UM Sports Hall of Fame annual Keys Dolphin tourney a huge success

UM Sports Hall of Fame annual Keys Dolphin tourney a huge success

Ray Lewis and his fishing mates display their catch at the weigh-in.

Over the summer, the UM Sports Hall of Fame’s 3rd Annual Celebrity Dolphin Tournament attracted 92 boat entries, making it the largest fishing tournament in the Florida Keys. Held at The Post Card Inn in Islamorada, notables seen at the event included Legendary Hurricane Ray Lewis who hosted the event and more than 75 former Canes Legends.

The crowd enjoyed the Live Bait band, musician Kevin Hurley, fire dancers and even a junkanoo band. Proceeds from the event benefitted Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys, The Miami Project and the Hall of Fame. Mike Vera, on the boat A-Salt-Weapon, came in with the dolphin at 43.6 pounds winning top prize. With a haul of 3 dolphins for a total of 84.2 pound, the boat Gotta Love It won the pool. Other shining stars included UM Hall of Fame golfer Tracy Kerdyk, winning Top Female angler, bringing in a 29.3 lbs. Tommy Smith (19.4 lbs.)was named Top Junior Angler while Keith Provin was named the King of Fishes with a 51.4- pound wahoo.

The UM Sports Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to honor the finest Hurricanes student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have excelled in their sport and brought acclaim to the University through their championships and accomplishments. The Hall of Fame is open free to the public weekdays from Noon to 5pm. Go to for more details.

UUM Sports Hall of Fame annual Keys Dolphin tourney a huge success

Pictured are (l-r) Sports Hall of Fame President K.C. Jones, Marc Buoniconti of The Miami Project; UM president
Donna Shalala, Jack Niedbalski of Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys and John Routh, UMSHOF executive
director. The UM Sports Hall of Fame gave $4,000 checks to each organization.

The American Diabetes Association promises to draw a great crowd of supporters on the morning of Saturday, September 21, at Marlins Park for its Annual Step Up to Stop Diabetes Walk. Participants will find the event both educational, recreational and, best of all, lots of fun with vendor giveaways and entertainment. If you have not visited the ball park, this is a great opportunity to check it out and support a great cause. For more information, visit

Also looking forward to a successful event, Alfalit International is holding its 2013 Global Literacy Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Hilton Miami Airport. Tickets for this black tie optional affair begin at $150 for individuals tickets. The evening begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. Proceeds will benefit the efforts of Alfalit International, a faith based non-denominational non-profit ministry, providing literacy, basic education, preschool, health, nutrition, micro credit and community development programs to those deprived of the most basic forms of education. Co-chairing this year’s dinner are Mirka and Carlos del Amo whose event committee includes Elisa Abiega, Beatriz Baquedano, Ed Cooke, Raquel Hickey, William Jones, Eunice Melo, Gregory Nichols, Lars Seagren and Angela Suncar.

For registration online, visit <>.

Gearing up for another year, Profit Inc., one of the oldest business networking organizations in South Florida, meets every Thursday for lunch at the 94th Aero Squadron. Robert Beans, owner of Bay Plumbing, will be taking over the presidency of the club from this year’s president Kemp Mobley, of Weststaff (USA) Inc. Those interested in building their business networking base are encouraged to make inquiries for membership by calling Interim Executive Director, Frank Obregon at 305 710-7345. Until next time, keep making each day count.

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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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