Dining for Shake-A-Leg, tastings and tea

Dining for Shake-A-Leg, tastings and tea

L to R: WestinColonnade’sAmy Randalland LauraDelgado withSeason 52’sDenise Erwin at Taste ofthe Gables event.

Shake-A-Leg Miami, whose sailing programs are such an incredible community resource, benefitted from Coral Gables Rotary’s final Wine and Dine for Charity event was held June 4th, at the Westin Colonnade. Chefs Thomas Russo and Brian Harding provided a beautiful fourcourse dinner with wine pairings preceded by a champagne reception courtesy of Yolanda Woodbridge. The dinner closed with beautiful light dessert and a creative drink, lemoncello, made with a liquor and liquid nitrogen. This drink prepared by the Chefs certainly made for an entertaining finale to this evening of fun and fellowship. With proceeds benefitting both the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation and Shake-A-Leg Miami, SAL’s Harry Horgan was on hand to thank the crowd and say a few words about the incredible programs their organization provides for our community. Among the many faces in the crowd were Coral Gables Rotary President Walter and Annette Alvarez, Event Chair Rodney and Blanca Langer, Chuck Whitcomb, Rick and Margarita Tonkinson, Elizabeth Silverman, Sally Baumgartner, Larry Goodman, Carol and Ron Rosenau, John Burns and Kathy Rosa to mention a few.

Dining for Shake-A-Leg, tastings and tea

L to R: Coral Gables Rotary PresidentWalter Alvarez withShake-A-Leg’s Harry Horgan atWine and Dine event.

Yet another great affair at the Westin, Taste of the Gables, was held the following evening June 5 and attracted a sell-out crowd. Dozens of Coral Gables best restaurants participated in this annual event coordinated by the Business Improvement District. From Fleming’s great steaks to Season 52’s fabulous mini desserts and Westin’s handcrafted ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, there was something for every palate. Seen enjoying the evening were Mayor Jim Cason,

In other news, the Junior League of Miami Foundation’s 1926 Society with its more than 100 members held an elegant morning tea at the home of Sue Cesarano, former Foundation board member. Orchestrated by Karelia Martinez Carbonell, immediate past president of the Foundation, guests enjoyed a traditional tea service featuring Cesarano’s heirloom silver tea set with matching silverware and delicious heart scones and clotted cream served on fine bone china.

This annual affair celebrates the Foundation’s philanthropists and recognizes donors to the 1926 Society. This year, three individuals were honored as 2013 Life Members for their strong commitment to the Foundation and its mission. Peter Bermont, whose late wife Ronni was the inspiration for the creation of the Foundation; Sandra Fairman, who also supports other league projects; and Andrea Heuson-Sharp, who also serves on the Foundation board of directors. 2012 Life Member Jennifer Press presented Sandra and Andrea with beautiful silver medallions designed with the Foundation logo and presented Peter with stunning silver cufflinks also designed with the logo.

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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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