27 Oct Royal Rosarians unveil bronze statue to mark upcoming centennial year

The Royal Rosarians on Sunday unveiled the bronze statue that marks the 100 year birthday of the nonprofit civic organization.

More than 200 members and friends of the Royal Rosarians were expected to gather for the ceremony Sunday afternoon in the International Rose Test Garden in Southwest Portland. The unveiling of the bronze sculpture marks the beginning of the centennial celebration for the Royal Rosarians, which became an organization in 1912.

The $41,000 bronze sculpture of a Royal Rosarian was created by bronze sculptor Bill Bane and was presented to Portland city Commissioner Nick Fish as a gift to the city from the Rosarians.

The life size statue is the third bronze statue to be placed in Washington Park. The Royal Rosarians are the official greeters and ambassadors of goodwill for Portland by mayoral proclamation.

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