March features world premiere of new musical, Always Remember


The worldwide premiere of a poignant, beautiful new musical, Always Remember, promises to be hit. Created by Marilyn Morales, part of the dual pianist team of Whipple Morales, the premiere will take place at the Miramar Cultural Center, Mar. 26-29.

The storyline is fictional but is based on real life experiences of Cuban immigrants. That said, it also has universal appeal with some of the most beautiful songs that are sure to touch anyone’s heart. The first night, there will be a VIP reception. In addition, on the day of the matinee, guests are asked to come early for some fun pre-show entertainment.

Guests at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Gala held earlier this month were treated to songs by two leads in the musical’s 40-member cast and were blown away with their voices and one of the songs from the show.

It was such an honor having Marilyn and Kirk Whipple on my Gloria Gab Live show with CGWC president Arely Ruiz, of Arely PR, to talk about this premiere with our viewers. For more info or tickets, visit at

In other upcoming news, the countdown was on the Coral Gables Rotary Chili Cook Off also benefiting numerous charities both locally and internationally. Set for Sunday, Mar. 22, it has now been postponed for a Sunday around Halloween time this fall. Considering the crowd and that food was be served by numerous chefs, the committee believes this was a good move. Also, a Halloween theme for the cookoff could be lots of fun. New dates and information will be available at

In other news, Norma Jean Abraham, who has a heart of gold, most recently hosted a cocktail party for The Victory Center, Circle of Friends Society. The Circle of Friends Society provides financial support to The Victory Center, a nonprofit organization that delivers services and education that promote the overall wellbeing of the autism community helping children achieve a greater independence.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the center was founded Barry and Judi Nelson who had an autistic child and were frustrated by the lack of appropriate educational opportunities for their son. They found the only effective program was Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) conducted one to one and with their friend Dr. Michael Alessandri, the director of the University of Miami Center For Autism and Related Disabilities.

The couple created a non profit that has grown to include five programs: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI), Pre-Academy, Academy, the Vocational Program, Summer Program and Respite/Community Programs which include Aftercare and weekend activities.

Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s Gringo Bingo on Mar. 10 benefitted the RCCG’s international committee’s projects in Haiti with Ecoworks. More on that next time with news on the beneficiary for the Apr. 14 party once again hosted by Clutch Burger and music by DJ Germain.

Finally, DAV and RecruitMilitary have partnered to attract, hire and retain military veterans and military spouses in the Miami area. In that effort, they are hosting a free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reservists and military spouses on Thursday, March 26, 1-3 p.m., at the University of Miami Watsco Center. For event registration or exhibitor info, visit
Until next time, keep making each day count.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel , non profit consulting and management. Before joining Miami's Community Newspapers as a columnist and marketing specialist, Gloria was the Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee (6 yrs.) and first Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (14 yrs.) and the Pinecrest Community Foundation (1 ½ yrs) . Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist for Community Newspapers writing Gloria’s Gab, that focuses on the non-profit activity, and a host of an online show, Gloria's Gab LIVE. Gloria serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as Civic and Charity Chair, and is involved in the club's International Committee. She is an active Life Member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee and is Secretary of the Merrick Festival. She serves on the board of directors of the Coral Gables Woman' Club as Publicity Chair and also coordinates the club's monthly fundraiser for various charities with Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger. In addition, Gloria participates in numerous other charitable events and is a member of the Business Forum Group, Profit Inc., the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other volunteer activity, Gloria helps Miami Christian School with fund-raising and PR; is an Ambassador and volunteers for events for A Safe Haven for Newborns. She is an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she enjoys singing in the choir every weekend.


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