WCA to rock the runway on Nov. 13, IG TEE a success

WCA to rock the runway on Nov. 13, IG TEE a success

Patrons Drs. Marino and Karelia Carbonell are pictured with Orchestra Miami founder Elaine Rinaldi at Coral Gables Museum.

The Women’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami, Franklin C. Bush Chapter, returns with an annual fashion show luncheon that always is a hit with the ladies.

Block out your day, Friday, Nov. 13, to start shopping in their Boutique at 10 a.m. with bargains galore followed by a luncheon and fashion show at noon featuring emcee and auctioneer for the event WLRN’s Patrick Harris.

WCA past president Suzie Harper and current president Judi Ashworth have worked together with members to make this one of their best luncheons ever. A new location in the Garden Room at the Country Club of Coral Gables promises to be a beautiful setting for the boutique on the upper level and the show on the lower level overlooking the pool.

Tickets are $75. For reservations contact JoAnn Cappelletti at RCappy@bellsouth.net.

IG Travel’s Adriana Parra, who hales from Ecuador and won a large government grant from that country for her innovative business plan, orchestrated an exciting expo on Oct. 15. The event, the IG Travel & Entertainment Expo, attracted an interesting mix of people from both the entertainment, travel, and events industries for the first time in South Florida at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

A full program included time to network, a great panel discussion on the industry emceed by Pete de la Torre with such notables as Jose Sotolongo, executive director, Miami-Dade Sports Commission; Wendy Kellergis, president and CEO Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association; Roberta DiPietro, executive director, Greater Miami Festivals and Events Association; Peter Tolmach, immediate past president, Junior Orange Bowl Committee, and Andrew Goldberg, vice president of marketing, Adrienne Arsht Center.

Finishing off the evening were performances by Adriana’s brothers, Danilo and Jose Daniel, and sister, Vivi Parra, all talented singers. To top it off, Adriana even joined the show with her lovely voice. There was dancing in the aisles when this family and their band performed that evening and this promises to be an expo that will grow even bigger next year.

On the chamber front, Coral Gables Chamber’s trustees gathered for a reception at Mercantil Commercebank on Oct.13, opting to party in the downstairs lobby because of the rain storms that evening. Nicole Waters, trustee chair, welcomed all and thanked the bank for its support. The bank now owns the building on Alhambra and new tenants will be the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

It was a busy week for the chamber as the very next day, Oct. 14, Chamber members and guests attended the annual Chairman’s Reception at the Westin Colonnade honoring Chamber chair Wayne Eldred of Tarpon Bend.

Guests enjoyed mixing in the Westin Colonnade Rotunda Ballroom networking, tasting some great food from La Taverna Giralda, Lovables Catering and Tarpon Bend and a bar by Bacardi. Waste Management had its robot on hand, always a fun addition to any event.

In other news, Orchestra Miami, now opening its ninth season, performed an intimate concert on Oct. 10 at the Coral Gables Museum featuring soloists from the orchestra performing alongside artistic director Elaine Rinaldi. Guests, who enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres during the reception and intermission, were treated to a program that included works by Mozart, Beethoven, Poulenc and Prokofiev, along with performances by featured soloists Mei Mei Luo, one of South Florida’s finest violinists; cellist Aaron Merritt, winner of numerous awards, accompanied by Rinaldi on piano, and violist Richard Fleischman, graduate of the Julliard School and winner of the prestigious Windsor Prize.

The Woodwind Quintet included Elissa Lakofsky, flute; Erika Yamada, oboe; Richard Hancock, clarinet; T. Geoffrey Hale, bassoon, and Sharon Janezic, horn.

Attending were Coral Gables residents Drs. Karelia and Marino Carbonell in celebration of the October wedding of Brenden Marino Carbonell and Shelsea Anne Pedersen. Karelia is an Orchestra Miami board member and patron.

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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