Diamond Award presented to First National Bank of South Miami

First National Bank of South Miami was one of the winners of the Coral Gables Chamber’s prestigious Diamond Awards held December 11, at Coral Gables Country Club where they collected the Diamond Award for Outstanding Large Business. Emceed by CBS4 Anchor, Rick Folbaum, this annual event honoring outstanding businesses added a special category this year, Business Leader of the Year.

The honor went appropriately to a man whose buildings are works of art, Allen Morris. Other winners in their categories included LOI Marketing, BevIntel, Intermedia Touch, Inc., Giardino Gourmet Salads, Jae’s Fine Jewelers, and, in the outstanding non-profit category, the Coral Gables Museum. Among the two other nonprofit finalists were the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, whose free children’s dental clinic serves 600 children a year, and Blossom’s Therapy Center, that fills the gap in therapeutic services for children.

Toy drives have become a great way to spread the joy of the holidays for those in need and to remind us it is better to give than receive. Scott Sime, who serves on the board of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, and his wife Belinda took advantage of their holiday party to collect loads of toys for that organization. Similar drives were held around town by chambers, churches and even our own Community Newspapers office. Of course, Santa for Seniors was also a huge success thanks to South Miami Rotary President Gabriel DeArmas, of Home Instead Care, and all the many Rotary Clubs and businesses that collected for this ongoing program he started to bring smiles to seniors. We are very blessed to live in a community that is so generous not just in December but year around.

One of South Florida’s oldest business networking groups, Profit Inc., held a holiday party hosted by Robert Beans and Bay Plumbing, at Wayne Eldred’s Tarpon Bend on December 11. A very dapper looking Robert Beans, immediate past president of the organization, sent everyone home with a gift bottle of wine and great memories. Among the many enjoying the affair were Daneza Socarras, Kemp Mobley, Jerry Lance, Kirk Whipple, Profit Inc President Stacy Alonso and husband José, Bill Garza, Marci Rodriguez, John O’Rourke, Dr. Joe Briggle, Mike and Susan Sutta, Carrie Loper and Seth Coleman, to mention a few.

On the pageant front, young women who are interested in participating in a pageant to win scholarship dollars may want to check out the Kiwanis of Little Havana. They are now accepting applications for contestants to compete for the coveted title of 33rd Annual Miss Carnaval Miami 2015. Those interested should call 304 644-8888 for information. The final competition will be held Saturday, February 7, at Manuel Artime Theater. The winner of the celebrated pageant will become an ambassador of Carnaval Miami 2015, receive $2,500 in college scholarship funds, a complimentary entry to the Miss Florida USA pageant and other prizes.

Wishing all of our readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year… 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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