March events feature world premier of new musical, Always Remember

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The worldwide premiere of a poignant, beautiful new musical, Always Remember, promises to be a hit. Created by Marilyn Morales, part of the dual pianist team of Whipple Morales, the premiere will be held at the Miramar Cultural Center, March 26 – 29. The story line is fictional but is based on real life experiences of Cuban immigrants. That said, it also has broad universal appeal with some of the most beautiful songs that are sure to touch anyone’s heart. The first night, there will also be a VIP reception. In addition, on the day of the matinee, guests are asked to come early for some fun preshow entertainment. Guests at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Gala held earlier this month were treated to songs by two leads in the musical’s 40 member cast and were blown away with their voices and one of the songs from the musical. It was such an honor having Marilyn and Kirk Whipple on my Gloria Gab Live show with CGWC President Arely Ruiz, of Arely PR, to talk about this premiere with our viewers. For more info or tickets, visit at www.alwaysremembermusical.com.

St. Louis Catholic’s Festival of the Poor is coming up March 20-22 and organizers expect this will be the best one ever. 100 percent of the proceeds of the 45 year old festival are directed to nonprofit agencies in the community. This is an event that has it all. From a 5K Run/Walk, domino tournament, and car show to entertainment, silent auction, laser tag and more. The fun begins on Friday night, 6 – 10 p.m. with Food Trucks and a “golf cart round up.” Kudos to event coordinator Mari Alvarez and all those who work tirelessly to raise funds for this community outreach supporting such organizations as Camillus House, Kristi House, Habitat for Humanity, A Safe Haven for Newborns, and St. Ann’s Mission, to mention a few. For more information, visit www.stlcatholic.org or call Mari at 305-502-1217.

In other upcoming news, the countdown is on the the Coral Gables Rotary Chili Cook Off also benefiting numerous charities both locally and internationally. Set for Sunday, March 22, 1 – 5 p.m., at Fred B Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, the 5th Annual Coral Gables Rotary Chili Cook-Off will bring chefs from all over the county including other Rotary Clubs, St. Louis Catholic Church, Community Newspapers, Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Coral Gables Hospital, and more. After a low turnout for other recent outdoor events due to concern over the Corona virus, like many events, this may be postponed. For updated information, visit chilichillin.com.


Norma Jean Abraham has a heart of gold and can be found everywhere lending support for multiple organizations. Most recently Norma hosted a cocktail party for The Victory Center, Circle of Friends Society. The Circle of Friends Society provides financial support to The Victory Center, a nonprofit organization that delivers services and education that promote the overall well being of the autism community helping children achieve a greater independence. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Center was founded Barry and Judi Nelson who had an autistic child and were frustrated by the lack of appropriate educational opportunities for their son. They found the only effective program was Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) conducted one to one and with their friend, Dr. Michael Alessandri, the Director of the University of Miami Center For Autism and Related Disabilities, the couple created a nonprofit that has grown to include five programs: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI), Pre-Academy, Academy, the Vocational Program, Summer Program and Respite/Community Programs which include Aftercare and weekend activities.

Finally, DAV and RecruitMilitary have partnered to attract, hire and retain military veterans and military spouses in the Miami area. In that effort, they are hosting a free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reservists and military spouses on Thursday, March26, 1- 3 p.m., at the University of Miami Watsco Center. For event registration of exhibitor info, visit http://bit.ly/Miami032620

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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