Doug Jolly inspires with kindness and generosity

Doug Jolly

Doug Jolly, vice president for Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, is an inspiring man whose kindness and generosity of spirit are obvious to all.

He shares his many talents by being involved actively in numerous community organizations and serves on the board of the Coral Gables Museum, Miami-Dade County Schools Athletic Advisory Board and FIU Athletic Council. In addition, Jolly is president of the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation (DSAF).

While Doug Jolly hales from Atlanta, GA, he grew up in South Florida and considers himself a native. As a youngster, Jolly attended David Fairchild Elementary, South Miami Junior High and then graduated from Coral Gables Senior High in 1969 with yet another Gables Great, Chip Withers. He furthered his education at Miami Dade Community College and graduated from Florida International University in 1978. In 1986, he earned his MBA at the University of Miami.

Jolly credits his initial involvement with volunteerism to the much beloved retired principal of Coral Gables High School, Ralph Moore, whose memory continues through a scholarship fund created on his retirement. When Moore asked Doug in 1993 to become involved with the Miami-Dade Schools Athletic Advisory Committee as a part of Doctors Hospital Sports Medicine’s support to high school athletics, Jolly said there was no way to say “no.” In fact, Jolly has served on the board of DASF, a 501(c)(3) non profit, ever since and, for the last several years, has served as its president.

Preferring to promote his non-profit work, Jolly explains that the DSAF’s mission is that of raising private sector funds to provide financial assistance to Dade County public high school athletic programs as a means of reducing high school dropouts and drug use in schools.

For the past 10 years, the organization has been hosting an annual golf tournament that several years ago connected with Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino who are the television play-by-play broadcasters for the Miami Heat. They not only agreed to lend their names to support the tournament but later connected DASF with Ron and Lauren Book and their 501(c)(3) organization, “Lauren’s Kids.”

DSAF and Lauren’s Kids now have partnered to host the Reid and Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner and Celebrity Golf Classic in March of 2013. The golf tournament will be played at Turnberry on Thursday, Mar. 7, while the gala will be at the Hard Rock on Saturday, Mar. 9.

While volunteer work is rewarding, Doug Jolly also enjoys being with his family, sailing, photography and even playing the guitar, something he has done since his teens. Added to those talents are his leadership skills that have made an enormous impact on organizations in which he has been involved. A humble man, Doug Jolly is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.


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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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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