Events at Coral Gables Museum, Water Party fill calendar

Events at Coral Gables Museum, Water Party fill calendar

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The Coral Gables Museum offered a lovely location for the recent South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) Awards Reception.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful night with great music, delicious food including crepes for dessert and the best appetizers on the outside patio with more action inside where guests tried out new virtual reality technology used to help patients manage pain but redirecting focus. Of course, the Bacardi bar added to the festive evening that included the main event — the awards program emceed by Hunter Reno.

Congratulations to this year’s awards recipients: Xavier Gonzalez, eMerge; Tim Curtin, Memorial Healthcare System, and the City of Doral.

In addition, Florida East Coast Realty was recognized for the company’s years of generous support given to the SFDA.

In other Museum activity: through the end of the year the Rotary Club of Coral Gables will be meeting Thursday, noon, at the museum with lunch from Catering by Lovables. Visiting Rotarians always are welcome to attend. Lunch is $29.

Yet another great event attracted hundreds to Douglas Entrance on Nov. 10 for the sixth annual Water Party MIA to help bring clean water to a community in Ghana.

Guests enjoyed drinks courtesy of JackDaniels, CuatroGsPisco, EstrellaBeer, PunchMiami and El Patio Wynwood along with mouth-watering bites from exclusive food sponsors Bulla Gastrobar and Pisco y Nazca. Music and a silent auction completed the evening.

This year’s initiative benefits 600-1,000 people in Ghana’s Ekumfi District by expanding the piped water system’s reach and efficiency. The water system will provide clean and safe drinking water for the long haul to this community and ultimately transform their lives for the better. The fundraising goal set for the event was $12,500 with all the money going directly to Global Water Brigades Ghana.

In other news, the Women’s Cancer Association of UM Bush Chapter held its annual fundraiser and shopping spree to benefit cancer research on Nov. 16 at Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Judi Ashworth and Ruth Jacobs, as usual, were instrumental in orchestrating this lovely afternoon affair. Lots of ladies in attendance enjoyed shopping for some exquisite items hand selected by Carlos from the ACA Thrift Store.
Finally, the Tooth Healer Foundation’s Family Fun Day at Pinecrest Gardens was Nov. 12 with dozens of young volunteers on hand to help raise funds for this organization that helps fund dental clinics for those in need globally.

Among the recipients of this foundation’s support is the Coral Gables Children’s Dental Clinic which is owned and operated by the Coral Gables Woman’s Club and provides more than $220,000 in free dental care annually to Miami Dade County children of the working poor. Several club members as well as member of their Men’s Auxiliary were on hand to volunteer and handing out free popcorn and information on the clinic.

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 as well as non profit consulting and management. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she sings in the choir. She can be reached at


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