CRAVE provides ongoing support to local charities

CRAVE provides ongoing support to local charities

Pictured (l-r): CGWC’s Mireya Kilmon, Barbara Lapsley and Carol Rosenau work on blankets for Project Linus.

CRAVE at the Village of Merrick Park continues to provide local charities with ongoing support with its CRAVE Cares program and other numerous outreach efforts. The Rotary Club of Coral Gables is partnering with CRAVE to orchestrate its next Wine and Dine for Charity event on Tuesday, Apr. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Event chair Rodney Langer promises a fun-filled evening for all as guests enjoy a champagne reception, courtesy of Yolanda Woodbridge, followed by a four course gourmet dinner with wine pairings for an all inclusive price of $125 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation and The First Tee Foundation. To reserve space, call 305-968-3090.

Yet another charity benefiting from CRAVE’s community outreach will be the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s May Van Sickle Children Dental Clinic. During the month of April, CRAVE will donate a percentage of sales to support this dental clinic that provides more than $220,000 in dental care annually to children who fall between the cracks in our health care system.

Club members are looking forward to celebrating this partnership with a reception hosted by CRAVE on Apr. 17.

CRAVE provides ongoing support to local charities

Seen here working on blankets for Project Linus, a non profit that provides security blankets for children in need, are (l-r) Pam Schaefer, Sandy Schaefer, Linda Hartwell and Iris Torres.

Club president Mireya Kilmon encourages women interested in getting involved in this dynamic club to attend this event and learn more about the club outreach programs. One such recent effort was orchestrated by Home Life cochair Carol Rosenau who collected the materials and put club members to work making 30 blankets to be donated to the children through Project Linus. Among the many women helping with this project were Barbara Lapsley, Pam and Sandy Schaefer and Dr. Iris Torres- Rivera to mention a few. For more information on the club and its dental clinic, visit

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Finally, Ladies, mark your calendar for the Annual Women’s Fund of Miami- Dade Power of the Purse Luncheon on Friday, Apr. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail on Watson Island. This always is a fabulous event with a great program and a silent auction offering an assortment of items including incredible designer handbags. Tickets are $125 per person.

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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