Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Announces Generous Gift in honor of Betty and Tom Kemp

Dec 27, 2016

Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Announces Generous Gift in honor of Betty and Tom Kemp

PASADENA, Calif. (December 28, 2016) – The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the future of the Rose Bowl Stadium, announced today a generous gift by Paula and Patrick Donahue in honor of Paula’s parents, Betty and Tom Kemp. 

“Betty and Tom met at USC and loved visiting Pasadena for numerous Rose Bowls, Super Bowls and World Cups,” said Patrick Donahue.  “We can’t think of a more fitting and meaningful tribute for two wonderful people who love this country and love the Rose Bowl Stadium.”

As the Stadium continues to showcase its heritage, a recognition sign for Betty and Tom Kemp, as well as an explanation of the history of the flagpole, will be displayed on the east side of the concourse, just below the flagpole.

The original flag pole in the south end zone just beyond the goal posts stood 110-feet-long and arrived in three sections.  At that time, the stadium was shaped in a horseshoe and was not enclosed in its current bowl shape until 1928.  Since moving to the east side of the stadium, the flagpole has become a key part of the heritage of America’s Stadium. 

“The Donahue family has become synonymous with Rose Bowl and Pat and Paula’s gift will recognize their legacy,” said Executive Director Dedan Brozino.  “To honor Betty and Tom in this manner is truly special and exemplifies the emotional importance of the Stadium to so many people around the world.”

About Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation
The Rose Bowl Legacy Connections is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary purpose is to financially ensure the appropriate honoring of a historic past, while building a premier future through making the venue and surrounding areas even more distinguished and iconic as America’s Stadium and a National Historic Landmark. Any gift to the Legacy Connections is tax-deductible minus any benefits actually received.

About the Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium was built in 1922 to host the increasingly popular East-West college bowl game that followed the annual Rose Parade. It was to be a grand venue that would showcase beautiful Pasadena to the entire country, and ultimately, the whole world.  It has succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

The Rose Bowl Stadium is in the midst of the largest, most comprehensive improvement project in its 90+ year history. This renovation will provide new revenue sources to fund long-term improvements, improve public safety, and modernize facility operations while maintaining the stadium’s National Historic Landmark status. The goal of the enhancements is to retain the stadium’s storied history while becoming current and improving the stadium and the Arroyo Seco for future generations of athletes, fans and television viewers.

There are many historic places across the nation, but only a small number have meaning to all Americans, denoted as our National Historic Landmarks.  The Rose Bowl Stadium represents great American ideas and ideals –that with the vision of the City’s fathers, intent and hard work, and greatness can be achieved. These ideas and ideals are embodied in the structure, the residents, the people and the events that are a part of the Rose Bowl Stadium throughout the last century.  It is the duty of all of us, to preserve this icon for future generations of Americans.

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