Dave Barry to emcee 5th Annual Paws4You ‘Howl-o-ween’

Dave Barry to emcee 5th Annual Paws4You 'Howl-o-ween'

Joey Martini with Gables Rotarians and Pinecrest residents Don Trombly and father, Greg Martini at 5K Parkfest.

Miami’s own Dave Barry will emcee the 5th Annual Paws4You “Howl-o-ween” costume contest and fundraiser to be held Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Pinecrest Gardens.

The fun begins at noon through 5 p.m. and promises to draw people of all ages throughout South Florida with their dogs to participate and enjoy seasonal activities, contests, arts and crafts, an more all to benefit Paws4You, Miami-Dade County’s premier dog rescue organization.

Last year’s event attracted more than 2000 people and a repeat performance is expected this year with the return of great activities including the Doggie Fun Zone Agility Course, Pumpkin Patch Photo Shoot area, Kids Zone, Vendors, Food & Drink, Costume Contests, Arts & Crafts and the opportunity to meet adoptable dogs. Joining Dave Barry at the event will be Dave Lebo ( the artist), Papi Gonzalo, Norma Jean Abraham and Mayor Eugene Flinn are guest judges.

Dave Barry to emcee 5th Annual Paws4You 'Howl-o-ween'

Come meet adoptable dogs from Paws4You Rescue.

Paws4You is also providing “Trick-or-Treat” reusable bags for the families to trick or treat at each vendor booth. Paws4You, a non-profit, 501©(3), relies on individual contributions from the community it serves to provide care for dozens of homeless dogs as they await permanent adoptions. Proceeds from this “Howl-o-ween” fundraiser will help maintain the Paws4You facility while continuing to develop awareness for the hundreds of homeless dogs in need of loving homes. For more information, contact Cindy at cindy@paws4you.org or 305-332-9022.

In other non profit news, A Safe Haven for Newborns Wonderland Gala is just weeks away scheduled for Saturday, November 7, at the Trump National Resort. Emceeing the event will be CBS4’s Lissette Gonzalez while Senator Rene Garcia will serve as the Event Ambassador as a founding board member of the Children’s Trust and activist for KidCare. For those who have not heard of A Safe Haven for Newborns, itwas created in 2001, by Nick Silverio, a compassionate man who has devoted his life to saving babies from abandonment. To date they have saved more than 235 babies now in the hands of loving parents. For information on the gala or how you can support this amazing organization, visit www.safehavenfornewborns. Com

With good weather comes more outdoor events and one that is always fun in the Pinecrest area is the Autoverks Classic Car Show at 8700 SW133 St.. October 17 was the most recent event attracting car lovers and families looking for a great evening out with the kids. This happens every third Saturday night and features live music by Zero Effect , great cars, photo-op with a fire truck and food for sale with proceeds benefitting the Coral Gables Rotarians veterans projects. Ongoing monthly programs at the Veteran Hospital are one of many ways that club supports those who have given so much to insure our freedom.Yet another fundraising effort to support those veterans related projects will be at the Grove Bed Race . More on that in next issue.

Dave Barry to emcee 5th Annual Paws4You 'Howl-o-ween'

Enjoy the Paws4You Howl-o-ween festivities with your pets.

Speaking of charitable events, dozens of South Florida non profits participated in the October 3 Parkfest 5K on Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. It was a picture perfect day with low humidity and a lovely breeze coming off the beach for a day of activities from Zumba, yoga and live entertainment to bounce houses and beach fun. Community Newspapers was there supporting several charities including the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Children’s Dental Clinic and Coral Gables Rotary. This exciting event was produced by Marly Q and her supportive husband, Bert Casanova, a very talented musician who played the sax with the band while also lending a hand whenever he was needed. Kudos to this dynamic duo and their many Parkners for a beautiful day that helped so many charities raise needed funds.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

If you would like to submit information for this column, send your news via e-mail to gloria@communitynewspapers.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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