Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducts bingo night for charity

Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducts bingo night for charity

Mitzi Jenner (standing) is pictured with some of CGWC Bingo Nightattendees: (l-r) MarthaBlack, Cindy Ruiz, Dr. Iris Torres Rivera,Barbara Lapsley, Carmen Suarez, Mitzi Jenner, Linda Hartwell, and Susie Tilson.

Florida Federation of Woman’s Club’s local members are as active as ever. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducted a charity bingo night recently for Shot for Life. International Committee chair Mitzi Jenner with club member Ana Lam orchestrated a fun evening where many new members got to socialize with longtime members while raising more than $440 for the charity.

Farther south, the ladies of the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club celebrated “Ann’s Sixth Annual English Tea Party”, on Aug. 21. More than 95 ladies attended the event that was chaired by Ann Robson. Guests came wearing assorted hats for a chance to win prizes for the most elegant, most funny and most original. Best of all, the event raised $2,500 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

On the food front, Westin Colonnade guests now have a new hotel restaurant. Being the restaurant for the hotel requires a breakfast option and the new kid on the block, Sushi Samba, has hit a home run in that department. For the first time ever, Sushi Samba is now open for breakfast with a selection of sweet and savory main course items. Look for specially made batidas and beautiful seasonal fruits that will have guests like Soul of Miami’s Nathalia Bogani and this writer wanting to return again and again.

Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducts bingo night for charity

Pictured (l-r): Nathalia Bogani, Sushi Samba floor manager Nubil Rafii, and Gloria Burns check out new menu

From an incredible selection of unique dishes such as a Brazilian breakfast of eggs, ham, sweet papaya and organic potatoes and breakfast dumplings with chorizo, grilled onion, avocado and condiments to Chica Morada Pancakes with canela butter and bacon, everything is simply mouth watering, Doce de Leite French Toast with fruit and sesame whipped cream and made with brioche vies with the sweet quinoa oatmeal served with currant, torched sugar and micro citrus are this writer’s favorite.

They even offer a PB&J sandwich made with homemade peanut butter, caramelized banana and house compote.

Speaking of new places, Katia Carranza, Prima Ballerina of the Miami City Ballet and Ballet of Monterrey, joined her good friend Gaby Martinez with the opening of The Ballet Boutique’s sixth store located at 7322 SW 57 Ave. in South Miami (across Red Road from Coral Gables). One little ballerina wearing a recent purchase was delighted to have Katia autograph a photo as a souvenir.

This is the first U.S. store for this company that has gained great success in Mexico because of the innovative method Gaby created to avoid the foot injuries for ballerinas working “on pointe.” Aside from dance wear that is both affordable and top end, there are some great items suitable for exercising and swimming.

In other news, Leadership Miami is looking for participants for the upcoming class. Aprogram annually sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce brings together 100 of Miami-Dade County’s emerging leaders with a mission of sharing knowledge on how our community works while giving participants an opportunity to meet other emerging leaders and gain a better understanding of our future needs. For information contact Karina Reyes at 305-577-5425.

Coral Gables Class of 1964 is hosting a 50-Year Class Reunion the weekend of May 2-3, 2014. If you graduated with this class, save the date. You may be among the “missing,” so they encourage everyone to call Tamar Spector Brooks at <> or visit the Facebook page at < 65758/> as soon as possible.

Gables has a very active alumni group, so, it promises to be a great weekend.

Finally, Rotarians are called to join Gables Rotarians for the 2013 Coastal Cleanup at Matheson Hammock Park on Saturday, Sept. 21. Join thousands of volunteers worldwide, on this day as millions of pounds of litter are collected from beaches and waterways. It the dirtiest fun day you will ever have ending (so it is rumored) with drinks and socializing at a nearby outdoor restaurant bar. For more information, contact your local Rotary.

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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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