Former Mayor Slesnick honored, roasted at Biltmore fundraiser

By Gloria Burns….

Pictured after one hilarious roasting of former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick are (l-r) Gables Commissioner Ralph Cabrera, Slesnick, Gables Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk, and former Gables Commissioner Chip Withers.

In a funfilled evening affair that drew a crowd of more than 300, former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick was honored for his 10 years in office.

Fittingly, this June 8 party at the Biltmore Hotel, also served to raise more than $30,000 for local cultural institutions including the Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables Art Cinema and Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.

After receiving a plaque from the Gables Good Government Committee as well as a state-of-the-art, ultra-thin laptop from Ron and Anita Shuffield and George and Joan Lange, Slesnick was roasted royally. Orchestrated and presented by Commissioners Ralph Cabrera and Bill Kerdyk as well as former Commissioner Chip Withers, the “roast,” with a theme of “What Is Don Going To Do Next?,” filled the packed room with laughter.


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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

1 Comment on "Former Mayor Slesnick honored, roasted at Biltmore fundraiser"

  1. Sell the Biltmore.

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