Miracle Mile bridal store makes dreams come true

By Gloria Burns….

Fairy tales can come true — especially for students mentored by the Women of Tomorrow.

Fairy tales can come true — especially for students mentored by the Women of Tomorrow.

Leggenda Bridal Boutique at 34 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables generously donated 66 formal dresses and 15 purses, totalling over $17,000 to the Project Prom Dress.

Mother and daughter owners, Sandra Handal and Yanitza Zacarias, have graced Miracle Mile since 1991 with their upscale boutique. Originally only retailing accessories, they soon found a new venture selling bridal and formal dresses after selling the one shown in their showroom. They have a wide clientele and have been featured on Televisa. Their dresses will be featured at the coming Miami Romance & Wedding Showcase on June 19 at the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables.

Founded in 1997 by television journalist and author Jennifer Valoppi and Telemundo president Don Browne as a way to help young at-risk young women live up to their full potential, the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program is a non-profit that works in partnership with 99 public schools in 42 Florida cities. They serve nearly 2,000 at-risk young women with a network of 250 mentors.

Research shows that those mentored by Women of Tomorrow have increased self-esteem, a 92 percent graduation rate and increased academic performance. Women of Tomorrow has awarded $2.9 million in scholarships to more than 1,080 girls since its inception.

For more information on how to become involved, go online to www.womenoftomorrow.org.

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About the Author

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 "Miracle Mile bridal store makes dreams come true"

  1. that's great that they did that, thank you.

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