Dorfman and Sorgie honored by Rotary Club in South Miami

Two individuals who have contributed much to the South Miami community through the years were honored by the Rotary Club of South Miami on Thursday, February 19, during a reception hosted at the First National Bank of South Miami and sponsored by the Shops at Sunset Place.

Karen Dorfman and John Sorgie were named charter members of the new Stellar Support Society established by the South Miami Rotary Art Festival committee to recognize individuals who have given long term service to the success of this event. Dorfman and Sorgie have been deeply involved in the show since its inception in 1984, when Sorgie inaugurated the show during his presidency of the Red/Sunset Merchants Association.

Pictured are Community Foundation of Pinecrest board and volunteers: Secretary, Pam Schaefer; Treasurer, Harry Hollub with his daughters; Chairman, Steve Beiley; Executive Director Gloria Burns, and board member Hank Langston, as they prepare to distribute balloons at Pinecrest Business Association’s Taste of Pinecrest, an annual event that benefits local public schools.

It was a magical night for the guests of the opening night for Les Misérables at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, the first regional production of the most celebrated musical of all time and the longest running musical worldwide. Artistic Director David Arisco recruited some of Miami and the country’s best talent for a show that will long be remembered as a crowning achievement for this award winning theatre.

In the role of Jean Valjean, David Felty’s remarkable voice is one that touches one’s very soul. In fact, his performance earned show stopping applause while the entire cast received a long standing ovation following the opening night show. Complementing him was a cast of more than 30 actors who could have as easily been on Broadway as right here in South Florida. Trent Blanton (Javert), Gary Marachek (Thenardier), Melissa Minyard (Fantine), Christopher Myers (Marius), Gwen Hollander (Eponine), Patrick Jones (Enjoras), Margot Moreland (Madame Thenardier) and Nikka Wahl (Cosette) were but a few of the cast making this show an experience you will not want to miss.

The gala opening night festivities on March 6, included a pre-performance dinner courtesy of Ortanique, a bar provided by Bacardi and dessert after the chow provided by Crepe Maker. On hand were many VIPs, season tickets holders and important sponsors all of whom enable Executive Producing Director Barbara Stein and Actors’ to bring shows like this to South Florida. Les Miserables will run through April 5. For tickets, call 305-444-9293.

Marge Hartnett (celebrating her 92nd birthday) with Annie Goodrich at opening night of Actors’ Playhouse’s Les Miserables.

Thanks to major sponsor Bear-A-Bear as well as Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Coral Gables Chamber, and Claire Flanagan Whitehurst, top graduating elementary school students will be honored at a breakfast recognition event to be held March 25th, at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. The Hyatt has been that is once again hosting the event. Event organizer, Joan Reitsma, of The Giving Tree, is pleased to have funding to invite students from several schools to this wonderful affair that will feature Gables Chamber President Mark Trowbridge as a guest speaker.

The event is organized through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation and all donations to the event are tax deductible. This event as well as another recognition breakfast in April honoring top graduating middle and senior high schools is dependent on private funding. Those interested in supporting this event should call Joan Reitsma at 305-445-3967.

The 41st Annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Thursday, April 23rd at Jungle Island, and the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 24th at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. The Class of 2009 includes Edgerrin James, Tim James, Aubrey Huff, Warren Bogle, Davian Clark, Mike Sullivan and Cathy Morse Further south, the Community Foundation of Pinecrest (CFP) has launched its new website: Designed by local attorney and IT guru, Richard Stern, the site is also hosted pro bono by Dan Scipione and Camteq.

Barbara Stein and Dr. Lawrence Stein at opening night party for Les Miserables.

CFP board member Hank Langston and Gulliver Schools was one of the recent sponsors of the Taste of Pinecrest held March 8 at Pinecrest Gardens, an event organized by the Pinecrest Business Association with Kendall Toyota. Gulliver Schools graciously provided their sponsor table for this new Community Foundation of Pinecrest to give away free balloons to children and promote the Foundation mission’s of serving the community.

Thousands enjoyed a day of great food with dozens of restaurants and caterers on hand with a variety of food options, while sponsors entertained with games and a field of great rides was enjoyed by the children. Certainly a great success and the perfect way to end a glorious South Florida weekend.

Until next week, 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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