A Safe Haven for Newborns Walk raises funds to save newborns

A Safe Haven for Newborns Walk raises funds to save newborns

District Governor Joe Roth with Susan and Robin Shelley at 94th Aero Squadron for Rotary2Rotary networking event.

A Safe Haven for Newborns Saving newborns is an effort everyone can embrace and one that Nick Silverio, founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns, has made a personal mission. This non-profit has now saved from abuse and abandonment more than 225 babies. Celebrating that, Red Koi hosted a lovely party on March 12th in the Gables two days before their March 14 Walk. Last minute donations were flying in as the chair for this 2nd annual walk, Norris Perez, and Safe Haven’s Marti Bueso were joined by Safe Haven founder, Nick Silverio, for an evening of fun, food and introductions to new supporters. The Walk was held at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. Hialeah Fire Chief Mike Enchia acted as the Grand Marshal with over 250 supporters participating in the Walk vowing to “be back” next year. While the Hialeah Fire Trucks had interactive games for the kids, a bounce house was provided by Jump4Fun, There was face painting as well as a talented magical production by Santiny. Tai Chi lessons from the Master, Reza Ray, Music and Sound by Michael Matthews and M/C Pete de la Torre also added to the festivities that also included a special appearance by the Krome Nights with their Harley Davidsons. As if that were not enough, they even had food cooked on the BBQ provided by Smith & Wollensky and Sam’s Club, refreshments and lots of water from Coca-Cola and cupcakes by Sweet Creations.

Sponsors included Navarro Pharmacy, MCCI, Publix Super Markets, Que Belle Event Production and Marketing, Oliva Cigars, Sam’s Club, FotoWorks, Michael Mullen, Esq., Dr. Cheryl Luis, , St Mark Women’s Club, Dr. Francisco Medina, Pediatric Emergency, Sergio’s Restaurants, Councilman Marlon Luis, City of Davie, Red Koi Restaurant, Coca- Cola Bottling, Gold Market Jewelry, Miami- Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr., State Senator Rene Garcia, Nurse Lulu, and Digital Express Printing.

Senator Rene Garcia sponsored a Senate resolution proclaiming the month of March, 2015 “Safe Haven for Newborns” month in Florida. In addition, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo was on hand and also presented a Resolution to Safe Haven Founder, Nick Silverio. Senator Garcia was committed to participating in the 2015 state legislative sessions in Tallahassee.

Rotarians from around South Florida from District 6990 Rotarians recently gathered at the 94th Aero Squadron for a fun networking event. On hand to greet the crowd was District Governor Joe Roth,as well as several presidents elect just back from training including Greg Martini, from the Gables Club, and Dar Airan, who has accepted the position of Club President for the revival of the club that meets at 94th Aero Squadron weekly where he encouraged everyone to do make-ups while they build their membership base.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre opened another great new musical, First Date, on March 20 to a packed house that gave the talented cast including leads Clay Cartland (Aaron) and Erica Lustig (Casey) both of whom performed a few songs the previous week at a Gables Rotary meeting. David Arisco gathered a spectacular group of actors who received a standing ovation for their performance. This is yet another “must see” show that is combines comedy with great music and will make you want to see more than once. After the show, Ortanique treated the crowd to a fabulous dinner following the show that ran without intermission. As always, the food outstanding. This musical runs through April 12. For tickets, call 305 444-9293 or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org.

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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