In this issue
Carlos F. Garcia named Managing Partner of Hancock Askew & Co. Miami office
Philanthropy panel features Industry Leaders
FOCUS ON FUNDS-
George W. Carver Elementary students perform with violins donated by Foundation Board Member Lee Osiason
Tickets & Tables for the
25th Anniversary Gala, A Passage to India
Become a member, make a difference in your community
Foundation Board Member Carlos F. Garcia named Managing Partner of Hancock Askew's Miami Office
Coral Gables Community Foundation Board Member & Immediate Past Chairman, Carlos F. Garcia, CPA, CVA, CGMA, has joined Hancock Askew as the Managing Partner of its Miami office. After opening its doors this February, the firm continues its expansion in Miami with the addition of new team members.
"It's an exciting time for Hancock Askew as the firm continues to grow in Miami and overall. I'm honored to be leading the new office of such a distinguished and long-established firm and as our local team grows, we will be able to continue to provide excellent client service in the areas of tax, accounting, auditing and consulting" said Carlos.
Carlos has over 25 years of experience in both public accounting and private business. He started his career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP and has gained significant experience in the areas of auditing, merger and acquisition assistance and consulting as it relates primarily to real estate, healthcare, restaurants and hospitality, manufacturing, not-for-profits, professional services and technology. Carlos received his Bachelors of Accounting from the University of Miami and MBA studies from Florida International University. In addition to his role on the Foundation Board of Directors, Carlos was recently named the Vice Chairman of the Coral Gables Art Cinema.
Foundation hosts panel discussion on Smart Philanthropy sponsored by Evensky & Katz/Foldes
Financial Wealth Management
On June 2nd, friends of the Coral Gables Community Foundation were treated to an engaging lunchtime conversation on smart charitable giving and planning practices by esteemed panelists Lou Nostro with Nostro Jones, John Anzivino from Kaufman Rossin and Lane Jones from Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management. Foundation Board Member
Lee Osiason from SMGQ Law moderated the panel. We would like to thank our panelists and generous host David Evensky and Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management for a wonderful event. The event was also held in partnership with the Non-Profit Task Force of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
Foundation awards Coral Cubes to long-standing restaurants in
L to R: Vice Mayor Frank Quesada, City Attorney Craig Leen, Mayor Jim Cason, Commissioner Vince Lago, Commissioner Pat Keon, Burger Bob's Bob McGuire, Christy's Restaurant's Chris Klaic and Dulce Blacher, Foundation Executive Director Mary Snow, Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick, La Dorada's Lilly Gandara, Ortanique's Cindy Hutson, City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark and Delius Shirley also from Ortanique
City of Coral Gables and the
Coral Gables Community Foundation were pleased to present Coral Cube awards to several long-standing restaurants in Coral Gables during the June 14th City Commission meeting.
The Foundation and the City thank them for their enduring culinary contributions to our community. The following restaurants were awarded during the June City Commission Meeting:
Ortanique on the Mile, La Dorada, Burger Bob's, Christy's
Additional restaurants will be recognized at upcoming City Commission meetings.
Focus on Funds
The Slesnick Family Fund
Don & Jeannett Slesnick are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the City Beautiful
through their Donor-Advised Fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation
Through the Slesnick Family Fund, established in 2003, Don & Jeannett have made a positive difference throughout Coral Gables and Greater Miami
over $175,000 to more than 100 deserving organizations and causes
he Coral Gables Museum, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Actors' Playhouse and the Miami Bach Society
are just a few of the recipient organizations of the Slesnick Family Fund
Don Slesnick served as Mayor of Coral Gables from 2001-2011 and has been active in numerous civic and business organizations including the Coral Gables Community Foundation where he proudly served as Chairman from 1997-1998. Current City Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick takes great pride in preserving the City's quality of life for current and future residents. She too served as Chairman of the Coral Gables Community Foundation in 2008. The Slesnicks enjoy spending time with their children and four grandchildren as well as continuing to volunteer their time to non-profit organizations in their community.
The Coral Gables Community Foundation is pleased to recognize the good work of the Slesnick Family Fund in our community!
Golden Gables Fund:
George W. Carver Elementary students perform with new violins
On June 9th, 3rd graders from George W. Carver Elementary School gave a musical performance with violins donated by Coral Gables Community Foundation Board Member, Lee Osiason. Led by music teacher Mr. Alejandro Riesco, the students showcased their musical skills with renditions of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", and other favorites.
What an impressive performance it was!
Celebrate the Coral Gables Community Foundation's 25th Anniversary at
A Passage to India!
October 14th, 2016
Coral Gables Country Club
Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!
2016 Gala Co-Chairs Sissy DeMaria & Mary Young
Create your Legacy Today!
George 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 preserves key philanthropic activities in the Gables and raises unrestricted funds for the Foundation.
This exclusive group commits to a three-year annual contribution of $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000. To find out more, please contact our Executive Director, Mary Snow, at 305.446.9670, or via email at
The Foundation is pleased to present our
MERRICK SOCIETY Donors
Robert J. "Bob" & Marian Fewell*
William A. Bonn & Ruben Ceballos
Matthew T. Meehan & Rod Hildebrant
John R. Allen, Jr.
Wayne Cameron Eldred
John O'Rourke III
Donald & Jeannett Slesnick
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers
Dr. Joyce Elam
Carlos F. Garcia
Alfonso & Shannon Perez
The Torre Family
Jose Valdes-Fauli & Shed Boren
Brent & Daniella Reynolds
Scott J. Richey
Eddie & Judy Snow
Lori V. Thomas
Ann F. Boley
John Herrera, Esq.
Pedro R. Parra
Scott A. & Nanda Poulin
Dr. Audrey Ross
Robert & Ashley Thornburg
*Denotes lifetime membership
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."
"Leaders Rise by Lifting Others"
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