Diabetes Walk set on Sept. 27 at Marlins Park

Diabetes Walk set on Sept. 27 at Marlins Park
Diabetes Walk set on Sept. 27 at Marlins Park
From left: DBC Chair Raul Pino, Carolina Ale House owner Joe Marouf, Doral City Councilwoman Bettina
Rodriguez Aguilera, Suzette Edghill-Mitchell enjoying ‘After Hours’ session.

Preliminary teams recently signed up for the 2014 “Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes” during a kick-off gathering at Marlins Park. Preparing for the Sept. 27 event at Marlins Park, the enthusiastic crowd gathered was treated to hot dogs and drinks as well as good seats for the Dolphins-Cardinals game. As in the past, Federal prosecutor and “Bachelorette” alum Michael Garofola addressed the team captains, thanking them for their passion and efforts to find a cure for a disease he was diagnosed with at age 16. Walk Director Joe Saceric who only joined ADA five months ago from California encouraged everyone to spread the word and create more new teams for this year’s event. Joe has lots of energy and promises lots of new fun activities to make this a memorable morning. Also, this year’s Walk will be entirely inside the ballpark, so, those wanting to avoid sun and heat, should have no fear. This event is perfect for you. For more information, visit www.diabetes.org/stepoutmiami.

Businesses are springing up, right and left in our city. Most recently, Drs. Oscar and Stefanie Molina of Atlas Chiropractic opened their new office in Doral. Several members of the Doral Business Council enjoyed an evening that features some great food from Carolina Ale House served by Nadia Marouf who assists her father, Joe Marouf, Ale House owner, with marketing. Kid Dough Treats also provided their incredible yummy brownies made with black beans (completely kid-friendly). They’re often seen at the Doral Farmers Market and offer tastings.

Diabetes Walk set on Sept. 27 at Marlins Park
From left: Juan Carlos “J.C.” Sanchez, Doral City Councilwoman Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Carmen Sardina, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Doral Vice Mayor Christi Fraga at Venezuela Rally 2014

Speaking of Carolina Ale House, its two-year anniversary party took place Aug. 23 offering all guests a complimentary first beverage. As usual, the place was packed. A VIP party also attracted some Doral notables including Councilwoman Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera. The very next week, Marouf also hosted a well-attended Doral Business Council “After Hours” event. DBC Chairman Raul Pino and his board were most appreciative of Marouf’s hosting and his continued support of DBC events. A Rotarian in Weston, he certainly practices the “Four-Way Test” every day, backing charitable programs. On Saturday, Aug. 9, bikers and supporters participated in Venezuela Rally 2014 with bikers riding from Rick Case Honda in Weston to El Arepazo 2 in Doral where Lorenzo Di Stefano, owner (a biker himself) saw that folks enjoyed live music, show bikes and vendors. Proceeds benefited Unidad Venezolana to help students in Venezuela. Jenny Love, Founder and Honorary Member of Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association, was on hand to entertain and Doral Councilwoman Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera even rode the back of the bike driven by Rene Sardina, President of Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association, all the way from Weston. Also lending their support were Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, a Founder and Honorary Member of the Chrome Knights, responsible for organizing the event, along with Doral Mayor Luigi Boria and Vice Mayor Christi Fraga. Despite a very warm day, the crowd had a great time.

Diabetes Walk set on Sept. 27 at Marlins Park
Michael Garofola addresses Diabetes Walk team captains at kick-off event.

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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