Rotarians get a sample of Actors’ Playhouse’s new show

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre has a new holiday musical, Another Night Before Christmas, written by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto, the creators of Married ALIVE. The new production will make you laugh and leave you inspired with the meaning for the season. Two audience favorites complete the cast, Ken Clement and Irene Adian.

Clement, who played Ben Franklin in 1776 and was one of the co-stars of Big Bang; can always guarantee hilarity. Adian was perfect in the role of a social worker who on Christmas Eve gives leftover food from her office party, to a person she believes to be a homeless man on the street. The fun begins when he breaks into her home later that night and claims to be Santa. Clement and Adian have both the voices and acting skills that, combined with beautifully written script, make this production one you will not want to miss.

Another Night Before Christmas, runs through Dec. 27. For ticket purchase and other information, call 305-444-9293 or go online to <>.

Coral Gables Rotarians were fortunate to get a preview of the show during their Thursday meeting before opening night when Barbara Stein, executive producing director, addressed the club and brought with her Clement and Adian to perform a few of the songs accompanied by musical director David Nagy on piano.

Also in the spirit of the season, GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club delivered dozens of food baskets to needy families before Thanksgiving. Dental Clinic director Dr. Iris Torres is most grateful to members and community supporters like Joan Reitsma of The Giving Tree for ongoing donations of food and gifts.

In fact Reitsma’s donation of bags of yarn assisted the club in a Red Scarf project that gives scarves to young people graduating out of the foster care system. Reitsma also assisted with a $500 donation from Thrivent Foundation for Lutherans to help support the club’s free children’s dental clinic.

Congratulations to Richard “Rick” Tonkinson, a Certified Financial Planner with Rick Tonkinson and Associates in Coral Gables. Tonkinson has been named as a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency.

Philanthropist, businessman and civic leader, Tonkinson and his wife, Margarita, have very quietly provided substantial support for a broad range of charitable institutions over the years as trustees of the Rick Tonkinson and Family Charitable Fund.

District Rotarians gathered for Rotary Day at Landshark Stadium to watch the Miami Dolphins play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 15. The crowd enjoyed socializing and getting to meet other Rotarians at a tailgate party and, of course, a close football game that ended with a Dolphin win.

Another successful year for District 6990 Rotarians who tackled this year’s Gates Challenge Helicopter Golf Ball Drop and raised $44,230 to date, with a few more dollars still expected. They now have raised close to $250,000 towards the district’s pledge of $300,000 by the end of 2012. The Gates Challenge seeks to eradicate polio worldwide and has been an ongoing goal for Rotary International. 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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