Dole Packaged Foods Brings 2017 Rose Parade Sweepstakes Trophy Home to Westlake Headquarters

Dole Packaged Foods accepted its seventh Tournament of Roses float award in a ceremony at its headquarters in Westlake Village on Tuesday March 21st.  Dole’s float, “Spirit of Hawaii,” won the Sweepstakes Trophy for most beautiful parade entry with outstanding floral presentation and design.

The “Spirit of Hawaii” float celebrated Dole Packaged Foods’ origins in the Hawaiian Islands and honored the state’s welcoming culture, unique heritage, and unparalleled beauty with a breathtaking floral salute.

Dole Packaged Foods is an industry-leader in the development of healthy, convenient packaged fruits and snack products that are closer to nature and help people live long and healthy lives.  Their commitment to ensuring universal accessibility to adequate nutrition was demonstrated through their Rose Parade collaboration with the Feeding America network and Bonnie Atmore, President & CEO, FOOD Share of Ventura County.          

FOOD Share’s commitment to solving hunger and Atmore’s leadership at the regional and national levels made her the ideal candidate when Dole began the search for an individual who embodied the charitable values of its organization.  At the trophy presentation ceremony, Dole Packaged Foods officially announced that Atmore will be playing an enhanced role in its philanthropic outreach as the partnership between Dole and FOOD Share for the 2018 Rose Parade and Live on Green event is expanded. 

This year, Dole collaborated with FOOD Share for the first inaugural Spirit of Giving food drive, extending the reach of their Rose Parade participation directly into the community they call home.  Their enhanced outreach in 2018 will echo the 129th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade theme: Making a Difference.  This theme was selected by Rose Parade officials as a tribute to those in the world who give tirelessly of themselves and expect nothing in return, and exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism embodied by the FOOD Share organization as well as Dole’s commitment to positively impacting Ventura County.   


Brad Bartlett, President, Dole Packaged Foods (Left) presents Bonnie Atmore, President & CEO, FOOD Share of Ventura County, with a plaque commemorating FOOD Share’s collaboration with Dole for the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade.


(L to R) Barbara Vass, Senior Director of Marketing, Dole Packaged Foods; Monica Spiro, Associate Manager of Events, Dole Packaged Foods; David Spare, Vice President of Marketing and Acquisitions, Dole Packaged Foods; Brad Bartlett, President, Dole Packaged Foods; Lance Tibbet, President, Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

About Dole Packaged Foods:

Dole Packaged Foods is a world leader in growing, sourcing, distributing and marketing fruit and healthy snacks. Dole sells a full-line of packaged ambient fruit, frozen fruit, dried fruit, and juices. The company focuses on four pillars of sustainability in all its operations: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and packaging. For more information please visit or

About FOOD Share:

More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 12 million pounds of food, or 10 million meals annually from its distribution site; more than 180 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs. FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, which include: KIDS’ Farmers’ Market, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, and more.  The regional food bank’s Feed the Line, Shorten the Line efforts draw together community stakeholders and other non-profit and community service organizations through programs such as Our Voice and the FOOD Share and Friends Mobile Pantry to provide county-wide access to resources that facilitate self-sustainability.  A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.

In 2016, FOOD Share is rallying the community behind a viral initiative encouraging the public, local businesses, major corporations and community leaders and stakeholders to help combat hunger through an outreach campaign called Share16. The Share16 Challenge asks the community to share ways in which they support FOOD Share by documenting their experiences and efforts on social media with the #Share16 hashtag.

For more information about FOOD Share, visit Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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