Casino Night raises funds for Healthy Smiles

Casino Night raises funds for Healthy Smiles

CGWC members Enid Miguez (left) and Ruth Martinez are pictured at Coral Gables Woman’s Club Casino Night fundraiser.

The Coral Gables Woman’s Club Havana Nights Casino Night packed their clubhouse Saturday night to benefit the club’s free children’s dental clinic. Guests enjoyed cigar rolling, Cuban food, gaming and shopping as the night kicked off and even visited the clinic adjacent to one of their ballrooms in the clubhouse. As guests collected their purchases, more fun ensued as guests took to the floor for dancing into the wee hours. Kudos to these women who support a free children’s dental clinic serving the children of the working poor and providing more than $225,000 in free care annually. Among the many working the event and responsible for its success were Mayra Dominguez, Debi Van Stone Moore, Linda Hartwell, Carmen Suarez, Ruth Martinez, Enid Miguez, Dr. Iris Torres, Eneida Rivera, Robin Burr, Susie Tilson, Vicki McGroarty, Mitzi Jenner and dozens more.

The CGWC’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic serves children of the working poor throughout Miami-Dade County. Membership is not restricted to Coral Gables and, in fact, members come from as far away as Davie, S. Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and even Miramar to participate in this club’s outreach efforts. Women looking to serve are welcomed to attend a meeting and find out how to become involved. The club meets the first and third Wednesday night of every month at their clubhouse at 1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. For more information, go to

Speaking of outreach to the community, South Miami Rotarians recently invited Camillus House to address their weekly meeting. More than 50 years ago, Camillus started out as a shelter serving Cuban refugees and is now a full service center offering a “continuum of care” for persons who are poor and homeless. South Miami Rotary Club President Gabriel De Armas welcomed Maria Peralta and Andria Obermayer Hanley, of Camillus House thanking them for enlightening them on the many services Camillus House now provides.

In other non profit action, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, for the 30th year, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run will take over downtown Miami with staging at Bayfront Park. This 5K (3 Run Walk, presented by Verizon, has earned the reputation of being known as “Florida’s Largest Office Party”. The event encourages participation by employees of businesses, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions and non-profits – regardless of company size – and incorporates a special competition to award the overall men’s, women’s and co-ed teams in 20 different industries.

Since the very first event in 1985, participant numbers have grown to include more than 33,000 individual racers and in excess of 1,200 South Florida companies. This evening race begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. Entry fee is $40 per participant and no registrations will be accepted after March 26, 2015.

For information, contact TeamFootWorks at 305-666-RACE (7223) or visit, or

Finally, SAVE May 1st for a great event supporting two worthy charities. Give Kids the World Village, a favorite charitable program of the Westin Colonnade, and Coral Gables are joining forces to produce a spectacular evening of casino fun, food, silent auction, prizes and drinks. With an “Alice in Wonderland” theme, look for lots of surprises. Come in costumes, if you like, or cocktail attire. Tickets start at $75 per person. For sponsorship information or tickets, call 305 968-3090. More on this event and others to come.

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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