Can you help with this worthwhile cause?

The Young Women’s Academy at JRE Lee in South Miami, which provides atrisk girls throughout South Dade with an opportunity to turn their lives around, set goals and get back on the right track, has become a great resource for our community.

The group is once again planning a holiday luncheon and this time it will be held at Pinecrest Gardens on Monday, December 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Students will be given a tour of the gardens and enjoy a lovely catered luncheon. In order to host this event for approximately 100 girls and 30 faculty members, they need to raise $1,800. Those wishing to help support this event should make checks payable to “J.R.E.Lee Opportunity School” and send them to Cindy Lerner at 5901 Moss Ranch Road, Pinecrest, FL 33156, GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club reached out once again this year to dozens of families whose children receive care at the Club’s free May Van Sickle Dental Clinic. The Club’s Second Vice President Debi Wilborn orchestrated the collection of food items from members who stayed after a recent meeting filling dozens of boxes of holiday food items for pick up by those needy families before Thanksgiving.

Arts Chair, Diana De Armas added a special touch this year by donating dozens of Thanksgiving cards for members to sign and use as tags for the baskets. She also donated to beautiful Thanksgiving floral arrangements that were auctioned off to raise funds for the dental clinic.

In addition, the CGWC members donated enough toiletries and feminine items to fill 71 gift bags for Agape Women, another outreach project these industrious women take on every year. For more information on how you can participate in this organization whose membership comes from all over the county, go online to <www.coralgableswomansclub. org>.

“Kitchen Dreams,” works in Glass by Ricky Bernstein will be on display at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami Campus, 1301 Stanford Drive sponsored by Myrna and Sheldon Palley and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. This promises to be a fun exhibit as the artist is a social satirist and visual storyteller who “draws the viewer into his larger-than-life cartoon dramas — a true slice of Americana.” There will be a happy hour on December 3, and then a champagne brunch (as part of Art Basel) on December 6, 9:30 a.m. Both events will include an artist’s tour. For information, call 305-284-3535 or visit .

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, send your news via email 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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