Local service organizations ramp up activities for fall

Local service organizations ramp up activities for fall

Pictued at the American Diabetes Walk are several Doral residents, DBC and CGWC members: (l-r, top row) Cathie Burns, Deborah Mayo, Gloria Burns, Marti Bueso, Enid Miguez, Ruth Martinez, CGWC president Mayra Dominguez and Ivonne Perez-Suarez; (bottom row) Miami Christian School students Giovanna Freire and Allison Bean, with CGWC past president Mireya Kilmon.

The next few months are packed with events.

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club is hosting an indoor air-conditioned garage sale at its clubhouse on Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m. For a small price, the public is invited to reserve a table and clean out unwanted items before the holidays. For space, call Susie Tilson at 305 720-5181.

Coral Gables Woman’s Club also will be hosting a great Halloween Party on Oct. 31. After taking out the kids, don a costume and join the fun at the clubhouse, located at 1009 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd. A $20 admission includes entertainment, a costume contest, prizes and food with a cash bar. For more information, visit www.coralgableswomansclub.org.

To wrap up September events, one thousand or so folks started the morning of Sept. 27 with the Step Out to Cure Diabetes Walk at Marlins Park. The Diabetes Walk added some great features for walkers including having the entire race inside the ballpark. Everyone took home a souvenir with a professional photo taken at a Step & Repeat set up.

Publix Pharmacy was one of the many sponsors there distributing free diabetes related product samples while the Community Newspapers team celebrated a birthday with a non sugarless cake. Oddly enough, people started lining up to taste that as well. For those being good diet wise, following the race there was a cooking demo with healthy choices, fruits and veggies.

The Falls Auto Show took place later that evening, once again sponsored by Rotarian Fred Baddour and his company CRB Geological, with proceeds going to charity. This event typically is held on the third Saturday of every month at 8700 SW 113 St. For the past several months, the event has raised more than $1,000 to support veterans programs at the Veterans Administration Hospital where Gables Rotarians bring in food and prizes to the recreation hall every month for bingo.

Local service organizations ramp up activities for fall

Pictured accepting check for Lotus House project at Coral Gables Rotary meeting are (l-r) Brickell Rotarians, past president Clayton Solomon, John Fulton, and Anna Frusciante, with Lotus House deputy director and Brickell Rotary president Roberto A Ruvalcaba; Rotary Club of Coral Gables president Carlos Bolado and past president Yolanda Woodbridge.

Many of the same Coral Gables Rotarians will be selling beer for tips at The Great Grove Bed Race in Coconut Grove on Nov. 8. This annual fun-filled day of bed racing has something for everyone at every age. You can be sure the regular participants like Shell Lumber and Hardware and Barracuda Bar will be on hand for the exciting competition that combines creativity with athleticism or lack thereof. Admission is $5 for adults and kids 12 years and under are free.

Enjoy stadium seating or bring a blanket to watch from the grass while partaking in some food from one of the many vendors. For more information on how to participate with your own bed and/ or become a sponsor, visit online at www.TheGreatGroveBedRace.com.

Speaking of Rotary, members of the Rotary Club of Miami Brickell, recently received a check from the Rotary Club of Coral Gables to support Brickell’s Lotus House project that will give rise to a District matching grant. For those unfamiliar with Lotus House, it is a unique resource center and residential facility serving 110 homeless women and children daily in the heart of Miami’s historic Overtown area.

This is not a typical shelter but one that is a place of healing and transformation with a holistic, gender specific and innovative format that serves to empower women. To date, more than 1,000 women and children have been sheltered there with more than 80 percent of those who have completed the program having transitioned to safe homes outside the shelter system.

Miami’s Continental National Bank is celebrating its 40th anniversary by partnering Amigos For Kids in a joint fundraiser event: $40K for 40 Years. Amigos for Kids is a nonprofit with programs that promote positive parenting and wellness for local youth. Now until Nov. 22, Miami residents’ donations will be matched by Continental National Bank with funds and in-kind contributions. Donations can be made at all Continental National Bank locations, at participating retail partners, or by visiting www.continentalbank.com.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

If you want to submit information for this column, please 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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