Miami-Dade County

July 13, 2014

Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court begins its reign

Congratulations to the newest members of the Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court, a community honor for over half a century.

Congratulations to the newest members of the Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court, a community honor for over half a century.

Emma Gillian, an eighth grader at Trail Middle School, is the 63rd Junior Orange Bowl Queen. Joining her are Princesses Isabella Morales, a seventh grader at Westwood Christian School, and Rebekah Gadea, who is in eighth grade at Palm Springs Middle School.

The girls will serve as volunteers and goodwill ambassadors at the 2014-15 Junior Orange Bowl Festival events and will ride on The Royal Court Float at the 66th Junior Orange Bowl Parade in downtown Coral Gables in November.

The newest title of Little Sister was given this year to Gwendolyn Odin, a sixth grader at Miami Springs Middle School. This award is presented to an 11-year-old girl to help her gain confidence to possibly serve as a future Junior Orange Bowl Queen or Princess.

The announcement festivities took place at the Rebeca Sosa Theater in Miami Springs after a series of competitions around South Florida.

The Queen, Princesses, and Little Sister are chosen based on personality, poise, and enthusiasm to be involved in the community. All the girls who participated in the search are invited to The Queens Ball at the Biltmore Hotel.

“I am looking forward to a wonderful year with our new Royal Court,” said Royal Court Chair Isa Goenaga. “They are a very smart and beautiful group and possess the qualities of leadership and service to the community that we look for. I am confident that as our young ambassadors, they will represent the Junior Orange Bowl well and make us all very proud.”

This year’s judges were Sandy Muller of the Sandy Muller Cancer Foundation, Dr. Anthony Gonzalez, chief of surgery at Baptist Hospital, and Jorge Esteban, owner of Pageant Smart Coaching.

The Junior Orange Bowl is about to begin its 66th festival season for youth with numerous athletic, academic, and cultural events. Volunteers produce all the events. To learn how to become part of the Junior Orange Bowl team, call 305-662-1210 or email You can also visit for more.


Club Blue Miami, a young professionals group associated with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, will host an end of summer social 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 26, at the oceanfront James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

For a $25 minimum donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, local professionals age 45 and younger can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail as they network and learn more about Club Blue and its mission.

The organization was established as an outlet where young professionals can meet and connect to change lives. Club Blue members help build community awareness of our deserving youth and also establish long-lasting ties within the South Florida community.

RSVPs to the summer social are required. Email or call 305-446-9910 to RSVP. For more, visit Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Kati Foley at 305-446-9910 ext. 30, or via email at

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has helped youth in our community since 1940. In that time a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year round. Various programs help provide youth with character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts, and sports, fitness and recreation.


Helping future doctors with their educational needs is a huge task and the Rotary Club of Miami was recognized for its efforts in providing hundreds of scholarships to University of Miami medical students over the past 30 years.

The Club was honored by Dean Pascal Goldschmidt, M.D. of the UM Miller School of Medicine at a reception hosted by Northern Trust Bank. The downtown Miami Rotary Club, founded in 1917, is the trustee of the Thomas Brown McClelland Trust, which has distributed more than $6 million in scholarships to more than 600 students.

“Medical school is a costly endeavor for anyone,” Goldschmidt said. “The Rotary Club of Miami and the TBM Trust have helped hundreds of young adults to pursue their dream of becoming a medical doctor.”

The scholarships can provide financial support to any Miami-Dade County high school graduate who attends an American Medical Association-certified medical school. Forty percent of the recipients go to the UM Miller School of Medicine.

This makes TBM the largest private provider of scholarships to UM medical students, according to Scott Richey, vice president at Northern Trust Bank and the 2013-14 president of the Rotary Club Miami.

“These dollars really have a positive and wide-ranging impact on medical students who will go on to serve communities across the globe and improve the lives of countless individuals,” Richey said.

The Rotary Club of Miami holds TBM interviews every March and announces the recipients in May.

Goldschmidt also recognized other significant contributions made by the Rotary Club of Miami to medical institutions including the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Dade County Medical Examiner’s office, and the establishment of the UM Bone and Tissue Bank.

The Rotary Club of Miami is part of an international organization dedicated to community service, business networking and adherence to ethical business practices. The club meets Thursdays for lunch at the Hard Rock Café in Bayside Marketplace. For more information, call 305-443-5787 or visit

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