatility, and skills of our students. Students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo partner to create fantastic floats, beginning with a unique design concept and carried through construction and decoration with thousands of flowers. Throughout the process, hundreds of students have the opportunity to advance their team-building and problem-solving skills, learn floral design or computer-controlled animation, while others acquire skills in engineering, welding, engine maintenance, marketing, hydraulics, and much more.

VISION FOR THE FUTURE

The new Rose Float Lab and Design Complex, located near the 10 Freeway exit at Kellogg Drive, is expected to complete construction by early 2021. This new lab will provide future Rose Float students a space to build beautiful, creative, and innovative floats. The new lab will be named after two Rose Float alumni — the late Don Miller (’52, horticulture), who got the Rose Float program started in 1948, and Ron Simons (’64, agronomy; ’69, food marketing and agribusiness management), who kept it going and ensured that it thrived.

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS

Yes, your donation is tax-deductible! Cal Poly Philanthropic Pomona Foundation's taxpayer ID number is 83-2300241.

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Last Chance Match
The next $2,500 given to ANY FUND will be matched dollar for dollar.
$2,500 MATCHED
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Early Bird Challenge (Day 2)
The first $2,500 given to any fund starting at 9am on April 22 will be matched dollar for dollar.
$2,500 MATCHED
Completed
Leaderboard
Lunchtime Power Hour Challenge (Day 2)
The campaign with the most unique donors between 11am-1pm PST on April 22 will receive a $1,000 prize!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Donald G Wells Memorial Endowed Scholarship 23
2 Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) 21
3 Broncos Care Basic Needs Initiative 11
4 American Society of Civil Engineers 6
5 Rose Float - Friends of Bill Jacobson Fund 5
6 Career Center Clothes Closet 5
7 Bronco Dreamers Resource Center 5
8 Parenting Student Support 4
9 Areas of Greatest Need 4
10 Veterans Resource Center 3
11 B.L.A.C.K. in Landscape Architecture 3
12 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 3
13 WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 2
14 Engineering Leadership Program 1
15 Engineering Excellence Funds 1
16 Science Excellence Funds 1
17 Agriculture Scholarship Funds 1
18 CLASS Excellence Funds 1
19 Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies 1
20 Engineering Scholarship Funds 1
21 Music Industry Studies Scholarship Fundraiser 1
22 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 1
23 Renaissance Scholars 1
24 CEIS Scholarships 1
25 Partners in Education 1
26 CBA Scholarship Funds 1
27 Andrew Lawson Memorial Scholarship 1
28 Science Scholarships 1
29 Alumni Association Student Scholarships 1
30 Equity in Business 1
31 2021 Senior Class Gift 1
32 Agriculture Excellence Funds 0
33 Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) 0
34 CBA Excellence Funds 0
35 CEIS Excellence Funds 0
36 Educational Leadership Doctorate Program 0
37 Women in Science and Engineering 0
38 Marvin Malecha Endowed Scholarship 0
39 Urban & Regional Planning 0
40 Architecture 0
41 Art 0
42 Other ENV Funds 0
43 Collins College Funds 0
44 CLASS Scholarship Funds 0
45 Athletics Excellence Funds 0
46 Athletics Scholarship Funds 0
47 Disability Resource Center 0
48 Innovation Brew Works 0
49 Laptops & Wi-Fi Hotspots for Students 0
50 Library - SIIL: Maker Studio 0
51 Pace Setters Scholarship 0
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$3,000
Alumni 500 Donors Challenge
Thank you alumni donors for helping the Alumni Scholars program unlock a $3,000 bonus from the Alumni Association.
500 / 500 Donors
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Early Bird Challenge (Day 1)
The first $2,500 given during Giving Day was matched. Check the "Challenges" tab to find more active events!
$2,500 MATCHED
Completed
Leaderboard
Lunchtime Power Hour Challenge (Day 1)
The campaign with the most unique donors between 11am-1pm PST on April 21 will receive a $1,000 prize!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $750 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 78
2 $750 American Society of Civil Engineers 78
3 Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) 14
4 Rose Float - Friends of Bill Jacobson Fund 10
5 Broncos Care Basic Needs Initiative 5
6 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 5
7 Areas of Greatest Need 5
8 Parenting Student Support 5
9 Marvin Malecha Endowed Scholarship 4
10 Alumni Association Student Scholarships 4
11 Women in Science and Engineering 4
12 Engineering Scholarship Funds 4
13 Partners in Education 3
14 Science Excellence Funds 3
15 Engineering Excellence Funds 3
16 Donald G Wells Memorial Endowed Scholarship 3
17 Music Industry Studies Scholarship Fundraiser 3
18 Agriculture Scholarship Funds 2
19 WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 2
20 Bronco Dreamers Resource Center 2
21 Andrew Lawson Memorial Scholarship 2
22 Collins College Funds 2
23 Disability Resource Center 2
24 Career Center Clothes Closet 2
25 Innovation Brew Works 2
26 B.L.A.C.K. in Landscape Architecture 2
27 Veterans Resource Center 2
28 Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) 1
29 Equity in Business 1
30 Agriculture Excellence Funds 1
31 Renaissance Scholars 1
32 Athletics Excellence Funds 1
33 CBA Scholarship Funds 1
34 Urban & Regional Planning 1
35 CLASS Scholarship Funds 1
36 Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies 1
37 Engineering Leadership Program 1
38 CBA Excellence Funds 0
39 Science Scholarships 0
40 CLASS Excellence Funds 0
41 Laptops & Wi-Fi Hotspots for Students 0
42 Pace Setters Scholarship 0
43 Other ENV Funds 0
44 CEIS Excellence Funds 0
45 CEIS Scholarships 0
46 Educational Leadership Doctorate Program 0
47 Architecture 0
48 Art 0
49 Athletics Scholarship Funds 0
50 2021 Senior Class Gift 0
51 Library - SIIL: Maker Studio 0
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Leaderboard
Night Owl Challenge
The campaign with the most unique donors between 8pm on April 21 and 8am on April 22 will receive a $1,000 prize!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) 34
2 Music Industry Studies Scholarship Fundraiser 17
3 University-Wide Initiatives 12
4 2021 Senior Class Gift 8
5 Rose Float - Friends of Bill Jacobson Fund 6
6 Pace Setters Scholarship 6
7 Bronco Dreamers Resource Center 6
8 Parenting Student Support 6
9 Veterans Resource Center 5
10 Broncos Care Basic Needs Initiative 5
11 Andrew Lawson Memorial Scholarship 5
12 Agriculture Scholarship Funds 4
13 Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) 4
14 Women in Science and Engineering 4
15 CLASS Scholarship Funds 4
16 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 4
17 Renaissance Scholars 3
18 Career Center Clothes Closet 3
19 CLASS Excellence Funds 3
20 Agriculture Excellence Funds 3
21 CBA Scholarship Funds 3
22 Engineering Excellence Funds 2
23 Science Scholarships 2
24 Library - SIIL: Maker Studio 2
25 Engineering Scholarship Funds 2
26 Marvin Malecha Endowed Scholarship 2
27 Engineering Leadership Program 2
28 Donald G Wells Memorial Endowed Scholarship 2
29 American Society of Civil Engineers 2
30 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 2
31 WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 1
32 Athletics Scholarship Funds 1
33 CBA Excellence Funds 1
34 CEIS Scholarships 1
35 Urban & Regional Planning 1
36 Alumni Association Student Scholarships 1
37 Partners in Education 1
38 Disability Resource Center 1
39 Other ENV Funds 1
40 Educational Leadership Doctorate Program 1
41 Science Excellence Funds 1
42 Equity in Business 1
43 College of Engineering 0
44 College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sci. 0
45 College of Science 0
46 Huntley College of Agriculture 0
47 College of Business Administration 0
48 College of Environmental Design 0
49 College of Edu & Integrative Studies 0
50 Bronco Athletics 0
51 CEIS Excellence Funds 0
52 B.L.A.C.K. in Landscape Architecture 0
53 Architecture 0
54 Art 0
55 Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies 0
56 Collins College of Hospitality Mgmt. 0
57 Collins College Funds 0
58 Athletics Excellence Funds 0
59 Innovation Brew Works 0
60 Laptops & Wi-Fi Hotspots for Students 0
Ended
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Rose Float – Friends of Bill Jacobson Early Bird DOUBLE Match
The first $200 given to the Rose Float’s Friends of Bill Jacobson Fund will be DOUBLE matched thanks to an additional $200 commitment from Bob Pettis '63
$200 MATCHED
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Rose Float - Friends of Bill Jacobson Match
The first $5,000 given to Rose Float’s Friends of Bill Jacobson Fund will be matched dollar for dollar by the brothers of Pi Sigma Chi / Sigma Nu. In honor of Bill Jacobson, one of their founding members
$5,000 MATCHED
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