Charitable giving shows spirit of season

Charitable giving shows spirit of season

Seen here on Dr. Larry Feldman’s MDCPS float as part of the health section are members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club promoting the club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Free Dental Clinic.

Holidays bring out the best in our community as we see people dig dip to help those less fortunate. All over town boxes of food and clothing are being collected in time to make the holidays a better one for others. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s, many members of whom live in the South Miami area, were among those groups collecting and distributing food and gift cards to those in need with a focus the families of the children served by the club’s free dental clinic. At the CGWC’s November 19th meeting, after a brief presentation by School Board Chairman Dr. Larry Feldman and a sumptuous turkey dinner with sides provided by members, the group collected and donated enough non perishable holiday food items to provide Thanksgiving baskets for 31 of the most needy families. In addition, the Club’s Dental Clinic Director Dr. Iris Torres Rivera also collected $15 gift cards to give to the children. As some members were working on the baskets, yet others prepared holiday cards to send to the troops in Afghanistan and still others packaged toiletry items in gift bags to donate to the women of Agape.

As an added treat, members signed up to participate in the section of the Jr. Orange Bowl Parade, held Dec. 1, as the health section of the School Board unit. That and the fact that the club was honoring club members who are teachers was the reason for Dr. Feldman’s visit. That evening, each teacher was presented with a special gift chosen by retired teacher and Club Education Chair, Susie Tilson. Included in that group were Kate Swain, Patty Hendon, Christy Saxon-Hernandez and Martha Black. Talk about a feel good meeting… that one was hard to beat.

Charitable giving shows spirit of season

Teachers receiving gifts during November Education Month recognition program with MDCPS Board Chairman
Dr. Larry Feldman. L to R: Kate Swain, Martha Black, Dr. Larry Feldman, Club Education Chair Susie Tilson, Club
President Mireya Kilmon, Patty Hendon, and Christy Saxon-Hernandez with her daughter.

By the way, the Coral Gables Woman’s Club is always looking for women interested in serving the community and encourage anyone who would like to learn more about the club and joining this dynamic group to visit <>.
(Note: Membership is not restricted to any particular geographic area.)

In other good news, Gulliver’s Interact club held its 2nd Annual Interact Soccer Tournament on November 16th at Gulliver Prep. One hundred people participated in the event that help raise more than $1,000 for Chapman Partnership. The money raised will fund the Club’s monthly trips to the shelter. In addition this very active group of more than 120 students are in the process of organizing their 7th Annual Fashion Show Benefit scheduled for March 13, 2014. Last year’s show raised more than $7,500 and there are high hopes that this year’s numbers will be even higher. Proceeds from the fashion show also benefit the Chapman Partnership as well as Easter Seals, and Give Kids the World. Kudos to Club President Nicole Rubin and her amazing club for all their good work.

Speaking of Rotary, from serving meals on Thanksgiving Day to ringing bells at Publix for the Salvation Army, this Gables Club is busy with outreach activities every single week. Lorraine Sheldon, who heads the Club’s Community Service meeting recently met at Angelique Euro Café to make plans for the coming months with several of her committee members including Coral Gables Rotaractor Natalie Escudero and Rotarians Brad Forte, Yolanda Woodbridge, Walter Alvarez, Terry Long, and Heath Shatcel.

Charitable giving shows spirit of season

Rotary’s Community Service Committee that orchestrates volunteer projects such as their monthly Veterans Bingo, Salvation Army Bell Ringing for the holidays and numerous other activities are seen here meeting at Angelique Eurto Café. L to R: Yoli Woodbridge, Lorraine, Sheldon, Brad Forte, Terry Long, Gloria Burns, Walter Alvarez, Heather Shatcel and Natalie Escudero.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

Wishing all our readers a happy and safe holiday season.

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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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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