September events kick off busy Fall calendar of events

September events kick off busy Fall calendar of events

People signing up at Our Lady of Guadalupe ministry fair as church looks to needing more volunteers after church dedication.

On September 15th, the Doral Business Council’s International Committee kicked off its International Wine Series attracting business owners and professionals who enjoyed tapas, Spanish wines and Sangria at La Taberna de San Roman located at 7800 NW 25 Street, Doral, FL. Guests made meaningful connections while discussing global business issues befitting the committee’s mission of providing members with a resource to identify and examine the range of global business issues and opportunities of interest to the community and advocating for DBC members by working with local, state, federal and international economic development agencies to identify and seek solutions to global business issues that impact its Members. This Committee also seeks to provide learning opportunities for DBC members while providing networking opportunities for its members with the multinational businesses, local international organizations, trade representatives, and bi national chambers that work in our community.

For information on the next event, please contact the Doral Business Council at 305-470-9597.

September events kick off busy Fall calendar of events

Guests enjoy Inaugural Wine Tasting Series coordinated by the Doral Business Council’s International Committee.

In other news, on September 17th The Orange Bowl Committee launched a new Girls Golf Program in conjunction with the First Tee Foundation that filled a void in the many youth programs that the Orange Bowl supports in our community. Despite the driving rain that afternoon, hundreds gathered at Mel Reese Golf Course to celebrate with dozens of young female golfers who will be taking advantage of this opportunity to take part in a program that teaches golf while also stressing academics with tutoring help several days a week. As the third female president of the Orange Bowl in its 81 year history, Lee Stapleton, a litigating partner with Baker McKenzie, saw the need for additional youth programs focused on girls and wanted to do something about it. Addressing the crowd, she noted that one third of all college golf scholarships for women go unused which made this program a great option.

September events kick off busy Fall calendar of events

Orange Bowl President Lee Stapleton with Orange Bowl CEO Eric Poms at Girls Golf Program launch celebration.

Speaking of the Orange Bowl Committee, the Orange Bowl Foundation recently donated $50,000 to the Junior Orange Bowl Committee to support that organization’s numerous athletic and cultural events for the upcoming year and were recognized at a kick off on September 15th at the Coral Gables Country Club by 2015-16 JOBC President Kathleen Slesnick Kauffman.

The Adrienne Arsht Center celebrated the start of the South Florida arts season on September 12th with ArtsLaunch2015, a fun filled day of activities for the community presented by American Airlines. While ArtsTalk2025 provided insight into the future of the Miami arts community, other activities ranged from to a mini comic book convention, sampling from the Center’s on site restaurant, a mini Comic Book Convention to film screenings. Best of all, it was free to the public. John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center, believed this event was a way to embrace and celebrate diversity and bring local arts and patrons together to begin The Adrienne Arsht Center’s10th Anniversary.

Finally, Doral’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is a few months away from the dedication of their incredible new church. Look for thousands to visit and participant in this event on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In preparation for the big event, a ministry fair was held after each mass recently to recruit the additional volunteers that will be needed once the congregation has beautiful new facilities.

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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