Halloween, festival fun and visitors from Ukraine

Members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, which is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, produced their first Halloween bash last year and it proved such a success, they did it again.

For Halloween, it certainly was the best deal in town with the costume contests, a great buffet, music and dancing. Several Coral Gables Rotarians were on hand to support the event to benefit the club’s free children dental clinic and took advantage of the affair to present a check from the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation to CGWC President Mayra Dominguez and Dr. Iris Torres for the clinic that provides more than $225,000 in free dental care annually to children who fall through the cracks in the healthcare system.

The first Sunday in November began with the 5K Park Fest. Charities from all over South Florida participated in a day that began with a race and concluded with a fun filled festival on Miami Beach. Marly Quincoces, the founder of the event was pleased to be able to share half of the registration fees each charity’s registrants donated.

In other festival activity, the Junior Orange Bowl already has kicked into gear this year. Members recently met at the Coral Gables Museum during which time they recognized numerous past presidents of the JOBC and announced plans for the numerous upcoming events. Students looking for community service hours should contact the JOBC about the many opportunities to volunteer. For more information, call 305-662-1210.

The Debt Warriors, aka Jacobs Keeley PLLC, came on board as the new presenting sponsors for the Great Grove Bed Race which took place on Nov. 8. This annual event brings out the most creative, fun loving and community minded people in South Florida.

Nov. 15 is a big day with multiple events beginning with the American Arthritis Association Walk at Amelia Earhart Park in the morning. Past president of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Mireya Kilmon, who has RA and has been a spoke person for the organization, is this year’s walk honoree.

Speaking of past presidents, the past president of the Junior Orange Bowl Marti Bueso is working with Nick Silverio, founder of the Gloria M. Silverio Foundation/A Safe Haven for Newborns. A Safe Haven for Newborns has saved the lives of countless babies and is such a success that the program is spreading to other states. Some tickets still are available for their gala on Nov. 15 at Trump National Doral. For information and/or tickets, call 786-286-2741 on visit www.asafehavenfornewborns.com.

On the international front, six Ukrainian leaders participating in the Open World Program recently spent a week in South Florida examining HIV/AIDS education, treatment and prevention. The Miami Council for International Visitors (MCIV) hosted the delegation for Open World. MCIV executive director Annette Alvarez explains that Open World is managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center. The program enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.

Home stays with local MCIV members allowed delegates to experience American family life before beginning their weeklong ambitious itinerary of meetings on the topic of HIV/AIDS. The group enjoyed an enjoyable day on Biscayne Bay thanks to Harry Horgan and Shake-A-Leg.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to gloriagalburns@aol.com.


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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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