CGWC’s centennial featuring fashion show, brunch and more

Local nonprofits are in high gear with events.

Among the most notable in Coral Gables is the 100th anniversary of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club. Every month the club will be celebrating with a centennial event and next up is one of their major fundraisers, Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s (CGWC) Centennial Fashion Show and Brunch to take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, noon-3 p.m., at their clubhouse, 1009 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Reserve now to enjoy a day of fashion, bubbly, brunch bites and fun with proceeds from the affair benefit the CGWC Children’s Dental Clinic. This free clinic provides more than $250,000 in free dental care annually to children of the working poor. Go to Eventbrite for tickets or

Earlier this month, on Feb. 4, CGWC’s Education chair Saesha Tennyson and her committee orchestrated the club’s annual Children’s Festival. This event provided children from all over a chance to participate in everything from yoga to other interactive activities while sampling lots of good food and beverages all provided for free. It also was a great way to promote the dental clinic to those who might be in need or who know those in need.

February’s calendar is full of even more fun things to do. Both the Coral Gables Woman’s Club (CGWC) and the Rotary Club of Coral Gables (RCCG) are doing an outstanding job with programs and community outreach and have joined forces for monthly Game Night mini fundraisers at Bay 13, across from the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.

Proceeds from the Jan. 24 event were directed to help support the Military Lounge at Miami International Airport where RCCG’s past president Yolanda Woodbridge is an ongoing volunteer. This lounge is privately funded with donations from the likes of Baptist Hospital, Delta Airlines, MIA and more, but, funding falls short of what is needed to offer the thousands of our military men and women and their families who find this lounge a place to refresh on their journeys, certainly something they deserve for their sacrifices.

It seems like yesterday when this lounge celebrated its grand opening with upgrades to the lounge made possible by Major League Baseball, the All Star Games, Miami Marlins and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. To learn more about this, visit

Speaking of Rotary, RCCG recently welcomed as the guest speak Carlos A. Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health Systems, a man who turned Jackson around when it was on the verge of failing. By the way, Jackson soon will have doctors in the Gables when they open an expanded urgent care location in the city.

Back to great events, look for more from CGWC’s Gringo Bingo on Feb. 7, to benefit A Safe Haven for Newborns, to the club’s upcoming Game Night they share with the Rotary Club of Coral Gables at Bay 13 to benefit different charities they support. Kudos to EZ Title and 1st Empire Elite Financial Services, Atty. Jerry Kavulich, and Lynn Bauer and Hal Wanless for their Gringo Bingo sponsorships that make that event such a success as well as Clutch Burger and DJ Germain and Miami’s Community Newspapers. To RSVP for these events, email

Feb. 11 was a busy day in the non-profit world with Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 14th annual Tour of Kitchens to start the day at The Shops at Merrick Park at 9 a.m. where guests grabbed a drink and some breakfast before going on the tour.

Attendees were able to visit Coral Gables’ most exquisite private residence kitchens while enjoying bites and beverages from the City’s top restaurants and merchants. The Bike Walk Coral Gables even partnered with the foundation to offer a way to visit various homes via bicycle with tour guides.

Later that night, Paws4You held its annual gala at the JW Marriott with a Motown Gala that provided lots of excitement and hilarity with a great dinner, dancing as well as silent and live auctions. As could be expected, it was great time… who doesn’t like Motown? More on both of these events in our next issue.

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




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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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