October wraps up with ASHFN Gala/Halloween parties and Chili Cook Off

Pictured here having fun at recent RCCG/ CGWC Charity Game Night hosted by Bay 13 are (L to R) board members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Saesha and Rita Tennyson and Coral Gables Rotary’s Past President Greg Martini who founded their Chili Cook-Off during his term.

October is always such a busy month and in the next two weeks, there are so many great options for those looking to support worthy causes and have a good time. On October 22, 2022, A Safe Haven for Newborns Annual Gala will be held at the Hilton Downtown Miami. Last year’s ASHFN gala attracted more than 350 supporters celebrating the lives of over 360 precious newborns. This year’s event increases that number of babies saved from abandonment and possible death to 366 and counting. In the case of this organization, it is not just the babies that are saved but ASHFN also gives support and life changing help to all those mothers. Founder and CEO, Nick Silverio, who works 24/7 with no salary, inspires his one person staff and countless amazing Ambassadors to help support the organization with multiple fundraising events including the annual Gala, 5 K Run/Walk and a Golf Tournament. Nick was a recent guest on Gloria’s Gab LIVE. To view that show, visit Facebook or Youtube.

A Safe Haven for Newborns Founder and CEO, Nick Silverio, is pictured here being interviewed on
Gloria’s Gab LIVE by Gloria Burns.

Halloween weekend kicks off with some great events for kids and adults alike. For children and pets, a must attend events will be Paws4You’s 12th Annual Howl-O-Ween at Pinecrest Gardens on October 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Founder/ CEO Carol Caridad has a heart of gold and her passion for Paws4You is contagious. Located in South Miami-Dade County, they shelter and foster to educate, place, and keep dogs safe from the threat of euthanasia and combat displacement of family pets with guidance and alternatives to surrender. This is truly a wonderful cause and the festival to support their efforts offers great activities with a doggie fun zone, vendors, tricks and treats, food and drinks and the ever-popular doggie costume parade and contest in the Banyan Bowl. If you have a dog, this is an event that you will not want to miss. For tickets and more information visit: paws4you.org/howl-o-ween

That same night, at 7 p.m., party goers are invited to the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club ‘s Halloween Haunted Mansion Party at the club’s historic clubhouse at 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. This year’s party, featuring music by celebrity DJ Germain (of TU 94.90), great food, open bar and great costume contest prizes, is a 21years plus affair. Tickets are $100 per person with proceeds benefiting the club’s free children’s dental clinic. This is always one of the best Halloween parties in town chaired this year by Rita Tennyson and Barbara Lapsley. To buy tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com or gfwccoralgableswomansclub.org.

Coral Gables Rotary’s Chili Cook Off is looking for more chefs. Great team building for companies and service organizations to enjoy a great family friendly event on Sunday, October 30. This 5th annual Chili Cook-Off promises fun for all ages with live music all afternoon, bounce house, costume contest, chili tasting contest, silent auction for scholarships, and even a beer tent from Bay 13 Brewery and Restaurant. Lots of great chef teams are already signed up including Monster Grass, Woman’s Club of the Village of Historic Overtown, Coral Gables Woman’s Club, and our own Community Newspapers team, to mention a few. For info on how to participate, visit www.chilichillin.com.

Finally, two more events in Oct. First, The Frost School of Music Jazz Sextet featuring Bailey Grogan will perform at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club (1001 East Ponce de Len Blvd.) on October 12, 2022. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. The suggested $20 donation will benefit Camp Boggy Creek, the GFWC FL’s President’s Project. To RSVP email tsaoussis@bellsouth.net.


Then the 4th Tuesday Game Night at Bay 13 brings together Gables Rotarians and members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club for their monthly joint charity event. Always fun and only $30 for drink, snacks and lots of great prizes and games galore. RSVP recommended- gloria@cnews.net.

Until next time, keep making each day count and share an act of kindness every day.

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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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