Bake a Difference’ raises $20K for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

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SIME Realty blanketed much of Coconut Grove and the Coral Gables immediate area on Oct. 24 during the “Bake a Difference” event, a community-driven fundraiser that involves family and friend groups setting up bake stands throughout Miami Dade and Broward counties.

The event raised money and awareness for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and its Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.

The team from at Sime Realty spent hours baking tasty treats for the company team bake sales that proved to be a good investment and a wonderful way to promote the epilepsy program.

While Sime’s Sally Harris set up a bake stand at the Quick Pick in Coral Gables, she met a lady very familiar with Miami Children’s who surprised her by writing a check on the spot for $500. Among the others participating on the Sime team at other locations were Belinda Sime, Scott Sime and Lessie Franco.

As a team Sime’s group collected a total of $1,100 for charity and along with 40 additional bake stands together raised more than $20,000 for the program. For more information on this creative event, visit

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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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