Women’s Club members collect items to send to troops

With Veteran’s Day around the corner, GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently collected items to send to our local National Guard troops serving overseas.

Take heed if you are doing the same. Liquids must be wrapped. After packing dozens of boxes, CGWC members noticed a similar oversight, regrouped and got the packages off in good time. The Community Foundation of Pinecrest’s “Garden Pop” fine art exhibition promises Miami-Dade County teachers an opportunity to bring students to view original works of Andy Warhol, his contemporaries and other well-known local artists.

From Nov. 9 through Nov. 25, this fine art exhibition will be on display at Pinecrest Gardens. Admission is free and event chair, Steve Steele, will accommodate requests from teachers for special tours.

A fundraising preview night party will take place on Nov. 7, featuring live music, food and drinks from Whole Foods and Bacardi USA, a tour of the Gardens as well as an opportunity to view and even purchase great works of art with a portion of the proceeds benefiting charity.

Among the many other sponsors who have committed to this new event include EWM Realtors, The Corradino Gourp, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Costco, Rick Tonkinson/ Friends of Music, Appliance Doctor, Bustello Coffee, AC Fine Art, Community Newspapers, suPReme liaisons, Galloway Farm Nursery, and Aberto Romeu Photography, to mention a few. For more information or to purchase tickets to the fundraiser go online to <www.cfofp.org>.

More than 100 Scouts and parents recently gathered at the George Merrick Scout Property in Coral Gables for the Annual Scout Cookout. With help from National Deli, Shorty’s, Fritz & Franz, Peterbrooke and Cold Stone Creamery, the event also featured a presentation by Seth Prezant “The Bug Man” and his Wacky Wild Bug Show.

Children enjoyed learning about bugs and insects, and were especially thrilled to watch 18 brave parents compete in the bug-eating contest. They were cheered on as they ate crunchy, flavorful larvets with chopsticks. All boys, ages 6 to 10, are welcomed to join the Cub Scout pack and those aged 11 to 17 are invited to join the Boy Scout troop.

For more information, see the websites at <www.pack7.org> and <www.troop7.org> or call 305-443-7973.

Coral Gables High School’s “Band of Distinction” has an energetic new band director, Daniel Ibarra-Scurr. With big dreams for his talented students, he is looking for gently used band instruments — from woodwinds to brass to percussion. To make a tax-deductible donation, contact Lynn Stock, Band Booster vice president, at < lynnpstock@ mac.com >.

The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables has tickets on sale for Coral Gables Homes Tour, on Saturday, Nov. 14. The tour will include five historically and architecturally significant homes and is part of the American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter’s annual month-long series of activities, Celebrate Architecture + Design 2009. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables. For more information call AIA Miami at 305-448-7488. 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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