Heart month events and community festivals abound

Heart month events and community festivals abound

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The SFLHCC’s Hispanic Women’s Society Network conducted its annual Fashionable Red Luncheon on Feb. 15 in support of Heart Disease Awareness Month.

The event, held aboard Carnival’s Victory, featured an informative program with an impressive panel of cardiologists: Dr. Miguel Diaz of Palmetto General Hospital; Dr. Joseph Lamelas, UHealth; Dr. Yadira Martinez, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Juan Zambrano, Jackson South.

A sea of red dresses and hats on the ladies and red ties for the men was quite a sight for those looking on as the guests boarded the ship. Liliam Lopez with Nery Gonzalez and many others on her board always provides guests with a color theme that adds to the fun of the day.

The St. Stephen’s Art Show was a nice alternative to the larger Coconut Grove Art Show with some amazing local artists. One of the more interesting booths was that of Fredric Jay Witkin whose unique jewelry and art all had a story. Fredric and Mary Elizabeth shared stories about various pieces that were often recycled and each had a tale.

Goodwill celebrated 60 years with VIP tours and its president and CEO David Landsberg (former publisher of The Miami Herald) recently hosted a tour for the media that certainly was an eye opener for many.

While most of us think of Goodwill for its stores and dropoff locations to donate, few know how truly gigantic it is and how many people they help, educate, and employ. Their corporate headquarters alone employs 1,100 people and manufactures military uniforms, U.S. Flags used for military funerals, launders hospital linens and more. Best of all, they employ people with disabilities with varying abilities they find ways to accommodate.

They even have a terrific band that will truly amaze and usually performs for scheduled tours which this writer would recommend for groups or businesses.

Not even taking a month off after their Chili Cook-Off on Feb. 24, Coral Gables Rotarians, with support from the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, is holding a Gringo Bingo event at Clutch Burger on Giralda Plaza on Mar. 5, 7-9 p.m. Clutch Burger, which always has fun activities going on and a great menu, is generously proving food and drink, and all the proceeds will benefit Coral Gables Rotary’s monthly bingo games for veterans at the VA Hospital.

Many thanks to Ana and Steven Bradley who wanted to do something for the military and agreed to host this fundraiser. Gables Rotarians, including two RCCG past presidents — Yolanda Woodbridge and Sally Baumgartner — as well as Aaron Glasser, Bonnie Blaire, Carol Alexander, George Reeves, and the Coral Gables High School’s Interact Club are committed to hosting monthly bingo games at the VA providing food, prizes, etc.

For more information on this event, send email to gloria@cnews.net.

Speaking of fun, A Safe Haven for Newborns is holding its sixth annual Walk to Eliminate Infant Abandonment on Saturday, Mar. 9, 7:30 a.m. (registration at Amelia Earhart Park, Pavilion I, located at 401 E. 66th Street in Hialeah). Thus far, this amazing organization founded by Nick Silver, has saved 297 babies and helped 5,000 pregnant women. The park offers a beautiful setting for this walk that helps save lives.

To participate, go online to https://asafehavenfornewborns.com/annual-safe-haven-for-newborns-walk.
Another date to save is Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., for The Marc Jaiden Project Fifth Annual Gala at the Eden Roc Miami Beach.

The foundation benefits communities with limited resources to acquire better vision through screening, donated glasses, etc. For more info, visit www.marcjaiden.com

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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