Service organizations and nonprofits are becoming very creative and taking advantage of technology to reach members, donors and volunteers to help our community. Zoom meetings have enabled us all to meet online without risk to our health while keeping us all in touch. From auctions to gala and charity walks, online fund raising makes supporting our favorite charities easy as so many are still forced to stay home.
The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, many of whose members live in the Pinecrest area, recently held their first Zoom Gringo Bingo fundraiser to benefit the club’s free children’s dental clinic on September 1. With restaurants opening up to 50 percent capacity the day before the event, Clutch Burger was able to have a few people there in person for the event with most everyone else participating online. Helping this writer and emcee Steven Bradley with the event were CGWC President Ruth Martinez and Vice President Iris Segui. As always, the club got some support from Rotary with the in person attendance of RCCG Past President Walter Alvarez and his wife Annette, the Executive Director of Global Ties, as well as Eli Jimenez, VP with CenterState Bank. Steven Bradley, owner of Clutch Burger in the Gables, insured the success with some personal donations making this “first of its kind” Gringo Bingo a success and raising more than $500. Now that all the kinks are worked out, Steven expects they will multiply those proceeds in coming months. By the way, a shout out to Steven who will be my first guest on the return of CN’s Gloria’s Gab LIVE show this month.
In other virtual event news, the annual PAWS4you Rescue Howl-O-Ween event on October 31 is adapting to these flexible uncertain times. As a virtual event, participating this year will provide unique opportunities for supporters to promote their businesses or services across the United States and beyond while helping PAWS4you provide our local communities the funding needed to save animals. “We wish you and your families all the best during this time of uncertainty. If you have any questions, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-253-1092.
Speaking of Halloween, Coral Gables Rotarian’s and Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s next Blood Drive sponsored by ITM will have a Halloween theme to add some fun to the mix.
Come in costume or not, either way you will receive snacks, free COVID-19 antibody testing with results on the spot, free acupuncture, a raffle for prizes and more. The event will be held Sat. October 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the clubhouse at 1001-9 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. Please save the date. More on this in October. We Want Your Blood!
Until next time, keep making each day count and stay safe.