Fun fashions delight moms

A Mother’s Day Fashion Show at International Mall celebrated mothers of all ages with a fun fashion show, reception and silent auction, a portion of the proceeds to benefitting the Women’s Fund of Miami Sponsored by Jackson Health Systems and USA Bouquet, the “Indulge Fashion Plus Fun for Moms” celebration really allowed attendees to indulge. Renowned fashion blogger Kelly Saks of “Kelly’s Kloset” provided complimentary makeovers to six mothers, demonstrating the ideal style and trends for super star moms who later modeled their outfits in a trend show featuring the latest spring and summer fashions from mall retailers. Moms and friends also enjoyed delicious food tastings created by SF Catering-N- Events, a mojito mixology station sponsored by Ron Barcelo, express makeup tips by Sephora, mini-massages by Wellness by Massage, exhibitor demonstrations, music and entertainment, plus a silent auction and fabulous raffle prizes.

In conjunction, Miami International Mall set the record for the most selfies (96) taken at the Mall in one hour. Mall Marketing and Development Director Sara Valega noted that the challenge as a great opportunity for moms to be the shining stars, engaging in a universal language that showcases each mother’s personality than through personal pictures/selfies.

In other news, Brain Freeze, a very popular new business in Doral located off N.W. 41 St. and 107 Ave. behind DiVieto held its official ribbon cutting May 27. The affair attracted a large crowd of fans and others ready to sample what has already become a favorite ice cream gathering place. On hand to help Christi Fraga with the ceremony were fellow City of Doral Council members Mayor Luigi Boria, and Council members Ana Maria Rodriguez and Pete Cabrera. If you haven’t tried this amazing ice cream, freshly made just for you in front of your very eyes, you are in for a real treat with flavors to satisfy any palate. They even have yogurt and sugar-free options, all unique and superb.

While Brain Freeze celebrated its opening, OrthoNow just marked its Fifth Anniversary with a large party May 20. Dr. Badia and OrthoNow have been DBC members since opening in Doral and have provided incredible resource for our South Florida community. Congratulations on a great five years!

PARK (Perform Acts of Radom Kindness) Advisory Council enjoyed an Appreciation Breakfast get-together at Park Grove in Coconut Grove. Many may remember PARK founder Marly Q who orchestrated the 5K Freedom Run at JC Bermudez Park years ago. Sadly no longer in held in Doral, the race has grown to benefit multiple charities and will be held Oct. 3 on Virginia Key. Charities wishing to participate may register as a non-profit and receive one-half of the registration fees their team collects for their own charity. For any non-profit thinking about holding a 5K to raise funds, think again. This is a way to have a race for your charity with no risk and a few Doral charities are already planning to sign up. For more information visit

The Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami whose offices are in Coral Gables hosted a VIP cooking demonstration and tasting at San Ignacio College for the Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber in conjunction with the Overseas Community Affairs Council of the Republic of China (Taiwan) May 26. A cocktail reception followed the demonstration by international award-winning Asian gourmet chef Pan Meng-jen and chef Tsai Wan-Litop, flown here from Taiwan to create dishes for several events, including the Sixth Annual Asian Gourmet Gala May 30 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral. More than 100 guests gathered for affair that included a seven-course dinner, music, dancing, and a silent auction. (More on that in next issue).

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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