Gulliver raises $7,300 for charity, Dan Fitzgerald honored

By Gloria Burns….

Alexander Rubin, senior and Interact Club president, announces

The Gulliver Preparatory Interact Club held its Fourth Annual Fashion Show on March 3 at its Shah Family Media Center to benefit the Community Partnership for Homeless, Special Olympics, and American Cancer Society. The Club encouraged male and female students of all grades to model clothes from local boutiques and businesses that included Aily V Footwear, Angel Ray Accessories, The Dressing Room, Exquisite Jewelry Designs, Heritage House, Lady Lux, Miss Pepper, Cocoa Couture, and Trapos as those featured.

Dillon Patel, Interact Vice President and the event chair, reported the 2011 event raising more than $7,300, a record exceeding 2010 by more than $2000. “We not only donate money, but try to physically interact with each of these organizations and see first-hand how we have helped to make a difference,” Patel noted. Others instrumental in coordinating the affair: Club President Alex Rubin, Club Teacher Sponsor Michelle Cooper and Interact members Allan Horn. Michael Pelle, Armaan Mayani, Sonia Dhairyawan, Maria Alonso, and Nikita Mayani.

Dan Fitzgerald of South Miami-Dade, member of the South Miami/ Coral Gables Elks Club and the Emerald Society, has been named co-recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Third Annual Howard Keel Award for significant contributions to the Guild. Fitzgerald joined SAG in 1957, after serving in Korea. In addition to SAG, he is also a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists with a successful career in commercials, television, and film. In addition to serving and chairing numerous committees, Fitzgerald served three terms on SAG’s national board of directors and three terms (1994-2000) as Florida Branch President. In 2001, he was awarded the Bruce McLaughlin Award for bringing BookPALS, a SAG Foundation program supporting literacy, to Florida. For Fitzgerald, promoting literacy through this SAG program is a personal mission. This most recent Howard Keel Award is the highest honor given by SAG Regional Branch Division. Fitzgerald and co-recipient of the award, Will Lyman of Boston, will be presented the award at SAG’s Annual Conference this May in Orlando.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre and GableStage are both performing plays written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts. At Actors’ Playhouse theatre goers will see the South Florida Regional Premiere of August: Osage County, winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play and a Pulitzer for Drama. Praised in the NY Times and Time magazine as one of the best in years, opening night guests gave it a standing ovation. Be prepared for a hilarious, albeit, long (three-act) play with outstanding performances that focuses on an American family in crisis. The show runs through April 10 with performances Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. For tickets, call 305-444-9293 or visit online at

At GableStage, Tracy Letts’ other new comedy-drama , Superior Donuts, will run through April 12. Letts, who also authored two GableStage favorites, Killer Joe (2000) and Bug (2004), brings laugher yet again with a play dealing with an off-beat friendship that grows between a cantankerous white shop owner and an ambitious black teenager with something to hide. A Donut Shop in Chicago is the setting for old secrets, new beginnings and the redemptive power of friendship. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7pm. Tel. 305-445-1119 or visit http://www.gablestage.orgfor details.

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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