Halloween festivities usher in holiday season

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Halloween festivities usher in holiday season
Halloween festivities usher in holiday season
Pictured (l-r) at Veterans’ Outreach event are Senator Manny Diaz; Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez; Captain Danny Burgess, Director of the Florida Veterans Affairs; and State House Representative Brian Avila.

Gearing up for the club’s upcoming fundraisers, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s September 18th meeting focused on new members coordinated by 2nd Vice President/ Membership Chair Jessenia Francisco. Members learned of the many outreach efforts and upcoming events benefiting the community including the club’s next Gringo Bingo fundraisers at Clutch Burger featuring DJ Germain than started in March to benefit numerous the club’s numerous charities. In addition, now is the time to sign up for our community’s best Annual Haunted House Halloween Party to be held Saturday, on October 26 at the CGWC clubhouse, 1001-9 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. That annual party is one you won’t want to miss. Food, cash bar, music, dancing, awesome costumes, contests and prizes… all for only $50 pre-paid or $60 at the door. This event helps support the club’s free children’s dental clinic that provides more than $247,000 in free dental services for children of the working poor.

In more charity news, the Alzheimer’s Walk, to be held November 16 at Museum Park, was the beneficiary of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s September 10th Gringo Bingo fundraiser hosted by Clutch Burger bringing in more than $1,100 for the Walk. That September event, which is always a great party, was bigger than ever because it was attorney Lillian Ser’s birthday. Lillian, who lost her mother to Alzheimer’s, took advantage of the event to support the Alzheimer’s Association and celebrate her birthday taking most all the seats for her crowd of friends. It was the first time ever there was dancing at a bingo game but with Germain’s music it could not be helped. Following that was the October 1 Gringo Bingo benefitting the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bells Run on the morning of December 8 at The Falls. This was especially fun as it was the birthday of DJ Germain who has, like Steven Bradley, donated his services every month to support the CGWC’s charitable causes.

In other news, an impressive Veterans Outreach event, sponsored by Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. , from District 36, was held on September 13, drawing hundreds of veterans who enjoyed food, music, goodie bags and an opportunity to learn from the more than 67 Federal, State and local agencies and organizations participating such as the Social Security Administration, Veterans Hospital, Florida Department of Children and Families, United States Housing and Urban Development, Home Financing Center, and members of the GFWC Coral Gables Women’s Club who were there with information on their free Children’s Dental Clinic. The agencies also included Universities, Colleges, Banking, Support services such as Fishing with America’s Finest. This daylong event was orchestrated by Judith Ruiz, Legislative Assistant/Chief of Staff to Senator Manny Diaz, Jr., and included an inspirational video and program that left many in the crowd with goose bumps.

Among those attending were Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez; Captain Danny Burgess, Director of the Florida Veterans Affairs; Florida Senator Tom Wright, Chair of the Florida Military Affairs Committee; Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart; State Representative Brian Avila who just returned from the National Guard Reserve; and Senator Rene Garcia. The event was held at the Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment in Hialeah. Hialeah’s Mayor Carlos Hernandez graciously offered the lovely venue.

Finally, condolences to the family, countless friends and fellow Gator fans on the loss of former Pinecrest Councilman/ Vice Mayor Jeff Cutler. He was so well loved and left us too soon leaving a great void. His ready smile, endless energy, compassion and generous spirit leave us all with a hole in our hearts. He was such a good person and an amazing asset to our community

May he rest in peace.

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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