Coral Gables well represented at the Great Grove Bed Race

Coral Gables well represented at the Great Grove Bed Race

Coral Gables Rotarians parade down S. Bayshore Drive with their bed sponsored by Shell Lumber and Hardware. Pictured are Jesus Guzman, Don Trombly, Andrew Dixon, Alex Lazcos, Abe Horowtiz, Oscar Balarezo and Lan Nghiem-Phu (in bed).

Coral Gables was well represented in this year’s Great Grove Bed race with teams from the Coral Gables Woman’s Club and the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, sponsored by Miami’s Community Newspapers and Shell Lumber and Hardware, respectively.

As virgin racers, these two clubs faired very well in the race. Newly inducted Coral Gables Rotarian Jesus Guzman, Shell Lumber’s president, called on his people to build a fast bed for Rotary’s entry while the CGWC’s bed was constructed by Ralph Rivera to resemble a crap table promoting the club’s Casino Night which benefits the club’s children free dental clinic. Ralph, husband of Dr. Iris Torres Rivera, the club’s dental clinic director, even took over racing in the final heat.

Shell was instrumental in helping both entries with a location from which to finish beds and with racers. They even loaned out crew backups to help out the CGWC and Barracuda entries.

For all, it was a great day of fun with perfectly beautiful weather. Thousands were on hand to enjoy outdoor fun with great food, drinks, vendor booths, celebrity grand marshal Flo Rida, performances by FIU cheerleaders and so much more.

While Sapient’s team won the race and a group of bearded men won Crowd Favorite (an award Barracuda won last year), both Coral Gables Rotary/Shell Lumber and Coral Gables Woman’s Club plan on returning with improved beds for next year.

Coral Gables well represented at the Great Grove Bed Race

Pictured are Sasha
Fajardo of Shell
Lumber and
Hardware; Barbara
Van Hussen, Westin
Colonnade; Nathalia Bogani of Univision (in bed), and two CGWC friends, Robert Bell and Mannie De La Maza, lining up for Great Grove Bed Race.

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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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