Charity walks, auto show and receptions fill fall calendar

Charity walks,auto show and receptions fill fall calendar

Pictured at the Walk to Cure Arthritis kickoff luncheon at Hyatt Regency Coral Gables are (l-r) Coral Gables Woman’s Club supporters Margi Shanti, Ruth Martinez, Ana Lam, Robin Burr, walk honoree and CGWC past president Mireya Kilmon, CGWC president Mayra Dominguez, Claire Frances Whitehurst, Debi MNoore and Gloria Burns.

As fall is upon us, every weekend walkers and racers will be busy trying to decide where to participate. Charity events are always this writer’s first option when planning the weekend and the choices are many.

Marly Q is orchestrating all day beach event on Miami Beach on Collins Avenue and 73rd Street at the North Shore Bandshell for the 5K Park Fest. On Nov. 2, the day begins at 6 a.m. with Sunrise Yoga followed by a 5K Fun Run/ Jog/ Walk, a Park Mini Run-Sand Dash. There will be a kids corner, art exhibit, beach volleyball and soccer, food trucks, deejay and live music, raffles and more. Registration is $40 and, for all charities wanting to participate, it will provide a wonderful fundraising opportunity. Nonprofits who sign up participants will be able to receive back half of the funds raised or $20 per entry less a small charge for credit card transaction.

For information, visit

The FARA Race of the Champions 2014 will take place at Homestead Speedway on Oct. 4 and 5. Gates open at 9 a.m. Those who attended the monthly Falls Auto Show on Sept. 27 received courtesy tickets for this great weekend of auto racing. The Falls Auto Show, which benefits Coral Gables Rotary’s veterans programs at the VA Hospital, is a great family outing orchestrated by Rotarian Fred Baddour every third Saturday of the month at 8700 SW 133 St.

For information, visit For more information on the Race of Champions, visit

In another Fall activity, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club participated in the Walk to Cure Arthritis kickoff luncheon held Sept. 16 at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. CGWC past president Mireya Kilmon, the 2014 honoree, was the featured speaker giving an impassioned and touching address that had the crowd motivated to support the Nov. 15 event at Amelia Earhart Park. The very next day, the CGWC held an Open House for MDCPS and Independent School teachers to introduce them to the club’s free children’s dental clinic.

Charity walks,auto show and receptions fill fall calendar

Coral Gables Rotary past president Yolanda Woodbridge is awarded a special pin for membership recruitment from president Carlos Bolado.

The afternoon affair was followed by a wine and cheese reception for prospective members that was a great success thanks to Kate and Sara Swain, president Mayra Dominguez, vice president Debi Moore and so many others.

For more information on the Club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic or on the club and its upcoming Halloween Party fundraiser, visit

Congratulations go out to Gables Rotary past presidents Owen Freed, who gave an impressive talk on the history of the club during a recent meeting, and to Yolanda Woodbridge for receiving a special pin for member recruitment recently from club president Carlos Bolado.

Finally, look for more news of the Junior Orange Bowl Kickoff, the Chamber’s Trustee Reception at Mercantil Commercebank, the Chairman’s Reception at The Biltmore and so many other events in this edition and save the date for The Great Grove Bed Race in Coconut Grove on November 8th starting a noon on South Bayshore and McFarlane Road. Admission is $5 for adults and Kids 12 and under are free.

For more information on how to participate with your own bed and become a sponsor, visit

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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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