Family Fun Day at Pinecrest Gardens set for November 12

Family Fun Day at Pinecrest Gardens set for November 12

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The Tooth Healer Foundation, a non profit that provides support for free dental clinic in Miami-Dade County and beyond, promises a day of family fun with rides, face painting, relay races, a treasure hunt, nature tours and more for its first family Fun Day on November 12, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 3-14 years. Those buying tickets in advance will receive a $1 food ticket. To buy your ticket now, go to For information, visit

In other family fun news, the 5K PARK Fest on October 1 benefited charities and encouraged documenting acts of kindness by using coins especially made to document the progress of acts of kindness as they are passed along. Among the charities participating in the day long event was Alfalit, inspired by new Development Director Raquel Hickey, and the event’s presenting sponsor, Office Depot Foundation with its president Mary Wong cheering on their massive team. The weather for this day long event was picture perfect and the crowd had an amazing time with lots of fun activities, live music, food and more. The breeze off the beach at Virginia Key Beach Park was cooling and made for a great setting for this wonderful event.

PARK Project founders, Marly Q and hubby, Humberto Casanova, have such generous hearts and, thanks to their hard work, multiple charities raised funds for important programs that serve our community. For information on PARK, which stands for Perform Acts of Random Kindness, go to Purchase a PARK coin to register and pay it forward. It is all explained online.

Halloween is just around the corner and one of the best and least expensive parties in town will be that of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, on Saturday, October 29, 8 p.m., at their clubhouse, 1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Pinecrest is well represented with members in this club that owns and operates a children’s free dental clinic adjacent to their clubhouse in Coral Gables. Women are encouraged to come with or without a date to meet this amazing group of women who support multiple charitable causes while having fun. Tickets, at only $20 each, include food, entertainment, dancing, costume contest and more. Must be 21 or over. There will be a cash bar. If you come without a costume, you will stick out like a sore thumb. These people go all out! It is so much fun; a guaranteed good time. For information, contact or to RSVP go to

A Safe Haven for Newborns has just celebrated their 248th saved baby. This amazing charity was founded by Nick Silverio, a man who has never taken a salary and works 24/7. It has become a model for other states and provides options and help for pregnant women. To support this important work, they have two events a year, one of which is their annual gala to be held October 22, at Jungle Island. For information on tickets or how you can help, visit or call Marti Bueso at 305-882-1304 Ext. 102.

Coral Gables Rotary Round-Up Hoedown and Silent Auction at The Colonnade in Coral Gables to benefit Give Kids the World and Rotary Scholarships. District Rotarians looking for members may find this a great party for that purpose. Save the date of Friday, November 18, 7 – 11 p.m. This is one event you can dress down for and leave the tux at home. Tickets at $50 per person will include an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, contest, raffles, and silent auction. More on this in upcoming issues.

Sponsorships are available for the Hoedown as well as the Coral Gables Rotary’s Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, February 26, 2017, to be held at Fred B. Harnett Ponce Circle Park. More on that event in upcoming issues. For information, contact

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.