Coconut Grove couture makes Red Carpet at Miss Universe

By Gloria Burns….

Yoly Munoz Couture of Coconut Grove made a statement at the Miss Universe Pageant with a beautiful gown worn by American National Image Queen Mireya Kilmon of South Florida.

Dressed in this couture designed gown, Kilmon was a VIP Red Carpet guest at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on Aug. 23 for the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. Kilmon was seen rubbing elbows with the pageant judges Jane Seymour, Criss Angel, Chazz Palminteri and William Baldwin.

That same week Kilmon also attended the National Arthritis Foundation meeting at the Paris Hotel where she met the national president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. Kilmon is co-chair for the second annual “Let’s Move Together” walk in Miami-Dade County and notes that one out of three people in Florida have some kind of arthritis and there are 16,000 children diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in Florida compared to the present 360,000 in the USA.

As a member of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, she already has recruited members from that club and encourages other clubs and businesses to sign up to support the Walk.

The Bed Race in Coconut Grove on Sept. 5, attracted countless thousands for a day of crazy fun with proceeds to benefit the Alonzo Mourning Charities and the University of Miami Sleep Center. Event organizer Daisy Lewis can attest that comedy was the order of the day, as always, with the slowest beds providing some of the best laughs.

The Sand Bar at the race finish was packed as were most area bars and eateries for this day of levity and goodwill that actually was part of a full weekend of frivolity that included a Pajama Crawl.

On site to start the race was grand marshal Indy500 racer Tony Kanaan who judged with Alonzo Mourning, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, State Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Homestead Miami Speedway president Matt Becherer, local Miamian and actor Steven Bauer, as well as emcee for the day, comedian Johnny Trabs.

Voices For Children Foundation will conduct an art viewing and silent auction on Sept. 30, 6-9 p.m., at 300 Alton Rd. in Miami Beach. The affair will feature artwork from children in foster care. Guests will enoy cocktails, fabulous Brazilian hors d’oeuvres and dialogue with local artists.

For more information and to RSVP, call 305-324-5678 or visit 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. 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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