Gala honors outstanding individuals making impact on youth

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The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club will honor three amazing individuals who have made an impact on youth related programs in our community: Chuck Little, JOBC Basketball chair and past president; Lynn Bauer, past chair of Coral Gables Museum and current Education chair, and Phillis Oeters, past president of the Orange Bowl Committee, among her many philanthropic endeavors.

Aside from honoring these amazing individuals whose work has impacted young people, guests will enjoy a lovely reception and dinner catered by Rita Tennyson/ R Catering with a bar sponsored by Bacardi and a dessert station donated by Crepe Makers. Of course, there will be an amazing auction with hotel packages, jewelry, restaurant certificates, memberships and so much more. For tickets, visit GFWCCoralGablesWomansClub.org.

The affair on Leap Day, Feb. 29, will benefit the club’s free children’s dental clinic that provides more than $240,000 in free care annually to the children of the working poor.

Tickets are $125 and include a Bacardi Bar, reception and dinner from R Catering, entertainment and a silent auction with some great items going to the highest bidder.

Coming off of the Gala, the CGWC will hold its monthly Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger on Mar. 10, 7-9 p.m., to benefit one of Coral Gables Rotary’s International projects in Haiti. To reserve tickets, send email to gloria@cnews.net.

This also is a good time for the Rotary Club to promote its fifth annual Chili Cook Off on Sunday, Mar. 22, at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 1-5 p.m. This is a great family fun day with live entertainment and lots of good eats. For more information on how to get involved, visit chilichillin.com.

Chili Cook Off chair and the club’s president-elect with her committee are excited about the many new chefs and returning chefs participating this year from around the county. Look for Miami’s Community Newspapers to be there cooking again with many repeat chefs like Zack Price from Kendall Rotary Club, Denise Valuerca and Valerie for CGWC, to mention a few.

By the way, the CGWC’s Feb. 4 Gringo Bingo raised more than $1,400 for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation spearheaded here in Miami by Dierdre Nero. As always Steven Bradley, host and owner of Clutch Burger on Giralda in the Gables, made it a fun affair with lots of prizes and good food.

This writer, with Dierdre and CGWC president Arely Ruiz, even got a chance to show off the Gringo Bingo shirts the club has for sale.

The Villagers Garden Tour is coming up on Mar. 7. This is a chance to visit select private gardens in the Coral Gables and Pinecrest areas.

The 2020 Villagers’ Garden Tour Committee is chaired by Jody Crosland, Terry Cook, and Sheila Revell with assistance from Debbie Kavanaugh, Loyda Lewis, Fran Blake, Valerie Volpe, Paula Volpe, Bonnie Hutton, April Matteini, and Karen Buchsbaum.

For more information and tickets, visit: www.thevillagersinc.org.

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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