Grove resident Hank Langston celebrates special day

Grove resident Hank Langston celebrates special day

Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner (left) is pictured with Hank Langston (center) and Phill Lyons at Hank’s surprise third birthday party of the weekend at Plymouth Church’s Pilgrimage House.

Longtime Coconut Grove resident Hank Langston, dean of faculty and more at Gulliver Schools, celebrated his 75th birthday with a weekend of parties, all but one of which was a surprise.

In fact, the first surprise came after he returned home and heard a commotion in his driveway. Upon inspection he found a group of people singing happy birthday. They were his entire family who surprised him by traveling from around the United States to celebrate the big day. From parties at Foxes on Friday night and Burger Bob’s on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, the event that surprised him the most was a party at Plymouth Church’s Pilgrimage House on Saturday afternoon.

Coral Gables Chamber president Mark Trowbridge arrived with a beautiful presentation while Dr. Al Smith composed a great poem for the occasion. Among the many guests at the various parties were Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, John Krutulis, Kate Swain, Joey Deyerle, the usual gang from Burger Bob’s, Gulliver, and Hank’s big family, to mention a very few.

On the non-profit front, in an effort to support National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Coral Gables Rotarians, Coral Gables High School’s Interact members, and Boy Scout Troop 840 under to guidance of Rotarians, gathered at FIU on Sunday, Mar. 2, to cheer, serve lunch and volunteer as 1,000 cyclists completed their two-day MS Bike Ride returning from Key Largo. This event served to generate awareness of the challenges of MS and raise funds to continue research for a cure.

Several staff members working the event were affected with MS and shared their daily challenges. They were most grateful and touched to witness the outpouring of support from Rotary, Interact and Boy Scout Troop 840 members who added to the fun making posters to cheer the riders to the finish line and then helping serve lunch throughout the day.

Among the many Rotarians with this writer helping that day were Debbie and John Swain, Donald Trombly, Greg Martini, Yoli Woodbridge, Diane Thurston and Lorraine Sheldon.

Artisan Lounge is presenting a solo exhibit, “Meditations,” featuring a dozen paintings by artist Vesna Vera, such as Rising Star and The Hour Glass. A Venezuelan by birth, Vera has studied art extensively both in her native country, as well as in Miami, New York and Italy.

The Artisan Lounge, 500 NE First Ave, in the Christ Fellowship Building, will run this exhibit through Apr. 30. This event is open free to the public. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about artist Vesna Vera, please visit vesnavera.com. For more information about the Artisan Lounge,

please visit theartisanlounge.com.

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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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