Gulliver’s Interact aids multiple charities

Gulliver Prep’s Interact Club held its second annual Interact Soccer Tournament on Nov. 16 on the school’s soccer field. One hundred people participated and helped to raise more than $1,000 for Chapman Partnership. The money will fund the Club’s monthly trips to the shelter.

In addition, this very active group of more than 120 students is in the process of organizing the seventh edition of the annual Fashion Show Benefit, scheduled for March 13. Club president Nicole Rubin says that last year’s show raised more than $7,500 and she has high hopes that this year’s numbers will be even higher. Proceeds from this event benefit the Chapman Partnership, Easter Seals, and Give Kids the World.

In other Rotary-related activity, the Rotarians from Coral Gables will participate in the Falls Auto Show on Dec. 14 selling hot dogs and hamburgers to help fund the club’s monthly visits to the Veterans Hospital.

This event, held from 5-10 p.m., attracts an incredible variety of cars, from classics to high-end sports cars and even a fire engine where kids can take turn using the hose. The event is located at 8700 SW 133 St. For more information, call 305 219-6600.

HOLIDAY FUN AT ZOO MIAMI

Zoo Miami will spread holiday cheer with a variety of exciting and fun activities. From December 20-30, 7-10 p.m., guests can marvel at Zoo Lights, nine evenings of a wonderful display with thousands of beautiful animal-shaped lights and dazzling tree lights to enjoy while strolling the zoo and listening to wonderful holiday music.

For an additional charge families can purchase hot chocolate, delicious cookies, take a spin on the carousel, ice skate and even have a picture taken with Santa. General admission is only $5 plus tax. Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo Lights adding to the experience of viewing the lights.

Other holiday special events include a Holiday Breakfast with the Zoo Squad on Dec. 21, 8-9:30 a.m. In addition to photos with the Zoo Squad mascots, Gigi the giraffe and Kaz the rhino, guests can start their day right with an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast that includes an assortment of fresh fruit juices, coffee, tea, eggs, sausage, bacon, country style potatoes and fruit. General admission is $24.95 plus tax per adult; $22.95 plus tax per child age 3-12. Zoo member admission is $19.95 for adults and $17.95 for children. Kids 2 and under are admitted free. To make a reservation and purchase tickets, go to <shop.zoomiami.org>, call Group Sales at 305-251-0400, ext. 84993 or 84951. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St.

ANNUAL WATER PARTY SET FOR DEC. 7

The third annual Water Party MIA will be held Dec. 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m., at The Collection in Coral Gables, 200 Bird Rd. All money raised will benefit Charity: Water, a non-profit entity that brings fresh clean drinking water to villages in need. For a minimum donation of $35 in advance or $40 at the door, guests will enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres from some of Miami’s top restaurants. For more information, call 305 898-7506 or email <waterpartyMIA@gamil.com>.

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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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