Wine glass painting party to benefit charity on July 20

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Pinecrest and other area women interested in serving the community are welcomed to join the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club on Wednesday July 20 for a creative evening that includes

wine, cheese and more laughs that you can imagine. It also serves as a fundraiser and a chance to learn more about the club and meet some of these dynamic woman who reside from as far north as Broward County to as far south as Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay. The art fun begins at 6:30 p.m. at 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd., in Coral Gables. Arts Chair Yvonne Elejalde will once again be conducting this event. For more information on the event, call 305-968-3090.

Starting in August after a summer break, this club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Aside from supporting a dental clinic that provides more than $225,000 in free dental care to children in need, the club also volunteers and raises funds for other charitable programs. Most recently, the Club held a movie, pampering and PJ party night fundraiser at their clubhouse watching a movie, Love & Contempt, in which their Past President Mireya Kilmon starred and received nomination as best actress. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks as well as foot baths and facials by Arbonne before viewing the movie. President Debi Van Stone Moore was pleased to have a great turn out for this event with proceeds being directed to Hacienda Girls’ Ranch. For more information online regarding the Club’s free Children’s Dental Clinic, visit www.gfwccoralgableswomansclub.org.

In other news, the Miami Kiwanis Youth Foundation (MKYF) has received long term financial support from the Paul Zee Foundation for the purpose of providing the youth of Miami Dade County with recreational activities since 2000. Since that time, MKYF has distributed grants in the amount of $1.3 million investing in our community’s youth. A total of $102,329 in grants were awarded to 12 charities; United Cerebral Palsy Association, Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, Community Habilitation Center (The WOW Center), Chapman Partnership, Perrine Baseball & Softball, Children’s Resource Center, Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Miami, South Miami Hospital Foundation, Optimist Foundation of Greater Goulds, Peace Education Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Foundation and Junior Orange Bowl Committee (whose Basketball Tournament is held annually in Doral).

Other summer action will include the Jr. Orange Bowl Queen’s Ball on August 20 at The Biltmore Hotel for the outgoing Queen and Court. A week later on August 28 the 2016-17 Finals Pageant in Miami Springs will select next year’s Queen and Court. Girls ages 12 – 15 are eligible to enter the pageant as well as girls 9-10 for the Little Sister category. For more information on entering the pageant or other JOBC events, visit www.jrorangebowl.org.

Pinecrest resident Greg Martini, 2015-16 President of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, passed the gavel on June 30 to 2016-17 President Steven Spann. Past District Governor and Past president Owen Freed did the honors of officiating over the installation of Spann and his new board after Martini handed out certificates to his board representing a donation to Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign in each of their names to vaccinate 20 children. Special presentations were also made to two amazing Rotarians. Martini presented Past President Debbie Swain with the prestigious Member of the Year Award. Also, among others recognized with special awards were Past President Yolanda Woodbridge, Bill Quesenberry, Fred Baddour and Bruce Kerestes, to mention a few.

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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