Attempt to return photo album found after Hurricane Andrew

Attempt to return photo album found after Hurricane Andrew

Do you recogtnize the people in this photo?

Maria Guzman, who passed away in September, found a photo album in her front yard near SW 188th Street and 129th Avenue after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

She knew it would be important to salvage for some family that may have lost everything, so she meticulously cleaned up the album, drying the photos one by one and putting the album back together. She then started carrying the album with her to various places to see if anyone could identify or help her find the owners and never had any luck.

When she passed, her son, Jesus Guzman, CEO of Shell Lumber & Hardware, wanted to complete his mom’s unfinished business and find the owner of the album and reached out to Miami’s Community Newspapers. In fact, he and his wife have been walking the neighborhood in an effort to see if they have any luck.

The girl whose birthday seemed to be covered in the album was named Katherine.

“Since my mother passed away, I felt an overwhelming need to honor her memory by taking care of loose ends for her,” Guzman said. “Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to deliver this album to Katherine or her family, something my mother tried to do for so many years.”

If you recognize any of the people in this photo, contact Guzman at

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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

1 Comment on "Attempt to return photo album found after Hurricane Andrew"

  1. I hope everyone will share this so that Jesus can fulfill his mother's wish to find the owner of the album and return what might be lost memories to that family.

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