After a five month hiatus because of the pandemic, Gloria’s Gab LIVE show, returned on September 14th. This show focuses on nonprofit organizations and individuals in our community who are making a positive impact, much like those featured in my columns.
The first guest on the relaunch of the show was Steven Bradley, whose restaurant, Clutch Burger, has helped local nonprofits raise thousands of dollars. In fact, thanks to Steven’s brain child, Gringo Bingo, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club has raised more than $14,000 for 13 charities since the first event in 2019. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for all the ways Steven supports our community. Check out the show and see Steven and wife Ana’s new baby girl Barbara who wrapped up the show with a special appearance with her daddy.
Speaking of Gringo Bingo, Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s is adapting to the new pandemic challenges and recently tried something new with their monthly Gringo Bingo hosted by Clutch Burger. The idea was to have everyone play via Zoom. That was a great workable option. It turned out that restaurants were able to open at a reduced capacity days before; so, participants actually had the choice of showing up in person at Clutch Burger or playing online. Thanks to the always entertaining emcee, Clutch owner Steven Bradley, everyone online and in person had a great time with this experiment that raised more than $500 to benefit the Coral Gables Children’s Dental Clinic. Eli Jimenez, Vice President of CenterState Bank, learned about the dental clinic at the event and stepped up to help with a $1,000 sponsorship for the next Gringo Bingo schedule for October 6, at 7 p.m. To participate, it’s only $15 per card that you can use for every. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way, please save some dates coming up for other nonprofits that are doing virtual events. Paws 4 You is looking for great ways to fund raise on Halloween, October 31.
Longtime volunteer for the organization, Cindy Gonzalez who teaches at Gulliver Academy, promises this will be a really fun day of videos and more as they partner with vendors.
Look for more on this in upcoming columns or visit paws4you.org.
Another Halloween themed event involves taking your blood. Coral Gables Rotarians and CGWC members are hosting another blood drive on October 24, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in front of the CGWC clubhouse at 1001 Ponce de Leon Blvd. For the event, sponsored by the nonprofit Innovative Transfusion Medicine, participants are encouraged to come in costume. There will be a raffle with lots of prizes, free antibody testing, mini physical, snacks, acupuncture treatments curbside and more for all. To reserve a time and avoid a wait, call Theresa Gilmore 305-812-1844 or email her at email@example.com.
Special thanks to all those volunteers coming out week in and week out to help distribute food to those in need with Feeding South Florida and the Freshman Five, whom we see at Tamiami Park and other locations. It has been brutally hot and being out there for 4-5 hours is a commitment. You all are amazing. The police have also been a godsend helping direct traffic and help people during the event. They and others often take leftover boxes of food to areas in need as a public service. Witnessing these and other charitable activities, makes one appreciate the generous spirit of good people in our community and that certainly gives us hope that this too shall pass.
Until next time, keep making each day count, be kind to all and please stay safe.