The Aqua Foundation Affair Set for September 20th

AquaAffair2014_Facebook-1The  Aqua Foundation for Women will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary and this year’s Scholarship and Grant Recipients at their Annual Aqua Affair, on the rooftop of the beautiful Gale South Beach hotel at 1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, on September 20, 2014, from 7 – 10 p.m.   Guests will enjoy complimentary savory cocktails, delectable bites and enjoy a live performance by local musician, Es Oh. A stellar silent auction will feature items from Olivia Travel, JetBlue Airways and several local events, hotels, eateries and more. Tickets are available at Aqua Affair is made possible by Grey Goose, The Gale South Beach and Bucci Law Offices.

As for the Aqua Foundation history, it all began in 2014, when Alicia Apfel, Alison Burgos, Alyse Mcgowen, Cindy Brown, Elizabeth Schwartz, Martha Sternberg, Robin Schwartz and Vivian Lamadrid joined forces and   created what is now Aqua Foundation for Women, an organization dedicated to promoting the wellness and equality of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in South Florida.  Then, as now, there were not enough women leaders in the LGBTQ community and Aqua gave  LBT women an opportunity to be more involved.

“I am so very proud of all Aqua has accomplished in 10 years” says Aqua Foundation for Women Executive Director, Robin Schwartz. “Since its inception, Aqua has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants. We have fostered collaboration with others to increase impact including partnering with The Miami Foundation and Our Fund to raise $100,000 to support LGBTQ youth who are homeless, Schwartz adds.

The Aqua Foundation not only provides scholarships to twelve deserving LBT women each year, but also links them with an accomplished female mentor for the year during which there are given projects.  Programs Director, Kat Campbell notes, “While the financial support is vital, it is the mentor relationship that is incredibly meaningful and often life changing”,

Former Aqua Foundation Scholar, Mageda Abdulhad, adds, “Aqua Foundation has given me the opportunity to succeed in college which will, in turn, prepare me to become an activist for the LGBTQ community.”

After ten year, the Foundation shows no signs of slowing down and, in fact, is launching  its very first Emerging Leaders Conference, a series of workshops developed to motivate and teach LBT women leadership skills. Additionally, it continues to host TransCon, a conference for the transgender community as well as an LGBTQ Family BBQ.

 For more information or tickets to the Aqua Affair, call 305-576-2782 or 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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