Stories written by 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. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and the Rotarian of the Year Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education, co chairs the Doral Business Council Forum and is a DBC Ambassador, is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is on the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and sings in the choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

Achievement Breakfasts honor top area students

Achievement Breakfasts honor top area students

Achievement Breakfasts honored top middle and high school as well as area elementary school students at Westin Colonnade on Mar. 12 and 14, respectively. Presented by Miami-Dade Chapter- Thrivent Financial and coordinated by Joan Reitsma, the events were bigger than ever although a few schools were unable to attend because of scheduling conflicts. In fact, […]

Rotary Club of Miami Brickell active in community outreach

Rotary Club of Miami Brickell active in community outreach

The Rotary Club of Miami Brickell is as active as ever in community outreach. Most recently the members participated in a two-day project with a group of City of Miami Firefighters priming, patching, caulking and painting the Lotus House Youth Building. Speaking of Rotary, Gables Rotarian and graduate of University of Miami’s Law School Rebecca […]

Matt McGrath stands out in business, volunteerism

Matt McGrath stands out in business, volunteerism

Amanaging partner and a principal of Evensky & Katz, Matt McGrath has a history of community volunteerism from an early age when his parents had he and his brother took food and gifts to a local retirement home, making sure the people who did not have family or friends visiting them knew people cared for […]

Coral Gables Museum hosts birthday luncheon for Robert Fewell

Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner (left) is pictured with Hank Langston (center) and Phill Lyons at Hank’s third surprise birthday party of the weekend at Plymouth Church’s Pilgrimage House.

Robert Fewell, a man without whom the Coral Gables Museum would not be what it is today, recently turned 92 and the party was on. Coral Gables Museum’s Chris Rupp orchestrated a beautiful luncheon for the family and friends of this beloved man. Lynn Bauer and Hal Wanless added to the festivities by bringing centerpieces […]

Grove resident Hank Langston celebrates special day

Grove resident Hank Langston celebrates special day

Longtime Coconut Grove resident Hank Langston, dean of faculty and more at Gulliver Schools, celebrated his 75th birthday with a weekend of parties, all but one of which was a surprise. In fact, the first surprise came after he returned home and heard a commotion in his driveway. Upon inspection he found a group of […]

33rd Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament, a success

33rd Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament, a success

Splitsville in South Miami once again hosted the 3rd Annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament on Monday, February 24th. With more than 100 bowlers joining 18 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame members and more than a dozen other former UM student-athletes, bowlers gathered to raise funds for the Hall of […]

Festivals combine for artistic weekend in the Grove

Enjoying the last day of the Coconut Grove Art Festival are (l-r) Christina Burns, Monty Trainer, Belinda and Scott Sime

Both festivals provide an enormous economic impact to South Florida and are to be congratulated. Festival patrons enjoyed some great entertainment, unique art, yummy food and a perfectly gorgeous rainfree weekend. Daisy Lewis, St. Stephens Art Festival director, had a host of great volunteers ranging from priests to students. Of course, the festival provided an […]

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club provides services for children in our community

Amber and Chad Dittman with Carol Brock at Rotary2Rotary District networking event

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, whose membership includes women who want to serve from South Miami and around South Florida, provides much needed services for children in our community. The Club recently received funding for their children’s free dental clinic from Evensky & Katz as well as the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation. These donations […]

Jeffrey Welch: A man of high energy, compassion

Jeffery Welch

A man of high energy and compassion, Jeffrey Welch is perhaps the only Gables Great receiving this recognition after so few years in Coral Gables. For anyone who has had the opportunity to see this man in action, it is no wonder he has made an impact in so short a time. Born in Toledo, […]

Cosford Theatre to host viewing of Travis: A Soldier’s Story film

Cosford Theatre to host viewing of Travis: A Soldier’s Story film

Travis Mills, a soldier serving in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division on his third tour in Afghanistan, lost parts of both arms and legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device on Apr. 10, 2012. Miraculously he overcame insurmountable odds during a twoyear recovery battle documented in a film to be shown on […]

Doral Living Gets Better Every Year

Doral Living Gets Better Every Year

Doral is hopping with things to do, especially on the weekends. On Jan. 31 while folks gathered at Charlie’s Bistro in Costa de Sol for drinks, dinner and karaoke, others attended an after-hours reception at Artist’s Portfolio that offered the option of creating a piece of art to take home. Using a canvas provided with […]

February is all about art shows and hearts

February is all about art shows and hearts

  Art lovers will want to clear the weekend of Feb 22-23 for the 31st Annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival. Look for road closures on Sunset Drive from US 1 to Red Road adjacent to The Shops at Sunset Place. South Miami Rotarians expect another great turn out with great arts and crafts, food, […]

Golf tournament at Killian Greens celebrates MCS 60th anniversary

Miami Christian School (MCS) (begins celebrating its 60th anniversary year on Mar. 7 with a charity golf tournament at Killian Greens, 9980 SW 104 St. Registration fee is $125 and includes breakfast, steak or chicken lunch, cart fees, goodie bag with collared shirt, cap, golf balls and a chance to win a grand prize. Breakfast […]

Theater, golf and Casino Night take center stage

Theater, golf and Casino Night take center stage

Actors’ Playhouse brought another great production to the Miracle Theatre with the opening of Peter Quilter’s hit Broadway play End of the Rainbow on Friday, Jan. 17. As always, Actors’ board chair Dr. Lawrence E. Stein with executive producing director Barbara S. Stein and artistic director David Arisco welcomed guests to a stellar evening with […]

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