A garden of art blooms next month in special event

The Community Foundation of Pinecrest’s Garden Pop fine art exhibition promises Miami Dade County teachers an opportunity to bring students to view original works of Andy Warhol, his contemporaries and other well known local artists. From November 9 through November 25, this fine art exhibition will be on display at Pinecrest Gardens.

Admission is free and event chair, Steve Steele, will accommodate requests from teachers for special tours. A fundraising preview night party will be held November 7, featuring live music, food and drinks from Whole Foods and Bacardi, a tour of the Gardens as well as an opportunity to view and even purchase great works of art with a portion of the proceeds benefiting charity. Among the many other sponsors who have committed to this new event include EWM Realtors, Bill Ussery Motors, and Aberto Romeu Photography, to mention a few.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the November 7 fundraiser go online to www.cfofp.org or call Gloria Burns at 305-968-3090.

The Blue at Doral’s 5300 Chop House held a Food and Wine Festival recently with proceeds benefiting Kids Hope United. Guests enjoyed tasting some great wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, live music, and food prepared by The Blue’s new Executive Chef Tim Hughes. Judy Pasternac, Development Director for Kids Hope United, orchestrated a silent auction for the evening to complement this lovely poolside affair. The Blue’s General Manager Steve van Hemert and Food and Beverage Manager Jorge Rodriguez were on the scene to welcome guests.

Louise Gross, a travel agent, conference and meeting planner, and popular South Florida networker, was installed on September 30, as the 2010 President of Business Referral Group now celebrating its 10th anniversary. BRG meets every Tuesday in Coral Gables. Serving with Gross will be Jeffrey S. Benjamin, personal injury attorney, president-elect; Dominic Lamberti of Padgett Business Services, treasurer; and Eli Ristine of Pan Florida Realty, secretary. Other 2010 board members include Jim Carter of Element Funding, membership/ sergeant-at-arms; Sara Granzotti of Juice Plus, website; Derek Cohen, of Raymond James, parliamentarian; Carlos B. Castillo, of Seidman Prewitt Dibello and Lopez, P.A., past president; Connie Crowther, of Crowther & Company Communications, marketing; and members-at-large Rosemary Guilfoyle, of Public Adjusters, Inc., Julie Rico, of Rainbow Reproductions, Nereida Caceres, of Details Custom Cabinetry, and Sammi Siegel, of Coral Gables Counseling Center.

For more BRG information, go online to <www.businessreferralgroup.org>.

The Miami-Dade Business Leadership Network, that promotes employment for people with disabilities, held its 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala at Britto Central Gallery on Oct. 21, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the American Association of People with Disabilities’ “Disability Mentoring Day” Program. Funds raised benefited MDBLN’s internship program, which provides area businesses with a no-cost, funded internship program encouraging the employment of individuals with disabilities. Publix Super Markets, Inc. was the evening’s honoree. Until next week, keep making each day count.

Gloria Burns is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest., a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, as well as a columnist for Community Newspapers. Keeping abreast of community activities is a challenge. If you would like to submit information for this column, please 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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