Two Hundred Club helps police, fire rescue families

By Gloria Burns….

Pictured (l-r) Charles Johnson, Hank Langston and Bob Gallagher at Two Hundred Club dinner.

The Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami held its spring dinner at Riviera Country Club on March 23. A low profile organization, the Club is one of many unsung but heroic South Florida organizations whose financial support (and more) continue to help families of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty. President Richard Souviron introduced University of Miami alumnus, Billy Corben, a film director, producer and founder of rakontur. Among his laurels: a feature documentary and directorial debut, Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, making him one of the youngest directors in Sundance history. Corben entertained members with humorous takes on South Florida and applauded the group for its mission. Among the hundreds enjoying the affair were Peter Bermont, James Loftus, Katherin Ezell, Hank Langston, John Krutulis, Charles Johnson, June Sparks, and Randy Groh. For more information on this organization, contact Nancy Morgan at 305-443-8973.

More than 1,800 individuals are expected to participate in LYFE Management Group’s Fifth Annual Celebrity Charity Weekend that benefits Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Miami and Starks Charitable Foundation. On Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, the fun kicks off with a “Celebrity Charity Basketball” called “Top of Da’ Key” with “Joes” vs. the”Pros” who include NFL Superstars Duane Starks ,Dante Culpepper, Miami Dolphin Brandon Marshall, ex-Hurricanes Najeh Davenport and Frank Gore, Ed Per ry, plus Major League baseballer Shannon Stewart, as well as Street ‘Ballers,’ more NFL and MLB stars and ‘high profilers’ Half-time performance is promised “to knock your socks off!”

On Saturday, April 16 at 5:30pm, it’ll be “U and the Stars” Celebrity Bowling at Sparez Bowling Alley (Davie) where you can bowl with the UMiami ‘Canes who went on to the NFL, along with Miami Dolphins, Major Leaguers and TV Personalities. On \Saturday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m., more than 80 young men (ages 8-15) will participate in a “Tie to Success” panel and group discussion, interacting with professional and business people as well as athletes. “Tie to Success” participants include Gale Nelson of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Miami, NFL’s Duane Starks, Darrin Smith, and Miami Dolphin Channing Crowder; Eric Pettis, financial advisor; Lindell Pettis, movie executive producer; Gregory Burton, business owner; Atty. Marlon Hill and Dr. Pierre Garcon, a podiatrist; Richard Ingram, celebrity chef); and Nathaniel Surrancy, pastor. There’s a $10 donation at the door for each event! For more information, to purchase tickets or volunteer, email or call 786-320-6690 (office).

The Annual Junior League “Wine Walk” drew more than 100 guests on March 2 to benefit the Junior League of Miami (JLM) and endow programs and projects that help families in our community. A progressivestyle dinner is highlighted by champagne, wine, and port donated by Carisam-Samuel Meisel and Kobrand Wines & Spirits while visitors tour beautiful homes in the historic Coral Gables French Village. This year’s affair marked it’s a five-year anniversary with the goal of reaching the $1million milestone in JLMF funds.Raffle with prizes ranged from a one-year wine club membership to a Phillips Frankel wine cork necklace and a weekend get-away at the Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo.

Opening homes for the evening: Lamar Noriega, Meg and John Daly, Edith Huntley and Kemp Stickney. Among guests enjoying the event: Mar ia Beguiristain, Sissy and Dana de Maria, Dean Klevan and Christy Starr, Tom and Debbie Korge, Dori Foster Morales, Audrey Ross, Mary Young, and Judy Zeder among many others. Wine Walk committee included Junior League president Ka relia Martinez Carbonell, and JLMF board members Lauren Harrison Genovese, Ashley Cusack, Michelle Rami rez-Patricios, Maria Byrd, and Meg Valls.

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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