JOBC kicks off Apr. 19; Hartwell honored at CGWC reception

New JOBC President Dallas Brown and equally-devoted JOBC member Maggie Lynch, fund-raising at a Relay for Life in Doral with the Parrot Heads.

By Gloria Burns….

New JOBC President Dallas Brown and equally-devoted JOBC member Maggie Lynch, fund-raising at a Relay for Life in Doral with the Parrot Heads.

The Junior Orange Bowl Committee kicks off its 63rd year with an Annual Kickoff & Theme Unveiling at 6 p.m. on April 19 at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue. Newly-sworn in President Dallas Brown will reveal the 2011-2012 festival theme as guests meet committee chairs and sign-up as volunteers. Food and refreshments will be served with members encouraged to bring a friend, enjoy a snack and celebrate the Junior Orange Bowl during a fun evening. For details, tel. 305- 662-1210.

GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club held its annual President’s Reception the evening of March 26 for President Linda Hartwell as members gathered at the CGW Clubhouse to honor her and enjoy dinner and dancing. First Vice President Mireya Kilmon who coordinated the affair presented all attending past presidents with flowers while Hartwell received a lovely bouquet of white roses, a stunning orchid and, because her year involves a dragonfly theme, a box of six sparkling-beaded dragonfly napkin holders.

Delicious hors d’oeuvres were provided by Barbara Lapsley, Carmen Suarez and Mayra Dominguez, dinner catered by The Coco Plum Catering and Design and the dessert from “The Cake Box”: a tiered vanilla rum cake with dragonflies, topped by a teapot. We danced away to the sounds of Johnny the DJ during the fun evening arranged by many who included Jessie Francisco, Patty Hendon, Christy Saxon-Hernandez, Esther Paya and daughter,Andrea, cake designer extraordinaire and a former Juniorette member. (P.S Had a wonderful time, thank you all).

Aspiring filmmakers nvited to join the fun at The 24 Hour Film Race 2011, an international competition challenging them to create a short (maximum: four minutes) film in just 24 hours. Event begins at 10 p.m. (EST) Friday, April 29, when filmmakers are e-mailed a typical theme (for ex:. Revenge, Spare Change, A Trade, etc.) that must also include ‘Surprise Elements,’ i.e., a special prop or action sequence. Film folks have until 9:59 p.m. (EST) Saturday, April 30 to write, shoot, and edit their four minutes and upload the finished product to Film makers also have the option of premiering their film at theaters in over 15 cities across North America, Miami included. Best of all, the top 24 films from the competition get invited to a gala screening and awards ceremony July 16 in NYC where they’ll compete for big bucks in cash and prizes. Register online now at Entry deadline: April 27, 2011.

The American Heart Association will hold its 2011 Miami-Dade Heart Walk Saturday, October 29 at FIU with Wayne Brackin, Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Health South Florida, and Dr. Narendra Kini, Chief Executive Officer of Miami Children’s Hospital, co-chairing the event. Last year’s team raised more than $570,000 with 9,000-plus participants, so this year, AHA’s volunteer leaders have set a goal of $735,000 with more than 10,000 participants. To get involved through a sponsorship or walk team, email, tel. 305- 631-4791 or visit Above all: save the date!

For great networking, don’t miss Chamber South’s 12th Annual Business Expo to be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 at the Datran Center Atrium in South Miami.

Finally, congratulations to University of Miami’s Katie Meier, named Associated Press Coach of the Year after leading the ‘Canes Lady Basketball team to a regular season ACC championship and a berth in the women’s NCAA tournament.

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.