PJ’s, pampering and a movie make for a unique fundraiser

PJ’s, pampering and a movie make for a unique fundraiser

Pictured at the Rotary July 4 picnic are (l-r) Kathy Rosa with daughter Madison (in front), Yolanda Woodbridge, Annette Alvarez and Greg Martini.

PJ’s, pampering and a movie made for a crazy fun night at the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club (CGWC) and raised funds for Hacienda Girls Ranch while providing a chance for members and guests to enjoy a relaxing night.

Arbonne representatives came to donate foot therapy and facials; the club and its members provided food and drinks, and past president Mireya Kilmon got approval to show Love and Contempt, a movie in which she had the lead role and was nominated for Best Actress.

This was the first of several events filling the CGWC summer calendar. A July planning workshop with board members and chairs was held following a high tea at the Biltmore Hotel, which served to celebrate birthdays of president Debi Van Stone Moore and past president Linda Hartwell.

Donning their favorite hats, the ladies enjoyed yummy tea sandwiches and dessert before getting down to work with plans on of which included an open house for the club’s free children’s dental clinic with Break Out Miami held on June 25 and a wine glass painting mini-fundraiser for the club’s free children’s dental clinic on Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m., followed by a bowling night on July 25.

In other good news: on Thursday, June 16, all South Florida Cabo Flats locations helped to raise funds to assist the victims affected by the Orlando attack and their families by donating 10 percent of all sales through their Cabo Cares Fundraising program. Restaurant guests enjoyed live entertainment and Mexican bites throughout the night helping raise a total of $3,115.68 for victim relief.

July 4 saw great celebrations all over town, including the Gables Rotarians annual July 4 picnic at Matheson Hammock Park that included ribs and more. As an added surprise, Annette Alvarez of Global Ties invited more than a dozen professionals in Miami attending a six-week course at FIU. The guests came from all over Africa and included some doctors, a lawyer, and even a man who works for the United Nations.

All had fun playing volleyball, badminton and even several water balloons tosses, all orchestrated by past president Greg Martini and wife, Nancy. Yet another past president, Sally Baumgartner, coordinated the food and drinks.

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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