Ice Cream for Breakfast event benefits Give Kids the World

Children and adults alike enjoyed a visit from the Mayor of Give Kids the World Village near Disney World. By the way, the Mayor is a bunny.

For those not familiar with this amazing organization, Give Kids the World (GKTW) during the past decade has provided more than 115,000 children who have life threatening illnesses and their families a weeklong free vacation at the Village.

GKTW is a favorite charity of Davidson Hotels and their hotels support the charity with fundraisers every year. Their Ice Cream for Breakfast theme always is a hit.

Because the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables underwrites the entire cost of the breakfast 100 percent of the money raised goes to charity. In fact, this year the Westin initiated a plan to help local charities raise funds for their respective outreach efforts by offering them a chance to sell tickets and keep half of the price of every ticket sold. More than a half dozen charitable groups have participated thus far and the Westin hopes to expand that in the future.

Joining the mayor at the July 26 breakfast were several Village family alumni who shared their stories of pure happiness while staying at the Village, something that warmed the hearts of all who had the good fortune to visit their tables during the morning.

Controller Doug Bridegum reported that the Westin Colonnade has raised more than $7,000 this year toward Davidson Hotels’ goal of $100,000 and talks already are underway for next year.


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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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