Nov. 15 party at ‘The Collection’ to benefit Water Brigades

Nov. 15 party at ‘The Collection’ to benefit Water Brigades Three years ago, one of Denise Erwin’s guests at Seasons 52 asked that she donate her mini-indulgence desserts for a fundraiser to raise money to build a well for Charity Water. After some research and learning that more than one-billion people in the world do not have access to water, Erwin made a decision to help.

Erwin contacted other restaurants, hotels, wine reps, her daughter, Tabitha Baca, and friends to organize their first Water Party at the Hyatt Coral Gables. They not only raised $9,000, but also heightened public awareness about the world water crisis.

Baca, while in college pursuing a medical career, participated in Global Brigades (GB), the largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization in the world. After working in a mobile clinic in rural Honduras, she worked on other GB projects in Ghana and Panama, and then put school on hold for a year to work for GB as an International Consultant in Nicaragua.

It was Erwin’s daughter who asked her to be part of a hands-on water project. Raising $5,000 with a happy hour, they made enough money to participate in the construction of a water system in El Ocote, Honduras, a project that will bring access to clean water for the community.
Erwin and her team — Farrah and Tania Marin, and Brenda Cortes — are planning another event to help GB. Save the date, Nov. 15, for an evening at The Collection in Coral Gables that promises to make an even larger impact about helping to increase public access to clean water in the Honduras.

Seasons 52 continues to motivate Erwin to help and has been generous in donating Chefs Table experiences every year as silent auction items and mini indulgence desserts for all the events they hosted. Previous parties raised substantial money — $4,000 at the Westin Colonnade in 2012 and $11,000 last year at The Collection, where they return this year.

Global Brigades is the world’s largest student- led global health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004, Global Brigades has mobilized thousands of university students and professionals through skillbased programs that work in partnership with community members to improve quality of life in under-resourced regions.

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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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