More than 750 guests attend ‘Peace in Pink’ luncheon

More than 750 guests attend ‘Peace in Pink’ luncheon

Pictured at a recent luncheon are (l-r) Cancer Link’s current and past presidents: Bonnie Sepe, Iliette Oliveros, Barbara Berg, Ivette Martino-Sarol, Marlene Berg, Diane Madden, Susan Kaufman, Norma Jean Abraham and Virginia Praschnik.

Cancer Link’s “Peace in Pink” luncheon packed the ballroom at Jungle Island on Oct. 9 with more than 750 guests attending to support this annual event to benefit breast cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

During its 27-year history, Cancer Link has raised more than $2 million for the center which serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Emmy Award-winning TV journalist Lisa Petrillo of CBS4 emceed the affair sharing the podium with Cancer Link co-presidents Diane Madden and Ivette Martino-Sarol, along with founder and chair Marlene Berg. Berg welcomed guests thanking sponsors: Bunny Bastian, Dara and Sidney Khosrowshahi-Expedia, Gary Goldbloom, Roberta and Hal Kaye, Norma Jean Abraham of Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, Melanie Cherdack of Elemis Spa, Barbara and Norman Shapiro, Tony Rojas of Allergan Medical Plastic Surgery, Jackie Soffer of Aventura Mall, Cheryl Ettelman of Berg, Ettelman & Berg PA, Cathy Blank of The Blank Foundation, Beth Rosenstein of Bloomingdale’s, Betty Madigan Brandt, Chanin and Adam Carlin, Andreina Kissane of Ccucu by Kissane-Perez Gall-Art, Lisa Saul of Greenberg Traurig PA, Ana Milton of The Jose Milton Foundation, Kathleen Monahan, Virginia Praschnik of Praschnik Fine Jewelers, Mary and Ron Rosenberg, Ivette and Daniel Sarol, Kathy Simkins, Michele and Don Soffer, Patrician Truppman, Linda Widrich Weitz, and Cathy Band of Vitas Healthcare.

More than 750 guests attend ‘Peace in Pink’ luncheon

Pictured at opening night for Actors’ Playhouse’s new musical Murder Ballad is José Alvarez, Shell Lumber and Hardware’s business development manager, as he accepts a sponsor plaque fromBarbara Stein in recognition of Shell’s support.

In addition, celebrants included Ilene Abella, Kim Bacardi, Cantera & Associates, Deborah Downey, Ramona Hall, Wayne Haltiwanger, Diane Heller, Allison Doliner Hockman, Lola Jacobson, The Kaufman Family, Sandy Levy, Diana Lopez, Diane Madden, Joan Marshall, Lizette Martino, Cynthia McNeill, Bronwyn Miller, Tony Rodriguez, The Max Paul Saewitz Family, Harriet Shapiro, Electra Spillis, Nancy Sposato, Ana Trejos, Josie Wang and Bety Wohl.

Aside from a great silent auction and music performed by classical guitarist Alan Moore, guests enjoyed an elegant fashion show by Mayda Cisneros Couture Collection showcasing top fall fashion trends. Alina Villasante of Peace Love World sent everyone home with an appreciation gift, beautiful pink wrap, designed exclusively for Cancer Link, as well as a lavish gift bag.

For more information, visit, or call the Sylvester Development Office at 305-243-9088.

On the cultural front, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre brings us another great show that opened Oct. 10 and will run through Nov. 2. This is a sexy new pop opera called Murder Ballad.

On opening night chair of the board Dr. Lawrence E. Stein and executive producing director Barbara S. Stein welcomed guests to the event that began with a cocktail reception courtesy of Bacardi, Premier Beverage Company & Miami Brewing Company, followed by a delectable dinner buffet provided by Pincho Factory and Coldstone Creamery. In addition, Bravo Musicians roused the guests with upbeat jazz music. Roxy Productions had guests dancing the night away after the show in the company’s Black Box Theatre.

Murder Ballad evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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