Steven Tonkinson tackled another challenge for Shelter Box USA.

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Steven Tonkinson, son of Pinecrest residents Rick and Margarita Tonkinson, continued his quest to make a difference in the lives of untold numbers with his work volunteering for Shelter Box USA. When he is not helping clients at Tonkinson Financial, he is traveling to natural disasters to deliver Shelter Boxes or raising money to support the effort. Always looking for a unique way to do so, for a second time he climbed Mount Snow Basin in Utah for the Everesting Challenge, a 29,029 feet hike in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains—the equivalent height of Mount Everest—in just 36 hours. Steven’s goal was to raise $29,029 and he added an additional challenge this year by completing the climb with the big green Shelter Box strapped to his back as he did at running the annual Miami Marathon. Steven is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables whose members have shown great support as have so many in the community. Readers who would like to help Steven’s fundraising efforts may do so by going to this link:

In other good news, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club continues to help fund their outreach efforts with ongoing events. Their inaugural game night hosted by Bay 13 across from the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables was held August 23, 2022. This fundraiser, that promises to be held the 4th Tuesday of each month, will be an ongoing event in partnership with the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, thanks to Bay 13 that will provide each ticket holder a glass of wine or beer and some nibbles. (More on that next time.)

On Tuesday, September 6, Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s (CGWC) Gringo Bingo fundraiser at Clutch Burger, will share proceeds with the National Areata Alopecia Foundation (NAAF). Since this fun bingo party started in 2019, CGWC has worked with immigration attorney Dierdre Nero once a year to support her efforts in raising awareness and funds for NAAF.

Steven Bradley will emcee again with celebrity DJ Germain providing music to make the party complete. RSVP By the way, Dierdre Nero was a guest on Gloria’s Gab LIVE on August 17, to discuss NAAF and the upcoming Gringo Bingo for which her Nero Immigration Law Firm is one of the sponsors along with EZ Title Services and 1st Empire Elite Financial. Tickets are $30 per person and include 12 games and a big coverall with great prizes and lots of fun. To RSVP email

On the cultural front, Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre bring us another great show, the world premiere of Now & Then by Sean Grennan whom you may recall wrote Making God Laugh, The Tin Woman, and Married Alive. Now and Then is an inspiring story of love and life as a young aspiring pianist who is working as a bartender. On closing up one night, he gets an unusual request. A late desperate customer offers him and his girlfriend $2,000 to sit and have a drink with him and what follows is both funny and touching. This production, directed by the talented David Arisco, is running August 24 – September 11 with performances: Wednesday – Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. To reserve tickets, visit

GableStage also has a new production that sounds intriguing, FADE by Tanya Saracho. This is a witty dramatic comedy that tells a tale of friendship, opportunity, assumptions, ambition, culture and betrayal. The play is directed by Teo Castellanos and runs August 19 to September 18. For tickets call 305-445-1119.

With the start of school and return of everyone from summer vacations, there are numerous opportunities to get back out there to support favorite causes, attend networkers, fall sports and help our small business community. October brings us the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Chili Cook Off on October 30, 2022. There is a call out to chefs and sponsors for the fun family event that will give kids and adults a chance to wear their Halloween attire should they want to enter the costume contest. For info visit

Also, Profit Inc., the oldest business networking group in South Florida, is a dynamic group of business leaders who meet the first Thursday of each month for lunch at 94th Aero Squadron and then on the third Thursday of the month for a Power Lunch at Season’s 52 in Coral Gables. The group will be electing a new president to follow LaWanda Loftus, of 1st Citizens Bank, as well as their board of directors at their September 1st meeting. Those interested in building their business should check out this organization by visiting

Finally, save the dates for just a few upcoming events: A Safe Haven for Newborn Gala, October 22, Hilton Downtown Miami; Coral Gables Woman’s Club Halloween Party, October 29, at clubhouse 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd.; Leukemia & Lymphoma Walk on November 12, at Maurice Ferrer Park; the Alzheimer’s Walk on November 19, at FIU- Ricardo Silva Stadium; and SMARTRIDE November 18 -20.

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.