33rd Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament, a success

33rd Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament, a success

Some of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team is seen here receiving Proclamation from City Of
Homestead at recent Military Affairs Committee and HAFB Meet and Greet event.

Splitsville in South Miami once again hosted the 3rd Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament on Monday, February 24th. With more than 100 bowlers joining 18 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame members and more than a dozen other former UM student-athletes, bowlers gathered to raise funds for the Hall of Fame, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

Counted among the many celebrities were 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta; Indianapolis Colts star, Reggie Wayne; former Washington Redskin Clinton Portis; UM Baseball Head Coach Jim Morris; current Miami Dolphin Olivier Vernon; and many other former Hurricanes greats. The Top Celebrity Bowler was 2014 ACC Legend Steve Edwards. Top Overall Bowler was former UMSHoF President Ed Golden. For those unfamiliar with the UM Sports Hall of Fame, it is located next to the Hecht Athletic Center on the Coral Gables campus is open free to the public weekdays Noon to 5 PM, or by appointment for groups.

Next up for the Hall of Fame is its 46th Annual UMSHoF Induction Banquet to be held on Thursday, April 10th at Jungle Island. The Class of 2014 is headlined by Andre Johnson, Clinton Portis, Lamar Thomas, Javy Rodriguez and Rio Ramirez. For more information on the banquet or the Hall of Fame, call John Routh at 305-284- 2775.

DadeHeritage Trust Trustee Vinson Richter will be hosting and underwriting a DHT fundraising concert on Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m. at his Pinecrest home. The concert will feature professionally acclaimed guitarist and singer Bobby Lee Rodgers and his Trio. Richter’s beautiful backyard will provide a perfect setting for this evening of music. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $45 for DHT members, $50 for nonmembers. Space is limited; so, reservation should be made as soon as possible by calling Dade Heritage Trust at 305 358-9572.

The U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team, who winter at Homestead Airforce Base, received a Proclamation from the City of Homestead at the March 7th HAFB Meet and Greet. The team is made up of only 89 Soldiers and civilians is divided into several sections: Black & Gold Demonstration Teams; Tandem Team; Competition Team (8-Way, 4-Way and Canopy Piloting); Aviation Detachment and Headquarters Detachment. Serving as the face of the Army representing over 1.1 million Soldiers in the total Army, 33 Golden Knights have died in the line of duty while serving our country; eight of them in combat and one Golden Knight is still missing in action. Golden Knights are always soldiers first; with more than 93% of this Team currently with combat experience.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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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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