Festivals, Charities Gear Up for Fall

Festivals, Charities Gear Up for Fall

Doral residents and Doral Business Council members at American Diabetes Walk (l-r, top) Cathie Burns, Deborah Mayo, Gloria Burns, Marti Bueso, Enid Miguez, Ruth Martinez, CGWC President Mayra Dominguez, Ivonne Perez-Suarez; (l-r, bottom) Giovanna Freire , Allison Bean, Miami Christian School students, Mireya Kilmon, CGWC Past President.

In an effort to bring together organizations making a positive impact on our community, Channel Four’s Neighbors-4- Neighbors held a luncheon at Marlins Park, gathering local non-profits with funders for a great interactive discussion and network opportunity. Channel 4’s Lynne Cameron has orchestrated this event for both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for years. Lots of new faces were in the mix on Sept. 15 including the Junior Orange Bowl’s new Executive Director Jessica Cerda as the 2014-2015 JOB season kicks off.

Speaking of JOB, schools and organizations wanting to participate in this year’s parade should contact the JOB Committee office for information at 305-662-1210. This year’s parade will be held at 6:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 30 along Miracle Mile. With “Route 66” theme, it promises to be another great way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend and kick off the holiday season.

JOB Parade Chair Sam Burritt along with President Pete Tolmach and President-Elect Kathleen Kauffman are inviting groups to build their own floats and, of course, always welcoming businesses wanting to participate as sponsors.

One of the biggest events is the JOB Basketball Tournament, now in its 26th year. Teams from all over South Florida and the U. S. participate in this competitive event at Ronald Reagan High School in Doral. JOBC Basketball Chairman Chuck Little is always looking for volunteers for the event, held Dec. 27-30.

Festivals, Charities Gear Up for Fall

From left: Arthritis Foundation Walk Honoree Mireya Kilmon, Lisette Garcia, who like Mireya has RA, CGWC President Mayra Dominguez. at Walk to Cure Arthritis Kick Off Luncheon.

Those interested in helping should contact him at basketball@jrorangebowl.com or tel. 786-546-3386.

If not in the market to build a float for the JOBC Parade, a business or your friends should consider entering the Great Grove Bed Race Nov. 8. Held day-long in Coconut Grove on South Bayshore Dr. near Peacock Park, the festival is not to be missed. Admission is only $5 (free for children 12 and under). It’s a great exposure for business folks.

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American Arthritis Association prepared for its November 15 Walk with a kick- off luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. Past President Mireya Kilmon of Coral Gables Woman’s Club served as 2014 Honoree for this year’s Walk to be held at Amelia Earhart Park. Several Doral residents who are members of the CGWC recently gathered to honor Mireya and support the Walk. Speaking of Walks, among many participants of the Sept. 27 American Diabetes Walk at Marlins Park were members of the Doral Business Council, joining a Community Newspapers team and CGWC Club members who helped made this writer’s birthday special. (There were even folks from our own Doral Publix Pharmacy there). Kudos to all supporting the Walk and so many other great charitable events.

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Festivals, Charities Gear Up for Fall

Gelato Gourmet’s Carlos Valera at Doral Farmers’ Market.

Finally, Sundays are picking up at the Doral Farmer’s Market at N.W. 41 St. and 97 Ave. where Gelato Gourmet, one of the newer vendors, offers a refreshing assortment of fresh fruit gelatos. They even had a sugar-free Cappuccino gelato on Sept. 28, perfectly delicious and an appropriate choice for the Diabetes Walk weekend.

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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