‘Guitars over Guns’ outreach changes lives

‘Guitars over Guns’ outreach changes lives

Seen here at Virginia Key Beach Park over the weekend checking out location of 5K Park Fest event scheduled for October 3rd are (l to r) Melissa Alfonso, Mery Dominguez, Megan Ruiz, Marly Q & Bert Casanova (PARK Founders), Adolfo Colmenares, Brittany Janes, Luis Galindez.

With a mission of providing Miami’s underprivileged students with an alternative to gangs and other negative neighborhood influences, Guitars Over Guns was founded. Over the summer they held a 4-weekworkshop with scholarships to several participants at South Dade Cultural Arts Center directed by musician and hero Dr. Chad Bernstein. Co-founded by UM Alum Jonathan De Leon, the organization continues to reach out to change lives. Students in their program recently released a You tube video- “Am I Wrong – Guitars Over Guns Student Video Remake.” Check it out and you will be amazed at the talent.

By the way, Guitars Over Guns Miami has a newly created Young Professionals Board that will be launched on Thursday, September 10, 6 pm to 9 pm, at Curators Voice 299 NW 25th St. with a Founders Happy Hour, sponsored by Russian Standard and Wynwood Brewing Company. Look for this event to showcase a selection of GOGO’s amazing young artists, special performances by up and coming artists, Fantine and Jordan Brown. Look for a special surprise keynote speaker will cap off the evening. Sounds like a fun evening for a great cause. For more information, visit online at www.GuitarsOverGuns.org or contact Helen Braswell 720-298-4667 / Bianca Caviglia 305-926-2333

In other good news, several non profits are getting on the band wagon for two great upcoming events that offer any participating charity an opportunity to raise funds at no risk. On October 3, folks can enjoy an afternoon of festival fun starting at noon on Historic Virginia Key Beach Park that includes a 5K race with PARK Project. Any charity may register runners online and will get to keep half of the $40 race registration fee for their own charity.

A Safe Haven for Newborns is one of dozens taking advantage of this great way to raise funds for their charitable outreach projects. For more information, go to www.5KPARKFEST.ORG or call 786-571- 7732.

On Saturday, November 7th, the Great Grove Bed Race, renamed Bed Race Evolution, Coconut Grove, will offer another opportunity to have each team use any sponsorship they receive to be directed to their favorite non-profit. Gables Rotarians will be back at the bed race this year selling beer for tips to support their Veterans programs and may even have a bed to race. Last year Rotarians raised more than $800 which helped them furnished apartments of 5 previously homeless veterans. Bed Race Productions’ Barbara Ferenzi and Daisy Lewis are masterful at orchestrating this day of family fun and laughter beginning with performances by Hip Hop Kidz. The pit crew parade of beds and judging will be followed by an afternoon of races as spectators enjoy the show, food, beverages and vendors in a festival like setting along beautiful Bayshore Dr. Save this date… you will not want to miss it.

In other news, Brickell Rotarians’ September 8th breakfast meeting at Pericone’s will feature guest speaker: Dreema Stokes, of the National Parkinson Foundation. Dreema will share information on Moving Day® Miami presented by Terranova Corporation. Coral Gables attorney, Seth L. Coleman is the Entertainment/Activities Co-Chair for NPF and he encourages all to join them at Bayfront Park on November 15th, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Moving day walk will feature a “Movement Pavilion,” with activities such as yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, dance and much more. Save the date.

To continue with Brickell Rotary news, this relatively young Club welcomes visitors and meets for breakfast one week and then has a social the alternate week. In fact their September 15 – Happy Hour Meeting is at Taverna Opa with guest speaker Renee Molina, of the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy. That will be followed by a September 22 breakfast meeting featuring Javier Correoso discussing status of Casinos in Miami.

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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