Outdoor festivals set stage for events in early 2017

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Great outdoor festivals set the stage for the first few months of the new year.

Coming up is the 66th annual Beaux Arts Festival to take place January 14-15 on the University of Miami’s Gables campus. This free festival will feature more than 220 fine art exhibitors, and attendees will enjoy live music and family entertainment in the Main-stage tent, a Family Fun Zone, children’s art experiences, lots of dining options and even free admission to the Lowe Art Museum all weekend.

Of course, the second annual Coral Gables Rotary Chili Cook Off on Sunday, Feb. 26, takes place at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables just south of Miracle Mile (Coral Way) on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. There will be live music by The Stiltsville and Funk Pedal with great food and drink for sale, and more.

This is a family fun day you will not want to miss. Admission is free but chili tasters will need to buy a wrist band for tastings. For more information or to register to compete, visit www.chilichillin.com.

Profit Inc., one of Miami-Dade’s oldest business networking organizations, held its holiday party on Dec. 15 at 94th Aero Squadron with a lovely luncheon. A record crowd attended this last luncheon of the year bringing unwrapped gifts for children in need.

Among the many faces in the crowd were group president Enrique Yunis, Jose and Stacey Alonso, Daneza Socarras, Dr. Gayle Carson, Rosemary Guilfoyle, Kemp Mobley, Pete Riley, Dr. Joe Briggle, Jerry and Kathy Lance, Hernando and Elizabeth Valenzuela, Carmen Siman, and Robert Chryst.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) also celebrated a lovely breakfast holiday party and toy drive in December at Albion Staffing, orchestrated by Yesenia Moreno. Catered compliments of Mia Anzola Manrique of Cuisine and Events, the event collected lots of unwrapped gifts for children at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Among those in the crowd at the event were Carolina Rendeiro, Diane Superville, Nicole Waters, Diane Vento, and Ada Stevens.

Katherin Garcia Swimwear in the The Shops at Sunset Place, like many others, shared the Christmas spirit donating baby items to A Safe

Haven for Newborns as well as holding a Ladies Shopping night before the holidays and collecting additional baby items from guests.

Katherin is a talented designer who offers a lot more than just swimwear in her store, including dresses and baby clothes.

Finally, congratulations to the Junior Orange Bowl Committee that concluded the 2016 festival with a basketball tournament at Palmetto

High School in Pinecrest, International Tennis Tournament in Coral Gables and the annual Golf Invitational at The Biltmore Golf Course.

All of these events and so many others on the calendar of events make a massive economic impact on our community as does the Orange Bowl Committee. These two committees alone make the holiday season so much brighter for us all and deserve credit for showcasing youngsters and giving back to our community.

Happy New Year to all our readers. May it a great one.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to gloria@communitynewspapers.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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