BARU Urbano Brickell to host event for Global Water Brigades

Global Water Brigades and their local volunteers have partnered with BARU Urbano Brickell, 1001 S. Miami Ave., for a fundraising after hours event on July 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Pictured supporting a fundraiser for CGWC May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic hosted by Seasons 52 are (lr) Nubielena Medina, Gloria Burns, Lucy Tamajon, Nella Watanabe and Rafael Avila.

Pictured supporting a fundraiser for CGWC May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic hosted by Seasons 52 are (lr) Nubielena Medina, Gloria Burns, Lucy Tamajon, Nella Watanabe and Rafael Avila.

For a $15 donation, guests will receive appetizers and a free drink. Proceeds from this event will help communities access increased quantities of clean water through infrastructural development, water treatment, community leader capacity building, and education.

Local volunteer, Denise Erwin, of Seasons 52 in Coral Gables, advises that in the rural Honduran and Ghanaian communities, where the Water program currently operates, families have limited access to sufficient, clean water. In fact, people travel hours each day to collect and carry home water in buckets and jugs.

Even that water might be subject to high levels of contamination, including parasites and bacteria, and is rarely treated before being consumed. Those contaminated sources can be completely consumed during the dry season, requiring community members to collect water from more distant locations, using more of their time and energy.

Without clean water, community members, especially children and the elderly, are at high risk of contracting water-related illnesses, which lead to serious health issues and even death.

For more information on this event and how you can help, contact Denise Erwin at 305-968-6965.


Pictured at Seasons 52 event for the Children’s Free Dental Clinic are (l-r) Susie Tilson, Marco Dell’Api, Terry Bolado, Mayra Dominguez and Kate Swain.

Speaking of Seasons 52, community involvement is big on the list of priorities. Most recently the restaurant hosted an After Hours fundraiser for the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic. The clinic provides more that $220,000 annually in free dental care to the children of the working poor.

Guests enjoyed drinks, flatbreads with door prizes and raffle prizes donated by Enid Miguez (her fabulous rum cake), art by Lucy Tamajon, and restaurant gift certificates donated by Miami’s Community Newspapers. Among the many enjoying the affair were CGWC president Mayra Dominguez, Kate Swain, Susie Tilson, Nubielena Medina, Marianella Watanabe, Nancy Concepcion, Maria Martinez, Ruth Martinez, and Betty Alvarez, to mention a few. Lots of Coral Gables Rotarians also supported the event including past president Yolanda Woodbridge; incoming president Carlos Bolado and wife, Terry; Bill Quesenberry and Kristy Fueyo, as well as Marco Dell’Api from the American Diabetes Association.

Numerous local charities are partnering with the Westin Colonnade for their Scoops of Hope breakfast scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 7:30-10:30 a.m., at the hotel, located at 180 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. Proceeds will benefit Give Kids the World Village and local participating charities. Tickets are only $10 per person and include a great buffet breakfast with ice cream for dessert, something that is always available at the GKTW Village where children and their families are invited for a free all expenses paid vacation with their families.

There will be door prizes and a silent auction to add to the morning’s fun. Kids love this event as who doesn’t love ice cream? Charities that want to sell tickets, may do so and keep 50 percent for their non profit. Those wanting to take advantage of this generous offer by the Westin, may call 305-968-3090.

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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