21st Gables Foundation Gala set to honor and entertain

Pictured at Crave event for Coral Gables Community Foundation are (l-r) Carlos Garcia, Steven Krams and John Allen.

Crave Restaurant at the Village of Merrick Park once again hosted the Coral Gables Community Foundation for its recent countdown event to the organization’s 21st anniversary fundraising gala to take place Oct. 13 at the Coral Gables Country Club.

With a “Club Monaco” theme this year’s featured honorees — Steven Krams and Cathy Zuckerman Dee — were among the 60 attending that pre-event party. While Krams, president and executive director of Coral Gables Cinemateque, will receive the foundation’s Culture Award, Dee will accept for her late husband Paul Dee, longtime athletic director and general counsel of the University of Miami.

Cathy Zuckerman-Dee (left) is pictured with Andria Hanley at countdown event to Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 21st annual fundraising gala at Crave.

In his address during the kickoff event, Gables Foundation chair William Bonn noted that most of Dee’s clothes had recently been donated to a drive to help Coral Gables Senior High football players dress professionally for school on game days.

In addition to Krams and Dee, being honored at the gala will be Dr. Joyce Elam for her contribution to education with 15 years as executive dean of the FIU School of Business; philanthropist Robert Fewell receiving the Willy Bermello Award, and former Gables City Commissioner Chip Withers who was the visionary instrumental in the creation of the Coral Gables Mueum.

Guests will enjoy an open bar sponsored by Bacardi USA, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing and lots of casino-style activities. Individual tickets start at $150 per person. For reservations or more information, call the Coral Gables Community Foundation at 305-446-9670 or send email to info@gablesfoundation.org

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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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