Honey Shine luncheon celebrates a decade of mentoring

Seen here at Westin Colonnade for the Global Medical Brigade fundraiser are (l-r) Robin Orell, Westin’s Jennifer McDonough, Tabatha and Denise Erwin, and Westin’s executive chef Thomas Russo.

Honey Shine’s “Hats Off Luncheon,” combined with its membership and appeal, helped raise $250,000 for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program in which more than 180 girls currently are enrolled.

For the past 10 years, this program, founded by Tracy Wilson Mourning, wife of NBA champion Alonzo Mourning, has mentored hundreds of girls in the community, 15 of whom have successfully graduated high school and continued on to higher education with funds raised through the annual “Hats Off” affair.

During this year’s event, several notable individuals were recognized including Alonzo Mourning; Honey Shine members and event co-chairs Cathy Blank and Monisha Melwani; Steering Committee Member of the Year Ayana Rodriguez; Honey Bug of the Year Jasmine Thompson, and two outstanding role models, Tahiese Beckford and Jonaura Wisdom, who shared the honor of Mentor of the Year Award.

Camp Honey Shine is still looking for additional funds and you can help. Fifty dollars will sponsor a day of camp for one of the “Honey Bugs” or $250 can pay for the entire week of camp. Visit honeyshine. org for more information on this great outreach program.

Yet another “Hats Off” Luncheon was held at the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs Spring Convention where representatives from several South Florida clubs picked up strategies for the coming year and walked home with countless awards.

For their considerable outreach and community service, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club alone brought home eight first place, six second place and three third place awards. Congratulations to all the district clubs who work hard to make a positive impact on our community. Among the many local club members attending the convention were Coral Gables Club’s outgoing president Linda Hartwell and president- elect Mireya Kilmon.

As summer approaches, the Miami Science Museum is gearing up for its 46th annual Summer Camp, with eight one-week camp sessions beginning June 28 through Aug. 10, for kids ages 4-14. This is a camp that makes learning fun and will feature science lessons, projects, experiments, and crafts, interspersed with time to explore the museum galleries, planetarium or theater shows, and a 30-minute outdoor PE time.

For more information, visit online at <www.miamisci.org/summercamp/classinfo.php>, call camp registrar at 305-646- 4222 or send email to <summercamp@miamisci.org>.

The Global Medical Brigade’s mission to Ghana held a fundraiser on May 10 at the Westin Colonnade featuring a food tasting provided by some of the Gables top restaurants including Morton’s, Fleming’s, Crave, Anacapri and Season’s 52.

With a threat of rain, the scheduled poolside terrace event was moved to Westin’s beautiful Rotunda Ballroom where guests enjoyed mingling and bidding on the silent auction.

Tabatha Erwin and her mother, Season’s 52’s Denise Erwin called on lots of friends in the hospitality industry to help make the affair a success. Among the crowd were High Heels and Hand Shakes’ Christina Ward, now with Crave; Coral Gables BID executive director Mari Gallet and husband, Phillip; the Westin’s chef Thomas Russo and Jennifer McDonough; Fleming’s Juan Carlos Marchand; Robin Orell; Stan Beran; Wally A renas; Vanesa Selva; Tim Lang; Bonnie Kilpatrick; Arlyene Ponce, and Betty Alvarez.

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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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