Red Koi hosts event for Safe Haven for Newborns

Red Koi hosts event for Safe Haven for Newborns

Talbot’s Alina Diez, who emceed the fashion show, (left) is pictured with The Falls store manager, Lana Rybek.

Supporters of A Safe Haven for Newborns gathered at Red Koi in Coral Gables on Feb. 18 for a pre-Walk fundraiser in anticipation of their annual Walk taking place at Amelia Earhart Park on Feb. 27.

Among the more than 75 people on hand for the event were Walk chair Norris Perez, and hubby, Joe Perez; Safe Haven’s founder Nick Silverio; Marti Bueso; Victoria Villalba, and Alina Barrios, to mention a few. The crowd enjoyed drinks, hors d’ouevres, a raflle, and a chance to get an update on the Walk to benefit this wonderful organziation that as so far saved 240 babies from abandonment. 

From the Safe Haven Walk on Feb. 27, several crossed town to attend  the Junior Orange Bowl Gala held the same night at the Conrad Miami.  Miami’s Community Newspapers was proud to be one of the honorees at that event, along with John and Pam Admire and the City of Miami Springs.

Red Koi hosts event for Safe Haven for Newborns

Nick Silverio is pictured with Alina Barrios at Red Koi fundraiser for A Safe Haven for Newborns.

While the numbers are still coming in for the Coral Gables Junior Woman’s Club’s Black & White Gala, the ladies held another art show and fashion show just days later. During one of their two monthly meetings held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month,Talbot’s in The Falls graciously provided clothes from its Spring Fashion line for the show which added to a fun night for all.

Talbot’s Alina Diez, who actually danced in the club’s Cabaret Show years ago, described the fashions and was accompanied by Talbot’s The Falls store manager Lana Rybek. The club also was grateful to have artist Nancy Martini on hand that same evening to judge the art entries, most of which will be going on to a district competition.    

Red Koi hosts event for Safe Haven for Newborns

Pictured at the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) business exchange are (l-r) Deborah Moore, Gloria Burns, Yesenia Moreno and artist Roxy Sora.

In other happenings, the Coral Gables Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) held a lovely business exchange at H Benitez Art Gallery II in the Bird Art District. This hidden treasure off SW 72nd Avenue and Bird Road offered the numerous women attending the event an opportunity to view some wonderful art by Humberto Benitez, Ancizar Marin, Holly A. Jones and Roxy Sora.

It was especially great seeing Roxy’s new wearable art having gone from scarves to blouses using her original art as the design for the fabric.  This dynamic networking group is spearheaded by Yessenia Moreno and meets on a regular basis. 

Until next time, keep making each day count!

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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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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