Special Programs

The Rose Parade

Each New Year's Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It's a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.

The Donate Life Float

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float will make its 17th appearance in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. NJ Sharing Network and our generous partners, Bridge to LifeDignity Memorial Funeral Homes and Team Liberty will sponsor three donor families and two transplant recipients to attend the multi-day festivities.

Our 2020 Honorees: 

Hope Wolf
Organ and Tissue Donor
and Floragraph Honoree
Sponsored by
our Foundation

Sam Prince
Heart Recipient 
and Float Rider
Sponsored by
our Foundation

Brad Sorrentino
Organ and Tissue Donor
and Floragraph Honoree
Sponsored by
Bridge to Life Ltd

Michael DiPiano
Kidney & Pancreas Recipient and Float Rider
Sponsored by
Team Liberty

John Cuffe
Tissue Donor
and Floragraph Honoree
Sponsored by
Dignity Memorial

  

The 2020 Donate Life Rose Parade float, Light in the Darkness, shares the Power of Hope by highlighting Southeast Asia’s Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, a celebration of light shining through darkness. Organ, eye, and tissue donation is often the first spark of light families see when in their darkest moments, the opportunity to honor their loved ones’ legacy provides hope and light to both grieving donor families and grateful recipients.

Tune in to ABC, NBC, Univision, The Hallmark Channel and more at 11.30 am EST to watch the Donate Life Float at the 131st annual Rose Parade.

Rose Parade 2019

From the grandstands, family members of donors Sean Clegg, Dr. Randall Giles and Carrie Ellen Fisher viewed the float adorned with floragraphs honoring their loved ones. Liver transplant recipient, Jim Rhatican and heart transplant recipient, Emma Rothman, both rode the float representing all New Jersey residents who have received a second chance at life through donation.

View a full list of the 2019 Florograph Honorees, Float Rider Honorees and Float Walker Honorees.

Check out photos from the 2019 Rose Parade

From construction to Parade day! Watch a 3 month time lapse (June-September 2018) of construction of the 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade float.