As seen in the Dec. 16 print edition
Brenda Mehdian, staff writer
The Interact Club will be volunteering alongside fellow community members to decorate The City of Beverly Hills Rose Parade Float, which will be featured in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade on Wednesday, Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
This year’s theme for the float will be “Dreams Come True,” and according to the official Tournament of Roses website, the theme was inspired by the belief that through hard work and faith in oneself, all goals are attainable.
Members of the Beverly Hills Rotary Club, an international organization that strives to create both positive and lasting changes in communities around the world, Les Bronte and Susan Berk have been working for the past couple of weeks the past couple months to secure volunteer spots for Interact members to work on the float.
“Just a few weeks ago we received the amazing news from Bronte that Beverly Hills Rotary was able to arrange for 33 spots for our members in the first shift to help with the float,” Interact President senior Nicole Sayegh.
According to Sayegh, this is the first time that the Interact Club will be taking part in an event like this and she believes that doing so is “truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
While community members were given an area of the float of their choice to decorate, Interact members were appointed to helping with the float’s floral arrangements.
In an effort to increase participation for the city’s centennial year, community members had the opportunity to place their names in a random drawing that would give them a chance to appear on the float itself.
“I am really excited for this event and I think it will be one of our best. It is super fun to help build the float that people are going to see in the parade. On top of that, the flowers are beautiful,” Interact Treasurer junior Paige Dubelko said.
According to Dubelko, the goal of this event for the club is to have a lot of Interact members come and help decorate the float. Dubelko believes this goal will be achieved if all those who signed up to help out follow through with their commitment.
Interact looks forward to contributing to the float and helping represent the city of Beverly Hills. Stay tuned to check out a video of the float making process to be posted on our website in January.