Gables Rotary awards $5,000 to free children’s dental clinic

Gables Rotary awards $5,000 to free children’s dental clinic

Pictured are a few of the Gables Rotarians selling beer and raising money in tips for the club’s Veterans Project: (l-r) Deena Bell, Bill Quesenberry, Annette Alvarez, Sally Baumgartner, Walter Alvarez and Lorraine Sheldon.

Coral Gables Rotary Foundation increased its ongoing support for the Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s free children’s dental clinic with a $5,000 grant.

Several Rotarians were recognized at the club’s Halloween Party which netted another $2,500-plus for the clinic that provides more than $225,000 in free dental care for children of the working poor. Speaking of the clinic, every year the CGWC provides Thanksgiving food baskets for the families of the dental clinic patients as well as $15 gift cards for the children. This is no small endeavor and outside donations are always welcome.

In other outreach efforts, Gables Rotarian Lorraine Sheldon and her Community Service Committee are helping furnish six apartments of formerly homeless veterans through cash and in-kind donations. The project kicked off on Nov. 10 when Lorraine, Yolanda Woodbridge, Water Alvarez and this writer brought furnishings, kitchen appliances, television/VCR, supplies and bedding to the apartment of the first veteran, Alfred Barron. Of course numerous businesses, along with the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation, carried the bulk of the load to pull off this amazing project.

To help with additional underwriting for this program, more than a dozen Rotarians sold beer at the Great Grove Bed Race with more than $600 in tips going to that veterans’ project. Among those helping sell Concrete Brewery’s craft beers were Bill Quesenberry, Deena Bell, Sophie Dumont, Keith Phillips, Sally Baumgartner, Walter and Annette Alvarez, and Andrew Dixon.

Speaking of the Great Grove Bed Race, Vanilla Ice and his crew rocked it on Nov. 8. Beds this year were better than ever and Vanilla Ice interacted with each one all afternoon and also rode in his own winning bed. Major sponsor Debt Warriors (Jacobs Keeley PLLC) hammed it up with attorney Amida Frey in full warrior regalia on their awesome bed. All in all it was a picture-perfect day that also served to benefit Little Smiles charity. Kudos to the many sponsors and to Bed Race Productions’ Daisy Lewis and Barbara Ferenzi on a great event.

Gables Rotary awards $5,000 to free children’s dental clinicGables Rotarians, dressed in costumes and bearing refreshments, visited the children at Ronald McDonald House near Jackson Memorial to throw a Halloween Party on Oct. 30 for the children following their Thursday weekly meeting at the Marriott on LeJeune and Navarre. It seems the club never stops with community outreach efforts. Children and adults alike always love this party that the club throws every year to bring joy to the ill children at RMH undergoing treatment.

On election day, Nov. 4, chamber trustees enjoyed a reception at Montica Jewelry on Miracle Mile before moving on for the parties watching results. John O’Rourke, always the gracious host, welcomed the crowd all of whom received a free drink token from John’s buddy Wayne Eldred from Tarpon Bend next store. That night it seems everyone was very excited about the FIU issue passing and you can bet Dr. Rosenberg was surrounded by supporters celebrating.

Finally, on Nov. 6, the Gables Chamber was in action again with its Annual Burgerlicious event that drew hundreds for an evening of fun, food, drinks and entertainment. Kudos to all those involved in this terrific event with a special shout out to winner for “Best Burger,” Roc Burger, and to “Crowd Favorite,” Sushi Maki. If those burgers have not been added to the menus of the restaurants, they should be.

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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