Gables Woman’s Club, Clutch Burger raise finds for charities

Gables Woman's Club, Clutch Burger raise finds for charities

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Clutch Burger’s Gringo Bingo on July 2 provided the Coral Gables Woman’s Club (CGWC) and host Clutch Burger with yet another opportunity to raise funds for charity.

This month, the beneficiary of the proceeds in excess of $1,000 went to The Gilded Lilies, a fundraising arm of Easterseals. Gilded Lilies newly elected president Jackie Milanes worked with the CGWC from her vacation abroad to sell tickets as her first initiative in that position. Both Jackie and CGWC president Arely Ruiz returned from trips just in time to attend this event and help Clutch Burger celebrate its first anniversary which was July 1.

Jackie even brought cupcakes for the crowd and a balloon to mark the occasion. Ruiz, coming off the plane from Austin, TX, also was on hand with several club members to applaud Clutch Burger. By the way, Clutch Burger is located on Giralda Plaza where a new overhead art installation was installed recently for all to enjoy.

The bingo crowd enjoyed the antics of the Gringo, Steven Bradley, as bingo caller and emcee along with the awesome music provided as an in-kind donation every month by DJ Germain.

Everyone was amazed at the great prizes donated by local merchants including many who donate month after month like Kao Sushi, Bulla, Pisco y Nazca, and Kings Bowl in Doral.

This dynamic duo are ready to do it again on Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m., at Clutch Burger, 146 Giralda Ave. The club will be directing funds from the Aug. 6 event to sponsor A Safe Haven for Newborns. RSVPs are a must for this event that is limited to 40 people. For information, call or text 305-968-3090.

In other club news, South Florida’s General Federation of Women’s Clubs District 11 was well represented at the GFWC International Convention held the end of June in Austin, TX.

Among the group from South Florida were several members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club including president Arely Ruiz, with past presidents Barbara Lapsley and Linda Hartwell, and board members Ana Lam and Kim Davison. GFWC Florida came home with 10 awards from the convention. Kudos to all the inspiring club women who make our world a better place.

Speaking of GFWC clubs, Cocoplum Woman’s Club has a great book review event coming up on July 24, 11 a.m., featuring Mamta Chaudhry and her debut book that is “a heart wrenching love letter to Paris, called Haunting Paris. Chaudhry, who has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Miami, is already working on a second novel.

For the club, having this gifted author do a book review is a chance for them to raise dollars for the club’s education scholarship fund. Tickets are $25 and include a light lunch and beverage. This promises to be a lovely event, especially for those many book club members around town who love reading as much as this writer. To RSVP, call 305-793-9641 or email

Finally, Coral Gables Rotarians conducted their annual July 4th picnic at Matheson Hammock, coordinated by secretary and past president Sally Baumgartner. All agreed that you can’t go wrong with the Shorty’s BBQ that was enjoyed by all.

Among the many participating in this Independence Day Party with this writer were new member Rudford Hamon with wife, Lauren, and their new baby; Nico Eterovic with his family; Sam and past president Susan Fornaris; past president Walter and Annette Alvarez; past presidents Don Trombly, Greg Martini, Frank Sexton, and president elect Kelly Garces; Bill Quesenberry; George Reeves; Hadley Williams, and Jack Witty.

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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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