Virtual fund raising is a challenge worth taking


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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 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.

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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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