Thea Pizzeria & Café hosts an event for PARK Project

Thea Pizzeria & Café hosts an event for PARK Project

Marly Quinones (left) is pictured with Thea Goldman at PARK event.

The PARK Project began its volunteer recruitment efforts on July 31, at Thea Pizzeria & Café, located at 1951 NW Seventh Ave.

Thea, a lovely restaurant located in the beautiful University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park, generously donated drinks and food samplings for the crowd assembled there who were anxious to talk to Marly Quinones about becoming more involved with PARK.

PARK Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission of inspiring people worldwide to PARK (Perform Acts of Random Kindness).

The purpose of the event was to share information about PARK Project and to inspire service-driven people to leave their mark and PARK for the foundation’s award-winning event, the 5k PARK Fest, which takes place Veteran’s Day weekend in the City of Doral. The 5k PARK Fest recently earned third place in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge for their revolutionary approach to FUNdraising and empowering non-profit organizations to better mobilize their network of supporters.

Among the many enjoying the evening were Marly Quinones, PARK founder/CEO; Thea Goldman, Thea Pizzeria owner; Jonathan Rasch, InterMedia Touch; Kate Swain, Coral Gables Woman’s Club and Junior Orange Bowl Committee; William Hunter, Wexford Science Technolody; and Daniella Veras and Marianna Monroy, PARK Project volunteers.

To learn more about the PARK Project and be involved in the 5k PARK Fest, visit or send email to

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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

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