Gilded Lilies raise $25,000 for Easter Seals; Catwalk for Charity to feature Rachel Roy

Gilded Lilies raise $25,000 for Easter Seals; Catwalk for Charity to feature Rachel Roy
Gilded Lilies raise $25,000 for Easter Seals; Catwalk for Charity to feature Rachel Roy
Supporting the Gilded Lilies Luncheon are members of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club (l-r) Erika Melo, Gloria Burns, Mitzi Jenner, Kim Davison, Jessenia Francisco and Valerie Valenzuela.

A record crowd of 225 people gathered at the Rusty Pelican for Gilded Lilies fashion show luncheon on March 25, all to benefit Easter Seals of South Florida. Kudos to Gilded Lilies President Gloria Perez and President Elect and Luncheon Chair, the amazing Shelley Daniel, whose mother was one of the founders of this group. The affair featured a silent auction, a raffle, and a Chico’s coordinated fashion show with Easter Seal students modeling along with Gilded Lilies members. The always generous Dan and Trish Bell donated funds to pay for students, teachers and families to attend and receive for the new outfits the students modeled. Best of all, the event brought in $25,000 for Easter Seals, a charity this group has supported for 40 years. Easter Seals of South Florida supports and strengthens 1500 families living with Alzheimer’s, autism and other disabilities.

Aside from the fashion show, the program also highlighted a performance by a guitarist, one of many people Easter Seals of South Florida serves.

In other news, Celebrity Designer Rachel Roy will be the featured fashion designer for the 2017 Catwalk for Charity fund raising event on Sunday, Jun 11, starting at noon. The location will be revealed soon. This designer coup can be attributed to longtime friend and client of event chair Judith Joseph, Suzan Shulman, and Catwalk For Charity publicist, Brian Long.

Rachel and her fashion line, with its timeless style and elegance, has been featured in every top magazine in the United States and around the world including such notables as Vogue, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, Harper Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, W, GQ, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Allure, Ebony, Essence etc. In fact, former first lady Michelle Obama is a favorite client whom she dressed on numerous occasions. Other celebrity clients include: Diane Sawyer, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Kim Kardashian, Imam, Lucy Liu, Sharon Stone, Tyra Banks, Wendy Williams, Penélope Cruz, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Robin Roberts, Megyn Kelly, Gabrielle Union and more. Look for more news Catwalk for Charity 2017 in future issues.

For those not in the know, this annual event benefits Breakfast with Santa PRODEV School, a school in Haiti that educates and serves 10,000 young people.

Finally, for all the golfers out there, A Safe Haven for Newborns, will hold its inaugural golf tournament on Friday, April 28, on the famed Trump Doral Golf Resort’s Red Tiger course at one o’clock. To date, we count with the friendship and support from the following corporate leaders in our community — Bacardi, Infinity of Coral Gables, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Miller Construction, OrthoNow, Super Restoration, and The Keyes Company. The proceeds from the event will benefit the many efforts to save babies made possible by the Gloria M. Silverio Foundation, a 501 (c)3, non profit, a statewide organization headquartered in Miami. This organization assists young expectant mothers who are scared in their most difficult and trying time, mothers whose infants are at risk of being abandoned in an unsafe place most certainly culminating in the infant’s death.

Currently, A Safe Haven for Newborns has helped more than 5,000 women and saved 258 babies, aided by Nick Silverio, founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns, an all volunteer organization. To support this effort, reserve your tee time and be part of the first A Safe Haven for Newborns golf tournament, Tee Off for a Cause, visit

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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