An over-the-top Casino Night party on Mar. 9 helped bring in more than $22,000 to benefit the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic.
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 deejay 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.
St. Patrick’s Day came early in the Gables with JohnMartin’s street party on Mar. 15 that began a fun-filled weekend up and down the Mile through Mar. 17.
While the Irish and Irish wannabes were partying around town, the Junior Opera Guild (JOG) gathered for the organization’s “Springtime in Paris” benefit fashion show at the Riviera Country Club. This annual affair serves as a major 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 with floral arrangements, delicious French cuisine, iconic French music along with the “haute couture” fashion show were a recipe for yet another JOG success story.
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 relations; 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.
Coral Gables Rotarians have rescheduled their next Wine and Dine for Charity for Tuesday, Apr. 23, at CRAVE in the Village of Merrick Park. Save the date for a gourmet four-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.
Until next time, keep making each day count.
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