More than 200 gather for Bar Association’s President’s Ball

More than 200 people gathered on June 6 at The Biltmore Hotel for the Coral Gables Bar Association’s 57th annual President’s Ball and Installation of Officers and Directors. The invocation was given by Pastor Roberto Perez, president of ALFALIT, whose charity helps promote literacy around the world. A successful raffle conducted for this worthy charity raised approximately $2,000.

The Hon. Eugene J. Fierro swore in new directors while Coral Gables Mayor Donald D. Slesnick II, swore in officers and presented a proclamation naming June 6 as “Coral Gables Bar Association Day” in the City of Coral Gables.

Among other highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award to the Hon. Edward B. Davis, retired Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The Hon. Federico Moreno, current chief judge of the same court, introduced Judge Davis, who also was presented with a guayabera by a group of his former law clerks. Coral Gables Bar president Martin Leach presented Judge Davis with a letter from former President Jimmy Carter, who appointed Judge Davis to the federal bench in 1979, congratulating him on receiving the award, a crystal prism with a quotation from Justice William Brennan.

After the presentation of the award, the Hon. Marilyn Milian, from People’s Court television show, entertained the crowd rounding out a great affair.

Those who love history will want to attend the next in a series of free lectures offered by the Coral Gables Museum in keeping with its pre-opening agenda. The museum will present two late summer lectures by museum board member and historian Arva Moore Parks.

The first will be on Sunday, Aug. 10, 4 p.m., at the Old Spanish Village Sales Gallery, 2901 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Parks’ topic will be “Summer Secrets: Gee, I didn’t know that about George Merrick and Coral Gables!” A second lecture in the same location is set for Sunday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m., with the topic “Merrick Musings: The Writing and Imagery of George Merrick.”

Seating is limited and reservations required. Donations to the museum are appreciated. To RSVP, call 305-910-3996 or send email to <info@coralgablesmuseum. org>. Guests will be welcomed to tour the museum’s preview exhibit housed at 2901 Ponce.

The Coral Gables Museum, a civic arts museum, is set to open in 2010 in the city’s original Police and Fire Station at 285 Aragon Ave. For more information, visit the museum’s website at . The Coral Gables Museum recently was awarded a grant by the Florida Humanities Council to continue the Oral History Project. The project features video-taped interviews of longtime Gables’ residents and has been spearheaded by museum board members Arva Moore Parks and Susan Wills Amat. Those interviews, conducted with the production services of students from the University of Miami’s School of Communications, will be integrated into the museum’s Coral Gables History exhibit and stored in the museum’s archival library for research purposes.

Frank Fernandez, of US Century Bank, and Eli attend Actors’ Playhouse opening night party.

Those who have a Coral Gables story, memories or memorabilia to share, or can refer someone to be interviewed, are encouraged to contact Christine Rupp, director of operations, Coral Gables Museum, at 305-910-3996 or via email at < >.

Great voices, hilarious lyrics and terrific music make Mid Life! The Crisis Musical a must see for theater lovers young and old. The show, performed at Actors’ Playhouse in the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables will run through Aug. 10. For those over 40, the musical really hits home. Of course, the younger crowd laughs because they can identify different characters in their own families from this cast of actors whose rich voices and acting skills entertain so well.

Artistic director David Arisco’s talented cast includes Margot Moreland, Maribeth Graham, Wayne Steadman, Allan Baker, Lourelene Snedeker and Barry Tarallo, all of whom make you laugh out loud with numbers like What Did I Come in Here For? and He Got What He Deserves, a scene from a 30-yearreunion. Catering by Lovables provided a delicious pre-show buffet while Bacardi donated the bar throughout the opening night celebration on July 11. The Crepe Maker also was on hand offering guests a selection of great desserts made on the spot after the show.

Pictured at installation are (l-r) Coral Gables Bar president Martin Leach, Judge Edward Davis and Michael Feiler.

Among those enjoying the evening were Actors’ executive director Barbara Stein and chairman Dr. Lawrence Stein; Coral Gables Mayor Don and Jeannett Slesnick; “Mrs. Miami,” Mireya Kilmon; former Mayor Dorothy and Jack Thomson; John Roscio, of Macy’s; Art Hertz; Adolfo Henriques, chairman, president and CEO, Florida East Coast Industries Inc.; Lourdes Perez, Continental Airlines; John Sorgie and Annie Goodrich, Sunset Quickprint; Tom Bovee, Corporate Express; Carol Bovee; Marge Hartnett; Enid Miguez and David Albury, and Alberto Romeu, Alberto Romeu Studio, who has generously donated his photographic services throughout the years to the Playhouse.

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.