Walks, Bowling Night, Golf, Halloween and festivals mark a busy Fall

Ladies of GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and the Doral Business Council gather at the Community Newspapers tent before Heart Walk.

Thousands gathered at FIU’s Main Campus on Sat., Oct. 6, for the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk . Attendees enjoyed a beautiful sunny morning socializing, checking out the sponsor booths, eating free Subway sandwiches, gathering up some great Jenny Craig samples, doing health screenings and, of course, picking up their favorite hometown paper at the Community Newspapers tent. Walk Chairman, Ernie Diaz, South Florida Market President for TD Bank, thanked the many sponsors whose support helped raise an amazing $500,000 this year for the American Heart Association. Look for more Heart Walk highlights and photos in the next issue.

Bowlers will want to gather your team for the South Miami Rotary’s Bowling Night, to be held Wed., Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. at Splitsville. This dynamic Rotary club that organizes the big art festival in Feb. meets every Tuesday at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in South Miami at noon. Visiting Rotarians are always welcomed. For more information, visit www.southmiamirotary.org.

Golfers also have several options in the near future. 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. This exciting event is your opportunity to showcase your golf skills, raise your company’s profile in the community through sponsorships and support a terrific elementary school in the process. For more information contact cochairs Rachel Salazar at rachel.salazar@hotmail.com or Lora Lastra at loralastra@me.com. The SGPA is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

Spotted at the Shops at Sunset Place on Oct. 11, was Victoria Justice, promoting Fun Size, her new movie, opening October 26. The first 50 fans who arrived dressed in Dorothy attire, like Victoria’s character in the film, received an autograph from the Victorious star while everyone enjoyed music and other giveaways during the afternoon session. Look for more fun events at the Shops on Halloween night , Oct. 31.

Finally, coming up is the 41st Annual South Miami Art Festival produced by Chamber South and sponsored by First National Bank of South Miami, a great community partner in so many events. Mark your calendars for November 3 & 4th, 2012, in beautiful downtown South Miami

Until next time, keep making each day count.

If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via email 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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