Sock campaign begins; SFLHCC luncheon draws hundreds

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Live Like Bella once again partners with a South Florida company, Are You Kidding Socks, with a sock campaign to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer during September.

The company, founded by two young brothers — Brandon Martinez, 11, and Sebastian Martinez, 9 — was created out of their mutual passion for making a difference in lives of other children.

Rachel Martinez, chief mom in charge of Are You Kidding Socks, credits their love of design and desire to help other as the drive to start Are You Kidding Socks which has been able to help many worthy organizations such as Live Like Bella. Every year, the boys create a different sock design for Live Like Bella and in 2016 sold 18,000 pairs of socks. Their sales goal is 28,000 by the end of this year.

In fact, Navarro, CVS y Mas, and Milam’s Market have all partnered with Are You Kidding Socks to sell the Live Like Bella socks and have committed to donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the organization. In addition, Are You Kidding Socks has partnered with many Florida-based schools to promote its #KidsHelpingKids initiative, while raising awareness for pediatric cancer.

For additional information please visit or call 305-345-2111. Follow the conversation on Facebook and Instagram using @AYKsocks and #KidsHelpingKids.

Also, in support of cancer research and more, Note that the the American Cancer Society’s 5K for Life Run/Walk has been rescheduled for Sept. 24 at Tropical Park. To register, visit

The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Women’s Society held another great luncheon at Pullman Hotel on Aug. 18. Lilliam Lopez always holds the most enjoyable affairs always with a color theme — this time coral.

Monica Mayer, Lady M Artwear, was in attendance once again donating a portion of her sales to charity and providing pre-lunch entertainment as ladies tried on her beautiful hats. Lunch also included other vendors, a fashion show and a lovely meal attended by several hundred well-dressed and adorned ladies in coral. Among the many on hand for the affair were Vilma Medio, Jeff Dinetz, Claudia Miro, Kristy Fueyo, Betty Alvarez and Iris Garcia Samuel Espinosa.

Save this Paws4You date to save lives of pets. On Oct. 29, bring your family and dogs to Pinecrest Gardens where thousands of people with their pooches will parade through the lush landscape once again in search of tricks and treats. Enjoy beer, wine, food, costume contests, games, trick-or-treating, pumpkin patch portraits, and more — all benefiting the homeless pets Paws4You saves from euthanasia.

The Coconut Grove Chamber gathered on Aug. 28 for their popular Women’s Monday Networker at Mayfair Hotel. Lilia Garcia, who initiated and hosts this monthly event, also chairs the Coconut Grove Art Festival and is director/curator of the Gallery at CGAF.

Among the many enjoying the event were Carmen Siman, of Keyes Real Estate; Wendy Zane, of The Mutiny; Lilia Garcia, who managed to come despite a freak accident that left her with a bandaged face, and Marjorie Leposky.

In other news, GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club presents Ann’s 10th annual English Tea Party and Fashion Show by Chico’s on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will take place at their clubhouse 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables. Donation is $35 to benefit Hacienda Girls Ranch in Melbourne, a foster care group home and emergency shelter for up to 14 females ages 12-17 and transitional home for up to eight single females ages 18-23 as well as other non-profit organizations the club supports in our community.

For reservations, call Kim Schain at 305-322-4626 or send email to not later than Sept. 22.

Paws 4 You’s recent fundraiser raised $80,000, thanks to generous support from the community. Guest emcee for the affair was humorist and author Dave Barry with special honoree Donna Shalala and her dog, Sweetie. Guests included Michelle Kaufman, Patricia Clotherty, Jeffrey Feiler, Greg and Jo Swienton. Paul and Kathy Cowan, Rita Schwartz, Norma Jean Abraham, and Daniella Cava’s Chief of Constituent Services Maria Elena Levrant and her husband Howard Levrant.

Finally, prayers for all those being impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. It seems disasters such as these make us realize how many incredibly generous, selfless people walk among us going above and beyond to help neighbors and strangers in need. May God bless you all.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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Gloria Burns
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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