Palmetto High hosts Jr. Orange Bowl Basketball

Palmetto High hosts Jr. Orange Bowl Basketball
Palmetto High hosts Jr. Orange Bowl Basketball
Coral Gables Rotarians pictured here with friends and family volunteering to serve meal at Chapman Partnership on Thanksgiving Day.

The Boys and Girls Jr. Orange Bowl Basketball Tournament comes back to Miami Palmetto High School December 27 – 29, 2018.

Of the 16 teams participating, there will be teams traveling from out of town such as FSU High School as well as several local teams including the girls’ teams from Gulliver Prep, Miami Sr.High, and Ferguson as well as the boys teams from South Miami, Miami Palmetto Sr. High and Schoolhouse Prep. JOBC Basketball Chair Chuck Little is looking for volunteers to help during the tournament; so, if you love basketball, you will especially enjoy this tournament. For information, please contact Chuck via email at

In other news, Actors Playhouse for Young Audiences has a great way to get into the holiday spirit with its production of A Christmas Carol, the Musical. Based on Charles Dickens wonderful novel and promises to warm the heart of all. In fact, as an added treat the Director of the Theatre for Young Audiences, Earl Maulding, will play the part of Ebenezer Scrooge whom the Cratchit family and “Spirits” convince to change his “humbug” ways. The musical runs through December 23, at 4 p.m.

Adding to the holiday giving options, during this run at Actors’, there will also be a toy drive. Anyone bringing an unwrapped toy for the Neighbors4Neighbors drive will receive a flexible anytime ticket for Musical Theatre for Young Audiences good for the remaining 2018-19 season. To purchase tickets, call 305-444-9293 or visit <>.

Speaking of donors, on November 15, thousands of philanthropists set sail on the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, for the ship’s maiden voyage to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s community assistance programs. Philanthropic Honorary Chairs were Constance and Mike Fernandez and Co-Chairs, Conchi and Tony Argiz and Carol and Ed Williamson.

Festival season is upon us and on so much is happening. The Jingle Bells Run to benefit the Arthritis Foundation was held Sunday morning, December 2, at The Falls. More on that next time. That afternoon, Flo Rida lead the Jr. Orange Bowl Parade down Miracle Mile as Grand Marshal. Meantime, the Orange Bowl Committee is looking ahead to its big game. OB CEO Eric Poms recently addressed the Rotary Club of Coral Gables with an update on their activities.

Speaking of Rotary, hats off to the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/ Palmetto Bay that partnered with Robert Morgan and Cutler Bay Academy packaging meals for 130 families in need. Maria Kesti and Kackie Sera-Sirven were among the many there to enjoy this outreach effort that epitomizes the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.

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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