Halloween weekend was a busy one with parties and events for charity

By Gloria Burns….

Here are (l-r) Terry Long, Yolanda Woodbridge and Gloria Burns at Rotary Halloween themed 5th Friday Social on October 29.

Halloween weekend was a busy one with parties galore and special events for charity. The University of Miami wrapped up its 2010 Festival Miami, a series of 20 concerts presented by the UM’s Frost School of Music, with a grand finale on October 30th . The evening featured Wycliffe Gordon, who received the Jazz Journalist Association Award for Trombonist of the Year 2001- 2002, 2006-2008, , and the Frost Concert Jazz Band directed by Dante Luciani. Among the many enjoying the night were Rick and Margarita Tonkinson, one of the many sponsors of this year’s festival.

That same weekend on October 29, Gulliver Schools held an induction ceremony and dinner for its own Athletic Hall of Fame with more than 30 years of athletic heritage to recognize and honor coaches, student- athletes, administrators and friends of the athletic program. This inaugural dinner, held at the Preparatory School gymnasium, began with cocktail reception followed by dinner and a program. Inductees included Gulliver founders Marian Krutulis and her husband, Joseph Krutulis (March 27, 1918 – June 27, 1983); as well as, Jan Gomez, Chuck Tobey and James Williams. Award winning journalist with WECT News in Wilmington, NC and Gulliver Alumnus, Max Winitz, emceed the evening that packed the beautifully decorated gym with friends, family, former staff and alumni for a truly memorable night.

South Florida Rotarians helped welcome Rotary Group Study Exchange visitors from Sweden and Latvia taking them to various businesses associated with their careers and concluding one day by attending a party on October 29, at the newly opened Coral Gables Museum. While most Rotarians came dressed in costumes, everyone enjoyed a food, drinks and the many attired for the Halloween themed evening including President Sally Baumgartner, and husband, Dr. Larry Goodman; Yolanda Woodbridge and her Group Study Exchange members; President Elect Debbie Swain and husband, John; Ter ry Long; and Walter and Annette Alvarez, to mention a few.

In upcoming events, join the fun at the Paragon 13 Theatre in Cocowalk for a private screening of the latest Harry Potter film – “Har ry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1)” for the benefit of the Children’s Bereavement Center , which supports groups free of charge. On Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, 2010, during the screening there will be characters, giveaways, refreshments, and fun for all. Sponsorships are encouraged so that CBC participating children can attend for free. You may sponsor a family for $100, a CBC child for $25, or purchase a movie tickets for $25. Seating is limited. For information, go online to www.childbereavement.org.

Finally, congratulations to University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala who was awarded the 2010 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration, received the award on September 16 at a ceremony and dinner at Blair House hosted by the current U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. That event honored Shalala’s retirement from the foundation’s Board of Trustees.

The Empowered Woman’s “Success Summit & Expo Miami” Thursday and Friday, November 11-12 at the Miami Museum of Science, will offer practical tools in sales, marketing and promotional strategies, including workshops, panel discussions, one-on-one coaching, networking exercises and much more…for male and females alike! It’s free and open to all, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days, reminds Michelle Villalobos of MIVISTA Consulting, Inc., founder of the Summit.

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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