King Mango Strut promises another hilarious afternoon

The 32nd annual King Mango Strut parade on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m., promises a perfect way to celebrate the last weekend of 2013. Crazy, hilarious and super creative people find satire in every sector and put it on display during this outrageously funny parade.

If you have never attended this parade before, you have missed one of the highlights of the festival season. The parade is just the start of an all day affair as Commodore Plaza will remain closed until 6 p.m. for the After Strut Party with bands, dancing and good times.

Rotarians from all over South Florida gathered at the Hard Rock Café at Bayside for a Rotary2Rotary district mixer on Dec. 11. While District 6990 Governor Ellen Blasi got in the spirit of the season donning a Santa hat, Coral Gables Rotarians swept the event for best holiday outfits.

Among the many faces in the crowd were Jesus and Lourdes Abikarram from Hallandale; Robert Scott Marshall, Rick Miller, Dave Anderson, Scott Richey and Humberto Rivera, from the Miami Club; Gables Rotarians Yolanda Woodbridge, Elizabeth Silverman, Kristy Fueyo, Geroge Reeves, Rolf Frankfurter, and Chris Morrison, and Phil Everingham from the Coconut Grove Club. Miami Rotarian Jonathan Parker helped coordinate this event at the Hard Rock where the Miami Club meets for lunch every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. Visiting Rotarians always are welcomed.

In other news, on Dec. 7 Belinda and Scott Sime opened their home for party that doubled as a toy drive for the children of the Lighthouse for the Blind where Scott serves on the board. This annual party hosted by the couple was their most successful ever with many guests stopping by to drop off toys and then returning again to finish off the evening at the party that went on until 2 a.m. The Lighthouse for the Blind counts on Scott and Belinda for toys for their annual party and will receive 88 toys this year’s donations while Miami Children’s Hospital’s Toys for Tots will be getting another 84 toys for their children.

On the cultural front, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre’s new production, Making God Laugh, is a must see and one of the best this writer has seen in a very long time. The play is a family comedy directed by the incredibly talented David Arisco and will run through Dec. 29. The plot involves empty nest parents Bill and Ruthie (Peter Haig and Angie Radosh) who welcome their children home during the holidays over a 30-year span. It is both moving at times and hilariously funny.

Tickets for this production and any Actors’ Playhouse show make great holiday gifts and are a terrific way to support the theater. For more information, visit actorsplayhouse.org.

Finally, as holiday parties wrap up for many, one of South Florida’s oldest business organizations, Profit Inc., held its holiday luncheon party at 94th Aero Squadron on Dec. 12. During this festive lunch, Profit Inc.’s president Robert Beans of Bay Plumbing thanked Frank Obregon for stepping up to serve as executive director until a new one could be put in place. Among the many attending the affair were Elena and Bob Kemper, Wilson Alvarez, Kemp Mobley and Jacky Sabatier.

For more information on this group, contact Frank at 305-710-7345.

May you all have a happy and safe holiday season.

Until next year, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, send your news via email to gloriagalburns@ aol.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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