JOBC wraps Festive Year with photography exhibit

By Gloria Burns….

James Grondzik yields to Sergio Yanes before the Royal Court at the Miami Renaissance Festival.

Members of the Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) met at Coral Gables/South Miami Elks Club in January to wrap up the 2009-10 year and announced officers for the coming year to climax a successful festival season that showcased young and talented athletes (able or disabled) as well as aspiring photographers, competitive chess players and creative writers. Among those enjoying the social hour and session were OBC Board Member, Larry Gautier; Laura Morgan Horton, representing JOBC Orange Bowl liaison; and several past JOBC presidents, including Marti Bueso, Chuck Little, Corinne Steinbauer, and J.R. Steinbauer.

For the final JOBC festival event, Executive Director Mark Pidal and Dr. Randy Groh, Photography Chair, invite the public to the JOBC’s Photography Awards Ceremony February 11 at 7 p.m. at Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center Theater. Winners to be awarded prizes and guests can enjoy viewing work of aspiring young photographers. For details, tel. 305-662-1210.

At a recent meeting of the Silver Medallion Humanitarian Dinner Committee of The Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ), nationally-recognized sculptor Zammy Migdal helped select the artistic sculpture to be unveiled at the 2011 dinner. (The MCCJ annually commissions a limited edition of an abstract sculpture that is used as dinner centerpieces and then sold). The 2011 affair will be held February 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund for MetroTown, a summer human relations and leadership program for teens. The individual commissioned this year is a Coconut Grove artist who presented the prototype, a brightly-colored metal creation that drew rave reviews from committee members, Michelle Ramirez Patricos, event co-chair, artist Lynn Kislak, Board Member Georgina Angones, and MCCJ Executive Director Roberta Shevin. The art (and artist) are not revealed until the night of the event when the centerpieces are unveiled.

Now celebrating its 76th anniversary year, MCCJ was founded to promote respect and tolerance through advocacy, education, dialogue and conflict resolution. Since 1946, the organization has honored those whose lives reflect its mission with 2010 honorees including visionaries in Miami’s business and religious communities who include Hilarie Bass, Richard D. Fain and Dr. Rudolph Moise, Silver Medallion designees;: Donald I. Bierman, Lifetime Achievement Medallion; and Rev. Dr. Patrick O’Neill and Rabbi Solomon Schiff, Clergy Medallions. Dinner tickets begin at $300 per person. For information and to RSVP, contact Roberta Shevin at 305-755-6096.

For two weekends on Virginia Key, thousands gathered daily for the fun and games at the Florida Renaissance Festival that included a comedy show and jousting tournaments — something for all ages. Among the highlights: sword fight demonstrations that included one of Community Newspapers’ talented artists and swordsman, Sergio Yanes. From learning how to shoot a crossbow to making glass, the Festival offered a truly educational experience, and was extended an extra day for visiting schools on January 24.

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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