Holidays preparations, golf, art and fashion show take stage

Holiday décor is already popping up around town and we are just weeks away for the real start of the season. In that vein, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade continue to be one of the best places to purchase Christmas trees and wreaths. This 35 year old tradition raise charitable funds with one hundred percent of proceeds from the trees and wreaths sales benefitting the positive programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, an organization that serves 10,000 boys and girls in Miami-Dade County. To kick off the 2012 selling season, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the tree lot on Monday, Nov. 19. Look for Santa Claus himself at the event that will also include local dignitaries and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade representatives.

Service organizations are gearing up for the holiday season collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets as well as clothes, food and toys for those in need. South Florida is one of the most generous locations anywhere and holidays certainly make that more evident than ever. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club will begin the season preparing complete Thanksgiving baskets for the families of the children served by the club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic. More on those activities in the next issue.

In other happenings, renowned photographer Alberto Romeu’s work on display though Nov. 7th at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, 500 SW 127th Ave., in The Saladrigas Gallery. Entitled the FACES of Cuban Culture, the exhibit ion is dedicated to and features many writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, editors, photographers and curators. On Oct. 18, hundreds gathered at Belen for the opening of the exhibit that also featured live entertainment by Los Armonicos Quitet. Gallery hours are open by appointment. For information, call 786-621-4624. Among the many enjoying the evening were Alberto’s son Ruben Romeu and Ruben’s wife Terry, who is renown for her new Pika Sauce available for sale online. Aside from the many artists whose portraits were on display, the crowd also included board members of the many non profits for which Romeu lends his talent. Among the scene were former Coral Gables Mayor Don and Jeannett Slesnick; Luis Miguel, of Mercantil Commercebank; and Brooke Noble, of Actors Playhouse.

Somerset Gables Academy, a community school located in the heart of Coral Gables, is hosting the 1st Annual Somerset Gables Golf Tournament to benefit the construction of a new playground. The event will be held at The Biltmore Hotel on Friday, November 2, 2012. The tournament features a scramble format and shotgun start at 12:30 pm, registration begins at 10:30 am. For more information contact co-chairs Rachel Salazar at or Lora Lastra at The SGPA is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

The GFWC Cocoplum Woman’s Club will hold a Fashion Show featuring Olian in Coral Gables will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Wed., Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. , at their clubhouse 1375 Suset Drive. Tickets are $30 per person. For reservation call Pam Ciravolo at 305. 858. 8548 or Ann Robson, no later than Nov. 2.

Finally, join the fun at the 41st Annual South Miami Art Festival produced by Chamber South and sponsored by First National Bank of South Miami on the weekend of November 3 & 4th, 2012, in beautiful downtown South Miami. As always, it promises great outdoor family fun. 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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