Bake a Difference’ raises $20K for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

SIME Realty blanketed much of Coconut Grove and the Coral Gables immediate area on Oct. 24 during the “Bake a Difference” event, a community-driven fundraiser that involves family and friend groups setting up bake stands throughout Miami Dade and Broward counties.

The event raised money and awareness for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and its Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.

The team from at Sime Realty spent hours baking tasty treats for the company team bake sales that proved to be a good investment and a wonderful way to promote the epilepsy program.

While Sime’s Sally Harris set up a bake stand at the Quick Pick in Coral Gables, she met a lady very familiar with Miami Children’s who surprised her by writing a check on the spot for $500. Among the others participating on the Sime team at other locations were Belinda Sime, Scott Sime and Lessie Franco.

As a team Sime’s group collected a total of $1,100 for charity and along with 40 additional bake stands together raised more than $20,000 for the program. For more information on this creative event, visit

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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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