August 19, 2022


Health for a better future

Mother’s Day Tea funds free children’s dental clinic

Pictured here at Coral Gables Woman’s Club Mother’s Day Tea are (L to R)

Gloria Burns, Barbara Lapsley, former Coral Gables Mayor Dorothy 

Thomson, June Morris and CGWC President Ruth Martinez. 

Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s May 8th Mother’s Day Tea was an overwhelming success after a one year gap and despite a limited capacity because of COVID protocols. With a sell out crowd, the affair raised more than $6,000.00 to provide much needed free dental care for Miami-Dade children who fall between the cracks in our healthcare system. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of shopping, music and a fabulous tea catered by club member Rita Tennyson, whose company, R Catering.

Co chairing the event were Denise Valluerca and Iris Segui with lots of help from their committee: Lorena Holguin, Past President Arely Ruiz, President Ruth Martinez, Treasurer Nancy Desmangles, Kristina Jackson and Gloria Burns.  Of course, lots of other club members pitched in to help as well as student volunteers from Coral Gables High School. The Club was most grateful for the community support from top sponsors: Jorge Mercado & Associates/ Iris Segui and   ArelyRuizPR and the many other donors and in-kind  contributors.

Great support also came from General Federation of Women’s Club’s (GFWC)  District 11 including The Miami Woman’s Club President Shirley Pardon, President of the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove Virginia Yermoli, Noreen Timoney, Anita Jenkins, Metris Batts, Maribel Fruitstone, 

GFWC District 11 Past District Directors Elizabeth Kourtesis Fisher, Norma Cooper, Graciela de Garcia and Lynda Randolph and current District Director Brenda Merrill, of Northeast Miami Woman’s Club.Another of the many notables attending were former Coral Gables Mayor and Past CGWC President Dorothy Thomson with her daughter June Morris.

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