Scoops of Hope Breakfast scores big for charity

Scoops of Hope Breakfast scores big for charity

Pictured (l-r) are Coral Gables Woman’s Club president Mayra Dominguez, Coral Gables Rotary past president Yolanda Woodbridge,Westin Colonnade executive chef Thomas Russo, Gloria Burns, Rosario and Steven Redlich, and Kristi Fueyo of Kendall Regional Medical Center.

The Westin Colonnade’s Scoops of Hope Breakfast raised more than $5,600.

Half of those proceeds were donated to benefit Give Kids the World Village in Orlando where children with life-threatening illnesses are treated to a one week all expenses paid vacation with their families. The other half of the ticket sales benefited numerous local charities who partnered with the Westin to sell tickets. Of the numerous participating charities, Mothers Against Drunk Driving was the top ticketseller helping raise almost $500.

Executive chef Thomas Russo provided guests with a full American breakfast buffet, a waffle bar and even nitrogen ice cream made on the spot. A silent auction contributed to the success of the event with a special shout out to Joan Reitsma of The Giving Tree for donating the most items of any single business for the auction and for door prizes.

Among the many groups involved in the breakfast event were the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, Coral Gables Woman’s Club and the club’s free children’s dental clinic, Shine Bright Foundation, Miami Christian School Girls’ Volleyball, Doral Rotary Club, A Safe Haven for Newborns and the Junior Orange Bowl Committee.

In other activity, Coral Gables Rotarians gathered at Miami International Airport for the club’s Fifth Friday Social on July 31. Members enjoyed touring, socializing and learning more about the airport’s Military Hospitality Lounge, which is available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to U.S. and Allied active duty and retired military travelers and their authorized dependents. The lounge is funded and operated by volunteer staff of the Armed Forces Service Center Inc.

One of those volunteers is Gables Rotarian George Reeves who recommended this location as a way to show off the lounge that provides amenities to our military such as complimentary snacks and beverages, magazines, TV, pay phones, WiFi, and even computers with a printer. The area has several rooms, one of which provided a location the club’s after-hours event.

Scoops of Hope Breakfast scores big for charity

Pictured at the Coral Gables Rotary event at the Miami International Airport Military Hospitality Lounge are (l-r) Bill and Rita Oates, George Reeves and Annette Alvarez.

Club president Greg Martini, along with wife Nancy and children Joey and Grace, helped orchestrate the event, bringing food from Sushi Maki while fellow Rotarians assisted with drinks and setups. Among the many attending the affair were Annette and Walter Alvarez, Terry Long Gomes, Fred Baddour, Sally Baumgartner, Joe Witz, Bruce Kerestes, Keith and Angela Phillips, Bill and Rita Oates, and Yolanda Woodbridge.

With fall events just around the corner, there are several dates you may want to reserve.

Families have many options on Saturday, Oct 3. There will be a Junior Orange Bowl Family Day at Tropical Park while on Virginia Key, the PARK Project is partnering with charities all over the county for a PARK Festival and 5K from noon to 6 p.m. Look for more on both of these activities in upcoming issues.

On Oct 17, join the fun at BankUnited Center for IG Entertainment Live’s Entertainment and Travel Expo. Admission is $15 and attendees will enjoy some amazing live entertainment as well as opportunities to take advantage of special travel deals and door prizes.

Many organizations already are thinking ahead for Halloween. In fact, the Little Lighthouse Foundation will hold its sixth annual Nightmare on the Beach (NOTB) Halloween event on Oct. 31 at Miami Beach’s Lummus Park. The park will be transformed into a pop-up nightclub for one night only. For sponsorship information and opportunities, send email to

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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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