Fundraising dinner nets $200,000 for Informed Families

The 25th anniversary of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership’s Annual Fundraising Dinner on May 17 netted more than $200,000.

Held at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant, the affair featured what families love most about Miami — music and food as well as a chance to win a Mercedes Benz C-Class model three-year lease, in the color of their choice, courtesy of sponsors Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay. The winner was Carole Hrebik.

Among the many guests were Miami- Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman (broken ankle and all in her wheelchair); Sen. Gwen Margolis; Kathy Fernandez-Rundle; CBS4’s Jorge Estevez; former Miami Dolphins from the 1972 team Dick Anderson and Ed Newman, and honorary chair Marian Krutulis, founder of Gulliver Schools. Peggy B. Sapp, president and CEO of Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, credits community support with enabling the organization to reach this milestone.

For information on Informed Families, go online to < www.informedfamilies.org >. The Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami held its semi-annual dinner at Riviera Country Club with president Susan Perry-Fuhrman on hand to welcome guests and preside over the festivities. The affair attracted a record crowd to support this organization that has paid benefits and contributions in excess of $1 milliion to the families of police and firemen killed in the line of duty.

Featured as the guest speaker was John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami. Among the many faces in the crowd that evening were Dick Souviron, Gayle Bainbridge, Peter Bermont, Atley Wampler, Bill Reese, Sonny Alsobrook, Harper Davidson, Judge Maria Korvich, Chief Jim Skinner, Hank Langston, Jorge and Maria Rodriguez Walling, Bryanna Nunez, Stuart Gilbert and Ga ry Gregory, to mention a few.

Those interested in joining this organization and contributing to its mission are encouraged to contact Nancy Morgan at 305-443-8973

Coconut Grove resident Lee Kessler and buddy Chris Coffey are organizing a fun night out for a good cause on Friday, June 4, 5-10 p.m., at The Grove Spot, 3324 Virginia St. For a minimum donation of $20 at the door guests receive two free drinks, the best company the Grove has to offer, entertainment and the sense of accomplishment knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Jimmy Fund) and will be used to fund the research necessary to put an end cancer. For more information, call 305-774- 6696

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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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