Village NPH event benefits Haitian orphans

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Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH USA), formerly known as Friends of the Orphans, recently hosted an event in the Pinecrest home of board member Tomas Hauf. This amazing organization is building awareness in South Florida after impacting the lives of thousands of children they have raised in the nine homes for orphans they operate throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

The Pinecrest event in the Hauf home highlighted a Haitian orphanage and featured the photography of award-winning Haitian-born photojournalist Carl Philippe Juste, whose politically active family was forced to flee the country in 1965.

Settling in Miami, Juste has served the Haitian community since 1991 through his work at the Miami Herald capturing the struggles of Haitians in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. His father, Viter Juste, who recently passed away at the age of 87, helped to establish Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.

NPH has supported hundreds of thousands of Haitian children in its 25-year history at three primary facilities — the St. Hélène Foyer children’s home in Kencoff, the Saint Germain home for special needs children in Châteaublond and the St. Damien Châteaublond Pedriatric Hospital. That hospital is now the country’s largest pediatric clinic. And, not only does NPH operate those facilities, they also provide free meals and schooling to many children in the community.

For more information on how to support NPH efforts in Haiti and beyond, contact southeast regional director Leah Stern at 305-.909-6810 or by email at


The 50th anniversary of St. Louis Catholic Church began with Feast Day activities on Saturday, Aug. 24. After celebrating mass, Fr. Paul Vuturo invited everyone to enjoy a “Historical Museum” the parish compiled for the event and refreshments in the Family Center. It was a reunion of sorts for many who welcomed back long time former Pastor Monsignor James Fetscher. He returned to his former church to celebrate mass and visit with his former parishioners.


On Sept. 15, Palmetto Bay resident Susie Tilson, former long-time teacher at Pinecrest Elementary, held a baby shower in her home for Kara Corniel, who she recently sponsored for membership in the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club. Kara’s baby is due Sept. 22, so the shower was none too soon. Among those enjoying an afternoon of good food, fun, games and socializing were CGWC members Debi Moore, Mayra Dominguez, Mireya Kilmon, Robin Burr, Lori Dilan, Nathalie Bogani, Barbara Lapsley, Stella Suarez, Andy Young and Nancy Desmangles, to mention a few.


The American Heart Association is gearing up for its walk on Oct. 26 at Marlins Stadium. On Sept. 10, a kick-off breakfast at Marlins Park celebrated team leaders and sponsors of this year’s event who are enthusiastic about the new location with its great parking for the more than 5,000 participants expected to attend and support this annual fundraising event.

The month leading up to the Walk, many are also participating in the American Heart Association 10th anniversary of Go Red For Women Luncheon on Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, CEO of Florida Medical Center, and 2013 Go Red for Women chair, expects a sell-out crowd to attend this affair presented by GCI Worldwide Corporation, Macy’s and Tenet Florida. Guests are encouraged to wear red and will be offered health screenings courtesy of Walgreens. To RSVP or for more information, call Maria Leon at 954-364-5012.

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 as well as non profit consulting and management. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she sings in the choir. She can be reached at


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