MIAMI – One of South Florida’s most prominent physicians will be honored at the 18th Annual Things Are Cooking in Overtown. The Board of Directors of the St. John Community Development Corporation (St. John CDC) will host its annual fundraising gala on Aug. 24. Proceeds from the lavish affair will provide scholarships to college-bound Overtown students with stellar academic achievement and leadership skills, as well as help Overtown residents find affordable housing.

The gala will include an honorary tribute to Dr. Nelson Adams, III, a celebrated Miami physician, community activist, and a founding member of St. John CDC who has chaired its board of directors for the past 22 years. “I’m proud to be part of an organization that has helped to preserve Overtown’s historic heritage,” said Adams, an OB-GYN who has delivered thousands of South Florida babies. “We must continue to preserve and celebrate our history, but more importantly, we must posture ourselves to help in making the Overtown community an optimal place to live, work, worship and play. Not just for some of us but for all of us.”

This year’s Gala theme, Overtown Matters…A Renaissance on the Horizon, will celebrate the area’s historic roots and future, its culture, and its cuisine. The evening will include a cocktail reception, a signature buffet dinner, dancing and live entertainment by Miami’s own A. Randolph and The Smash Room Project.

Guests can also participate in a silent auction for a chance to win items such as sports memorabilia, dinners, high-end jewelry, spa certificates and much more.


WHERE: Jungle Island, Bloom Ballroom, 111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

COST: $100; purchase tickets at

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