Coral Gables Woman’s Club honors outgoing president

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently honored outgoing president Charo Bolanos with an annual President’s Reception/ Dinner at the lovely lakeside Miramar home of member Linda and John Hartwell.

With a western theme for the evening, dinner included barbecued ribs grilled on the spot by Terry Cooke and enjoyed by all.

That event was followed the next week by the club’s annual Installation Dinner at the clubhouse orchestrated by past president Barbara Lapsley. Lapsley’s husband, Bill, addressed the crowd as the founding president of the “Men’s Auxiliary,” entertaining the crowd with his dry sense of humor and turning the job and podium over to John Schaefer, husband of the 2009-10 president Pam Schaefer.

The program also included remarks from outgoing president Charo Bolanos in recognition of her board. Awards presentations were made to two well deserving member: Debi Wilborn who received the Barbara Rosenthal/Sherry Wheeler Leadership Award and Diana De Armas who earned the Barbara Lapsley New Member of The Year Award.

Among the many faces seen enjoying the evening were Andy Young, Dr. Iris Torres Rivera and Ralph Rivera, Mary Scull Brown, Lou Popp, former Coral Gables Mayor Dorothy Thomson, Susan Tilson, Vicki McGroarty and Vic Clarke, Sandy Schaefer, Cathy Blanton and Mireya Kilmon (recently crowned Mrs. America Image National).

By the way, the club always is looking for individuals who want to serve and join their efforts. For more information, go online to <www.coralgableswomensclub.com>.

Speaking of dedicated women, the Women’s Fund held its annual Power of the Purse Luncheon on Apr. 24 at the Hilton Miami Downtown. More than 800 guests bid on several dozens fabulous designer purses and heard the stories of individuals whose lives have been changed through the support this fund offers to gender specific programs in our area.

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This year’s event was the first for the Woman’s Fund’s new CEO Debi Harris who promises to be a great addition to this incredible group of philanthropists. Chairing the event that attracted more than 800 was Joyita Garg, ably assisted by her committee members: Melissa Campbell, Ali Codina, Margarita Codina, Sophia Galvin, Dana Kulvin, Norka Munilla, Sharon Socol and Wendy Mestepey.

An art exhibition and reception was hosted by the Turnberry Bank of Pinecrest for Gulliver Prep on Apr. 28.

Among those in the crowd attending the event were several board members of the new Community Foundation of Pinecrest including chair Steve Beiley; treasurer Harry Hollub, and board members Hank Langston, Pierre Apollon, Carol Nobles and Jennifer Wollmann. Branch manager, Adam Hellman called up the winning art students all of whom received $25 savings accounts at the bank.

Finally, the Sixth Annual Relay for Life of Coral Gables has a date change. The new date is May 30 and 31 at War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr. For more information, please call event chair Charo Bolanos at 305-742- 9433 or send email to < charobolanos@aol.com > or call ACS staff partner Suzanne Wolar at 305-467- 3452 or by email at < suzanne.wolar@cancer.org >.

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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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