Profit Inc. Open House at EWM one of many June networkers

Profit Inc. Open House at EWM one of many June networkers

Gabriel Zilban and Elena Kemper address Profit Inc. during open house event.

Profit Inc., one of South Florida’s oldest business clubs, met recently at EWM’s Pinecrest offices of the Elena Kemper Group for a food and fun while networking. Profit Inc. includes businesses from all over the county and meets weekly on Thursday for lunch at 94th Aero Squadron. Among the many faces seen enjoying the event were President Stacy Alonso, of JS Alonso Accounting; Robert Beans, of Bay Plumbing: Dr. Joe Briggle, DDS; Jerry Lance, of Dart Maintenance; Gabriel Zilban, of the Elena Kemper Group; and Robert Kemper, of Griswold Home Care to mention a very few. For more information on this dynamic group visit

In other networking activity, Mercantil Commercebank hosted their 3rd Annual Tri- County Networker at Seminole Hard Rock Casino on that same Thursday. The celebration was attended by hundreds of members from 17 different chambers of commerce and business organizations. It was a networking bonanza for those enjoying the food and drink at this beautiful 3rd annual affair during which heads of these organizations were asked to join the folks from Mercantil Commercebank on stage to receive a lovely recognition award.

Profit Inc. Open House at EWM one of many June networkers

Gloria Burns, CGWC Event Chair Eneida Rivera, CGWC President, Mayra Dominguez and Joannie Knight, of The Ann Storch Center.

Coincidentally, that same night Coral Gables Business Improvement District held its annual Taste of the Gables at the Westin Colonnade where guests enjoyed sampling food from some of the Gables best eateries. Congratulations to Chief Diego Solano and Bulla Gastrobar for taking top prize at the event being named Best Taste of the Gables 2015.

Profit Inc. Open House at EWM one of many June networkers

Yvonne Elejalde belts out Patsy Cline song at Coral Gables Woman’s Club Karaoke Night fundraiser.

Raising money for worthy causes is what service organizations are all about. The Coral Gables Woman’s Club has a broad membership from around South Florida. On June 12, the group with friends gathered for a Karaoke Night at their clubhouse to raise funds for the Ann Storck Center that is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Orchestrated by Eneida Rivera, this first time event is sure to be followed by more as it was a great success. Among the dozens seen enjoying the evening were Ralph and Iris Rivera, Clauda Coupet, Carmen Suarez, Margie Shanti, Eddie Snow, John Burns, Barbara Lapsley, and Joannie Knight, to mention a few.

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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