Gulliver’s Interact Fashion Show embodies charitable mission of RI

Gulliver’s Interact Fashion Show embodies charitable mission of RI

Coral Gables Rotarians gather around 1974 National Championship Trophy with Dick Anderson and Marc Buoniconti and Dolphin Cheerleaders.

Gulliver’s Interact Club held their annual fashion show benefit the evening of Feb. 28. A sell out crowd thoroughly enjoyed fashion from numerous boutiques being modeled by more than 40 club members. Fashion Show Chair, Ravi Patel, had the full support of club member and club officers: Nicole Tufts (President), Nicole Rubin (Vice President), Nikita Kulkarni (Service Director), Rishi Gurnani (Secretary), Remi Beek (Public Relations), Juan Alduncin (Service Asst., Carlos Silva (Treasurer) and, of course, teacher sponsor Michell Cooper. Three great charities were once again selected to benefit from the proceeds of the show including Easter Seals, Chapman Partnership and Give Kids the World. Club member make monthly visits to Easter Seals Alzheimer day care center playing bingo and sharing stories as well as monthly visits to the Chapman Center downtown making meals to feed 500 and playing games with children.

Gulliver’s Interact Fashion Show embodies charitable mission of RIMiami Dolphins legend Dick Anderson and Dolphin Cheerleaders attended the Feb. 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables at the Coral Gables Country Club. Anderson is a three time Pro-Bowler in 1972, 1973, in which he was NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In 1974 he was also one of the leaders of the Dolphins well known No Name Defense. After retirement, Anderson became a successful businessman and a Florida state senator. Rotarians enjoyed his talk as well as the opportunity to pose with the Perfect Season National Championship Trophy. Among the many enjoying the meeting were Honorary Rotarian Marc Buoniconti, whose father played ball with Anderson, Rotary President Walter Alvarez and past Presidents Yoli Woodbridge, and Don Slesnick, to mention a few.

On the cultural front, In The Heights,winner of four 2008 Tony Awards and the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, wowed the audience with it’s opening night show on March 8. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce even got a sneak peek on March 7 and concurred this is a must see show.

Wine and Dine for Charity dinner at Angelique Euro Café was an unqualified success with 35 guests enjoying a fabulous four course dinner with a selection of fine wine pairings and fellowship. Event Chair Rodney Langer and Coral Gables Rotary President Walter Alvarez were most grateful for the community support from in-kind donors such as Yolanda Woodbridge (YW Associates), Alberto Romeu Photographer, Miami’s Community Newspapers, Reza Rey (Minuteman Press), Joan Reitsma (The Giving Tree), as well as the many Rotarians and guests from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club attending the affair. Carlos and Yolanda Rossi, as always, treated the crowd as if they were family and a good time was had by all. Next Wine and Dine will be held at CRAVE in the Village of Merrick Park on April 9.

Finally, congrats to the University of Miami on the ACC Basketball Championship from a Gator who appreciates all that UM does for our community.

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. 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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