Successful Jr. Opera Guild Fashion Show raises funds for charitable efforts

Successful Jr. Opera Guild Fashion Show raises funds for charitable efforts

Mayra Dominguez, Robin Burr and Carmen Suarez await guests at check in for Coral Gables Woman’s Club Casino Night fundraiser.

The young women of The Junior Opera Guild (JOG) coordinated another great fashion show with this year theme being “Springtime in Paris”. This annual affair serves as a major Guild fundraiser as well as an opportunity to honor JOG’s high school senior members and its Executive Board. A 15 foot black Eiffel Tower complemented the floral arrangements that adorned the Riviera Country Club where guests enjoyed delicious French cuisine, iconic French music along with the “haute couture” fashion show. The combination was certainly a recipe for yet another JOG success.

Among the seniors being honored were JOG President, Julie Salzinger, from Ransom who will be attending Harvard in the fall; Sara Tillett, of Palmer Trinity who plans to major in classical voice performance and international relation; and Stephanie Pinon, a senior in the IB program at Carrollton who plans to major in journalism; Leah Schwartz, from the High School of Advanced Studies; and Katherine Flinn, of Coral Reef High School who will major in agriculture.

The JOG is an active group of high school students who usher for Florida Grand Opera and raise money to fund Girl Scout Music workshops and scholarships for the Young Patronesses of the Opera National Voice Competition.

Successful Jr. Opera Guild Fashion Show raises funds for charitable efforts

Among the many members helping with CGWC Casino Night seen here are (l to r) Debi Moore, Carmen Suarez, Lisa DiMarco, Barbara Lapsley, Pam Schaefer, Mitzi Jenner and Myra Dominguez.

Coral Gables Rotarians invited district Rotarians and wine lovers to join them for their next Wine and Dine for Charity fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, at CRAVE in the Village of Merrick Park. Save the date for a gourmet 4 course dinner with wine pairings for an all inclusive price of $125 per person. For tickets, call 305 968-3090. Seating is limited. Proceeds will benefit The First Tee Foundation and the charities of the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation.

Children for around Miami Dade Clinic were the winners in an over the top Casino Night party that helped raise more than $22,000 to benefit the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic on March 9. With a theme of “High Rollers to Hollywood”, guests entered the event on a long red carpet that set the stage for the evening’s entertainment. A variety of gaming tables, a DJ for dancing, a silent auction and lots of good food made for a memorable evening. Chairing the event was Past President Linda Hartwell while another Past President, Pam Schaefer, chaired fundraising and also co-chaired the auction with the Club’s Dental Clinic Director, Dr. Iris Torres. Among the many helping out with the evening were Carmen Suarez, Nancy DesMangles, President Mireya Kilmon, Robin Burr,Mayra Dominguez, and Debi Moore, to mention a few. Guests included such notables as Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and wife, Carmen; CGWC Past President Tania Stern and husband, Rudy; Lynn Bauer, of Bauer Financial; UM’s Dr. Hal Wanless and Steve and Risa Parsons.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

Successful Jr. Opera Guild Fashion Show raises funds for charitable efforts

Seen here modeling at
Junior Opera Guild’s
fashion show on March
17th are Sara Tillett
and Leah Schwartz.

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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

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