South Florida is place to be holiday celebrations


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Hundreds dressed in Santa and holiday attire ran to support the Arthritis Foundation the morning of December 8, at The Falls. The is the longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere and it’s no wonder why. It is hilarious. Two of the funniest were Eric Bradley and Phong Truong with their antler headpieces and colorful tutus. Among the many supporting the event were members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, many of whom live in the South Miami area. The club had raised $1,000 for the Run at a fundraiser to match the annual $1,000 donation for a total gift of $2,000.00 that they presented at the race.

Representing the club that morning with this writer was board member Donna Myrill and dental clinic director Dr. Iris Torres. Club President Arely Ruiz was also on hand to emcee the event for the Foundation’s Executive Director and CGWC member Lisa Boccia. The Arthritis Foundation is one close to the heart of this woman’s club whose past president Mireya Kilmon has been a spokes person for the organization and has suffered with Arthritis for years.

Speaking of events, Coral Gables Woman’s Club had two fundraisers just days before that weekend on December 3rd, the club coordinated its monthly Gringo Bingo hosted by Clutch Burger to raise funds for the Jr. Orange Bowl Festival and then 2 days later had a Prohibition Repeal Speakeasy Party at their clubhouse to benefit the Coral Gables Children’s Dental Clinic that serves currently 600 children of the working poor. The Jr. Orange Bowl whose numerous events showcase our youth and the Woman’s Club’s Dental Clinic and its Children’s Festival both serve our young people in their own unique ways. It was especially fun to have the JOBC’s Youth Ambassadors and Jobie at Gringo Bingo to promote the festival and the JOBC Parade held December 15.

By the way, on December 21, the club’s dental clinic patients will be treated to a holiday party and are collecting $15 Target gift cards for Santa to give to the children. Members and businesses such as Coral Gables Hospital generously donate cards for the kids. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the recent Mitchell & West Holiday Family Fun 5K held December 8 are being directed to help pay for raffle prizes including bikes. For more information on the dental clinic, email or call 305 448-6536.

Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

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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