Heart Walk set for October 30 at FIU

Paws 4 You Rescue long-time volunteer, Cindy Gonzalez, (far right) seen here at recent fundraiser with others volunteering for a recent golf tournament at Doral Country Club.

Baptist COO Wayne Brackin and FIU’s Dean John Rock, M.D., are co-chairs for the 2010 Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk to be held Saturday, October 30, at Florida International University. This is the American Heart Association signature event created to raise life saving funds as well as encourage people to embrace physical fitness into their lifestyles. With a goal of raising $700,000, businesses are invited to participate with their employees for a great team building opportunity that will also serve to help support a worthy cause. For more information how you can participate, visit www.miamidadeheartwalk.com.

Speaking of special events, a dozen or so South Floridians are off to Boston this coming week for the PanMass Challenge, a 200 mile bike ride for charity on August 7-8. Presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Overstock.com, this is the nation’s original fundraising bike-a-thon and today raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. Eight or more South Florida cyclists will join a group of more than 5,200 riders from 36 states and eight countries to ride across the Commonwealth looking to raise more than $31 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The Jimmy Fund actually started from the hospital bed of a 12-year old in 1948, and the rest is history. Among the locals participating in this monster ride are father and son, Harold and Lee Kessler; Chris Coffey; and Judi Adler, to mention a few.

On July 21, the Westin Colonnade Hotel, Coral Gables and CBS-4 News Anchor Jawan Strader, hosted “History in the Making”….as the new millennium members of South Florida’s Teen Board and past Teen Board members took the runway to tell their stories, showcase local designers’ clothing and honor the amazing women who made it all possible. On hand were fashion veterans Ms. Hannelore Hill and Ms. Sonia Gibson who received Lifetime Achievement awards for blazing fashion trails across Miami over the past 30 years.

Speaking of the Westin, Gator football fans, there was a sighting of Tim Tebow recently as the former UF quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner spent the weekend at the hotel attending a friend’s wedding. Word has it, Tebow was a nice as ever and enjoyed his stay.

Finally, here is a date to save. On August 25, 2010, Paws 4 You Rescue is hosting another fanciful fundraiser, a Pawtini Pawty, to be held at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is a first for dogs being allowed at The Biltmore and promises to be great fun. Paws 4 You is looking for additional food sponsors for $100 who need to bring food samples for 300 guests and non- food sponsors at $200. Sponsors wanting sole exclusivity (in category) require a $500 donation. The cost for tickets is $20 for advance sales and $25 at door. For more information, call Cindy Gonzaelz at 305-332-9022.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

Gloria Burns is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, as well as a columnist for Community Newspapers. Keeping abreast of community activities is a challenge. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to gloriagalburns@ aol.com.


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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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