The Two Hundred Club continues its beneficial work

Jorge and Maria Rodriguez Walling, Bryanna Nunez, Stuart Gilbert, and Hank Langston prepare to pose for a photo-op at Two Hundred Club dinner reception.

The Two Hundred Club held its semiannual dinner at Riviera Country Club with President Susan Perry-Fuhrman on hand to welcome guests and preside over the festivities. The affair attracted a record crowd to support this organization that has paid benefits and contributions in excess of $1,000,000 to the families of police and firemen who are killed in the line of duty.

Featured as the guest speaker was Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami, John V. Gillies. Among the many faces in the crowd that evening were Dick Souviron, Gayle Bainbridge, Peter Bermont, Atley Wampler, Bill Reese, Sonny Alsobrook, Harper Davidson, Judge Maria Korvich, Chief Jim Skinner, Hank Langston, Jorge and Maria Rodriguez Walling, Bryanna Nunez, Stuart Gilbert, and Gary Gregory, to mention a few. Those interested in joining this organization and contributing to its mission are encouraged to contact Nancy Morgan, at 305-443-8973.

Actors’ Playhouse had its opening night on May 14th for the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s new play, Unreasonable Doubt. Having just received six Carbonell Awards at the 34th Annual Carbonell Ceremony for its production of LesMiserables, this is yet another stretch for Actors’ Playhouse and a successful one at that. The plot involves an ex policeman whose 10 year old daughter was tortured, raped and killed. He takes hostage the lawyer responsible for getting the killer off for a previous murder and the action unfolds from there in a small cabin in upstate New York.

While the plot sounds heavy, the author provides moments of tenderness, remorse, and humor. The cast is excellent with Gordon McConnell, as the avenging father: Terry Hardcastle, the lawyer; Barbara Bradshaw, the step mom who provides humor; Antonio Amadeo, the girl’s uncle; Patty Gardner the ex-wife of the father; and Sandi Jean as the ten year old child who was murdered. Artistic Director David Arisco and Barbara Stein should be congratulated for promoting new works and bringing this production to our community.

Rotarians invite all to join them for Rotary Night on Saturday, May 29, 2010, 7:10 p.m., at the Marlins vs. Phillies baseball game at Sun Life Stadium. Tickets for this charitable evening are $30 and include the game as well as a fireworks spectacular followed by a live concert with Luis Enrique and Jerry Rivera. What a deal! Those interested in purchasing tickets should contact Rotarian Michael Kesti or 305-323-2903. Proceeds will benefit The Rotary Foundation.

Gulliver Schools’ Dean of Faculty, Hank Langston, was one of only 120 civilians, leaders in business, education and government from around the United States invited by the Secretary of the Air Force to attend the 57th Annual National Security Forum at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, in Alabama. During this conference, these leaders will meet with senior military leaders to explore current and future national security issues facing our nation. This is an opportunity for an open and candid exchange of ideas among the guests, military and the Air War College students.

The Air War College, part of Air University is the senior development school in the Air Force officer education system. For more information on Air University, you may go online to

Until next week, keep making each day count.

Gloria Burns is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, as well as a columnist for Community Newspapers. Keeping abreast of community activities is a challenge. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to < >.

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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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