There’s a brother-sister duo who are mighty glad the Junior Orange Bowl International Youth Sports Festival is celebrating its 64th season with its famed parade hitting downtown Coral Gables on Sunday, Dec. 30.
That’s the payoff for Junior Orange Bowl Committee President Don Slesnick III and JOB Parade Chair Kathleen Slesnick Kauffman, who will enjoy the results of their committee’s work to produce one of the City Beautiful’s most important events, which draws thousands of spectators to Coral Gables.
Because the Slesnick family has a long history of involvement in the city, let alone the Junior Orange Bowl, the day will be full of memories, too.
“My brother and I were usually in the parade, riding on a float and waving to the crowds,” says Kathleen. “It was the kind of exhilarating experience you never forget.”
The pair’s father is former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick II, who served as president of the Junior Orange Bowl in 1986-1987. Their mother, Jeannett Slesnick, well-known Realtor and community volunteer, also served as president of the Junior Orange Bowl in 1989-1990.
Postcards in a library presentation by an avid collector, “Having Fun, Wish You Were Here: An illustrated History of the Postcard in Florida,” offer a window to another time, a simpler place.
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