Party launches activities for Gables Bike Day, Oct. 20

Party launches activities for Gables Bike Day, Oct. 20

BID executive director Mari Gallet, Westin’s general manger Michael McMahon and Carolina Rendeiro of Right Management at Gables Bike Day Launch.

Gables Bike Day launch party was held on Oct. 1 at Tarpon Bend. The affair served as a fundraiser with some terrific silent auction items and drew a nice crowd of supporters.

Scheduled for Oct. 20, Gables Bike Day is a free event presented by Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables. Activities will include hourly bike tours with guide riders; live music from two local bands, Nil Lara and Oriente; farmer’s type market; antique bike show, and more. This privately funded event is organized by Bike Walk Coral Gables, a nonprofit group that promotes cycling and walking in the city.

To find out more and get involved, visit <www.facebook.com/BikeWalkCoralGables>.

Among the many enjoying the evening were John and Deborah Swain, Don Slesnick, Yolanda Woodbridge, Nicolas and Jodi Cabrera, Charles Sachs, Michael McMahon and Carolina Rendeiro.

During an annual fundraiser, “An Evening in the Garden,” Citizens for a Better South Florida (Citizens) treated guests to picture perfect night at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the perfect backdrop to this affair attended by more than 100 guests who enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Catering by Lovables.

The evening’s program included a brief video highlighting the organization’s programs, all providing environmental education to underserved communities throughout the county. Executive director Gloria Antia presented an award to Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez recognizing him for his longtime generosity and support to Citizens. Also honored was the Batchelor Foundation for its recent support for Citizens Community Science Workshop at the Leadership Learning Center in East Little Havana. Proceeds from this fundraiser helps provide funding for organization’s many programs.

Party launches activities for Gables Bike Day, Oct. 20

Seen here during Hispanic Hertitage Festival event at International Mall are Gloria Burns, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado with Noche de Honor Philanthropy Award winner, Mireya Kilmon, who is president of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club.

Sponsors included Florida Power and Light, Milian Swain & Associates, Enterprise Rent a-Car, the Guerra Foundation, and Nova Consulting, as well as a number of other local businesses and friends of Citizens.

Coral Gables Rotarians, Coral Gables Woman’s Club and even the Westin Colonnade are designing entries for the Great Grove Bed Race to be held on Nov. 3. In addition, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables will have a float sponsored by Shell Lumber. Jesus Guzman, Shell Lumber president, recently was welcomed as a new member of the Gables Rotary Club.

Speaking of Rotary, several Gables Rotarians were spotted at Matheson Hammock Park for the Coastal Clean Day. They waded through water and even used kayaks to gather as much debris as they could before calling it a day and taking a well deserved rest at Scottie’s Landing.

Mireya Kilmon, the president of GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently was honored at the Hispanic Heritage Festival’s Noche de Honor event winning under the philanthropy category. The annual fashion show and awards ceremony took place at the International Mall and was followed by an after party and silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Bella Foundation and the Simon Youth Foundation.

Finally, congratulations to Lauren Chiara on being crowned Member of the Month for the Coral Gables Woman’s Club. Lauren is one of several very active and dynamite new members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is soon to be a new mother. This club, that owns and operates a free children’s dental clinic, meets the first and third Wednesday of every month in the evening. Women interested in serving the community are welcome. For more information, visit <www.coralgableswomansclub. org>.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

Party launches activities for Gables Bike Day, Oct. 20

Lauren Chiara is crowned Coral Gables Woman’s Club Member of the Month by former Member of the Month Barbara Lapsley.

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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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