Aqua Foundation Affair benefits scholarships

Aqua Foundation Affair benefits scholarships

Seen here at the Mondrian are Barbara Van Hussen with Aqua Foundation Chair of the Board NicoleWaters and Executive DirectorRobin Schwartz.

More than 200 people gathered for a lovely party to support The Aqua Foundation on September 21st, at the glamorous Mondrian Hotel, a waterfront boutique hotel in South Beach. Aqua Foundation for Women, which serves as a funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) women’s wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships and initiatives, certainly knows how to throw a party. With great hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, music by DJ Pride, and the chic setting in the Sunset Lounge, guests also enjoyed bidding on numerous upscale items in a silent auction.

As a special way to generate funds, several guests paid $20 to receive a photograph with the Miami Heat’s National Championship Trophy. Gay and straight, everyone attending this event had a great time and applauded the efforts of this great group of women. In 2012 alone. the Aqua Foundation awarded 15 scholarships ranging from $2,500- $5,000 to $50,000. Executive Director Robin Schwartz, Foundation Board Chair Nicole Waters and the Foundation board are to be congratulated for their commitment to this non profit.

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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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