JOBC Basketball Classic moves to Miami Palmetto High

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Pictured at Tooth Healer event are members of the Coral Gables Woman's Club and the Men's Auxiliary : Ralph Rivera, Ruth Martinez, Nancy Des Mangles and husband, Brett, and Janet Osgood getting popcorn ready for guests..

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A change of venue comes this year for the 2016 Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic. It will be hosted at Miami Palmetto High School. The National field is set with eight boys and eight girls Varsity Basketball Teams competing on December 27-30. The Basketball Classic will host teams from Maryland, Ohio, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, and Alabama to take on local high schools including Miami Palmetto, Ferguson, Miami High, Nova, South Broward, South Miami, Coral Gables, McArthur, and Mater Academy.

The Varsity Basketball Classic is the featured event in a basketball series hosted by the Junior Orange Bowl, which includes a JV and Middle School Classic, a Warm Up Tournament in October, an All Star event in March and more.

You can follow all of the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball action on social media, via Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Facebook, and JrOrBowlClassic on Twitter.

On the charity front, The Tooth Healer Foundation Family Fun Day at Pinecrest Gardens was held on November 12 with dozens of young volunteers on hand to help raise funds for this organization that helps fund dental clinics for those in need globally. Among the recipients of this foundation’s support is the Coral Gables Children’s Dental Clinic which is owned and operated by the Coral Gables Woman’s Club and provides more than $220,000 in free dental care annually to Miami Dade County children of the working poor. Several club members as well as member of their Men’s Auxiliary were on hand to help volunteering and handing out free popcorn and information on the clinic. Among the many volunteers were Yvonne Elejalde, Ruth Martinez, Ralph and David Rivera, Janet Osgood, Nancy DesMangles and Brett, Kim Davvison, and Valerie Valenzuela, Chiara Migani.

On November 10, Bulla Gastrobar and Pisco y Nazca raised awareness and funds for Global Water Brigades, an international, non-profit organization constructing clean water systems in Nicaragua, Honduras and Ghana. The restaurants showed their support with a social media campaign, blue ribbons worn by servers at all restaurants, and by serving delicious bites at the 6th Annual Water Party MIA held at the Douglas Entrance in Coral Gables.

The goal of the event was to raise $12,500 to benefit the community of Potwabin, Ghana, the home to 67 families in need of clean water supply. With more than 200 guests, who also indulged in drinks courtesy of Estrella Beer, Jack Daniels, Brugal Rum, Russian Standard Vodka, Punch Miami & El Patio Wynwood, the fundraising goal was reached. All monies collected during the event will directly benefit Global Water Brigades Ghana. The funds collected via Water Party MIA 2016 will provide the community with access to clean water via a piped water system in the very near future.

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 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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