President’s Reception with Studio 54 theme honors Arely Ruiz

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President's Reception with Studio 54 theme honors Arely Ruiz

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Studio 54 came alive at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club on Mar. 30 for the club’s annual President’s Reception in honor of club president Arely Ruiz.

A lighted dance floor and DJ Johnny encouraged guests to start dancing even before the cocktail hour was over and these people love to dance. Kudos to the club’s first vice president Yvonne Llauro for a great themed event orchestrating what even our oldest members agreed was the best ever President’s Reception. Helping Yvonne with table centerpieces and decoration were Linda Hartwell and Ana Lam.

Among the many past presidents on hand with Arely to enjoy the evening were Barbara Lapsley, Debi Van Stone, Mayra Dominguez, Dorothy Thomson, Linda Hartwell, and Mireya Kilmon.

Yet another GFWC District 11 club president on hand to celebrate the evening was Virginia Yermoli, from Coconut Grove Woman’s Club, with past District 11 director Linda Randolph.

Both of those clubs are part of the General Federation of Woman’s Club that conducted its annual convention in Orlando the weekend of Apr. 5. Clubs from Miami-Dade County were well represented.

In other news, the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association Inc. will be celebrating 60 years with its 60th Diamond Jubilee on Saturday, Apr. 27, 7-11:59 p.m., at the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel Convention Center East Hall, 711 NW 72 Ave.

Single Tickets are $160 and a table of 10 is $1,500. Black & White formal attire is recommended for this affair that is always “over the top” fun with a lavish reception before dinner, entertainment, awards program, great food and open bar. This promises to be a stellar evening. Congratulations to the FCBF on 60 years.

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 , 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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