- Aura Reinhardt honored at 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show
- Laura Russo featured as a "Gables Great" in Community Newspapers
- Venny Torre to serve as 2017 Tour of Kitchens Chair
- Key to Giving program is back!
- Mark your memories with a Commemorative Bench
Focus on Funds:
- Actors' Playhouse Endowment Fund
- Burgerliscious is almost here!
Aura Reinhardt honored at 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show
|Aura Reinhardt accompanied by her son, Christopher, at the 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show
The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce that on October 14th, Board member Aura Reinhardt was honored at the American Cancer Society's 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show. Aura, along with 11 other local philanthropists, were honored for their commitment to the community
at a fashion show and luncheon at the JW Marriott Marquis.
Laura Russo featured as a Gables Great in Community Newspapers
The article, written by Gloria Burns, highlighted her professional successes such as establishing her own Coral Gables law firm Laura L. Russo Esq, serving on the Attorney's Title Insurance Advisory Board from 1998-2004 and being Special Master-Code Enforcement
for the City of Coral Gables from 2005-2010.
In addition to Laura's role on the Foundation Board, she is a past President of the Coral Gables Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Laura also served on the Board of Directors for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2015 and on the Board of the Coral Gables Museum from 2012-2014. The Foundation is fortunate to have her serving on the Board! Congratulations, Laura!
Venny Torre to serve as 2017 Tour of Kitchens Chair for the second year
The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce
that Board member Venny Torre will serve as the Chair of the 8th annual Tour of Kitchens, taking place on Saturday, February 4th, 2017.
Venny is President and CEO of Torre Development Group Inc., a full service real estate development, construction management and certified general contracting company known for its attention to quality, creativity and design details.
In addition to his role on the Community Foundation Board, Venny contributes his time and treasure to many local non-profit organizations. He is the current Chairman of the City of Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board, is a Board Trustee for the Coral Gables Business Improvement District and a Vice President and Board Member of Dade Heritage Trust. He is a founding member of the Coral Gables Museum and served on its Board of Directors for six years.
The Key to Giving Program is Back!
The program allows individuals in our community an opportunity to support the greater community by making a matched charitable gift to 25 pre-selected non-profits that are making a difference in Coral Gables and throughout Greater Miami.
By donating your time and treasure through the Key to Giving Program, the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Key Biscayne Community Foundation and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust have committed an initial monetary pool as incentive dollars to match donations received between $50 and $500 per donor
to the participating organizations. For any one gift greater than $500, the first $500 will be considered for matching funds.
Click here to view the list of participatory non-profits and donate your time and have your donations matched!
Mark your Memories with a Commemorative Bench!
In partnership with the City of Coral Gables, the Coral Gables Community Foundation offers the Commemorative Bench Program. The program provides a meaningful way for people, non-profit and government organizations, and companies to honor the legacy of a loved one, a special milestone or commemorative event with a bench in one of the City's green spaces or parks.
The commemorative benches are 6-feet-long, UV- and moisture-resistant and have an estimated 15-year lifetime.
For more information on the program and to see a list of available green spaces and parks, please visit
Focus on Funds
Actors' Playhouse announces new Endowment Fund during opening night of
Million Dollar Quartet
On October 21st, Actors' Playhouse held the opening night of
Million Dollar Quartet,
where they recognized the Coral Gables Community Foundation and the new Actors' Playhouse Endowment Fund onstage before the show.
Foundation Board Chairman John O' Rourke III represented the Foundation onstage and received a plaque from Actors' Playhouse in appreciation for the partnership with the Foundation. The evening kicked off the 'Miracle on the Mile' planned giving campaign to preserve and ensure the future of Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.
Burgerliscious is almost here!
Over twenty hot restaurants, one meaty festival, Burgerliscious sizzles on Thursday, November 3rd. Presented by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Burgerliscious is South Florida's premiere burger festival. Take a bite out of one or all of our meaty masterpieces! A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Enhancement Fund at the Foundation, which supports small business training programs. Get your tickets at
We're getting ready for the 2017 Tour of Kitchens!
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 Meehan & Rod Hildebrant
· Aura Reinhardt · Evelyn J. Budde
John R. Allen, Jr.
· Wayne Cameron Eldred · Jason Neal · David Olazabal · John O'Rourke III · Donald & Jeanett Slesnick
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers
· George Corrigan · Sissy DeMaria · Sasha Dolgicer · Dr. Joyce Elam · Carlos F. Garcia · Zeke Guilford · Andria Hanley · Patricia Leon · Henry Langston · Nelson Lazo · Paul Lowenthal · David Mitchell · Alfonso & Shannon Perez · Eddie & Judy Snow · The Torre Family · Jose Valdes-Fauli & Shed Boren · Marielena Villamil
Eric Gros-Dubois ·
Brett & Daniella Reynolds
· Scott J. Richey · Ari Rollnick · Ron Shuffield ·
Lori V. Thomas
Ann F. Boley · Brian Dosal · Michael Forman ·
· Nelson Hernandez · Victoria Hernandez · John Herrera, Esq. ·
IllustraDENT · Andrew Nadal · Pedro R. Parra · Scott A. & Nanda Poulin ·
Tony Rodriguez · Dr. Audrey Ross · Laura Russo ·
Robert & Ashley Thornburg · Oscar Torres · Mario Yngerto
*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"