Gloria’s Gab

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Our South Florida community is a community with a big heart for those in need both locally and internationally. Witness to that was the outpouring of support and collections recently for Ecuador. Kudos to the Doral Rotary Club and so many other groups and individuals who supported the effort.

Numerous organizations are also working daily to make a positive impact such as The Marc Jaiden Foundation which recently celebrated its “Vision with a Heart” gala in May at the Intercontinental Hotel. A relatively young foundation founded by ophthalmologist Marc and wife, Melissa, the Foundation has already made missions to Haiti and Jamaica with their awesome volunteers to do thousands of vision screenings accompanied with the donation of glasses for those in need.

While Marc and his group are working with vision, The Tooth Healer Foundation is supporting local and international efforts to help non profits providing those in need with dental services. The organization recently donated and committed support the the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Children’s Dental Clinic where children from throughout Miami-Dade County who fall between the cracks in the health care system are provided with free dental care. Among the many members of this organization are several who live in the Doral area. Women looking to serve the community will find this a great organization to join. Anyone who wants to make new friends and serve the community is welcomed to join. For more information visit or call 305-968-3090.

In other happenings, International Mall celebrated moms with a lovely Mother’s Day Tea in partnership with the Women’s Fund. Deborah Korge, Women’s Fund Director of Development, was on hand to share the mission of that organization while guests enjoyed a variety of lovely teas and an array of scones, sandwiches and more. They even raised some money with a raffle for several prizes including one of their beautiful purses valued at several hundred dollars. Among the many enjoying the event with this writer Vivian Bermudez, Liz Wiegandt, Nubielena Medina with her mom, and Sally Villalba, to mention a few.

On the business front, Pete de le Torre and Sally Villalba recently held a lovely launch party at Pipelin in Doral for World Business Radio Network. This promises to be a great resource for the business community. Among the many enjoying the launch were Safe Haven for Newborns’ Nick Silverio and Marti Bueso, PARK Projects’ Humberto Casanova, John Burns, and Raymar Rodriguez.

Also, lots of great new restaurants are on the scene now offering a broader variety of eating options including Brio, Cabo Flats and most recently Bulla in Doral across from the Provident Blue. Bulla has quickly become the place to eat and it is no wonder with top Executive Chef Miguel Angel Rebolledo amazing menu. Anyone who has been to Bulla in Coral Gables, will appreciate this expanded menu and be equally enamored with the larger space. General Manger for Doral, Ana Rust, has been overwhelmed with the welcome in Doral. On a recent visit, it was also good to see Centurion’s marketing director Denise Erwin, just back from a trip to Iceland with her daughter. By the way, another great sister restaurant to Bulla is Pisco y Nazca that will be opening in Doral but already has a Kendall location in the Palms Shopping Center.

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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