Rotarians Overtown Youth Center kids at Shake-A-Leg camp

Rotarians Overtown Youth Center kids at Shake-A-Leg camp

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This summer, kids from Overtown Youth Center are having the time of their lives at Shake-A-Leg’s summer camp in Coconut Grove thanks to a grant from the Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables.

A few Rotarians including this writer, Rudford Hamon and Bill Quesenberry recently visited Shake-A-Leg to talk to the campers about their experience. It was apparent they all were extremely grateful for the chance be at this camp where the amazing camp counselors teach everything from water sports to manners.

Quesenberry, Rotary’s treasurer, understands what an impact this camp has on the kids as a former volunteer for Shake-A-Leg.

This is one of many outreach efforts this club does for our community and beyond.

Another great outreach in June was a mission trip by the Marc Jaiden Foundation to Belize where a group of volunteers lead by Marc Barbier gave hundreds the gift of sight. After performing vision tests they ditributed hundreds of pairs of glasses donated by our community. They even took along some of Miami’s Community Newspapers, sending us a photo to share.

In other news, the fall calendar is filling up for special events to benefit multiple charities that make a positive impact on our community.

The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County, led by president Diane Superville is already hard at work preparing for the group’s 20th annual Thelma Gibson Awards to take place at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club on Sept. 19. This year’s honorees are notable philanthropic women including Thelma Campbell of Girl Power; Somy Ali, founder of No More Tears, and Kathy Andersen of The Women’s Fund. There are several sponsorship opportunities still available.

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Sponsorships also are available for A Safe Haven for Newborns’ ninth annual “A Wonderland In Safe Haven” Gala on Oct. 19, 7 p.m., at the Intercontinental–Miami.

Event Ambassador, former Florida State Sen. Rene Garcia (District 36), has been a longtime supporter for this organization founded by Nick Silverio and is one of many helping this effort to save babies from abandonment. To date, AFHFN has saved more than 307 infants.

A recent kickoff for Flavors of Kendall Restaurant Week at the Hilton Dadeland on June 20 raised almost $1,000 for this amazing organization.

Another date to save is for GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s annual Halloween Party on Oct. 26 that has grown every year to become the must-attend Halloween event at their clubhouse, 1001-9 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd. For more information, visit

On July 2, Gringo Bingo coordinated by the Coral Gables Woman’s Club and hosted by Clutch Burger raised funds for the Gilded Lilies for Easterseals. Next up for the club will be another charity Gringo Bingo on Aug. 6 at Clutch Burger, which happens to be Clutch Burger’s Steven “the Gringo” Bradley’s birthday. Steven and his lovely Venezuelan wife, Ana, generously host this event for the Coral Gables Woman’s Club once a month with proceeds benefiting a wide variety of charities.

This is not just any bingo and Steven is not just any gringo. These events are more like parties made more fun with the donated services of DJ Germain and his music. Future beneficiaries will include A Safe Haven for Newborns, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, and Chapman Partnership for the Homeless, to mention a few.

Finally, the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove has a bingo game for the serious bingo players on July 25, 7 p.m., at their clubhouse at 2985 S. Bayshore Dr. Admission is $5/ free for kids under 12 years. Cash bar, food, and $1,000 prize for last overall game.

Partial proceeds to benefit the Beautification Committee efforts. Call 305-446-2909 for more info.

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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