New Junior Orange Bowl President Inducted at Annual Awards Banquet
Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC)members and guests gathered on Wednesday at the Miami Springs Country Club for the Annual Installation and Awards Banquet. Over 90 people were in attendance to see the new JOBC Members and Board of Directors get inducted into their new respective roles and to honor the outgoing JOBC President, Dallas Brown.
Don Slesnick III was inducted as the 42nd President of the JOBC. In attendance were Slesnick’s parents, Former JOBC President Jeannett Slesnick and former JOBC President and former Mayor of Coral Gables Don Slesnick II.
Those volunteers, sponsors, and organizations that supported the JOBC over the past year’s festival season were also honored and given awards for their hard work and dedication. JOBC Executive Director Mark Pidal presented Special Festival Sponsor Awards to the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, and The Orange Bowl Committee.
Outgoing JOBC President, Dallas Brown, presented Isa Goenaga and Norma Gavarrete with the James Charlton Outstanding Service Award, this is given annually to the Volunteer of the year. Goenaga served as the chair of the Royal Court Committee for the 2011-2012 festival season and was also inducted as an active member of the Junior Orange Bowl Committee. Norma Gavarette was a volunteer for the International Chess Tournament and the 63rd Parade and was inducted as an Associate Member.
Junior Orange Bowl Parade Chair, Kathleen Kauffman, presented the float awards for the 63rd Junior Orange Bowl Parade. Those who received this year’s awards were; Boy Scouts of America – Best Use of Creativity, Village of Pinecrest – Best Use of Earth-Friendly Design, Miami Children’s Hospital – Best Youth Enthusiasm, Coral Gables Museum Winter Camp – Bank of Coral Gables Best Community Float President’s Award, Homestead Rodeo Association – Bank of Coral Gables Best Community Float, Pan Am: World Wings International – Best Use of Parade Theme.
Abby Dresnick and Barbara Waters, co-chairs of the 50th Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, made a special presentation to all of this year’s tennis tournament volunteers. Isa Goenaga, chair of the Royal Court, honored this year’s JOBC Queen and Princesses for their dedication and service to the Junior Orange Bowl during the festival season and the Junior Orange Bowl Princesses spoke about their experience as part of the 2011-2012 Royal Court.
Former Junior Orange Bowl President Rex Russo, swore in the new Active, Associate, and Life Junior Orange Bowl members. Cecilia Stevenson andIsa Goenaga were sworn in as Active Members, and Five new Associate Members were also sworn in; Anthony Atwood, Laurie Schwarz, Adam Zwibelman, Felipe Calderon, andNorma Gavarrete. Nancy Little, 2011-2012 JOBC treasurer and Jobie’s Fun Day chair, was sworn in as a Life Member
Russo also swore in the board of directors for the 2012-2013 Festival Season, which included Don Slesnick III (President), Dallas Brown (Immediate Past President), Robert Bueso (President-elect), Kate Swain (Vice President), Peter Tolmach (Vice President), Kathleen Kauffman (Secretary), Donald “Rusty” Hill (Treasurer), Sam Burritt (Director), Abby Dresnick (Director), and Barbara Waters (Director).