Firefighters’ strut their stuff and fashionistas raise scholarship funds

Picking the firefighters for the 2017 South Florida Firefighters Calendar presented by One Beat CPR + AED was a tough job but hundreds of women made the sacrifice and attended an annual luncheon to do just that.

South Florida Fire Fighters strut the runway at Annual Secretary Day’s Luncheon.

South Florida Fire Fighters strut the runway at Annual Secretary Day’s Luncheon.

For the first time, every single firefighter went above and beyond putting on a great show so much so that they were all selected to be featured on the 2017 calendar. Among the many women attending was Marti Bueso, with A Safe Haven for Newborns. Marti brought some people from Century Village who came prepared with a fist full of singles showered on the models. Kudos to Luis Espinosa and all the amazing volunteers and fire fighters who made the day a success.

Yet another fun filled event the 5th Annual Fashion for Charity Tea at 2 on April 30. The afternoon of tea, fashion, shopping and inspiration, was coordinated by Diane Superville and held at Granada Presbyterian Church.

The event, which benefits the Fashion for Charity scholarship fund and community workshops, offered a program that included such notables as a celebrity lifestyle coach and award winning best selling author, Kathy Andersen, who addressed the crowd on ways to make positive personal changes, and renowned artist Carlos Marrero who gave instructions on ways to use his unique scarves with the beautiful Miss Art Deco Tyeshaa Hudson assisting as a model. Each table sponsor was charged with providing a table centerpiece to compete for the best and all were awesome. A raffle of some great prizes also

Miss Art Deco Tyeshaa Hudson with Carlos Marrero at Fashion for Charity event.

Miss Art Deco Tyeshaa Hudson with Carlos Marrero at Fashion for Charity event.

helped raise additional funds. Among the big prizes was a large credit for Celebrity Cruises.

South Florida Fire Fighters strut the runway at Annual Secretary Day’s Luncheon.

South Florida Fire Fighters strut the runway at Annual Secretary Day’s Luncheon.

In other non-profit news, charities are encouraged to check into partnering with Westin Colonnade’s Give Kids the World Breakfast on July 13, 2016, to raise funds for their specific charity. Among the many non-profits already signed up with tickets on consignment are Coral Gables Rotary, MADD, GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, A Safe Haven for Newborns, Doral Rotary, and Shine Bright Foundation, to mention a few.

The Westin Colonnade completely under-writes a full American buffet breakfast with ice cream for dessert for a ticket price of $10. Half of that amount goes to the participating charity selling the ticket and the other half to Give Kids the World Village. For more information, call 305 284-7375. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, send your news via email to (

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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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