A float that featured the face of a late Horry-Georgetown Technical College alumnus during the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade on Wednesday was among the parade’s award winners.
The Donate Life “Light Up the World” float, which featured a 12-by-16-inch floral portrait of Joseph Keith Wallace, won for “Excellence in Presenting Parade Theme,” according to the parade’s website.
Wallace, a 25-year-old HGTC graduate with an associate’s degree in golf course management, died Aug. 2, 2012, from a ruptured brain aneurysm after experiencing an extreme headache and going comatose the previous day.
Because Wallace, a Manning resident – also a brother of Myrtle Beach City Councilman Randal Wallace – had registered as an organ donor when renewing his S.C. driver’s license, his gift in passing has saved four other people’s lives through organ transplants, and others who received tissue.
Relatives and friends put the finishing touches on Keith Wallace’s floral portrait for the parade float during a ceremony in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 18.
This marks only the sixth time the Palmetto State has been represented on the float, an opportunity funded by a grant from Bridge to Life, a biotechnology company in Columbia helping advance the science of organ procurement and preservation. The Donate Life float was among 45 floats and 91 elements in the 125th annual Rose Parade. About 24 floats won awards.
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