UFC Fighter Gilbert Burns Joins Florida Fine Cars at Cars & Coffee Meetup

 

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UFC fighter Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, left, faces off with world renowned barber Melvin Sanchez at the Cars & Coffee  meet & greet in Palm Beach, FL.

UFC fighter Gilbert “Durino” Burns stood outside the Florida Fine Cars booth during a recent Cars & Coffee car meet and posed for photos with enthusiastic fans.

The popular mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter is training for a September 16th fight in Pittsburg, PA but took time out of his busy schedule for a meet and greet. Florida Fine Cars is supporting the Delray Beach fighter and also provides healthy snacks for kids’ classes at the Combat Club gym in Lantana where Burns teaches and trains.

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UFC MMA fighter Gilbert “Durinho” Burns trains with UFC fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

“All the support is welcome,” said the Brazilian native, whose wife Bruna teaches children’s Jiu-Jitsu classes at the Combat Club. “It’s not very often we have it. When we have that the kind of support that makes my job easier.”

Burns is a world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with an MMA record of 11-2-0 (win-loss-draw). He’s winding down 8-weeks of intensive training in preparation for his upcoming fight against Jason Saggo (12-3-0).

But fighting tactics, strategy, conditioning and diet aren’t his only focus. He’s also a martial arts instructor at the Combat Club with a soft spot in his heart for kids.

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UFC fighter Gilbert Burns ties a purple belt around the waist of Titan FC pro fighter Steven Mowry during a belt ceremony at the Combat Club. Mowry won his most recent fight Titan FC 45 via KO.

Burns runs the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school at the Combat Club where he recently conducted a formal “belt ceremony” to recognize the hard work of dozens of adults and children who train and take classes at the Combat Club. Nearly 100 people, along with Florida Fine Cars, attended the event. Florida Fine Cars provided healthy snacks and water.FFC Logo New Car

During the ceremony, students received colored belts or received stripes for their belts in recognition of their advancing skills. Students ranged from preschoolers to adults in their 50s.

Burns, who’s been teaching at the Combat Club since January, presented two brown belts, two  purple belts and two blue belts to his adult students during the ceremony.

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Gilbert Burns, left, trains with world class MMA trainer Henry Hooft.

The Combat Club is a unique place where pro fighters can be found training a stone’s throw away from young martial arts students, who get to meet and watch real MMA fighters put their skills to work in the ring.

“The kids love the program. It’s run by my wife and she just has natural skills with the kids. The program is growing fast,” said Burns, whose own young sons Pedro, 4, and Joshua, 3, have practically grown up watching their parents teach and fight. Like her husband, Bruna Burns has a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

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Bruna Burns explains a Jiu-Jitsu move to two students at the Combat Club.

The adult Jiu-Jitsu team at the Combat Club is already making a name for itself. The team took first place in the 2017 New Breed Ultimate Challenge U.S. Nationals in Coral Springs in June, Burns said proudly.

“We were the No. 1 team in just a couple months of working,” he noted with a grin. “We have a great facility. The first thing you gotta do if you’re going to get into a gym, into a martial arts school – you need to know the history: where do they come from, what do they do? You need to do the research and see who you are going to put your kids with. Who is going to teach your kids.”

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Florida Fine Cars Supports St. Jude Hospital & Cancer Research

Cancer and kids are a painful combination.stjudelogo

That’s why Florida Fine Cars is supporting two upcoming fundraisers to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a comprehensive cancer center known for pediatric cancer research.

The Memphis-based children’s hospital has organized simultaneous fundraising events in Miami and West Palm Beach for September 23rd. Florida Fine Cars is supporting both events. The used card dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

“Everyone knows someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer but when it’s a child, it’s even harder to accept,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “St. Jude’s is a front-runner in cancer research and saving lives. Our dealership wants to be a part of that.”

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Used cars at Florida Fine Cars West Palm Beach.

Donations large and small are what keep the Memphis-based research hospital operating. According to St. Jude regional event specialist Rebecca Torres, it costs $2.2 million a day to run the hospital, 75 percent of which comes from donors like Florida Fine Cars.

“Every donation, no matter how big or how small, helps St. Jude tremendously,” Torres noted.

Money raised at the upcoming St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Miami and Palm Beach County will go back to the hospital to help further its mission: Finding cures and saving children.FFC Logo New Car

“Donations allow us to ensure that no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. We really want to make sure that parents can focus on helping their child get healthy,” Torres explained.

St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent in 1962 when it first opened to 80 percent today.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a front runner in pediatric cancer research.

Torres met with Florida Fine Cars employees in
early July to discuss the hospital’s mission, explain its funding needs and solicit support for its mission. Florida Fine Cars was an easy sell.

“It’s a great cause. Who wouldn’t want to help find a cure for kids with cancer? If Florida Fine Cars can contribute in some small way, count us in,” Suid said.

Doctors at St. Jude treat everything from brain tumors, Leukemia/Lymphoma and infectious diseases including immunodeficiency diseases, blood disorders, sickle cell disease and solid tumors.

St. Jude makes it easy for families to pick up their lives and move to Memphis to receive the best treatment in the world.  Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

“Imagine that your child is diagnosed with cancer or another life threatening illness, and St. Jude is the best place for them to be,” Torres said. “When you arrive, you don’t have to think about where you’re going to live, what you’re going to eat or how you’re going to afford treatment for the next few years. You have peace of mind to be able to spend time with your child and not have to worry about all that other stuff.”

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Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami.

Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned dealership with a history of civic-involvement. In recent months the used car dealer has sponsored the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches youth concert and a fishing tournament/car show that benefited Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit created to prevent child sexual abuse through education.

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Florida Fine Cars’ Partnership with Car Show is a Big Win

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Festival-goers admire a variety of classic cars & hot rods along at the Downtown Showdown on May 20, 2017 in West Palm Beach.

WEST PALM BEACH – Hot rod buffs and car collectors crowded round the Florida Fine Cars booth at the Downtown Showdown Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest last week and waited for the car show awards to kick off.

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One of 75 cool cars on display at the Downtown Showdown.

Participants didn’t really care who took home a trophy. It was a day to show off their cool wheels, talk about their hobby and know that proceeds from the daylong event would benefit the non-profit Lauren’s Kids, the Boy Scouts and U.S. veterans. Florida Fine Cars was the official car show sponsor for the event.FFC Logo New Car

“Their sponsoring the car show part of this is important. We have to buy all the awards and we couldn’t have done that without their help,” said car show organizer Eddy Cebreco. “The local hot rod community comes to support this because of all the charities involved.”

Cool Rides, Cool People, Awesome Fish, Food and Fun!

The day-long event – with its live music, food booths, vendors and car show –  attracted steady crowds all day. The event was organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

Car Show, Seafood Festival Draw Crowd of 10,000

Approximately 75 hot rods and classic cars ranging from vintage Mustangs to a screaming yellow Lotus were on display during the May 20th festival on Flagler Drive along the West Palm Beach waterfront. It was the event’s third year.

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The Florida Fine Cars fans & koozies were a hit at the Downtown Showdown.

“The Downtown Showdown was a great opportunity for us to support local charities, show off our inventory and meet some local car collectors,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “Everybody had fun.”

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Florida Fine Cars sales associate Sasha Lopez shows off the Florida Fine Cars stage banner at the Downtown Showdown.

Organizers were thrilled with the turnout.

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Florida Fine Cars sales associates served as goodwill ambassadors for the dealership.

“With over 10,000 people in attendance throughout the day, 63 Boats competing for thousands of dollars and the perfect weather, this amazing charity event was a complete success!” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “Our benefitting charities, Lauren’s Kids, Southern Fishing Charities and The Boy Scouts of America – Gulfstream Council, couldn’t have been happier.  Even the Mayor herself, came out to kick off this event.”

 

The sunny, breezy weather was perfect too.

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Tom Costain poses with his 1950 Buick Special.

Car collector Tom Costain of Palm Beach Gardens ducked under a canopy to escape the glaring sun and grinned as festival-goers gawked at his somewhat-rusty 1950 Buick Special. The impressive old car was a head-turner, with its flashy whitewall tires, eroded paint and hulking frame.

“It’s not stock. It’s got a Cadillac turbo 400 transmission in it,” explained Costain, who’s owned the car for 11 years. “It went from 248 cubic inches to 500 cubic inches.”

Conversation always turns to the car’s rusted, peeling paint.

People always want to know what color Costain is going to paint it. And his answer is always short and sweet.

“I’m not,” he chuckled.

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Moose Luc shows off his 1958 Plymouth Fury, known as the “Christine” car.

Parked down the way was Moose Luc with his 17-foot long 1958 Plymouth Fury in buckskin beige with gold trim. The vintage ride was a stunner, with its whitewall tires, classic rear fins and glistening chrome.

Stephen King fans might recognize Luc’s Fury as the “Christine” car from King’s 1983 horror flick. The cult classic is about a violent car that can regenerate itself when damaged and the murderous rampage it embarks upon.

The producer purchased 24 similar models in various states of disrepair which were used to build 17 models of the Fury. Today only two are left, in the hands of car collectors, Luc noted.

Luc loves to show the old car off, point out its features and share its connection to the Christine movie.

“It’s a blast,” he confessed.

Brian Small’s 1993 black and white Ford Mustang won a “Top 25” award at the car show. With its 1000-horsepower engine and custom interior equipped with 14 gauges, the car drew lots of attention. Small rebuilt it himself, with a supercharged engine equipped with nitrous oxide.

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Brian Small’s 1993 rebuilt Ford Mustang won a “Top 25” award on Saturday.

The car has a race engine block, big valve heads, a big cam shaft and 10 pounds of boost. And it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, Small said grinning.

“From 0 to 145 mph nobody gets past me,” bragged Small, who owns the Palm Beach Brake & Auto Center.”

The event was a big crowd pleaser.

“The 3rd Annual Downtown Showdown KDW & Seafood Festival was a huge hit,” Portier said happily.

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Florida Fine Cars Sponsors Charity Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest!

WEST PALM BEACH – When the third annual Downtown Showdown charity fishing tournament and seafood festival kicks off on May 20th, Florida Fine Cars will be there running the car show awards.

The free event – expected to attract at least 10,000 to 15,000 visitors – aims to raise $40,000 in charitable donations to benefit veterans, the Boy Scouts and to support sexual abuse prevention education for adults and children. The Downtown Showdown will spread across an area between Banyan and Fern Streets.

Custom & classic car show at past Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach, FL.

“It’s a fun event and the charitable organizations are fantastic,” said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Director Jamie Suid. “Helping with the Car Show awards just made sense. It’s a great day for families to enjoy some fresh seafood, check out the cool cars and take in the fishing competition. Plus proceeds go to some great causes.”

Anglers will compete for nearly $30,000 in prize money in a variety of categories including big fish overall, kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, small boat, lady and junior. 

The event is organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

“It’s really a huge event,” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “We’ve just got some great things throughout the day.”

The event is the city’s only waterfront seafood festival featuring the area’s best seafood providers, a special section just for kids, a car show, a huge array of local vendors and an impressive lineup of local bands, including country artist Tom Jackson.

Florida Fine Cars to Oversee Car Show Awards

The classic and custom car show awards will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Fine Cars’ booth at the corner of North Clematis Street and Flagler Drive. Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned used car dealership in business since 1993 with stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

Crowds enjoy last year’s Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach.

“They were seeking an automotive sponsor and asked us to participate. It’s a great cause so we signed on right away,” Suid said. Florida Fine Cars will also have a display of some of its coolest cars for festival-goers to check out.

Car owners will compete for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Paint and more. The first place winner will receive $500, second place, $300, and third place, $200.

Portier said the show is composed of about 75 carefully selected vehicles which will include classics, custom and stock.

Festival to Benefit Kids, Boy Scouts, Veterans

This year’s Downtown Showdown will offer a variety of kid-friendly activities.

Local anglers created the event three years ago in memory of Scott Terry, a pro fisherman and community activist from Vero Beach who was killed in a car accident in February 2014. Terry’s friends have said it was his dream to one day organize a fishing tournament so they did it in his memory and donate proceeds to causes that were dear to Terry’s heart.

Money raised at the event will go to Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit which helps educated adults and children about sexual abuse prevention; the Boy Scouts of America and U.S. veterans.

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Florida Fine Cars Supports Upcoming Youth Concert

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida Fine Cars is helping a popular youth choral group cover essential costs so children from all walks of life can participate.

When the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches take the stage on May 6th, 350 students will wow the audience at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts with an amazing repertoire of patriotic classics, folk songs and other favorites.

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches at a dress rehearsal.

Six separate student choirs will take guests through a musical history lesson that includes a piece by the great Irving Berlin, a tribute to Judy Garland and catchy numbers from the Broadway hits “Hairspray” and “Hamilton.” There will even be an old-fashioned sing-a-long.

“It’s pretty powerful,” said Shawn Berry, the group’s founder and artistic director. “This concert is called an ‘American Tapestry.’  We gave it a broad range. It includes American composers of (many) American genres of music. I am proud of them.”

Florida Fine Cars learned about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches through customers Gina and Roger Francis and have supported the music program ever since. The couple’s sixth grader Lauren, 12, has been a member of the group for three years. FFC Logo New Car

“Florida Fine Cars is proud to support this incredible music program which provides hundreds of students an amazing venue to perform and be part of a group,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “Kids today spend too much time on computers. This program taps into their talent and showcases their abilities in a way that builds confidence and character.”

 The financial support provided by businesses like Florida Fine Cars helps cover students’ tuition, costumes or anything else they need assistance with.

“We do a lot of fundraising and get ads to help pay the tuition of our students,” said Gina Francis.  “I reached out to Florida Fine Cars. Their support helps pay for anything the students need. It helps cut costs and makes sure anyone who can’t pay can participate.”

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches perform at the Kravis Center.

Lauren has gained confidence and poise and improved her social skills performing on the stage of the Kravis Center, her mother said.

“It’s done amazing things. She is rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life and all nationalities,” Gina Francis said.

Youth Choir Program Serves Children Throughout Palm Beach

The program serves students from Jupiter to West Boca Raton. Participants range from second graders to 12th graders and hail from more than 100 different Palm Beach County schools, including home schools. Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is sponsored by the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

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Students audition to be part of Young Singers, perform two major concerts a year and hold concerts at smaller venues, such as the Flagler Museum.

“The main thing they get out of it is the experience of coming together and singing and learning other skills that go along with singing – commitment and the ability to socialize with others,” Berry said.

Participants Learn Teamwork, Gain Confidence

Jene Rhoads of West Palm Beach couldn’t agree more. Her two young daughters Pavani, 8, and Annika, 11, joined the group 1 1/2 years ago and love it.

“This is the one time I find that things slow down and they focus on this very peaceful, joyful art of singing,” Rhoads said. “It’s very emotional. I think this is one way they will develop compassion.”

Rhoads grew up playing violin in a youth orchestra and wanted her daughters to experience what it’s like to be part of a structured, organized chorus instead of just singing in a church.

“They have a passion for singing and this group is very passionate abut singing,” she said. “I think they are so much better prepared because they’ve been part of this group and so much more confident.”

Tickets for the May 6th concert start at $15 and can be purchased at the Kravis Center box office or online.

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