Recent charitable events focus on women’s issues

Pictured at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Inaugural Wine, Women and Shoes Luncheon is its honorary event chair CBS4’s Emmy Award-winning anchor Shannon Hori (left) with event co-chairs Carola Pimental (center) and Cristelda Breene.

The Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Breakfast at Grove Isle brought out several local celebs including CBS4 reporter Natali Zea, who emceed the breakfast, and Univision’s on air talent and author Albert Sardinias.

Tenet physician Dr. Miguel Diaz, a heart specialist, addressed the crowd stressing the importance of not smoking among other ways to decrease your risk of heart disease. Also, featured was personal trainer Mart a Montenegro whose father’s death from a stroke inspired her to take better care of herself by improving her diet and regular exercise routine.

Among the many faces in the crowd enjoying a healthy breakfast were Tenet’s Vilma Medio, Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, Miami International Mall’s Jessie Mendoza, Tenet’s Jennifer Beard Evans, Sushi Maki’s Jenny Larson, and Halo Branded Solutions’ Norris Perez, to mention a few.

Also focusing on the female gender, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Inaugural Wine, Women and Shoes Luncheon attracted more than 450 ladies who gathered at the Coral Gables Country Club on Feb. 8.

The event took over the entire country club space with several areas for silent auction items amid passed hors d’oeuvres and various beverage options. Yet another area for vendors offered a selection of clothing, jewelry, shoes from Nieman Marcus and countless accessories with 20 percent of sales benefiting the foundation.

Co-chairs for the event were C a rola Pimental and Cristelda Breene with CBS4’s Emmy Award-winning anchor Shannon Hori as honorary chair. All three wore outstanding designer stilettos among the many modeled during the program.

Seen enjoying the affair were MCH Foundation president and CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Meenaa Chugani, Gingi Beltran, Blair Sonville, Tanya Cazzarelli, Yolanda Nader and Patricia Cornish, to mention a very few. The event raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the foundation.

Coming up this month and next are numerous opportunities to enjoy what South Florida has to offer in the way of cultural and charitable events. After enjoying two weeks of great art shows, one in Coconut Grove and the other in South Miami, many folks may be looking for some different entertainment of which there is no shortage.

On Saturday, Mar. 3, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club is holding its annual Casino Night fundraiser with a silent auction. This is definitely one of the most fun events in town and certainly the best deal with tickets priced at $25 per person. Past president Barbara Lapsley is chairing this year’s affair that has a Hollywood theme for those who like to come in costume. Lapsley and her hardworking committee, including silent auction chair Carmen Suarez, are dedicated to raising enough funds to extend the hours and days of operation for the club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic that provides more than $170,000 in free dental care annually to disadvantaged children.

For tickets or more information on the dental clinic, call Dr. Iris Tor res at 305-446- 1047.

Save those Hollywood costumes for Friday, Mar. 9, and join Coral Gables Rotarians for the Club’s Annual Gala, “A Night on the Red Carpet,” at the Coral Gables Country Club. Zoo Miami’s entertaining Ron Magill will emcee this evening of fun.

Club president Deborah Swain and gala chair Margarita Tonkinson promise guests great food, lively entertainment, dancing and an auction to benefit Citizens for a Better South Florida and the Rotary Foundation. Single tickets are $150 per person. The club also is selling raffle tickets for $125 for a 1 in 300 chance to win $20,000 or a new car or boat.

For more information on the event and the raffle, visit Until next time, keep making each day count.

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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

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