Junior Orange Bowl kicks off festival season

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Junior Orange Bowl kicks off festival season

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The Junior Orange Bowl Committee kicked of the year at the Coral Gables Museum on October 16 to their themes. JOBC President Isa Goenaga welcomed the gathering of members and sponsors before announcing this year’s theme for the Annual JOBC Parade (Miracle on the Mile) and the Festival (Celebrate Champions).

By the way, the parade has changed from the Sunday after Thanksgiving to a new date, Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., which may make it even more festive with the city’s holiday decorations on display.

Doral businesses and companies are encouraged to join the fun and become part of the “world’s largest youth festival.” The parade will run down Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. Doral businesses and service organizations wishing to build their own floats or to be a sponsor are encouraged to email jobc@jrorangebowl.org. JOBC Parade Chair is Don Slesnick III.



Actually, the Jr. Orange Bowl has already held its Cross Country Invitational on October 4 at Larry & Penny Thomson Park attracting some of the best runners in South Florida.

In addition, the Youth Ambassador Committee produced another great event, a Rockin’ the Runway Fashion Show at The Biltmore Hotel on October 13. After conducting interviews as opposed to a pageant type of selection process, the four Youth Ambassadors were chosen. They will represent the JOBC at events but will have an opportunity to participate in the Jr. Orange Bowl Youth Leadership Program, sponsored by the Anthony Abraham Foundation to the tune of $10,000.

This program will offer the youth ambassadors and others workshops and more. Isa Goenaga and Youth Ambassador Chair Luisa Alvarez are excited about working with Norma Jean Abraham to take the former royal court committee in this new direction.

The Jr. Orange Bowl Robotics competition was also held on November 2 at Miami Springs Recreational Center that drew students from school all over the county. This is a spectacular event that showcases some very bright talented students like so many of the events the JOBC produces.

Looking to volunteer, the JOBC always needs volunteers and some events require a very large work force to help out. To volunteer, call 305-662-1210. A complete list of events may be found at jrorangebowl.org. Look for lots more on JOBC in future issues.


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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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