AFP Luncheon honors outstanding individuals and organizations

The Association of Fundraising Professionals with its partners The Miai Foundation, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning held its 29th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. The affair filled the ballroom at Jungle Island in a program that honored several notable individuals and organizations for their good work and generosity. The Luncheon, co-chaired by Patrick Morris, of Sabadell Bank, and Barbara Norland, of The Women’s Fund of Miami- Dade, was held on November 12th.

Among the honorees were Sonja Zuckerman (Lifetime Achievement Award), Jorge Perez ( Outstanding Philanthropist), David Lawrence, Jr. (James W. McLamore Outstanding Volunteer), Macy’s (Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Julia Tuttle Award for Community Involvement and Corporate Citizenship), and The Miami Foundation( Outstanding Grantmaker). Congratulations to all those who make our community a better place in which to live, work and play.

The Miami chapter of AFP is but one of hundreds of AFP chapters that celebrate National Philanthropy Day honoring those who give of their time, talent and treasure to make a psotive impact on their respective communities. Congratulations to AFP and all their honorees for promoting philanthropy with such a beautiful program.

In other news, the 10th Annual Key Biscayne Rotary’s Wine & Food Fest was held on November 21 and, despite a rainy evening, was a great success despite a rainy. Held at the Fairways on the Key, the event was packed with hundreds of guests enjoying samplings of amazing food and tasting numerous wines while socializing and bidding on an assortment of great silent auction items. The affair served to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne and its affiliated charities for adults and children. Among the many faces in the crowd were Phil Lyons, who was among one of the people seen judging the wine; Gable Rotarian Yoli Woodbridge; visiting from Argentina Rotarian Silvia Gutierrez and Key Biscayne Rotary past president Mark Fried.

The UM Women’s Cancer Association Bush Chapter held its Second Time Around Fashion Show on November 19th at Coral Gables’ Courtyard Marriott. A packed house enjoyed shopping in the Bargain Boutique purchasing an assortment of designer clothes and jewelry before enjoying lunch and a fashion show auctioning off the modeled attire. WCA’s old friend and former television weatherman, Bob Soper, came to town with wife, Susan, to help emcee and provide his wonderful auctioneering skills. Among the many modeling those beautiful second hand fashions were Lynn Bauer, Gina Guilford, Ruth Jacobs, Margi Shanti, and Kathy Cutler, to mention a few.

Until next time, keep making each day count. If you would like to submit information for this column, send your news via email to

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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

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