Coral Gables Rotarians take ALS ice bucket challenge

Coral Gables Rotarians take ALS ice bucket challenge

Gables Rotary president Carlos Bolado challenges board members to take part in ALS ice bucket challenge.

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]oral Gables Rotarians took the ALS ice bucket challenge from fellow Rotarian Jesus Guzman, president of Shell Lumber & Hardware on Aug. 28. Gathering at the end of the day, Coral Gables club president Carlos Bolado joined former Rotarian Scott Sime, who had just come to watch the fun but got into the action instead. Also being soaked that day by Jesus and his staff were Gables Rotary Club board members George Reeves, Lorraine Sheldon and this writer.

Shell Lumber had accepted the challenge earlier and then challenged the entire community to stop by the store to accept the challenge. For each person accepting the challenge an additional donation was made by Shell to ALS. In addition, everyone got Shell Lumber & Hardware gift certificates as a thank you.

If you like the ice bucket challenge, you certainly will want to save the date, Nov. 8, for another fun activity and not nearly as cold — the Great Grove Bed Race. This is such a fun way to spend the day with ample space for viewing along S. Bayshore Drive.

You can be sure that Shell Lumber & Hardware will be there as will so many other longtime participants like Lee Kessler and his team from Barracuda Bar. Signing up for the bed race is easier than you think. In fact, for businesses looking for positive press and branding, you cannot beat this. More on this in upcoming issues but for now visit

Coral Gables Rotarians take ALS ice bucket challenge

Rotary Board members get soaked with help of Shell Lumber’s Jesus Guzman and staff.

Nonprofits will want to sign up to participate in the Park Project 5K Race on the night of Sunday, Nov. 2, on Miami Beach. Marly Q once again will orchestrate a great race and festival event that will serve to benefit local nonprofits. Any NPO that forms a team gets to get keep half of the $40 registration fee for its own programs. For more info, visit

Coral Gables Woman’s Club always is attracting dynamic women who want to serve our community. The club once again is going all out for its second annual Haunted House Mansion Halloween Party, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.- midnight, at 1009 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd.

After rave reviews last year, the club looks to up the ante with an even more fabulous party to show off the beautiful clubhouse, enjoy fellowship, and attract new members while also raising funds for the club’s free children dental clinic. Coral Gables Rotarians are even hopping on board to make this the club’s Fifth Friday event. Tickets are only $20.

Coral Gables Rotarians take ALS ice bucket challenge

The Great Grove Bed Race is coming on Nov. 8.

This is definitely the best deal in town for dancing with the music of DJ Johnny, costume contests, prizes, food, fun and a cash bar. For tickets email at or

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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