ASHFN shines, Bar reconnects, and AFP celebrates philanthropists

ASHFN Founder and CEO Nick Silverio was the star of a documentary about the ASHFN and “Uncle Nick” that was premiered recently at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. ASHFN helps promote Florida’s Safe Haven laws allowing parents to surrender their unharmed newborn not more than a week old into the custody of personnel at fire stations and other facilities recognized as a safe haven under the law. As of this printing, 381 precious babies (371 in Florida, 9 in other states, and one little one in the country of Honduras) now have a future with the love and guidance from their forever families thanks to ASHFN efforts.

A Safe Haven for Newborns counts on the support from the community and has an annual gala you will not want to miss. The big event will be held at the Intercontinental Miami on October 28, 2023, and it is always a spectacular and heartwarming affair. For information on sponsorships or tickets, visit

In other news, the Doral Bar Association is holding a “Reconnect Breakfast” with the theme of “Exploring Doral’s Horizons as a World Class City”. The event will be held on September 27, 8 a.m., at the Intercontinental Hotel Doral featuring special guests Miami-Dade County Commissioner and former Doral Mayor Juan Carlos”JC” Bermudez; Florida State Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez; and motivational speaker, trainer and author, Pete de la Torre. To RSVP, go to Admission is $15 for members and $30 for non-members.

Doral business owner Arely Ruiz, of Arely PR, has been busy helping coordinate to Association of Fundraising Professional’s Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd, 2023, at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL. Among the many honorees for those coveted awards that day are such notables as David Lawrence, Jr., Ron Book, and several others making a positive impact on our community. The luncheon begins with a reception starting at 11a.m. with lunch and the awards program running from noon to 2 p.m. AFP President Melissa Wetzel, CFRE is working with the National Philanthropy Luncheon Co Chairs Christine Perez, CFRE and Mélida Matos who are orchestrating a day to remember.

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Miami International Mall will hold a Noche de Honor to kick off to its Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Friday, September 29th, at 6 p.m. This signature event is held in partnership with the City of Doral and invited guests will enjoy a VIP taste of the nations, cocktails, and live entertainment. Mall General Manager Maria Prado noted that this year they will once again be recognizing some notable Hispanics that have been making a positive impact in our community. Look for more on this in next issue.

On the cultural scene, the Doral: Ciudad Cultural independent documentary has been awarded ‘Best Non-Broadcast – Arts & Cultural Video’ and ‘Bronze Non-Broadcast – Documentary: Short Form’ at the 44th Annual Telly Awards. The fim was premiered on September 16, during the “Sumarte” exhibition at Miami International Fine Arts (MIFA). The documentary was produced by Ana María Carrano (director & producer), Olivia Liendo (producer), Marcelo Llobell (producer), Isaac Bencid (videographer), and Alberto Chumaceiro (post-production coordination). Kudos to all.

Finally, Dr. Beatriz Gonzalez, President MDC Wolfson Campus, recently joined us on Gloria Gab LIVE show to give us an update on MDC and share information on partnerships and programs. Now in her 5th year and under her watch, Dr. Gonzalez has spearheaded the effort to promote the college’s short term certificates program to upskill our workforce. The New Student Center (NSC) team works on developing community partnerships to make these free programs available to residents. In fact, the NSC team has been working with Lotus House since October, 2022, and has enrolled 19 women in certificate programs thus far. Partnering with Miami-Dade County’s Human Resources Department, county job descriptions have been reclassified to align with MDC’s certificate and AA programs. MDC has truly been remarkable in this effort to upskill our workforce. To view the video, visit For more information online, visit .

Until next time, share your talents, count your blessings, not your challenges and make a difference.




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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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