In this issue . . .
Board members making moves in the community
FOCUS ON FUNDS Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management's 30th anniversary
RECENT EVENTS 2016 Tour of Kitchens is a great success
Sasha Dolgicer to Chair Four-Year Scholarship Committee
Board member Sasha Dolgicer has been named Chair of the Foundation's Four-Year Scholarship Committee.
The Coral Gables Community Foundation established the Four-Year Scholarship in 2015. This scholarship awards four deserving, in-need Coral Gables Senior High School seniors $10,000 in scholarship funding for four years of college study.
Sasha, Senior Director of Corporate Relations at the University of Miami, will chair the committee and, along with committee members, review applications from students.
We are excited to work with Sasha and the Four-Year Scholarship Committee on this endeavor!
John O'Rourke's Montica Jewelry moves to new location
Foundation Board Chairman John O'Rourke III's
has moved to a new location.
John welcomes you to visit his new boutique and experience an amazing array of diamond jewelry and top designers.
Wayne Eldred appointed Chair of Council for Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute
Board member Wayne Eldred has been appointed Chair of the
Baptist Health Foundation
Council for Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute.
"It is a privilege to be part of the Baptist Health Foundation's Team allowing me to contribute to their great work, for its causes and facilities," said Wayne. "Doctors Hospital has saved two dear friends of mine and rehabilitated many more. I look forward to contributing to the future development of Doctors Hospital, and being part of the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation and their organizations."
Wayne is the owner of Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill in the heart of Coral Gables.
In addition to his
role on the
Foundation's Board and Community Giving Committee, Wayne
is the current Chairman of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Camillus House Board of Directors. He was also recently named by the Miami Herald as one of South Florida's Food 50.
Matthew Meehan opens business in
Foundation Board Secretary Matthew Meehan has entered into a new business venture as Owner/Investor of MATI Energy.
MATI Energy is a new all natural energy drink brewed from guayusa leaves and is currently available
on Amazon and in Whole Foods stores across the Southeast United States.
Recently acquiring a distribution deal with Anheuser-Busch, Costco, Vistar, and Kroger, MATI Energy opened a new 30,000 square foot production facility in Clayton, North Carolina where MATI employees will bottle, brew and distribute the beverage across the country.
2016 marks 25th anniversary of the
Coral Gables Community Foundation
This year, the Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary. We wish to thank our current and past Board members, donors, esteemed fund holders, Merrick Society members and supporters for 25 years of community philanthropy in Coral Gables.
To commemorate the occasion,
has designed a special 25th Anniversary logo. Thank you to Ari Rollnick and the kabookaboo team for the new logo design!
Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management celebrates 30th anniversary
Top: David Garcia, Lane Jones, David Evensky, Matt McGrath and Brett Horowitz of Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Trowbridge and Foundation Board member/Chamber of Commerce Chairman Wayne Eldred. Bottom left: Merrick Society members Evelyn Budde and Audrey Ross; Bottom right: Merrick Society member Alex Montague, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board Secretary Matthew Meehan and Chairman John O'Rourke III. Photos by Ada L. Stevens, SnapHappy Photos, LLC.
At the luncheon, Evensky & Katz/Foldes celebrated 30 years of success as one of the largest investment firms in South Florida. Not only is the company at the top of its industry, but the firm is also a leader in local philanthropy. Through their Donor-Advised Fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation, which serves as the central source of the company's philanthropic giving in the community, the firm donated more than $100,000 to local non-profit organizations in 2015 alone.
Also during the celebration, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Trowbridge launched the Chamber's new Non-Profit Task Force initiative. The Non-Profit Task Force will work to further position Coral Gables as a leader in corporate philanthropy, while serving as a driving force in hyper-local social responsibility.
Scholarship opportunities available for Coral Gables students
New dental chair unveiled at May Van Sickle Children's Dental Clinic
Last year, the May Van Sickle Children's Dental Clinic at the Coral Gables Woman's Club received a grant from the Foundation's Community Giving Committee for a brand new dental chair to better serve the many children from low-income households who receive free dental treatment at the Clinic. On February 16, the chair was proudly unveiled in the company of Foundation Chairman John O'Rourke III, past Community Giving Committee Chair John Allen, Executive Director Mary Snow, Former Mayor Dorothy Thomson, Dr. Iris Torres-Rivera, Gloria Burns and Barbara Lapsley. Congratulations to the May Van Sickle Children's Dental Clinic and thank you for the wonderful work you do for children in our community.
Shelly Roberts Circle of Love Fund hosts Run For The Kids
Foundation hosts seventh annual Tour of Kitchens
On Saturday, February 6, a mix of foodies and home-design enthusiasts gathered together for the Coral Gables Community Foundation's
Seventh Annual Tour of Kitchens
The 2016 Tour of Kitchens was chaired by Venny Torre, CEO of
Torre Construction & Development
. During the tour, nine of Coral Gables' finest private home kitchens opened their doors to the public and offered mouthwatering food tastings, exclusive home and kitchen items for sale and table setting displays for dining room inspiration. In addition to the homes, the
Sales Gallery and
Scavolini Store Miami
were also featured stops on the Tour. Proceeds from the 7th Annual Tour of Kitchens benefited the Coral Gables Community Foundation and its Culinary Arts Fund, which provides support and scholarships for the Culinary Arts Program at
Coral Gables Senior High School
The Tour kicked off with the Opening Event at the
Snaidero Kitchens + Design
showroom, where a lavish breakfast, coffee and mimosas were served. From there, guests began their self-guided Tour.
The success of this year's event is due in large part to the Foundation's wonderful Tour of Kitchens Committee, whose dedication and efforts made the 2016 edition the most successful Tour of Kitchens in organization history.
To view more photos from the 2016 Tour of Kitchens, please visit our
Thank you to our 2016 Tour of Kitchens sponsors
Top Chef Sponsors
Ponce Society of Young Professionals bring cheer to the elderly for Valentine's Day
Ponce Society of Young Professionals (PSYP)
continued their tradition of delivering gift baskets to the elderly for Valentine's Day. On February 12, members of the PSYP visited residents of the
Riviera Health Resort
in Coral Gables. Residents were treated to games of bingo and dominoes, cookies, juice and
gift baskets made by the PSYP members
Lilly Pulitzer Shop & Share benefits the Foundation
On February 25, the Lilly Pulitzer store at the Village of Merrick Park hosted a Shop & Share event for the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Ten percent of all in-store purchases went to support the Foundation and its projects. Thank you Lilly Pulitzer Merrick Park for supporting your local community foundation!
The Coral Gables Community Foundation Seeks Office Administrator/Marketing Coordinator to start immediately
The Coral Gables Community Foundation seeks a full-time Office Administrator/Marketing Coordinator to provide advanced administrative and marketing support
in a small, community-oriented environment
. Under the direction of the Foundation's Executive Director, this individual will perform
a broad variety of administrative and marketing tasks including, but not limited to, preparing all electronic and printed marketing materials, managing all social media communications, and handling all incoming office phone calls. S
alary commensurate with experience and ability.
Please email Mary Snow at
for a full job description and to apply.
Create your legacy today!
|The Coral Gables Community Foundation's new home in the Mercantil Commercebank building at the corner of Alhambra Circle and Ponce de Leon Boulevard
ABOUT THE MERRICK SOCIETY
Merrick's vision for better living continues today as involved Coral Gables stakeholders strive to maintain the look and feel of the City Beautiful. Do you have a vision for Coral Gables? The Coral Gables Community Foundation established the Merrick Society so that visionary people like you can continue George Merrick's dream. The Merrick Society promotes and preserves key philanthropic activities in Coral Gables and raises unrestricted funds for the Foundation. Merrick Society donors commit to a three-year annual contribution of $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, or more. Merrick Society donors are invited to the annual benefactor reception and other special events, and receive a lapel pin in recognition of their participation. To find out more, please contact our Executive Director, Mary Snow, at 305.446.9670, or via email at email@example.com.
ABOUT THE CORAL GABLES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation provides the philanthropic conduit to connect individuals and corporations looking to positively impact the success of the community. Celebrating 25 years, the Foundation has been at the forefront of the evolving needs of Coral Gables, while effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to "The City Beautiful."