The Saddle River Valley Lions Club is showing its support for two late Mahwah residents who will be memorialized on a float in the 2014 Tournament of Roses parade which is held annually in Pasadena, California. The club recently made a donation toward the cost of the roses that will be carried by the family members when they travel to the Rose Bowl in California on New Year’s Day.
Donate Life, a non-profit organization that works to support and promote organ donation, is honoring 81 late organ donors on its 2014 Rose Parade float. Images of all of the honorees will be depicted on the float in flowers, or memorial “floragraphs.”
Late Mahwah residents Mike Drozd, a volunteer firefighter who died at age 46 in a 2008 car accident, and Ena “Po-Po” Lue, a mom and grandma who died at 68 in 2010, will be two of the honorees on the float.
Pam Drozd, Mike’s wife, and Jackie Lue Raia, Po-Po’s daughter, are both Mahwah residents and NJ Sharing Network – a local ‘Donate Life’ group – volunteers. At a meeting of the Lions Club this month, the two presented roses to club president Jerry Michota who was asked write dedications for them. The dedications will be placed onto the Rose Bowl float.
According to Donate Life, both women will help assemble thousands of roses that will come together to memorialize Mike, Po-Po, and the others represented on the float.
“The donors’ families and dozens of volunteers will decorate portraits [of those being honored] with grains, flowers, seeds, spices and other organic materials,” said Bryan Stewart, chairman of the Donate Life float.” For many of their families, this is a unique opportunity to see their loved one shine before millions of people worldwide and to gain special recognition for their gifts of life and hope.”
S.R.V. Lions Club President Jerry Michota stated that “honoring organ donors is consistent with the Lion’s Club mission of furthering the interests of those organizations that provide assistance to those with health and vision-related issues.” He added that “our club is proud to be represented and associated with such a fine cause.”
Classified as a 501C(3) non-profit entity, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club has raised and distributed more than $2,000,000 during its fifty-five year history. Founded in 1958, membership is by invitation with the organization being best known for fighting blindness. 100% of its net proceeds go directly to the charities that the Club supports with none of the funds raised being used to meet administrative expenses, a cost borne by the Lions themselves.
For more information about the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, visit www.SRVLions.org .