Scoops of Hope Breakfast promises fun, food and ice cream

Scoops of Hope Breakfast promises fun, food and ice cream

Cristian Ortiz and Denise Cebrero are seen here enjoying the 2014 Scoops of Hope Breakfast.

More than 11 charitable organizations will benefit from the Scoops of Hope Breakfast at the Westin Colonnade on July 22. This year’s affair promises to be the best ever. The party will run from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. with a full buffet breakfast, ice cream for dessert, door prizes, silent auction and more. Tickets are only $10 per person and, because the Westin Colonnade is underwriting the costs, 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Give Kids the World Village and local participating charities such as the Junior Orange Bowl, MADD, Coral Gables Rotary, Coral Gables Woman’s Club, A Safe Haven for Newborns, and many more. If you have not purchased your tickets yet, contact a participating charity or you may also buy tickets at the door. For more information, call 305-284-7379.

Speaking of great events, the Coral Gables Chamber’s recent goals conference was packed with programs and events. Congratulations go out to the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club who were honored with the Merrick Legacy Award at the Coral Gables Chamber’s eighth annual George E. Merrick Awards of Excellence Dinner and Auction and the second annual Merrick-In-The-Making Awards that was part of the conference on June 25.

Thad Adams, The Allen Morris Company, presented this award while Allen Morris presented the George E. Merrick Award of Excellence to Bill Kerdyk Jr. The chamber packed the beautiful Donna E. Shalala Student Center for the event. In addition to the aforementioned winners, also recognized were other great civic leaders including Richard Heisenbottle, Mitch Kaplan. Aurelia Reinhardt, former Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, Cristina Mas, Rene Ruiz and Abe Ng.

Scoops of Hope Breakfast promises fun, food and ice cream

The late Mary Nolan (left) is seen in this photo with Ruth Jacobs at the 2015 Derby Day event benefiting the Bush Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

July is the month Rotary Clubs start the new club year and new officers and board of directors begin their term. Most recently, the Brickell Rotarians installed attorney Eric Gros Dubois their club’s new president while Greg Martini had his first official meeting as president of the Coral Gables club and Mike Sutta began his term with the South Miami club. Rotarians, whose motto is “Service Above Self,” are all part of District 6990, serving Southeast Florida, the Keys and Grand Bahama. On a regular basis the clubs meet to share at a social held in various parts of the district. Most recently, they met at Famous Dave’s in Doral where several of the newly installed leaders enjoyed a night of fellowship.

Finally, on a sad note, condolences go out to the friends and family of two wonderful women who served our community so well through their volunteer work with various organizations: Mary Nolan, an active member of the Bush Chapter of The Woman’s Cancer Association at UM who most recently was seen at the group’s annual Derby Day fundraiser, and Molly Adams, who was active over the years with the Coral Gables Woman’s Club. They will both be missed by all.

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. 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

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