GFWC District 11 join forces to raise funds for Operation Smile

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Pictured enjoying Clutch Burger’s Gringo Bingo are (l-r) Marti Bueso, of Home Financing, with Kristy Fueyo, of Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Mike Fueyo.

The General Federation of Women’s Club’s District 11, which includes 11 clubs in Miami-Dade County, will join forces to participate in Clutch Burger’s Gringo Bingo, on May 7 from 7 – 10 p.m. This is not your ordinary bingo. The fun, food and games include music by celebrity DJ Germain who has donated his services to help Clutch Burger’s Steven Bradley pull off these wacky events for charity. $20 of the $25 charged for a ticket goes directly to the charity of the month. Ticket includes a plate of appetizers with a Clutch slider, one specialty drink or unlimited sodas. Bingo cards are $5 for 6 games. Local restaurants and vendors have generously provided amazing prizes for winners and thousands have already been raised for other charitable programs. For more information, contact <gloria@cnews.net>.

The most recent Gringo Bingo on April 2 at Clutch Burger located at 146 Giralda on the Plaza netted more than $1,200.00 for the Coral Gables Children’s Dental Clinic. Since the beginning of this year through March 31, this clinic has provided $59,489.00 in free dental services for children throughout Miami Dade who fall between the cracks in the healthcare system. Dental Clinic Director Dr. Iris Torres and Club President Arely Ruiz praise Ana and Steven Bradley, owners of Clutch, for providing this wonderful opportunity to fund additional services for children in need. For information on the Coral Gables Woman’s Club or its Dental Clinic, visit gfwccoralgableswomansclub.org.

Speaking of charitable causes, the weekend of March 30, St. Louis Catholic Church held its annual Festival for the Poor. All the funds raised are donated throughout the community for countless worthy programs for the poor. Parishioners, community leaders, non profits and people of goodwill from all over attend this event enjoying great family friendly entertainment, rides, food, and a silent auction. The weekend even kicked off with a 5K Walk-Run. For the third year in a row, A Safe Haven for Newborns, one of the Festival’s beneficiaries, participated with its founder Nick Silverio and Ambassador Cathy Carrasquillo at a table sharing ASHFN mission that has thus far saved 230 babies from abandonment and possible death. Nick was most grateful to the Saint Louis committee and volunteers. Nick also lauded Ambassador Ann McCormick who introduced and ultimately connected ASHFN to the Festival.

Until next time, keep making each day count.


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Gloria Burns
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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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