Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation awards $35,000 to kids dental clinic

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently received another $35,000 grant from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation for the club’s May Van Sickle Dental Clinic.

Over the years, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has provided critically needed funds for this clinic that is housed in the historic former Coral Gables Library at 1009 E. Ponce De Leon Blvd. adjacent to the clubhouse.

From May 2014 through Apr. 30, the clinic saw 615 Miami Dade County children in need with more than $257,000 in free dental care. For more information on the clinic now open year round on Mondays, Tuesday and Saturdays, call 305-448-6536.

“In most recent years, the Foundation has provided us with $30,000 annually to help fund the operating cost of the clinic. In addition, for each of the past two years, the Foundation has granted us an additional $5,000 to defray the cost of installing hurricane windows on our building. This year an additional $5,000 was granted to help refurbish our office area,” said Barbara Lapsley, past president of the Coral Gables Jr. Woman’s Club before it merged with the CGWC.

Lapsley writes the proposals for this grant every year and, along with her fellow club members, is most appreciative of the ongoing support from this Foudnation.

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Inc. is a private grant-making foundation, supporting projects and programs designed to improve, preserve or restore the health and health care of the people in Miami-Dade County. For more information or a grant application, contact Kim Greene, executive director, 1550 Madruga Ave., Suite 215, Coral Gables, FL 33146, 305-667-6017, or visit the website at wvw.jtmacdon-aldfdn.org.

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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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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