JOBC party kicks off 2009-10 festival activities

The Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) kicked off its 2009-10 festival with a party poolside at the Gables Waterway complex.

Catering by Lovables provided food for the crowd that included many prospective volunteers. JOBC president Marti Bueso unveiled the theme for the coming year, “Children Eliminating Boundaries Through Knowledge and Friendship.” Committee chairs spoke about their programs while administrative director Mark Pidal orchestrated the festive evening.

Seen here at Actors’ Playhouse Gala Auction is Westin Colonnade’s executive chef Thomas Russo and Westin’s restaurant director Jennifer McDonough serving Coral Gables Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk. The Westin’s Hoja Nueva was one of 30 restaurants and caterers serving a variety of great food that evening. (Photo by Alberto Romeu)

Among the many seen enjoying the affair were Jim Borgmann, JOBC’s immediate past president and city manager of Miami Springs; past president and Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, as well as several other past presidents including John Admire, Chuck Little, Eunice Perry, Linda Brown, Corinne Steinbauer, Rex Russo and Jeannette Slesnick.

To learn more about how to become involved in this “world’s largest youth festival,” call 305-662-1210 or go online to Top students from several middle and senior high schools were honored at the annual Junior/Senior High Recognition Breakfast hosted by the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables on Apr. 21.

Jobie, the JOBC mascot, helps administrative director Mark Pidal and JOBC president Marti Bueso unveil the Junior Orange Bowl Festival theme for 2009-10.

Event coordinator representing organizational sponsor Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation, Joan Reitsma, of The Giving Tree, credited generous sponsors: Title Sponsor, Build A Bear Workshop Foundation and the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Foundation; Double Gold Sponsor, Claire-Frances Flanagan Whitehurst, and Gold Sponsors, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club.

CBS 4’s Jim Berry made quite an impression on the graduating students from several middle and senior high schools. More than 280 students, parents, teachers and friends gathered for the affair, all of whom enjoyed Berry’s entertaining and inspiring address. He even included one of his famous “raps,” something that made him stand out as a sportscaster before he became a news anchor.

Berry challenged students to not be afraid to be bad at something and talked about his first job as a newscaster, a job at which he was not great initially. Hard work, learning from others and persistence helped him achieve success in the field.

CBS 4’s Jim Berry poses with top achievers from Coral Gables Senior High School at the annual Junior/Senior High Achievement Breakfast. (Photo by Alberto Romeu)

Following Berry’s address, students were awarded certificates and medals, and posed for photos taken by photographer Alberto Romeu, who donated his services once again for the day. Coral Gables Rotarians showed up in full force on Sunday, Apr. 26, helping provide physically challenged children at Shake-A-Leg with a day to remember.

Actors’ Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall held the 18th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction at the Miracle Theatre and raised $115,000 with funds going to the capital improvements of the historic Miracle Theatre and the operating costs of Actors’ Playhouse Spectacular 2009-10 season. For more information on Actors’ Playhouse, go online to < >.

Save the date for the Baptist Health South Florida 5K on May 23, at Coral Gables City Hall, organized by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. For information, call 305-446-1657. Until next time, keep making each day count.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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