A chance to see great art in a beautiful setting

Garden Pop, a fine art exhibition open to the public, will be held November 7 – 25, 2009, at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road. This first ever cultural event, presented by the Community Foundation of Pinecrest (CFP), will offer the community an opportunity to view great art and will also serve as a fundraiser.

Chairing the event is Steven Steele, who conceived the plan to bring fine art to the community. Steele ‘s enthusiasm immediately brought on such sponsors as Whole Foods and Bacardi who will be providing the food and beverages for the exciting Garden Pop Preview Night party from 6 – 10 p.m., on November 7. The Gardens will also offer a Garden Tour that evening at 5:30 p.m. Admission for the November 7 event is $100.

Proceeds from ticket sales for a preview night affair as well as 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of art will benefit CFP and, in particular, improvements to Pinecrest Gardens. There will also be a special wine and cheese pre-opening reception on Friday evening, November 6, by invitation only for customers of the Artists and Galleries, Sponsors, Village Commission, Committee and Media.

For sponsorship opportunities or call event chair, Steven Steele, at 305-742-7071 or Gloria Burns at 305-968-3090. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketleap. com. Tickets are limited 200. Admission to the Garden Pop exhibit following preview night through November 25 will be free.

Speaking of the CFP, the organization recently presented an Estate Planning workshop with estate planning attorney and CFP board member Dan Heller, of Heller Waldman, P.L. Heller, supplied information that even the most informed financial planner would appreciate. CFP Treasurer, Carol Nobles, a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist was also on hand to field questions. For those who missed the sessions, the CFP hopes to provide that information on the website in the near future at www.cfofp.org.

Coral Gables Museum held a ceremony topping off their new annex and honoring Robert Fewell . Fewell’s contribution provided critical funding for the new building upon which was planted a grapefruit tree during the reception.

Coral Gables Museum Chairman of the Board George Kakouris was on hand Steven Klindt, the museum’s first executive director, and a host of other donors and City officials. Among those was Commissioner Chip Withers who spearheaded this project from its incubation with the Coral Gables Community Foundation more than 10 years ago.

Nominations are now being accepted for the American Red Cross Greater Miami Spectrum Awards. These annual awards for women recognize outstanding women who have made significant contributions to our community in these categories:

Community Service, Education, Health Care, Volunteerism, Cultural, Entrepreneurial, Philanthropy, and Youth. Deadline for nominations is October 5, 2009. For sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Kenia Tedesco at < tedescok@usa.redcross.org > or 305-728-2512.

Finally, make plans to attend Junior Orange Bowl’s annual fundraiser set for October 2, 7 p.m., at the Miami Rowing Club on Key Biscayne with Ron Magill on hand for the “Beach Blanket Bingo” auction and party. For information, call 305- 662-1210

Until next week, keep making each day count. Keeping up with what’s happening in our community is quite a challenge and I am certain there are many activities I miss. If you would like to submit information for this column, send your news via e-mail to < galburns@aol.com >.

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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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