Theater, golf and Casino Night take center stage

Theater, golf and Casino Night take center stage

Pictured at a recent meeting of Profit Inc. are (l-r) president Robert Beans of Bay Plumbing; new Profit Inc. executive director Linda Wolonick, and former interim executive director Frank Obregon.

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 a cocktail reception courtesy of Bacardi, USA and Premier Beverage Company. Following the show, guests enjoyed a delectable post show dinner buffet sponsored by Special Events Catering by Les.

Among the notable guests were Florida Sen. René García; Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and his wife, Carmen; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, and former Coral Gables Mayors Don Slesnick with wife, Jeannett, and Dorothy Thomson with her husband, Jack. End of The Rainbow has received rave reviews and will play through Feb. 9. For tickets, call 305-444-9293.

Rotarians and friends from around South Florida will be participating in the Rotary Golf Classic for Scholarships on Feb. 6 at the Biltmore Golf Course. This annual event is hosted by and for the benefit of scholarship funds of the Miami Dadeland- Pinecrest Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables.

Theater, golf and Casino Night take center stage

Pictured at Actors’ Playhouse opening night for End of the Rainbow, are Actors’ chair Dr. Lawrence E. Stein and executive producing director Barbara S. Stein with Florida Sen. René García.

After play and lunch, look above for a helicopter dropping numbered golf balls bought by many for a chance to win some great prizes in the RI District 6990 Golf Ball Drop for the benefit of the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund. It is always fun watching golf balls rain down on the course before measurements are taken and the owners of the balls closet to the holes are determined.

Speaking of Rotary, Coral Gables Rotarian Greg Martin and his wife, eco artist Nancy Martini, opened their Pinecrest home to raise funds for the arts and the Rotary Foundation on Jan. 25. The fundraiser had an interactive art component as well as entertainment provided by some extraordinary talented students from New World School of the Arts and a delicious traditional Greek dinner.

The Martinis solicited some volunteer help from past rotary presidents Abe Horowitz, who cooked the lamb, and Sally Baumgartner, who helped with the salad. Among the more than 65 Rotarians and friends attending the evening were more past club presidents including Bill Martinez, Owen Freed, Frank Sexton, Deborah Swain and Keith Phillips.

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s recent meeting featured updates and plans for the club’s annual Casino Night fundraiser to be held Saturday, Mar. 8, at the clubhouse, 1009 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd. Event chair Carol Rosenau was encouraged by the enthusiasm of those selling tickets and bringing in great items for auction.

Debi Moore has stepped up once again and taken over the fundraising chair role for the event and also was honored as well by the district as the lead candidate and will vie with others around the state to be invited to represent Florida at the International Convention. Another busy lady, Nathalia Bogani, is in charge of ticket sales.

Theater, golf and Casino Night take center stage

Eco artist Nancy Martini at Rotary fundraiser she and her husband, Greg, hosted at their home. Artwork in background is one of Nancy’s recycled art pieces.

Tickets are $50 and include entertainment, dancing, food, silent auction and gaming tables with a cash bar. Save the date for this event that is always one of the best deals in town for a fun night out for a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic. For more information, call 305- 284-7379 or 305-968-3090. Profit Inc., one of the oldest business networking groups in Miami-Dade County recently hired a new executive director, Linda Wolonick, to take over for Frank Obregon who graciously took over as interim director when the need arose.

Profit Inc. meets every other Thursday at 94th Aero Squadron with open houses on the off weeks. Those interested in learning more about this dynamic group of business men and women may call Linda at 1-954-370-0041.

The Junior Orange Bowl Committee, on the search for a new executive director, recently held a meeting at the Coral Gables Museum during which the nominating committee announced the candidates for office. For information on the Junior Orange Bowl, call 305-662-1210.

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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