Karaoke Night fundraiser helps kids get winning smiles

GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s Karaoke Night on August 19 raised funds for Operation Smile. While the event made more than $500, another supplemental pledge from club member Aminta Konawicz will bring the number up to cover the cost of three surgeries.

That means three more children with clef palates will get a winning smile. Organizing the event was the Club’s International Affairs Chair Mayra Dominguez who called on member Mireya Kilmon and her husband, Steve, for the Karaoke sound system for the evening with Steven as DJ. Members, whose ages run from 21 to 93, all enjoyed an evening a laughter, pot luck food, and good times for a worthy cause.

Pictured belting out a song at the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club Karaoke Night fundraiser are Mireya Kilmon, Linda Hartwell. Dr. Iris Torres, Debra Adam, Sabrina Perez-King, Club President Pam Schaefer, and Past President Claire Frances Whitehurst.

By the way, if you are looking for a great deal for a wedding or special celebration, check out the package being offered for a limited time at Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s historic clubhouse.

Catering by Teresita Cook has an all inclusive package for a first class event at a budget price of $50 to $60 per person. For more information, call 305- 608-5239.

Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM), a community- based aquatic activities center serving able bodied individuals as well as those with physical, developmental, and economic challenges, has partnered with Professional BoatBuilder magazine, a trade publication for the boat building industry, on a new initiative, the “Ship Shape Project.” This project will fast track an upgrade for SALM’s Coconut Grove facility, including the fleet of boats in its community sailing program. Harry Horgan, CEO and Cofounder of SALM, needs volunteers, including marine industry professionals, as well as local supporters for immediate hands-on tasks including boat maintenance, safety, and basic repair.

One volunteer, Doug Kraft, has already taken on the role of manager for the facility and grounds, starting with a complete refurbishing of SALM’s boatshop area, with materials and support provided by Ken Batchelor and CMC Construction. For more information about the Shake-A-Leg Miami “Ship Shape” challenge, contact Barbara Jean Walsh at 561-922-7220 or proboattraining@earthlink.net .

Dr. Iris Torres and Vicki McGroarty delivered a song during Karaoke Night at Coral Gables Woman’s Club.

Rotary Day at Land Shark Stadium is scheduled for November 15, 1 p.m. Rotarians and their guests may join the fun as the Miami Dolphins play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rotarians are planning a tailgate party for $15 per person starting at 10:30 am catered by Char-Hut. To purchase tickets, go online to their website at or contact Thomas Eugene at 305-626-7296 or <

teugene@dolphinstadium.com >.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University is presenting an evening at the first Target Wednesday After Hours event this fall. The affair will celebrate the opening of Geoffrey Olsen’s show Miami Paintings along with a performance by the Isadora Duncan dance ensemble and the opening of Poet’s Room. Teorema. Join the crowd on Wednesday, September 2, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Until next week, keep making each day count.

Keeping up with what’s happening in our community is quite a challenge and I am certain there are many activities I miss. If you would like to submit information for this column, send your news via e-mail to < galburns@aol.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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