Projects Keep Us on the Go! Doral Events

Projects Keep Us on the Go!

Jose A Munoz, new chef at Intercontinental at Doral Miami.

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]oral Rotarians recently worked with Interact Club on their Adopt A Road program, completing it in record time. While Doral Police made sure everyone was safe during their volunteer work, Chickfil- A insured that the group was well fed with a great breakfast. Doral Rotarians meet every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., at Carino’s in Doral. Club President Iliana Carbajal of First Bank welcomes those interested in community service to contact her for more information.

Speaking of meetings, the National Association of Professional Women meet every month in Doral. Led by Aly Ramos of QueBelle Events, the group supports many charitable programs whose members are a very successful career women representing a variety of fields. On Feb. 12, they held a live remote fashion show and cocktail event at MACC. Guest speakers airing from New York of the AHA Fashion Show was Dr. Stefanie Salera of Atlas Chiropractic and Zulmarie Pain, a motivational speaker featured on Telemundo and Univision.The group’s next meeting will be at Sergio’s in Doral Mar. 24. For more information on NAPW, call Aly at 786 412-1745.

In other news, the first ever Jr. Orange Bowl Gala was held Feb. 28 at the Westin Colonnade with Event Chair Michelle Benitez-Bermudez planning a great evening and sponsorships. The JOB holds several activities in Doral and greater Doral areas, resulting in a large economic impact on our city. Kudos to JOBC Past President (who also happens to be ongoing JOBC Basketball Chair) Chuck Little, who brought the JOB Tournament to Doral, attracting several visiting teams from outside the state.

Projects Keep Us on the Go!

From left: Aly Ramos, Iliana Rodriguez, Lisa Elliott, Zulmarie Pain, Dr. Stefanie Salera at fashion show.

This time of year, there are no shortage of fun events to attend. On Mar. 7, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s “Casino Night” is certainly the best deal in town for a great evening of fun, games, music, food with a silent auction and more.Tickets are $50 and include entertainment, gaming, one drink (cash bar as well), hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, all for a great cause in the beautiful CGWC clubhouse at 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. Several Doralian women belong to this organization that owns and operates a free dental clinic for the children of the working poor. For more information on the club or tickets, call Gloria at 305-284-7379.

Every weekend, walkers and runners can find a walk but the one walk close to this writer’s heart is the Mar. 14 5K Walk at Amelia Earhart Park for A Safe Haven for Newborns, an organization that saves the lives of babies who would have been abandoned or worse.The Doral Business Council is one of many teams participating this year, joining forces with A Safe Haven to hold a “First Lap Kick-off” party at Sergio’s in Kendall. Sergio’s generously donated drinks and hors d’oeuvres for this mini-fundraiser Feb. 9. Among those attending was Safe Haven founder Nick Silverio who proudly announced they had just saved another newborn, totaling 220 of those saved. For information on the Walk, visit

Projects Keep Us on the Go!

“#Raul Diaz plays chess with his children at Doral Farmers Market.

Save Apr. 26 when Paws 4 You holds its 5K Run/Walk, hoping to replicate last year’s success that saved countless dogs from euthanasia at Miami-Dade Animal Services. Changing it up a bit, this year’s event will be held early evening at Killian Greens Golf Club, featuring an officially- timed race on a certified course for our more serious runners with a celebration to follow. All are encouraged to attend and bring friends, families, and dogs!

On the hotel scene, the InterContinental at Doral Miami recently welcomed Jose A. Muñoz as the new restaurant chef. Munoz, a stellar chef with several achievement awards, has created a new menu to include a variety of local ingredients and layers of flavors. He previously was chef de partie at Fountainbleau on Miami Beach and holds a bachelor degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.

Finally, remember to save Apr. 11 for Doral’s “Relay For Life” at JC Bermudez Park. 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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