Charities Benefit from Fat Tuesday Breakfast at Westin

Rotarians present Alfalit International with a $50,000 check. Pictured (l-r) are Bill Quensenberry, Carol Brock, Alfalit’s Bill Murff and Coral Gables Rotary president Debbie Swain.

The Westin Colonnade will celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 21, helping raise funds for local charities as well as raising dollars for Give Kids the World (GKTW). GKTW is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.

More than 112,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. No child in need has ever been turned away and these trips provide not just a dream come true for children battling illnesses but also gives brothers, sisters, moms and dads a happy experience and so many memories.

100%of the $10 ticket price goes to charity because the Westin Colonnade is underwriting the entire breakfast. In fact, the Westin has reached out to several other local charities who are using this breakfast to share in the day and in the proceeds. Among Westin’s charity partners are the Rotary Club of South Miami and Coral Gables, various Women’s Clubs, and even some local youth athletic leagues.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., join the fun with door prizes and a fabulous menu prepared by theWestin Colonnade’s Executive Chef Thomas Russo. The menu includes a flaky French Quarter croissants, Danish, muffins, fluffy scrambled eggs with Creole herbs, grilled Bayou chorizo sausages, Cajun spiced breakfast potatoes, brioche French toast with caramelized bananas and bourbon custard sauce as well as freshly brewed Starbucks coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice and Not Quite Bloody Mary’s. To reserve you tickets, call theWestin’s General Manager MikeWurster at 305 441-2600. Companies are encouraged to use this as an employee appreciation event and, with the early start time, most everyone can enjoy breakfast and still be at work on time.

At a recent meeting of the South Miami Rotary Club, members enjoyed a presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Sarine Salama, Ricardo Mualin andAmy Gyau-Moyer. The trio shared with Rotarians some interesting information on this great community resource and answered many questions. For those who may know people dealing with this and want more information, visit Rotary President Horace Feliu who presides over the South Miami Club thanks the presenters for their informative talk. By the way, South Miami Rotary meets every Tuesday, 12 noon, at Carrabba’s on So. Miami. Visiting Rotarians are always welcomed to attend.

In other association news, Profit Inc., one of the oldest business clubs in Miami Dade County, members heard about the latest technology for credit card payment from Mike Sutta, a man who has a background in accounting and technology that helps him help clients make the perfect choice. Sutta not only sold his business acumen but was also helping raise funds for his son’s Perrine Baseball & Softball Assoc. by selling raffle tickets. Those same Profit members were treated the very next week on Jan. 26, to an open house at the offices of Community Newspapers.

Finally, save March 3rd for the GFWC Coral GablesWoman’s Club Annual Casino Night fundraiser at 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables. Tickets for the fun filled evening are only $25 per person and benefit the Club’s free children dental clinic. For more information or tickets, call Dr. Iris Torres at 305 446-1047.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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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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