Casino Night nets more than $22,000 for Children’s Dental Clinic

Casino Night nets more than $22,000 for Children’s Dental Clinic

Guests enjoying the “High Rollers to Hollywood” affair are (l-r) Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, Enid Miguez, Lynn
Bauer, Hal Wanless and Carmen Cason.

An over-the-top Casino Night party on Mar. 9 helped bring in more than $22,000 to benefit the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic.

With a theme of “High Rollers to Hollywood,” guests entered the event on a long red carpet that set the stage for the evening’s entertainment. A variety of gaming tables, a deejay for dancing, a silent auction and lots of good food made for a memorable evening.

Chairing the event was past president Linda Hartwell while another past president, Pam Schaefer, chaired fundraising and also co-chaired the auction with the club’s Dental Clinic director, Dr. Iris Torres. Among the many helping out with the evening were Carmen Suarez, Nancy DesMangles, president Mireya Kilmon, Robin Burr, Mayra Dominguez, and Debi Moore, to mention a few. Guests included such notables as Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and wife, Carmen; CGWC past president Tania Stern and husband, Rudy; Lynn Bauer, of Bauer Financial; UM’s Dr. Hal Wanless, and Steve and Risa Parsons.

St. Patrick’s Day came early in the Gables with JohnMartin’s street party on Mar. 15 that began a fun-filled weekend up and down the Mile through Mar. 17.

Casino Night nets more than $22,000 for Children’s Dental Clinic

Modeling at Junior Opera Guild’s fashion show on Mar.
17 are Sara Tillett and Leah Schwartz.

While the Irish and Irish wannabes were partying around town, the Junior Opera Guild (JOG) gathered for the organization’s “Springtime in Paris” benefit fashion show at the Riviera Country Club. This annual affair serves as a major fundraiser as well as an opportunity to honor JOG’s high school senior members and its executive board. A 15- foot black Eiffel Tower complemented with floral arrangements, delicious French cuisine, iconic French music along with the “haute couture” fashion show were a recipe for yet another JOG success story.

Among the seniors being honored were JOG president Julie Salzinger from Ransom who will be attending Harvard in the fall; Sara Tillett of Palmer Trinity who plans to major in classical voice performance and international relations; Stephanie Pinon, a senior in the IB program at Carrollton who plans to major in journalism; Leah Schwartz from the High School of Advanced Studies, and Katherine Flinn of Coral Reef High School who will major in agriculture.

The JOG is an active group of high school students who usher for Florida Grand Opera and raise money to fund Girl Scout Music workshops and scholarships for the Young Patronesses of the Opera National Voice Competition.

Coral Gables Rotarians have rescheduled their next Wine and Dine for Charity for Tuesday, Apr. 23, at CRAVE in the Village of Merrick Park. Save the date for a gourmet four-course dinner with wine pairings for an all -inclusive price of $125 per person. For tickets, call 305-968-3090. Seating is limited. Proceeds will benefit the First Tee Foundation and the charities of the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation.

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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