Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation awards $35,000 to May Van Sickle Dental Clinic


The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club has received a $35,000 grant from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation for the club’s May Van Sickle Dental Clinic.

As funding is becoming tight for so many non-profits, the ongoing support of the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation is very much appreciated.

Over the years, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has provided critically needed funds for this clinic that is housed in the historic former Coral Gables Library at 1009 E, Ponce De Leon Blvd. adjacent to the clubhouse.

From May 1, 2013 through Apr. 30, 2014, the clinic provided Miami-Dade County children of the working poor with more than $$216,721 in free dental care during which time they saw 606 patients, including 25 new patients.

For more information on the clinic, now open year round on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, call 305-448-6536.

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Inc. is a private foundation supporting projects and programs designed to improve, preserve or restore the health and healthcare of the people in Miami-Dade County.

For more information or a grant application, contact Kim Greene, executive director, 1550 Madruga Avenue, Suite 215, Coral Gables, FL 33146; 305-667-6017, or visit www.jtmacdonaldfdn.org.

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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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