Fun Day 5K and Villagers Home Tour scheduled for Dec. 5

Fun Day 5K and Villagers Home Tour scheduled for Dec. 5

Coral Gables Women’s Club members are pictured at one of the water stops they manned for 2015 Smartride the weekend of Nov. 14.

Holiday Family Fun Day 5K Race presented by Mitchell & West LLC is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 a.m.
Run in front of Coral Gables City Hall, the location lends itself to the various fun activities on hand for the children that morning. Look for cash prizes, trophies and awards for racers in multiple divisions. Best of all, the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimers Association. Those interested in participating should visit

That same day, the 28th annual Villagers’ Holiday House Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The tour will feature five historic Coral Gables homes showcasing the theme “Timeless Relevance” with members of The Villagers on-hand giving guided tours through the homes pointing out significant features such as Mediterranean influences, use of native coral rock and the colorful accents found in the iconic Chinese Village.

Attendees also will have an opportunity to shop at a gift boutique, participate in a quilt raffle and enjoy holiday treats. Guests will walk and drive in their own vehicles between the properties. Note that venues cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers and the owners request no high heels or photography.

Fun Day 5K and Villagers Home Tour scheduled for Dec. 5

Pictured (l-r) at Coral Gables Woman’s Club meeting are CGWC president Mayra Dominguez; Ruth Martinez, and UM student Noureen Ahmed, guest speaker for the meeting.

Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance on-line at or by sending a check and self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Villagers Inc., PO Box 141843, Coral Gables, FL 33114. Ticket holders will receive tour directions with their ticket purchase.

Brickell Rotarians partnered on an international project with a Rotary Club from Tlalnepantia, Mexico, a club celebrating its 60th anniversary by coming to Miami. Approximately 38 Rotarians, their spouses and a few children made the trip staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Coral Gables . During their visit, Rotarians from around the district gathered for a Happy Hour at The Globe in Coral Gables to celebrate on Nov. 12.

In other news, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild’s Community Quilts chair Geraldine Tucker, who also serves on the board of Sunrise Community, visited the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s Nov. 4 meeting at the invitation of the organization’s vice president of development Margaret Feldman. Geraldine has been on the Sunrise Board for the past 30 years and believes wholeheartedly in supporting community organizations that provide meaningful services in the community which, of course, also ties in with Sunrise Community’s mission of providing people with disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.

That said, Geraldine brought with her several beautifully crafted handmade lap quilts that were presented to the club for its children dental clinic to keep children receiving free dental care happy and warm during their visits. They will certainly make for a comforting touch. The talented ladies who make these quilts put a lot of love into each of these one-of-a-kind quilts and dental clinic director Dr. Iris Torres was delighted with the generous donation. Also benefitting the clinic will be a holiday boutique on Dec. 3. For more information on the club’s clinic and membership, visit

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Coral Gables Woman’s Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month and typically alternated between a business and a program or fun night meeting. Women wanting to serve the community are encouraged to attend.

During the most recent meeting, members were treated to a talk by Noureen Ahmed, a student at the University of Miami who spoke about HOBY, a leadership program developed and initiated by Huge O’Brien, whom many may remember played the role of Wyatt Earp on television. Noureen experienced this program as a shy high school sophomore and related how it changed her life. Those with children going into their sophomore year may want to ask their child’s school about this incredible program.

Those participating in Smartride for HIV charities will be familiar with this club that year after year hosts two water stops during this 165-mile two day bike ride from Pinecrest to Key West. This is one of many outreach activities this club does in addition to supporting their own free children’s dental clinic.

CRU held a Vision Breakfast at the University of Miami Student Union during which Christian students of all denominations and several alumni shared testimonials that both educated and inspired the audience. The event sponsored by, among others, Allen Morris and EWM’s Ron Shuffield, included a silent auction that helped raise funds for various worthy programs.

Miami Lighthouse conducted its 10th annual “See the Light” Luncheon at Riviera Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 12. Hundreds of South Florida’s philanthropists and community leaders packed the club for this lunch, generously underwritten by Nostro Jones PA, GenSpring, Comcast and Brown & Brown Insurance.

The always entertaining Coral Gables Chamber president and CEO, Mark Trowbridge, emceed the program. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres provided by Norma Jean Abraham and a special keynote presentation made by Comcast’s Accessibility Team. Miami Lighthouse also honored Exile Books for its recent exhibition “Listen To This Building” which made downtown Miami architecture and its buildings accessible to the blind. Monster Sound Productions also stepped up to partially underwrite Audio/Visual for the lunch.

Finally, members of Profit Inc. gathered for an open house at the office of Coral Gables dentist Dr. Joe Briggle. This is one of the oldest business referral groups in Miami-Dade County andmeet every other Thursday at 94 Aero squadron for lunch. Joe Briggle has been a member for decades and is a past president as well. For more information on Profit Inc., visit

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. 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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