Rose Parade float honoring Bakersfield man wins Theme Award

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - This year's Donate Life float honoring the legacy of a Bakersfield man, won the "Theme" Award at the 129th Annual Tournament of Roses.

Donate Life's "Gift of Time" float incorporated an Aztec calendar with portraits of organ and tissue donors. One of the portraits in full bloom was that of Glen Haenelt.

Haenelt passed away after a car crash in March of  2016 in Lake Isabella. He was just 28 years old. The decision he made long before he died, being an organ donor, has helped save other lives.

Haenelt was a gifted athlete, according to Donate Life's website. He was passionate about baseball, whether he was playing first base or watching the Dodgers. Glen was also focused on physical fitness and nutrition. Besides baseball, he loved to play golf with his brother, fish, and walk his dogs. Glen had a kind heart and infectious smile. He was a devoted husband, son, brother, and best friend to all who knew him.

It was no surprise that he was a registered donor, said Donate Life. He was a giving person and it made sense that he would want to better the lives of others after he passed.

There is no better gift than granting someone more time with loved ones, according to Donate Life. That is why registering to become a donor is a way to make a difference in someone's life.

This year's Rose Parade theme was 'Making a Difference.' It is a way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others." said Tournament of Roses President, Lance Tibbet. 


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