Denise Erwin’s fundraising efforts impact well beyond our borders

Denise Erwin’s fundraising efforts impact well beyond our borders

Denise Erwin

Denise Erwin is a professional in all she does, not the least of which is raising funds for worthy causes that have impact well beyond our nation’s borders.

Born and raised in San Diego, she attended and graduated from the University Iberoamericana in Mexico City and went on to earn a master’s in marketing at Anahuac Catholic University, also in Mexico City.

As a hospitality and marketing professional, Denise has been the sales manager for Seasons 52 in Coral Gables since 2010, and before that was the sales and marketing manager for Morton’s, also in the Gables.

Over the years, she has gained a great reputation in her field. Better yet, Denise has used her influence in that arena to not only promote local charities but to create charitable fundraising events with her friends. For several years she joined forces with her numerous friends in the hospitality industry to produce Miami Charity Water fundraisers. Because they were able to secure in-kind donations for everything, 100 percent of the events’ proceeds went to charity and helped bring about greater awareness of the need for potable water.

She and her cohorts helped raise $8,000 to build wells in Africa, and $10,800 for wells in Odessa, India, providing potable water for areas where people die daily for lack of water.

Through her daughter, Tabatha, a Miami’s Honors College student and soon- to-be Florida Gator, Denise was exposed to the Global Medical Brigade. As a supportive parent, she started supporting her daughter’s mission with the Brigade to Africa and helped raise $5,000 for the Global Medical Brigade’s medical supplies for Honduras.

This August, Denise will participate hands-on in Honduras water brigade. Not just a pretty face, Denise commits body and soul to programs that make a difference.

It seems the apple does not fall far from the tree. Daughter Tabatha was so moved during her first mission to Africa last year that she has since returned for a year to serve there as part of the Brigade mission. Both Denise and Tabatha are truly beautiful inside and out and have already saved countless lives with their selfless efforts.

When Denise is not working or helping with charity events, she loves cooking, spinning, reading.

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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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