A summer social at The Blue draws lots of VIPs

Jr. Orange Bowl Committee gathered for a Summer Social hosted and sponsored by The Blue, the new upscale hotel on the Blue Monster Golf Course in Doral. The party, held July 28, served to introduce JOBC members to the Doral City Commission and many business leaders as well as recruit new volunteers and sponsors from the Greater Miami area.

Among the VIPs attending were Doral Mayor JC Bermudez with Vice Mayor Michael DiPietro; Doral Commissioners Pete Cabrera and Sandra Ruiz; Mayor Don Slesnick, of Coral Gables, and Mayor Billy Bain, of Miami Springs. Almost 100 people gathered to enjoy a night of networking with JOBC members. JOBC President Marti Bueso introduced the dignitaries and thanked The Blue’s General Manager Steven van Hemert, Executive Chef Josh Wahler and Food and Beverage Manager, George Rodriguez, for their generous support.

Among the almost 100 community leaders attending the event were Chuck and Nancy Little, Jim Borgmann, John and Pam Admire, Joey Deyerle, Paula Franco, John Sorgie, Ann Goodrich, Rich Lopez, Gus Machado, Jr., Kathleen Kauffman, Nubielena Medina, Enid Miguez, Don and Ceci Slesnick, Dr. Randy Groh, David Bobbitt, Carol Bovee, Dallas Brown, John Burns, Robin Preston, and Mark Pidal, to mention a few.

By the way, Azul, the beautiful new spa at The Blue, is offering a mother/daughter package for $49 that includes pedicure and manicure for two with lunch. To take advantage of this terrific offer, call 305-597-8600.

On July 18, The Children’s Bereavement Center (CBC) held a Harry Potter Movie Event at AMC Sunset Place as a dedicated fundraiser that featured giveaways, goodies, and appearances by costumed Harry Potter “characters” prior to the private screening.

A partner event was also held in Aspen for CBC supporters who spend their summer away. Children from the Buddy Program in Aspen were invited as guests to that private screening.

Proceeds from these events help CBC provide services. It is South Florida’s only nonprofit bereavement and resource center helping children and their families after loss. It provides free support groups for over 350 family members monthly. Established in 1999, the CBC is entering its 11th year of serving the children/families in our community.

Information, resources and sponsorship opportunities can be found by visiting www.childbereavement. org or by calling 305-668-4902.

The weekend of August 1, several South Floridians traveled to Boston to participate in the Pan Massachusetts Challenge, a 200 mile bike ride to benefit “The Jimmy Fund” at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. More than 5,000 people accepted the challenge to raise $4,200 each and complete this journey with the common goal of helping the millions of people affected by cancer each year.

Now in its 30th year, the Pan Massachusetts Challenge has raised over $239 million dollars for cancer research and care. 100 percent of the rider-raised donations go directly to cancer research and not a single dollar to administrative or organizational expenses. Among the locals participating were Lee Kessler, Chris Coffey and Eric Mertens.

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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