Miami-Dade County

Fishing tournament to aid charity

Give dad the ultimate fishing experience, especially if he is a University of Miami Hurricanes fan.

The fourth annual Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys/UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Fishing Tournament on June 27-28 will raise money for good causes, and participants can fish right alongside their favorite former players.

Canes star and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin will host this year’s event sponsored by Deep Impact Boats.

“This is really all about the U and our family of Hurricanes fans and former student-athletes,” Irvin said in a release. “We must embrace the mission of the UMSHoF, which is an organization that recognizes the tremendous efforts of our Hurricanes athletes, coaches and administrators.” Irvin still holds the UM record for most career receiving touchdowns with 26.

Cash prizes and trophies will be presented to anglers in eight categories. Portions of the proceeds also go toward The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and the UMSHoF.

Tournament activities will take place at Founders Park at Mile Marker 87, and Coconut Cove Resort and Marina at Mile Marker 85 on the Overseas Highway. Included is a kick-off party, a full day of fishing, awards dinner and silent auctions featuring special sports memorabilia and gift packages.

To learn more about the other sports stars scheduled to participate visit You can register and find out about sponsorship opportunities by contacting Tournament Director Judy Layne at, or call 305-667-0399.


Congratulations to Aliza Sebag, music educator at Virginia A. Boone Highland Oaks Elementary for winning an Educator of Note award for her 34 years of inspiring young music students. Presented by the Young Patronesses of the Opera, the honor marked the 20th anniversary of the Educator of Note awards.

Sebag joins 20 other 2014 winners of the distinction. Born in Israel, Sebag teaches everything opera in her classroom, from making props and sets to rehearsing songs and playing instruments. She teaches piano, guitar, violin and bells.

Fourth Grade Teacher Phyllis Diskin said in a release that Sebag “has a never-ending desire to open everyone’s heart to the power of music.” Sebag even adopted a talented Haitian student, Altenie Joseph, so that Joseph could remain in the United States to study music when her parents needed to return to Haiti.


Six local high school students have received college scholarships from the Coral Gables Community Foundation. They were honored for academic excellence, outstanding service and contributions to their schools and communities.

Awarded from Coral Gables Senior High were: Michael Hammond with the $1,000 Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence; Patricia Passwaters with the $1,000 Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship; Gema Baltodano with the $1,000 Grant & Bridget Daugherty Scholarship; and Bryan Medina with the $1,000 Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship.

Hammond and Passwaters also received additional $2,000 scholarships to use at their colleges from the Coral Gables Community Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Gulliver Preparatory School Senior Daniela Rodriguez-Firmani received a $3,000 scholarship through the Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship. Tracy Kerdyk personally made the presentation of this scholarship award.

Also honored was Miami Senior High School student Yesenia Dulce-Rapalo, who received a $500 scholarship from the Miami High School Class of ‘61 Scholarship Fund. Miami High alumni created this award to support students from their former school.

The Coral Gables Community Foundation provides students with a central source for multiple scholarships. For more on how to apply visit Established in September 1991 by community leaders, the Foundation follows the mission of “fostering public initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the City Beautiful.”


UM President Donna Shalala recently hosted a party to mark the 85th birthday of former President of Barry University Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin and the event was made even more special with the screening of a film documentary about O’Laughlin’s life.

The sneak preview of “Portraits of Inspiration: Sister Jeanne” was produced by artist and Florida Women of Achievement Founder Scherley Busch. The tribute is the first in FWA’s film series documenting Florida’s diverse women leaders.

The documentary tells the story of how Sister Jeanne transformed Barry College, then a struggling small all-girls school, into the fourth largest private university in the state. The film also shows how her determination and contributions made her one of South Florida’s treasured community leaders.

To learn more, visit or call 305-661-6605.


Rosann Whitten will review the book American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon at 10:30 a.m., June 18 at GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club, 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables. The $12 admission includes snacks.

For reservations contact Donna Lewis at 305-251-5805 or


Bring your marshmallows and hotdogs to the campfire circle when the Southern Cross Astros celebrate the June 21 summer solstice.

This free family event starts at 4 p.m. with safe solar viewing at Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center, 17555 SW 79th Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Picnic time and campfire circle is 7-7:45 p.m. with the park’s staff in assistance. Education sessions and used astronomy book sale will be followed by a star party 8:30-11 p.m.

Call 305-661-1375 or visit