Hoss-Johnson, a production designer and mom, designed her first Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade float in 1989. The float entry was called "The Party’s Just Begun,” and it couldn’t have been more appropriate; Hoss-Johnson has been a staple in the historic parade’s backstage ever since. The award-winning designer and her husband Michael, who also engineers some of the more mechanical floats, have spent many holiday seasons making sure the finishing touches on her whimsical designs are to specifications; so much so that her daughter, Brianne, was often considered a "float orphan,” watching excitedly as her mother’s renderings came to life.
Brianne’s winter vacations of gluing flowers sparked her own interest in design, and she has now teamed with her mom to design the GSGLA’s entry in the 2012 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. It’s quite fitting that the two have teamed up on this particular project. After all, Renée and Brianne have experienced a number of adventures together as part of their Girl Scouts experience. Hoss-Johnson is a Girl Scout Troop Leader for her daughter, who has been in Girl Scouts for 12 years and has earned the Gold Award, Girl Scouts’ highest honor.
"Being a Troop Leader for my daughter has kept me in synch with Brianne throughout her life. It has truly been a gift to be able to stand back and watch her learn and blossom with every badge and award she has received,” Hoss-Johnson said. "It has given me a chance to watch her mature and turn into an accomplished and confident young woman.”
"Girl Scouts has opened up many opportunities in my life,” young Johnson, an Ambassador Girl Scout in Troop 290, said of her Girl Scout memories. "My most memorable opportunity was participating in the Tournament Troop for the Rose Parade. I have marched in the parade twice, and am honored to participate in the design of the Girl Scout float for next year. I hope that eventually I will be able to design floats that are as amazing as the ones my mom has created.”
Mothers and daughters everywhere can be a part of the float, too. GSGLA has a heartfelt way for all to honor the women in their lives with float flower dedications. For $5, a flower on the Girl Scouts float will feature the name of a loved one: moms, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, wives, girlfriends, former and current Girl Scouts, and more. Dedicate a dozen for a perfect Mother’s Day gift! Visit http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.girlscoutsLA.org&esheet=6710267&lan=en-US&anchor=www.girlscoutsLA.org&index=1&md5=175323c30e07db72f318200a0c7dd270 and click on "Dedicate a Dozen” for more information.
About Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts will celebrate a century of leadership next year with events happening throughout the U.S. GSGLA will host a number of centennial celebrations in the Greater Los Angeles area, including Girltopia at the L.A. Convention Center on October 29; a float entry in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade; a Women of Distinction luncheon honoring former Girl Scout and industry leaders; and a council-wide Camporee. For more information on 100th Anniversary opportunities, please visit http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.girlscoutsLA.org&esheet=6710267&lan=en-US&anchor=www.girlscoutsLA.org&index=2&md5=9cece9da72e584ba3f983cf31af5d705.
About Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 40,000 girls in partnership with more than 23,000 volunteers from over 350 diverse communities of Los Angeles County and parts of Kern, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is the largest girl-serving non-profit agency in Los Angeles, and operates seven Service Centers, 14 Program Centers, and four campgrounds spanning 4,000 square miles. To join, volunteer, reconnect or support, visit http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.girlscoutsLA.org&esheet=6710267&lan=en-US&anchor=www.girlscoutsLA.org&index=3&md5=3db7cc5eb09856626fbad42fe8f8e143 or call 1-888-GSGLA-4-U.
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
Kendra Walker, 213-213-0150 ext. 2294
Kenya Yarbrough, 213-213-0150 ext. 2266