Jingle Bells Run kicked off a fun month of events

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On December 8, hundreds of fun loving runners and walkers dressed in Santa and holiday attire to support the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bells Run at The Falls and helping raise approximately $30,000. This is the longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere and it’s no wonder why. It is hilarious. Two of the funniest were Eric Bradley and Phong Truong with their antler headpieces and colorful tutus. Among the many supporting the event were members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, many of whom live in the Pinecrest area. The club had raised $1,000 for the Run at a fundraiser to match the annual $1,000 donation for a total gift of $2,000.00 that they presented at the race.

Representing the club that morning with this writer were board member Donna Myrill and dental clinic director Dr. Iris Torres. Club President Arely Ruiz was also on hand to emcee the event for the Foundation’s Executive Director and CGWC member Lisa Boccia. The Arthritis Foundation is one close to the heart of this woman’s club whose past president Mireya Kilmon has been a spokes person for the organization and has suffered with Arthritis for years. Sadly, this was Lisa’s last event for the Arthritis Foundation before starting her new job with Autism Speaks in the next few weeks.

Speaking of events, Coral Gables Woman’s Club had two fundraisers just days before that weekend on December 3. The club coordinated its monthly Gringo Bingo hosted by Clutch Burger to raise funds for the Jr. Orange Bowl Festival raising almost $800 and then two days later had a Prohibition Repeal Speakeasy Party at their clubhouse to benefit the Coral Gables Children’s Dental Clinic that serves currently 600 children of the working poor. The Jr. Orange Bowl, whose numerous events showcase our youth, and the Woman’s Club’s Dental Clinic and its Children’s Festival both serve our young people in their own unique ways. It was especially fun to have the JOBC’s Youth Ambassadors and Jobie at Gringo Bingo to promote the festival and the JOBC Parade on December 15.

Speaking of the JOBC, the festival’s Annual Jr. Orange Bowl Parade was one of the best in years with a new date that certainly made it easier for visiting and local bands to participate. Coming off that event, the committee goes right into the JOBC’s International Tennis Tournament (Dec. 14-23); the Jr. Orange Bowl’s Annual National Basketball Classic at Miami Palmetto High School on December 27, 28 and December 30, and the International Golf Tournament Jan. 2-6, 2020. For more on these and other JOBC events, visit www.jrorangebowl.org.

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 , non profit consulting and management. Before joining Miami's Community Newspapers as a columnist and marketing specialist, Gloria was the Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee (6 yrs.) and first Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (14 yrs.) and the Pinecrest Community Foundation (1 ½ yrs) . Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist for Community Newspapers writing Gloria’s Gab, that focuses on the non-profit activity, and a host of an online show, Gloria's Gab LIVE. Gloria serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as Civic and Charity Chair, and is involved in the club's International Committee. She is an active Life Member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee and is Secretary of the Merrick Festival. She serves on the board of directors of the Coral Gables Woman' Club as Publicity Chair and also coordinates the club's monthly fundraiser for various charities with Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger. In addition, Gloria participates in numerous other charitable events and is a member of the Business Forum Group, Profit Inc., the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other volunteer activity, Gloria helps Miami Christian School with fund-raising and PR; is an Ambassador and volunteers for events for A Safe Haven for Newborns. She is an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she enjoys singing in the choir every weekend.

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