Children’s Dental Clinic benefits from Carolina Ale House event

Children’s Dental Clinic benefits from Carolina Ale House event

Dr. Alberto Pierini, Graciela Boria, Angelica Pierini, Gloria Burns at Coral Gables Woman’s Club fundraiser in Doral.

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club held a mini-fundraiser, thanks to the generosity of Joe Marouf (a fellow-Rotarian of this writer) who hosted the event at his Carolina Ale House in Doral. More than 40 members and guests enjoyed an evening of food and drinks raising $600 for the Club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic that provides more than $225,000 in free dental care annually to the children of the working poor. Last year alone, it treated more than 600 patients.

Among many attending the event were CGWC President, Mayra Dominguez; Vice President Debi Moore; Kristy Fueyo; Yolanda Woodbridge’; Enid Miguez; Nancy Concepcion’ Maria Martinez; John Burns; Al Naon; Jr., Orange Bowl Executive Director Jessica Cerda; and Iliana Rodriguez, to mention a few. It was especially great to see members of the Doral Business Council and many Rotarians on hand to lend their support.

The Miami Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women held a lovely after-hours event July 22 at Il Forno, coordinated Lizz Wiegandt and Chapter President Aly Ramos and hosted by restaurant owner Ciro Maneri.

Children’s Dental Clinic benefits from Carolina Ale House event

National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) members enjoy evening at Il Forno in Doral

In addition to delicious appetizers, the evening featured the beautiful art of Roxy Sora. While Roxy is a successful businesswoman, she is also a talented artist whose work wowed the crowd. Among many attending the affair was Pete de la Torre, whose radio show has featured several NAPW members since he started on air at 880 BIZ weekdays from 8-9 a.m.

In other news, it was great to see new vendors at the Doral Farmers’ Market. Paolita’s Jams are delicious and completely organic. Monica “Patricia” Galara uses fresh fruits and stevia as a sweetener. Tastings are available at almost every turn as you stroll the market. I recommend Martica’s Sweet Creations flans and Kid Dough Treats that target restricted diets for children. Willy’s Genuine Panama Hats are also a great market buy as are jewelry, crafts, plants, soaps, oils, and, of course, food items representing numerous cultures.

Finally, congratulations to First Bank’s Iliana Carbajal as she takes over as President of the Doral Rotary Club. The club meets every Tuesday. 6:00 p.m. at Carino’s.

Children’s Dental Clinic benefits from Carolina Ale House event

From left: Linda Hartwell, Mayra Dominguez, Debi Moore, Kristy Fueyo at dental clinic fundraiser at Carolina Ale House Doral.

Visitng Rotarians are always welcomed.

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

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