South Miami High School shines in JOBC Basketball Tournament

South Miami High School shines in JOBC Basketball Tournament

Pam and JOBC Past President John Admire seen here at Jr. Orange Bowl Holiday Social at CRAVE with CRAVE General Manager Mario Valderrama and JOBC Life member Hank Langston.

South Miami High School was one of a select list of teams competing this year in the Jr. Orange Bowl Basketball Tournament that has gained international attention as teams travel from around the nation and world to South Florida to participate. South Miami, that came in third place, opened the tournament against the team from Slovenia, Gimnazija Bezigrad. Kudos to Chuck Little, Basketball Chair and Past President of the JOBC and his committee for growing this tournament over the years into a most impressive and competitive event for high school athletes.

In other festival action, like the King Mango Strut in the Grove at the end of the month, both the Jr. Orange Bowl Parade and the Strut got their fair share of rain but it dampened neither. Kudos to parade organizers who volunteer their time and energy to showcase our community and our children in such a positive way. Of course, for the Jr. Orange Bowl, the parade is just the tip of the iceberg for a committee that produces so many events that showcase youth and attract visitors to our community. Aside from the aforementioned basketball tournament and parade, other major events included an international tennis tournament and golf invitational, sports ability games and creative arts to mention a few held in December. The Junior Orange Bowl was grateful to CRAVE Restaurants, the official restaurant partner of the 2013-2014 Junior Orange Bowl Festival, for hosting a social on Dec. 17th to celebrate the holidays and the organization’s 65th anniversary year.

Speaking of great events, on December 7, Water Party MIA 2013 transformed The Collection in Coral Gables into a celebration where guests enjoyed music, food from some of Miami’s most remarkable restaurants, drinks, raffles, and a silent auction, all in an effort to raise funds to bring clean, safe drinking water to those less fortunate.

With a goal of raising more than $10,000, they exceeded that by raising $10,700 thanks to four of Miami’s philanthropic women, Brenda Cortes, Denise Erwin, Farrah Marin, and Tania Marin, who joined forces to produce this event. While all four are professional career driven women, they make time every year to orchestrate a charity:water fundraiser.

The reasoning is simple, they understand that water is the barest of all life’s needs, those with no access to clean water have no chance forsurvival. The group’s first Water Party MIA,in 2011, raised enough money one well. Earlier this year that water well came to fruition in the GVH Kamenya Community in Malawi and now serves 42 people. In addition, funds from that year’s WATER PARTY MIA alongside 25 other charity:water campaigns sponsored a Piped Water System – Tap Stand in the Motilanto Community in Ethiopia where 438 people are served. Each water well will have a plaque named after our vivacious city, MIA, the airport code for Miami. Each well proves that our city is not only the “Magic” city but is quickly becoming a “Caring” city.

Proceeds from this recent event will bring to fruition two water projects benefitting a few communities in Orissa, India via the non-profit charity:water.

Charity:water, a non-profit organization based out of New York, has funded yearto- date 9,458 water projects in 20 countries. It is one of the few non-profits who utilize 100% of their funds to implement the creation of the water projects. After about 18 months, the organization provides its sponsors/donors with a complete report which includes GPS coordinates, pictures, and all the details as to who exactly will benefit from the new source of water.

Finally, save the date for the Rotary Charity Golf Classic presented by the Rotary Clubs of Coral Gables and Miami Dadeland-Pinecrest on Feb. 6, at the Biltmore Golf Course. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. for registration. To reserve space or receive sponsorship information, call Coral Gables Rotarians Chris Morrison at 305 582-7690.

May you all have a Happy New Year! 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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