Figurella expands, JOBC delivers, and community gives

Figurella expands, JOBC delivers, and community gives

Gulliver’s team takes off at JOBC Cross Country event.

Figurella USA, the unique body reshaping center from Italy, recently celebrated its second anniversary in Coral Gables and opened a new location in Pinecrest. For the anniversary festivities a cocktail reception at Segundo Muelle Restaurant inside the landmark Hotel St. Michel provided a beautiful setting. In attendance were Coral Gables Chamber President Mark Trowbridge, who presented a special proclamation; Chamber members; and Figurella clients, many of whom shared testimonials.

Immediately becoming involved with the community, Figurella proudly launched a clothes drive with Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. The drive served to raise funds and awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

With the new location recently opened in Pinecrest at Town Center Mall, Figurella has more than 500 locations globally and in excess of 30 years of experience. Figurella is the largest international company specializing in localized weight loss and is unique because it utilizes a natural weight loss method that allows an individual to utilize their body’s metabolism to create faster and longer-lasting results. The Figurella Method combines physical activity in a heated thermal module, followed by a detoxifying SpaShell oxygen treatment and dietary advice for weight loss. Best of all, it works. Because of the unique combination of fitness, weight loss and spa services, clients leave Figurella feeling relaxed and pampered.

PT-Lourdes girls celebrate with trophy

Lourdes girls celebrate with trophy at JOBC Cross Country event.

The Pinecrest location is the second center in Miami after the Coral Gables location at 1600 Ponce de Leon Blvd. It’s the third in the United States, with more locations planned for the near future, including Aventura, Brickell and Doral. For info visit

The Junior Orange Bowl events are blanketing the county with cultural arts and athletic events. The JOBC’s annual Cross Country Meet co-chaired by Maggie and Rusty Hill was held at Larry & Penny Thompson Park on October 8. More than 2,500 runners who came from more than 70 schools competed in 10 Middle School and High School races. The team from Belen Jesuit won the Boys Invitational and Varsity Open races as Ferguson HS finished second in both. In the girls’ division, Ferguson took home first place in the Girls Invitational, and Lourdes finished first in the Varsity Open race.

After the JOBC Parade on Nov. 29, hundreds of volunteers prepared for a host of other events. JOBC Sports Ability Co- Chairs Rich Naue and Kate Swain with an incredibly dedicated committee are in last minute preparations for the games as teams start arriving December 2 for this three day competition that includes sailing at Shake- A-Leg, swimming at Ransom Everglades Aquatic Center and Track and Field at Tropical Park. Volunteers are always needed for these amazing events and those interested should contact the JOBC office at 305- 662-1210 or visit

Figurella expands, JOBC delivers, and community gives

Client gets tips on using Figurella’s innovative techniques for weight loss.

Finally, a host of South Florida charities benefited from Give Miami Day on November 19th. Kudos to all who made a gift. The Miami Foundation was matching a portion of the funds collected providing a great way for generous donors to leverage their gifts to various favorite charities. Coincidentally, dozens of charities were honored on Give Miami Day at the Switchboard of Miami’s 4th Annual All- Star Awards Non Profit Luncheon at Jungle Island. The event, chaired by board member Alex Ramos had as its title sponsor Katz Barron Squitero Faust, represented on stage by Erica English, a partner in the firm, joined by guest emcee Local 10’s Emmy Award Winning Newscaster Calvin Hughes. This is always a win-win for everyone involved.

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. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. 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 sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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