Walks, weeds and golf highlight fall outdoor activities

The Community Newspapers Team participates at American Heart Association’s 2012 Heart Walk on Oct. 6 at FIU.

On a picture perfect Saturday morning, thousands gathered for the 2012 Heart Walk at Florida International University’s Maidique Campus.

Miami’s Community Newspapers was happy to gather several non-profit groups under its umbrella to help raise funds for the American Heart Association at the Oct. 6 event. From the members of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Doral Business Council, the Miami Christian School Beta Club and its Middle School to Gulliver Schools, the volunteers were plenty for the CN team alone not to mention the many students from the area schools helping from the early morning hours.

Students participate in classroom lessons at LBA Construction and Business Management Academy Charter High School.

All were delighted to learn that this 2012 Heart Walk, chaired by Ernie Diaz of TD Bank raised half a million dollars for the organization.

Among the many enjoying and volunteering the day at the Community Newspapers tent were Debi Moore, Norris Perez, Ana Hedman, Theresa Gonzalez, Allison Bean, Chris Rosillo, Chrissy and Elizabeth Rosillo, Paula Franco, Susan Machado, and Ernie Angueira.

Also enjoying a morning outdoors, the Brickell Rotarians recently held a “weeding” party to beautify the grounds of Carver Elementary School and prepare a concrete slab construction for another picnic area. After enjoying a light breakfast at Carver, volunteers with gloves in hand and hats on heads, worked for several hours before calling it a day and enjoyed a lunch provided by the school’s PTA. For more information on this relatively new Rotary club, call 305-741-4131 or send email to info@rotarybrickell.org.

Norris Perez at 2012 Heart Walk walks for her police officer husband, Joe, who had a successful recovery from a serious heart attack a few years back and was unable to make this year’s event.

The 2012 Latin Builders Association Golf Classic is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Melreese Golf Course. The annual event will benefit the LBA Construction and Business Management Academy Charter High School, now in its first year with one grade level and 40 students. A grade level will be added each year to complete the fouryear high school. This school offers students a great educational opportunity and the LBA invites community support. Join the effort and reserve your foursome for the Golf Classic by calling 305- 446-5989 or send email to liglesias@lbaorg.com

Down Syndrome of Miami will conduct its sixth annual Miracle Walk at Ponce Circle Park in the Gables on Sunday, Nov. 4. The group is looking to increase its numbers this year from 3,000 walkers to more than 5,000. All of the funds raised will stay right here in South Miami, Coral Gables, Kendall and Doral serving over 200 families with kids and teens with Down Syndrome.

This organization not only provides free swimming lessons, free speech therapy, and free soccer groups but has added hippotherapy in Horse Country. Students looking for volunteer hours are welcomed to contact the organization to see how they can help.

For information, visit www.dsaom.org.

Charitable organizations have a chance to promote their programs with the Chamber South members at a Not For Profit Tabletop Expo at the chamber’s General Membership Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:15 a.m.-9 a.m., at the Miami Marriott Dadeland.

For more information, contact the chamber at info@chambersouth.com.

Finally, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables opened its 25th anniversary season with Godspell. Artistic director David Arisco promises audiences a new and improved show that is sure to delight. For members of the Coral Gables Rotary Club who were treated to a preview of the show during a recent meeting, the show is sure to be a hit. For tickets, call 305-444-9293.

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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 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

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