Installation, teas and more fill the events calendar

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The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club installed a young new slate of officers during a recent Installation Dinner for incoming president Debi Van Stone Moore and her board.

Officiating at the installation was Charlyne Carruth, a past president of the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, who installed Debi and her board of directors’ executive committee for 2016-18. Board members are: first vice president, Ruth Martinez; second vice president, Susie Tilson; treasurer, Nancy DesMangle; recording secretary, Valerie Valenzuela; assistant secretary, Yvonne Elejalde; first director, Mayra Dominguez; second director, Linda Hartwell; third director, Mireya Kilmon; Dental Clinic director, Dr. Iris Torres, and Clubhouse director, Barbara Lapsley.

Also installed that evening were new members Yvonne Elejalde and Arely Ruiz, both of whom are taking on leadership roles from the start. Yvonne not only will serve as assistant secretary, but also will be both Arts chair and participate in the PR committee while Arely will take on the chair of fundraising (gala).

Among the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the annual Barbara Rosenthal Leadership Award by outgoing president Mayra Dominguez to Carmen Suarez who chaired the club’s first annual gala and was the club’s recording secretary.

While malls around town held Mother’s Day events and teas at their various locations, Fashion for Charity beat them to the punch with their fifth annual Tea at 2 on Apr. 30. The afternoon of tea, fashion, shopping and inspiration, was coordinated by Diane Superville and held at Granada Presbyterian Church to benefit the Fashion for Charity scholarship fund and community workshops.

The affair included a great lineup of speakers including such notables as a celebrity lifestyle coach and award-winning bestselling author, Kathy Andersen, who addressed the crowd on ways to make positive personal changes, and renowned artist Carlos Marrero who gave instructions on ways to use his unique scarves with the beautiful Tyeshaa Hudson, Miss Art Deco, assisting as a model.

By the way, Kathy Andersen also was to be the guest speaker at the Coral Gables Chamber’s Non Profit Task Force event on May 20 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas at PortMiami. The affair, sponsored by Royal Caribbean, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Superville Travel, began in the morning and included a tour of the ship, lunch and a workshop ending at 2 p.m.

Finally, as a reminder, charities are encouraged to check into partnering with Westin Colonnade’s Give Kids the World Breakfast on July 13 to raise funds for their specific charity. Among the many non-profits already signed with tickets on consignment are PARK, Coral Gables Rotary, MADD, GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, A Safe Haven for Newborns, Doral Rotary, and Shine Bright Foundation.

The Westin Colonnade completely underwrites a full American buffet breakfast with ice cream for dessert for a ticket price of $10. Half of that amount goes to the participating charity selling the ticket and the other half to Give Kids the World Village.

For more information, call 305-284-7375.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to gloria@communitynewspapers.com.


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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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