PORTLAND Ore. – Portland Rose Festival panned more gold from the International Festival & Events Association annual convention held in Denver September 21. The Festival picked up 14 total awards as well as recognition for the world’s best volunteer, Webmaster and parade entry wrangler Charlie M. Clint, on hand to accept her award in the Mile High City. The festival received eight gold, three silver, and three bronze for excellence in various categories including Best New Fundraising Program with Rose Festival Runners for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon.


            The IFEA again awarded the Portland Rose Festival Gold for the Best Environmental Program. The Portland Rose Festival has been recognized with a gold 13 out of the last 15 years as the world leader in clean and green celebrating. Rose Festival parade fans accept it as part of the routine, but their participation in the PGE/SOLVE parade clean up makes this one greenest and cleanest festivals in the world according to the International Festival & Events Association membership.


            “We’re really proud of the recognition the Festival gets for our green efforts,” says Jeff Curtis, Rose Festival CEO, “but it is not just because of the super volunteers and staff. This award would not be possible without our partnerships with PGE, SOLVE, the hauling companies, the City of Portland and most importantly, the conscientious parade fans who year in and year out take responsibility for cleaning up their own space on the street and leaving it a little bit better for the city.”

Information submitted Rich Jarvis from the Rose Festival.


International Festivals & Events Association/ Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards

Portland Rose Festival Foundation – September 21, 2012


Gold    –           Best Sponsor – Alaska Airlines

Gold    –           Best New Fundraising Program – Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon with Rose Festival Runners

Gold    –           Best Sponsorship Program for Individual Sponsor – KPTV/FOX12

Gold    –           Best Environmental Program

Gold    –           Best Community Outreach Program – Court/Past Courts Program

Gold    –           Best Children’s Programming – Fred Meyer Junior Parade

Gold    –           Best Public Safety/Security Plan for an Event – CityFair

Gold    –           Most Creative/Effective News Stunt – Packy the Elephant, Grand Marshal


Silver   –           Best New Merchandise – Rogue Rose Festival Ale

Silver   –           Best New Event – Creative Youth Awards

Silver   –           Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Charity – Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon


Bronze –           Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter

Bronze –           Best Sponsor Solicitation Package – One Main Financial – RoZone Stage

Bronze –           Best Promotion Publicizing an IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award


For more awards information:

Rose Festival Awards page: http://www.rosefestival.org/about/festivalawards.shtml

Charlie Clint IFEA introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-shOSG1LHX4


            The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) was founded in 1956 and today isThe Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia & New Zealand, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East, and IFEA North America the organization’s common vision is for ‘A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.'”


            The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to serving families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education, and volunteerism.  The Foundation values environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism, and our historic and floral heritage.  www.RoseFestival.org



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