Her faith led her to give back to her community

Her faith led her to give back to her community

Shelley Daniel Rutherford

Shelley Daniel Rutherford brings sunshine with her wherever she goes. Born and raised in Coral Gables, she graduated from the University of Florida and married Tommy Daniel.

She became involved in the initial phase of creating the Coral Gables Museum hosting one of the first events at their home. After 30 years of marriage, Tommy died tragically. Shelley now is remarried happily to Larry Rutherford.

Shelly credits her mother, Eugenia Beckwith McCrea, with setting an example of giving back and helping people, something her Christian faith teaches in sharing your time, talent and treasure with the less fortunate. Volunteering over the years with Beaux Arts and Junior League also inspired her to be generous with her time. Receipt of the 2013 Miracle Makers Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters certainly was well deserved.

Shelley also has been involved in numerous community outreach efforts as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee for 14 years. As her boys, Beck Daniel, 35, and Trevor Daniel, 30, were growing up she worked with the PTAs of their various schools and the usual events associated with involvement in those schools. She was one of those who lobbied constantly for the renovation of the Coral Gables Youth Center that now is so beautiful.

Over the years Shelley has become involved, like a good citizen, with various political campaigns. She has chaired the Festival of Chefs for three years to raise money for the Easter Seals Center and even plays bingo with the clients once a month. It is something she loves doing. Because of her mother, who started the auxiliary to Easter Seals, Gilded Lilies, with Joan Caldwell, Shelley has supported that group over the years.

Not to let any grass grow under her feet, Shelley has served for 13 years on the board of the Lighthouse for the Blind, working for a short time with blind babies and helping in a summer camp. She also has been involved in her church’s Altar Guild reading to students.
Shelley is a woman with a huge heart and smile to match.


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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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