Junior Orange Bowl celebrates kickoff of 64th festival

Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez pose with members of the Junior Orange
Bowl President’s Council at the 64th Junior Orange Bowl Festival Kick-Off Celebration.

Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez recently joined Junior Orange Bowl Committee members, Jobie Corps Ambassadors, and guests at the Biltmore Hotel to celebrate the start of the 64th Annual Junior Orange Bowl Festival Season.

The annual festival consists of more than 13 athletic and academic youth events that take place from October through February throughout South Florida. The 64th Junior Orange Bowl Parade, the flagship event of the festival season, will be on Sunday, Dec. 30, in downtown Coral Gables.

The Junior Orange Bowl will be celebrating this year’s theme “Sailing to New Adventures,” which honors the 500th  anniversary of Ponce de Leon discovering Florida.

Among the distinguished guests at the kickoff event were a number of members of the Junior Orange Bowl President’s Council including former Mayor of Coral Gables Don Slesnick II (1986-87), John Admire (1988-89), Jack Thomson (1987- 88), and James Barker. Barker oversaw the incorporation of the Junior Orange Bowl as president of the organization in 1978.

Mayor Gimenez honored the Junior Orange Bowl by presenting a proclamation, which stated that Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, will be known as “Junior Orange Bowl 64th Anniversary Day.”

The Junior Orange Bowl also acknowledged Miami Children’s Hospital as the Official Children’s Care Provider and sponsor of the festival. Miami Children’s Hospital, which has partnered with the Junior Orange Bowl for over 15 years, has been instrumental in the development and growth of the annual festival.

The first official event of the 2012-13 Junior Orange Bowl Festival will be the cross-country meet on Friday, Oct. 12, at Larry and Penny Thomson Park in South Miami-Dade. Other events to look forward to this festival season are the Royal Court Search, Chess, Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Creative Writing, Sports Ability Games, Ice Hockey, and Photography. A bowling tournament has been added as a new event for this year’s festival line-up.

If you want to sponsor, or contribute to the Junior Orange Bowl, visit www.jrorangebowl.org or call Barbara or Alex at 305-662-1210.

The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, Orange Bowl Committee, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners.

The Junior Orange Bowl Committee Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multi-cultural experiences.

For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, call 305-662- 1210 or visit the website at www.jrorangebowl.org

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