WVU Children’s Hospital partners with California-based artist to create Rose Parade float

Design to be unveiled Thursday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – California-based artist and Morgantown native Lorraine Strieby is a Mountaineer fan who loves a good parade. That’s why she’s partnered with WVU Children’s Hospital at Ruby Memorial to bring West Virginia pride to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Two-and-a-half years ago, when West Virginia’s 150th birthday was approaching, Strieby saw other cities, states, and hospitals with floats in the world famous parade and thought, “Why not West Virginia?” So she created the design and started looking for a non-profit organization with which to partner.

“I knew that I needed to help a non-profit organization with talent that impacted the entire state,” Strieby said. “A nonprofit that Mountaineers, not only in West Virginia but around the world, would love to help and donate to this worthy cause.”  

Strieby reached out to WVU Children’s earlier this year to bring her dream and the WVU Children’s mission together with the “Wild and Wonderful for the State of West Virginia” float at the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade. The hope is to showcase West Virginia and WVU Children’s on a global stage, bringing pride to Mountaineers in every corner of the world.

The original design for the float will be unveiled at a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (June 26) at The Montmartre Restaurant inside the Clarion Hotel Morgan on High Street in Morgantown. The reception will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by The Bobby Nicholas Band before the grand reveal at 6:30 p.m.

To help the efforts to get the float in the Rose Parade, contact Megan Skubovius at 304-598-4346 ext. 5 or skuboviusm@wvuhealthcare.com.

WVU Children’s Hospital – located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Healthcare’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. It is the state’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. For information on WVU Children’s Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.


For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
ajk: 06-23-14

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