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St. John Community Development Corporation’s Things are Cooking in Overtown Gala Celebration Returns


ABOUT THE GALA

The St. John Community Development Corporation (SJCDC) will host its 18th Annual, "Things Are Cooking in Overtown," Fundraising Gala at Jungle Island on Friday, August 24, 2018 starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme for this year's Gala is “Overtown Matters…A Renaissance on the Horizon,“ to celebrate the historic roots and future of Overtown, its culture and cuisine. The night will begin with a cocktail reception and will culminate with their signature buffet dinner, silent auction, dancing and live entertainment by Miami's very own A. Randolph featuring the Smash Room Project and Master of Ceremonies for the night, CBS Miami's Jim Berry.

THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Jim Berry is the main Sports Anchor for CBS4 News. He anchors the weeknight sportscasts and the station’s extensive Miami Dolphins coverage. During football season, Jim hosts the pre-game show “Dolphins Weekly Live” and the 5th Quarter post game show. Jim joined CBS4 in August, 1996 from WBBM-TV, the CBS owned station in Chicago. In his first stint in Miami, he was Sports Director at WSVN-TV. His broadcasting career began in news. Jim is a three time Best of Miami winner, and has won five Emmys. He is also a recipient of the Silver Circle of Excellence Award for a distinguished journalism career from the Suncoast chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and this year's M.C. of The 18th Annual "Things are Cooking in Overtown".

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS HONORED

This year, the gala will honor Dr. Nelson Adams III, a celebrated Miami physician and one of the founding members of St. John CDC who has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the past 22 years. Dr. Adams is a widely recognized community activist and an advocate for “paying it forward” to the community that birthed his personal and professional success. Dr. Adams outlines his largest contribution as chairman of the board for the past two decades as: “My most significant contribution to the CDC has been, the support of and the promotion of the rich legacy of the many ancestors that have preceded us, and that legacy is the “Legacy of Service”. We must give back, pay it forward and hopefully be impactful in our sphere of influence through our service to mankind. The evening will commemorate Dr. Adams and his outstanding commitment to the mission of the CDC and its tremendous impact on the lives of underprivileged residents in Overtown and the Greater Miami-Dade County.

SPECIAL GUEST ENTERTAINMENT

A. Randolph Featuring the Smash Room Project is an Urban/Soul ensemble accompanied by a full band, numerous backup singers and dancers. A. Randolph himself was born and raised in Miami Gardens FL, his group mates are also all Miami natives and are the featured entertainment for the 18th Annual "Things Are Cooking in Overtown" Fundraising Gala. Recognizing the home town roots of A. Randolph and the Smash Room Project, the attendees of #TACIO2018 will be sure to enjoy their dynamic sound and ultra-live performance style. A. Randolph hopes to give this year's audience the chance to get connected with a sound that is authentic to the Miami “Soul” experience and keep our ears and eyes stimulated throughout the entire night of the Gala.

SILENT AUCTION AND FUNDRAISING

"Things are Cooking in Overtown" will host one of Miami's finest silent auction selections, which will feature one of a kind artwork, exclusive travel packages and some of the most unique dining and entertainment packages available. Funds raised at the annual gala will be used to support the St. John CDC scholarship fund that was founded in 2013 by Dr. Nelson Adams, III, which assists minority students in the Overtown community, who demonstrate honorable academic achievement and exhibit great leadership abilities.

2018 SCHOLARSHIP FUND RECIPIENTS

Taheeda Huggins: Born and raised in Miami Dade County by her mother and grandmother, Taheeda also attended Booker T Washington Senior High School and recently graduated with a 4.3 GPA. With plans to attend Florida State University as a Biological Sciences major Taheeda is expected to graduate in 2022.

Jehlani Scott: Born and Raised in Miami Dade County by a single parent. Jehlani attended Booker T Washington Senior High School and recently graduated Booker T Washington with a 3.4 GPA. With plans to attend the University of Miami this coming semester to major in Architecture.

Jehlani's expected graduation date is 2022.

To make a donation, please send checks payable to: St. John CDC 1324 N.W. 3rd Ave Miami, FL 33136

For more information on the organization or to purchase tickets, please call 305.372.0682 or visit http://www.stjohncdc.org. SJCDC is a not-for-profit, Faith Based Organization (FBO) founded in 1985 to respond to the socio-economic decline of the historic district of Overtown that resides within the City of Miami. For the past 33 years the organization's mission is to strengthen the economic base and enhance the quality of life for the under-served and ever-changing community of Overtown and Greater Miami-Dade County.


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