Relay for Life gets $600 boost

Relay for Life gets $600 boost

Danny Kaskel with happy customer offers organically-grown produce.

Finally, the big day (April 11) is almost here for Doral’s Relay For Life at Doral Central Park (formerly JC Bermudez Park, a name it will always be for this writer, much like Joe Robbie Stadium). Look for great participation from the community with a special thanks to DiVieto Ristorante that helped Our Lady of Guadalupe Church raise an additional $600 for theWalk by donating a portion of the checks of dining parishioners one day in March. In addition, you can bet Chef Alfredo will be back to provide his delicious lasagna for church sales to raise even more money on Walk Day.There’s still time to register as a team or individual for this cancer-fighting event. The more the merrier. To register or for more information, go to www.facebook.com/relayforlifeofdoral or www.relayforlife.org/doralfl

Doral Rotarians along with more than 100 other District 6990 Rotarians from around South Florida recently gathered at 94thAero Squadron for a fun networking event. On hand to greet the crowd was District Governor Joe Roth, as well as several presidents-elect just back from training, including Greg Martini, from the Gables Club and Dar Airan who has accepted the position of Club President for the revival of the club that meets at 94th Aero Squadron weekly. Airan encouraged everyone to do makeups while building a club membership base (Tuesday night at Carino’s in Doral is another great make-up option). The President of the Doral Club, First Bank’s Iliana Carbajal,is doing a great job growing the club and bringing in good speakers. Iliana is also the Ambassador Chair for the Doral Business Council — busy women, indeed.

Relay for Life gets $600 boost

District Governor Joe Roth with Susan and Robin Shelley at 94th Aero Squadron for “Rotary2Rotary” networking event.

In other Rotary related news, the Rotaract Club at Florida International University has a program aimed at children and coordinated by Andrea Viejo whose Rotaract Club is organizing a “Board Game Bonanza” by gathering games for Miami Children’s Hospital with a goal to collect and donate 300 games.If anyone has board games that are not in use or has a contact for unused games from toy stores or local businesses, please call Andrea at 305-608-1771.

On our fresh food scene locally, Sunday is always a great day to visit Doral’s Farmers Market where you can visit with neighbors,buy herbs and fresh organic veggies and fruits, taste an assortment of culturally-diverse food and even shop for plants and unique gift items, mostly all handmade. An especially interesting new landscaping addition at the market site on N.W.97Ave.at N.W. 41 St.: several‘mini’urban-styled gardens that beautify green areas in the parking lot. Danny Kaskel and his volunteers have done a great job bringing this weekly market to our area and are to be congratulated for offering Doral residents and visitors a fun place to meet neighbors, make new friends and learn about everything from plants to soap making and more.

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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