GMF&E Conference Delivers

It’s called the Greater Miami Festival & Events Annual Conference, a combination of informative programming combined with fun. Whenever you get festival and events planners together, you can count on a good time and the GMF&E confab at MACC was no exception. After morning workshops, the luncheon provided lots of great entertainment including emcee Suzy Q who performed as well as two great bands, Pure Energy Street Band and Sunshine Jazz All Stars with Oriente. Adding to the show was a beautiful performance by Rena, the belly dance artist, and yet another great act by the ISE-ILE Afro Cuban Dance Company. Sound and lighting was provided by Beach Sound Group and Aivia. A Catabella Express train cheering them on made for a great finale, rolling around and through a dancing crowd of folks.

Doral Business Council Trustee Mercantil Commercebank hosted its Third Annual Tri-County Networker at Seminole Hard Rock Casino on that same Thursday. The celebration was attended by hundreds of members from 17 different chambers of commerce and business organizations. It was a networking bonanza for those enjoying the food and drink at this beautiful annual affair during which organization heads were asked to join the folks from Mercantil on stage to receive a lovely recognition award. Among the many receiving the presentations were DBC Chair Bruce Siddens as well as Barbara Pimentel, Executive Director of FCBF and DBC Treasurer.

On the nonprofit front, Karaoke Night at Coral Gables Woman’s Club raised funds for the Ann Storck Center dedicated to enriching lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Orchestrated by Eneida Rivera, this first time event is sure to be followed by more as it was a great success. Among the dozens seen enjoying the evening were Ralph and Iris Rivera, Claudia Coupet, Carmen Suarez, Margie Shanti, Eddie Snow, John Burns, Barbara Lapsley, and Joannie Knight, to mention a few.

The Intercontinental Hotel hosted a lovely launch party for Adriana Parra Simon and IGTravel June 24, unveiling a new business: “IG Entertainment Live.” With a family history in the entertainment field, this promises to be a perfect match. More on her upcoming events soon. 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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