Global Water Brigades benefits from annual Water Party

Global Water Brigades benefits from annual Water Party

Preparing toiletry gift bags for Agape are Coral Gables Woman’s Club members (l-r): Kate Swain, Robin Burr, Mitzi Jenner, Maryann Etkin, Theresa Gilmore and Valeria Valenzuela.

Bulla Gastrobar and Pisco y Nazca recently helped raise awareness and funds for Global Water Brigades, an international nonprofit organization constructing clean water systems in Nicaragua, Honduras and Ghana.

With a goal of bringing in $12,500 to benefit the community of El Hatillo, Nicaragua, which is home to 67 families in need of clean water supply, the fifth annual Water Party MIA took place Nov. 13 at The Four Seasons in Brickell.

The two restaurants, Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables and Pisco y Nazca, having just opened in Kendall Palms, not only supported the event with a social media campaign but provided delicious bites for the more than 250 guests who also indulged in drinks courtesy of Botran Rum, Finalandia Vodka, Herradura Tequila and wine from Aficionados Brickell.

Global Water Brigades benefits from annual Water Party

Modeling Santa suits at the WCA Fashion Show are Judy Ashworth and Hank Langston.

The group orchestrating the event not only met its goal but also exceeded it big time raising $18,412 with additional donations still coming. Among the amazing people responsible for organizing the event were Tania Marin, Brenda Cortes Kilibarda, Peter Regalado, Dan Mucerino, Farah Marin Serralta and Denise Erwin.

Coming off of a successful gala fundraiser at Trump National Resort, A Safe Haven for Newborns Gala chair Norris Perez has stepped up to chair yet another big undertaking. Norris and numerous other Safe Haven for Newborns supporters are planning their third annual Walk at Amelia Earhart Park on Feb. 27, 2016. All of South Florida is encouraged to join firefighters, youth groups, emergency response team members and other non profits to participate and help Nick Silverio, organization founder, to save the lives of babies. To date, Safe Haven has saved 235 babies from abandonment and the list seems to grow every week. Mark your calendars and sign up early. Sponsorships are available. For info, call Norris at 305-725-5355 or Nick at 305-882-1304, ext. 103.

In the spirit of this giving season, members of the GFWC Coral Gables Women’s Club gathered for a Thanksgiving pot luck feast followed by the annual preparation of food baskets, 40 in all, for the families of the club’s free dental clinic.

Global Water Brigades benefits from annual Water Party

Pictured at A Safe Haven for Newsborns Gala are (l-r) Connie Rengifio, Norris Perez, Nick Silverio and Gina Perez.

While one group of women worked on that project, another group tackled the donations of toiletries collected making 75 gift bags for women that were delivered by club president Mayra Dominguez to Agape Family Ministries.

For those unfamiliar with Agape, it is one of the first non-denominational and non-sectarian faith-based substance abuse, mental health residential treatment facilities and community health centers in South Florida.

This is one of many ongoing outreach project this dedicated group of women do annually. For more information on the club and its free children’s dental clinic, visit

In other service club news, the Rotary Club of Miami Brickell held a district Rotary2Rotary evening mixer on Nov. 11. More than 70 Rotarians from the Gables, South Miami, Dadeland and beyond gathered at Taverna Opa in Mary Brickell Village for this monthly event that offers clubs an opportunity to share their activities and meet new Rotarians. The group moves up north to Frankey’s Sports Bar for their next mixer hosted by the Rotary Club of Hallandale Beach on Dec. 8. For more information on these Rotary events, contact Drew at

Global Water Brigades benefits from annual Water Party

Pictured at the podium during the Women’s Cancer Association event are Rev. Arnie Perry and Judy Ashworth.

Finally, various locations in Coconut Grove and South Miami are collecting toys for children between the ages of 2 and 5 for St. Alban’s Child Enrollment Center in Coconut Grove and South Miami. More than 200 children will receive gifts at a special gift presentation ceremony on Dec. 15. To help with the cause, during business hours Monday-Friday, supporters may drop off toys at the Coconut Grove BID office 9 a.m–5 p.m. (3390 Mary St., # 130), and at Cocowalk or at The Shops of Sunset from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kudos to the Coconut Grove BID, the Grove Chamber and CocoWalk for facilitating this drive.

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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