Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, Alhambra Tournament of Roses Association Committee host 31st annual Rose Queen and Court Luncheon

By Jewelyn Co

The 2020 Royal Court, from left: Princesses Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, and Emilie Risha; Rose Queen Camille Kennedy; Master of Ceremonies Daniella Guzman, co-anchor of NBC4 news; and Princesses Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins, and Cole Fox.

The 31st annual Rose Queen and Court Luncheon, hosted by the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce and the Alhambra Tournament of Roses Association Committee was held Dec. 3 at Almansor Court. Luncheon Chairman Steve Perry and Master of Ceremonies Daniella Guzman, co-anchor of NBC4 news, introduced the lovely ladies of the 2020 Tournament of Roses 102nd Queen and Royal Court: Cole Fox, senior at South Pasadena High School; Emilie Risha, senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Rukan Saif, senior at Arcadia High School; Reese Rosental Saporito, senior at Marshall Fundamental School; Mia Thorsen, senior at Marshall Fundamental School; Michael Wilkins, senior at Maranatha High School; and Queen Camille Kennedy, a senior at La Salle College Preparatory.

The princesses were escorted by David Mejia, Alhambra vice mayor; Jeff Maloney, Alhambra councilmember, Evike Chang, past president of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce; Christopher Balmaseda, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce executive board; Kevin Houser, The Ratkovich senior property manager; Edgar Garcia-Mora, president of the Rotary Club of Alhambra; and the queen was escorted by Alhambra Mayor Ross Maza.

The event was attended by sponsors, special guests, city and community leaders, and supporting patrons. Table sponsors were joined for lunch by the queen and the royal court as table guests. The program included speeches delivered by the royal court and the queen, and there was a questions and answers segment for the queen. Queen Camille was asked what she would do to change the country if she were elected president of the United States “We have become individualized, and we lack the real strong sense of community that makes it hard to be unified because we are so divided in so many aspects of our world.,” she said. “The most important thing I would endeavor to change for the better is to find better balance and create a more unified community.”

Proceeds from the luncheon helped fund Alhambra’s 92nd Rose Parade float, “The Power of Hope.” The 2020 float theme celebrates the influence of optimism and hope; with hope- anything, in fact, everything is possible. The Alhambra Unified School District Marching Band will proudly march with the float. The Tournament of Roses has produced America’s New Year

Celebration since 1890, and for nearly 130 years has brought the traditions of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game to Pasadena and the world. Learn more about the Tournament of Roses Parade, Rose Queen, and Royal court at www.tournamentofroses.com.


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