Lots of special events to report this week

The Junior Orange Bowl Committee kicked off its 2009-2010 festival with a party poolside at the Gables Waterway. While Catering by Lovables provided a delicious buffet, President Marti Bueso unveiled next year’s theme, “Children Eliminating Boundaries Through Knowledge and Friendship”.

Administrative Director Mark Pidal orchestrated the affair attended by several VIPs including JOBC’s Immediate Past President and City Manager of Miami Springs, Jim Borgmann; Past President and Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick; as well as several other Past Presidents including John Admire, Chuck Little, Eunice Perry, Corinne Steinbauer, Linda Brown, Rex Russo and Jeannette Slesnick.

To learn more about how to become involved in this “world’s largest youth festival,” call 305-662-1210 or go to <www.jrorangebowl.com >.

Hank Langston, Gloria Burns, Brigadier General Binger, and Mayor of Homestead Mayor Lynda Bell pictured at party following Gen. Binger’s promotion ceremony.

On the military front, a promotion ceremony honoring Brigadier General William B. Binger was held at Homestead Air Reserve Base on April 18. Remarks from Lt. General Bradley (Ret) praised Binger’s accomplishments before the pinning of the insignia. Binger’s wife, also a reservist, and his son were joined several South Florida VIPs, friends and family for the affair that concluded with a great party on the terrace. Binger immediately changed into his flight suit following the ceremony and joined the crowd for a good time.

His House is celebrating 20 years of service to South Florida’s abused and abandoned children. Save the date for the His House Children’s Home annual banquet on May 16 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pictured at JOBC Kick Off are Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, Pam and John Admire, Don Slesnick III and Cecilia Slesnick

This outdoor extravaganza will be held on the actual His House campus sponsored by Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Cruises and AT&T. More than 400 guests are expected to enjoy the special occasion. For more information about making a difference in the lives of hurting children in the community, please visit www.hhch.org or call 305- 430-0085 ext. 202.

Miami Christian School alumnus, Jose Juan Barea, is making a name for himself in the NBA. For those of you who are fans of Dallas Mavericks, NBA Player and Miami Christian’s own JJ Barea, is in the news with his stellar performance in the first playoff game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs, on April 18, 2009. Congratulations to one romantic guy.

Jason Miller, an attorney at Adorno & Yoss recently orchestrated a great way to propose to his sweetheart, Stacey Lodner, a MDPS teacher. He selected the Palley Glass Pavilion at the Lowe Art Museum where he set up an artistic display for the engagement ring in a large plexiglas cube.

A card described the ring as if it were part of the collection. “One of a Kind, Custom- Designed Diamond Engagement Ring, Platinum, and 18K gold; 11 round, brilliant cut diamonds.” How is that for a thoughtful and creative way to propose? It worked, Stacey said “yes.”

Until next week, keep making each day count.

Keeping up with what’s happening in our community is quite a challenge and I am certain there are many activities I miss. If you would like to submit information for this column, send your news via e-mail to < galburns@aol.com >.

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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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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