Heart month events and festivals abound

Heart month events and festivals abound
Heart month events and festivals abound
Pictured (l-r) at Fashionably Red Luncheon on board Carnival’s Victory are Tenet’s Yvonne Odette, Michelle Shugart, David DiPino and CN’s Gloria Burns.

The SFLHCC’s Hispanic Women’s Society Network held their annual Fashionable Red Luncheon on February 15, in support of Heart Disease Awareness Month. The event, held on Carnival’s Victory, featured an informative program with an impressive panel of cardiologists: Dr. Miguel Diaz, of Palmetto General Hospital; Dr. Joseph Lamelas, of Uhealth; Dr. Yadira Martinez, of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Juan Zambrano, of Jackson South. A sea of red dresses and hats for the ladies and red ties for the men was quite a sight for those looking on as the guests boarded the ship. Liliam Lopez with Nery Gonzalez and many others on her board, always provides guests with a color theme that adds to the fun of the day.

The St. Steven’s Art Show was a nice alternative to the larger Coconut Grove Art Show with some amazing local artists. One of the more interesting booths was that of Fredric Jay Witkin whose unique jewelry and art all had a story. Fredric and Mary Elizabeth shared stories about various pieces that were often recycled and each had a tale. Yet another talented artist, this one from Pinecrest, is Nancy Martini who tackles every medium and most recently spoke to the Coral Gables Woman’s Club about her fabric art and clothing. Using her residency at Deering, she has developed amazing ways to pick up color from plants and making exquisite scarves.

Not even taking a month off after their February 24 Chili Cook-Off chaired by Pinecrest resident Greg Martini, Coral Gables Rotarians with support from the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, is holding a Gringo Bingo event at Clutch Burger on Giralda Plaza on March 5, 7-9 p.m. Clutch Burger, which always has fun activities going on and a great menu, is generously proving food and drink and all the proceeds will benefit Coral Gables Rotary’s monthly bingo games for veterans at the VA Hospital. Many thanks to Ana and Steven Bradley who wanted to do something for the military and agreed to host this fundraiser. Gables Rotarians, including two RCCG Past Presidents, Yolanda Woodbridge and Sally Baumgartner, as well as Aaron Glasser, Bonnie Blaire, Carol Alexander, George Reeves, and the Coral Gables High School’s Interact Club are committed to hosting monthly bingo games at the VA providing food, prizes, etc.

Speaking of fun, A Safe Haven for Newborns is holding their 6th Annual Walk to Eliminate Infant Abandonment on Saturday, March 9, 7:30 a.m. at Amelia Earhart Park, Pavilion I, located at 401 East 66 Street in Hialeah. Thus far, this amazing organization founded by Nick Silver, has saved 297 babies and helped 5,000 pregnant women. The park offers a beautiful setting for this walk that helps save lives. To participate, go online to https://asafehavenfornewborns.com/annual-safe-haven-for-newborns-walk.

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.