July 4 celebrations, summer camp activities abound

July 4 celebrations, summer camp activities abound

Presidential lineup at Rotary’s July 4 Picnic are (l-r) president-elect Greg Martini with past presidents Wiley Hicks, Bruce Kerestes, Walter Alvarez and Sally Baumgartner.

Coral Gables Rotarians celebrated Independence Day with their annual picnic at Matheson Hammock. A game of Ultimate Freesbie at the event helped burn off some of the major calories consumed with a lunch from Shorty’s BBQ.

Among the many enjoying the day were club president Carlos Bolado and wife, Terry; club past presidents Yoli Woodbridge, Frank Sexton, Wily Hicks, Bruce Kerestes, Walter Alvarez and Sally Baumgartner; presidentelect Greg Martini; Carol Alexander; Fred Baddour; Dan and Dr. Kendra Scipione with daughter, Jiana; Kathy Rosa and daughter, Madison Rodriguez, and Steve Magenheimer.

In Coral Gables that evening, the City of Coral Gables, Biltmore Hotel, University of Miami, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables, along with other corporate citizens, partnered to sponsor a July 4 celebration on the grounds of the historic Biltmore Hotel.

Entertainment included a concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, concessions, patriotic mascots and, of course, a great fireworks display. Serving as emcees for the night were local CBS4 news anchors, Irika Sargent and Rick Folbaum.

On the camp scene, Shake-A-Leg (SAL) has a great summer camp in Coconut Grove that is abuzz with more than 400 disabled and able-bodied campers enjoying a chance to make lifelong friends while learning to sail, kayak and paddle-board. Youngsters also are discovering marine science using Biscayne Bay as a canvas for conservation and exploration.

July 4 celebrations, summer camp activities abound

Future Rotarians playing together at the July 4 Picnic are Jiana Scipione and Madison Rodriguez.

SAL provides an environment that is both safe and accessible allowing children to expe- rience success and help each other explore their potential. Most recently, SAL was the benefactor of a dollar-to-dollar match for up to $50,000 from the Batchelor Foundation, a private foundation that helps so many worthy programs in our community.

SAL has been blessed with many great donors. In fact, on June 20, American Airlines donated a tug as part of its continued support. The tug will be utilized to help SAL transport its watercraft from land to water and back, especially now during the busy summer camp season. This is the second tug AA has donated to Shake-A-Leg Miami.

Dinner and a musical at Actors’ Playhouse provide a perfect combo for a summer night out. Check out MID-LIFE 2 (The Crisis Continues), a brand new musical that looks to be as big a success as was MID-LIFE! The Crisis Musical, which performed to critical acclaim at Actors’ Playhouse in the summer of 2008. The show takes the audience back to the Middle Ages with laughs and looks at the ever-growing legion of Mid-Lifers. This is a great mix of sketch comedy and musical comedy that will entertain with a wit and new music.

The performances will run through Aug. 17, Wednesday through Sunday. To purchase tickets, call 305-444-9293 or visit online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.

Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation celebrated culture and arts with Fiesta@thePark across from Coral Gables City Hall on June 27. The evening event showcased artists, musicians, and other vendors for a great time enjoyed by all. This same group is planning its annual Coral Gables Hispanic Festival to take place Oct. 25 and 26. Save the date.

Finally, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and friends of all those involved in the terrible accident off Dinner Key. Those who lost their lives in this heartbreaking, horrific tragedy will not soon be forgotten. Please keep them in your prayers.

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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