Tribute to Miles, Dog Walk highlight February

By Gloria Burns….

Pam Schaefer is CGWC Chair for Feb. 5 “Gold Rush Casino Night” fundraiser.

Casino Night action will bring smiles to hundreds of children as Coral Gables Woman’s Club members organize their annual event to benefit the Club’s May Van Sickle Children Dental Clinic. This Clinic serves students in need throughout Miami Dade County providing more than $160,000 in dental care annually to kids who fall thru cracks in our healthcare system. Event Chair Pam Schaefer encourages everyone to come dressed for this Gold Rush-themed affair, promising lots of entertainment, food, a terrific silent auction with fabulous prizes and a cash bar for only $25 per person. The event will be held at the clubhouse, 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd, in Coral Gables, Saturday, February 5, at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 305-607-1722.

On January 14, Sunset Drive was alive with people enjoying the SOMI Art Walk. Among those displaying was photographer Michael Stern, a South Florida native exhibiting works featuring tropical birds and landscapes at the Doc Thomas House. The display continues there throughout January with 20% of sale proceeds going for capital improvements to the historic house and grounds.

Dog owners, families and friends are in for another fun day at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Boulevard, downtown Miami, Saturday, February 19, starting at 8:30 a.m., for this year’s “Walk For the Animals.” Among notables participating with pets: University of Miami President Donna Shalala, the Leader of the Pack, and Miami- Dade County Commissioner Ma rc D. Sarnoff, Grand Marshal. Dedicated in memory of Randy Reed, an animal lover and dedicated volunteer of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, the event is expected to draw more than 3,000. Fun for youngsters includes a bounce hous, inflatable basketball court, face painting, arts and crafts, games and more. Organizers also note there’ll be plenty of prizes and product samples from event sponsors and a bakery tent offering pastries and a great cup of coffee. The one-mile stroll around the park (with or without dog) begins at 10 a.m., followed by award presentations. Minimum donation for walkers is $50 for a single and $100 for a family with two adults and two children.

Jazz enthusiasts are in for a treat. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, now enjoying its Fifth Anniversary Season, and Lar ry Rosen are presenting “Jazz Roots: Celebrating Miles in commemoration of Black History Month in February. Look for an all-star lineup of jazz greats and former Miles Davis collaborators who will pay tribute to one of the greatest jazz innovators of our time, February 25 at 8 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Center. Tickets are $25-130. Visit www.arshtcenter.orgfor purchase or call the box office at 305-949-6722.

GableStage’s new play, the Southeastern Premiere of “A Round-Heeled Woman”, starring multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress, Sharon Gless ( Burn Notice Queer as Folk and Cagney & Lacey), has been so well received performances are extended an extra week, running through February 6 . Performances are Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $37.50 to $47.50; by subscription: six plays for $200. For more information, visit GableStage is located at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, in Coral Gables.

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

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