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In this issue . . . 
UPCOMING EVENTS The Lincoln Motor Company is our Gala Presenting Sponsor  
FOCUS ON FUNDS Ponce Society of Young Professionals Thank La Salle Cleaners
COMMUNITY NEWS Doctors Hospital and The City offer a Senior Health Fair 
TOUR OF KITCHENS 2014 Tour of Kitchens Tickets make Great Gifts 

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We are Pleased to Announce
The Lincoln Motor Company  
as our "Viva Las Gables"
Gala Presenting Sponsor

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 "Viva Las Gables" gala presenting sponsor: The Lincoln Motor Company
This October 19th at the Coral Gables Country Club, guests will enjoy an evening of fun, elegance and the opportunity to experience the 2013 Lincoln MKZ


The event will also include a live dinner show, casino gaming, live musical entertainment, as well as both silent and live auctions.  This year's event promises to be the best yet as old-time Vegas meets Coral Gables! 


Carlos F. Garcia Coral Gables Community Foundation chair  


"With the generous support of the Lincoln Motor Company, the Coral Gables Community Foundation is able to create an event that brings the community together to celebrate where we live, work, learn and play and at the same time raise money to meet the needs of our community.  We manage over 30 funds and counting that address issues of education, art and culture, health and green space.  We are grateful for Lincoln Motor Company's leadership and support."


2013, 2014 Foundation Chair


Tickets to the gala are available online, or by calling 305-446-9670. 
For additional information contact Foundation Executive Director
Andria Hanley,


About the Coral Gables Community Foundation

The Coral Gables Community Foundation (@CGCF) is proud to celebrate 22 plus years in Coral Gables. Created by community leaders to attract donors and dollars to address issues of need in our community, the Foundation continues this mission today.  Areas of interest include education, health and wellness, infrastructure and green space enhancement as well as historic preservation.  Generous community support over the years has contributed nearly $4 million to programs that benefit the entire community.  


David Rodriguez Lincoln Motor CompanyAbout Lincoln Motor Company

 "The Lincoln Motor Company  is proud to partner with the Coral Gables Community Foundation and sponsor their annual gala. Through this partnership, we will support the organization's philanthropic mission to raise funds that support the intangible luxuries that are important to the Hispanic community such as education, the arts and culture," said DAVID RODRIGUEZ, Multicultural Marketing Manager-Lincoln. "Through our Hispanic marketing efforts, the Lincoln Motor Company gives back to the communities it serves while helping to inspire future makers, builders and visionaries." 



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 Lincoln is the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Company, committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. Lincoln is in the process of introducing four all-new vehicles in the next four years. 




For more information about Lincoln, please visit or Follow us on Facebook at 
and twitter
 @LincolnMKZ2013 #LincolnMKZ | @LincolnMotorCo.



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The Ponce Society of Young Professionals 
extends special thanks to 
Coral Gables La Salle Cleaners

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The second annual "Dress Shirt and Tie Drive" to benefit Coral Gables Senior High was a huge success. The football team got to choose from 175 shirts and even more ties! 
The Foundation's Ponce Society of Young Professionals would like to thank Coral Gables La Salle Cleaners (located at 2341 S Le Jeune Road) for dry cleaning the shirts so the team could look especially good on Game Days!
2013 Ponce Society of Young Professionals Dress Shirt and Tie Drive to benefit Coral Gables Senior High School Football Team
2013 Ponce Society of Young Professionals Dress Shirt and Tie Drive to benefit Coral Gables Senior High School Football Team
2013 Ponce Society of Young Professionals Dress Shirt and Tie Drive at Gables High
Coral Gables La Salle Cleaners is open Monday-Friday 7AM-6PM, Saturdays 8AM-3PM, and is closed on Sunday. For more information, call 305-446-6458.
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About The Ponce Society
The Ponce Society of  Young Professionals was founded in October 2011 as the young professionals outreach of the Foundation joining its mission to the theirs: "To foster programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in 'The City Beautiful'".  
Follow @PonceSociety on twitter, and like them on Facebook to stay up to date with their latest activities and events. 
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Senior Health Fair  
Wednesday 9/18 10AM-2PM
War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive, Coral Gables
Doctors Hospital Senior Health Fair Coral Gables  


Education, medical screenings and the mind-body connection are all part of staying healthy. Join Doctors Hospital and the City of Coral Gables Adult Activity Center for a FREE HEALTH FAIR. Registration is not required.



(No fasting required)

  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Cholesterol
  • Hearing
  • Osteoporosis


FREE FLU SHOTS  Available to the first 100 participants


FREE CHAIR MASSAGES 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  


FREE MIND-BODY ACTIVITY 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Participate in tai chi-style exercise demonstrated by certified instructors



  • Learn to Do Breast Self-exam
  • Sleep Disorders Questionnaire



  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Is Organic Food Really Better?  
    Doris Dip, registered dietitian
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  To Hip or Not to Hip? That Is the Question.
    Alexander van der Ven, M.D., orthopedic surgeon



  • Free valet parking
  • Free lunch provided by The Palace of Coral Gables
  • Enter to win a "Healthy Living" gift basket
  • Free consultation with:
    • Pharmacist   
    • Dietitian   
    • Diabetes Educator


For information, call 786-596-3812 or email 


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TOUR of KITCHENS tickets 
make great gifts! 
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Tickets for the 5th annual TOUR of KITCHENS on Saturday, January 25th, 2014, are selling fast. Tour tickets make great gifts! Don't get shut out of this fabulous & fun foodie fund raiser! Buy your tickets early and show your support for your hometown community foundation and for the Coral Gables Senior High Culinary Arts Program.
Visit for complete details.
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Mindee Schenkman, Andria Hanley, and Gina Guilford at Books & Books 2013 Coral Gables Tour of Kitchens Closing Event sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables
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Aragon 101 at 2013 Tour of Kitchens  



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Did you know . . . ?  


Coral Gables city founder George Merrick is credited with establishing the University of Miami in Coral Gables in 1925 (Charter date on April 18*). His complete vision for Coral Gables included a world-class institution of higher learning. Online accounts of the amount of land he donated vary from 160 to 240 to 600 acres, and so do accounts of the amount of his contribution: $4 million dollars is the lowest. Although lots started selling in Coral Gables in 1921, the City was not incorporated until April 29, 1925, after the University of Miami charter.** 
The first building used for UM classes was the then "Anastasia Hotel" at the corner of Le Jeune Road and University Drive. It still stands today much as it looked back then, and is a popular apartment building. (Google streetview �2013 Google. Image from March 2011.)

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*The University Charter date as listed by Wikipedia.


About The Merrick Society
The Coral Gables Community Foundation established the Merrick Society so that visionary residents like you could continue George Merrick's dream for Coral Gables. The Merrick Society 
preserves key philanthropic activities in the Gables and raises unrestricted funds for the Foundation. 

Merrick Society donors commit to a 3-year annual contribution of $1,000,  $2,500$5,000$10,000, or more. Merrick Society level donors are invited to the annual benefactor reception and other special functions, and receive a lapel pin in recognition of their participation and vision. To find out more, please contact our Executive Director, Andria Hanley, at 305/446.9670, or via email 


Merrick Society Dream in Color



The Foundation is pleased to present our MERRICK SOCIETY Level Donors

John R. Allen, Jr. | Home Financing Center

Marc Berenfeld, CPA | Cherry Bekaert LLP

Pat Blanco, BSN MPH FACHE | Doctors Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida

William A. Bonn & Ruben Ceballos

Evelyn Budde

Karelia Martinez Carbonell & Marino E. Carbonell

Dr. Joyce Elam 

Robert J. "Bob" & Marian Fewell*

Carlos F. Garcia, CPA | Goldstein Schechter Koch

Catherine Grieve, Esq.

Zeke & Gina Guilford

Michael & Heather Harris

Henry O. "Hank" Langston | Gulliver Schools

Miles & Patty McGrane

Matthew T. Meehan & Rod Hildebrant

Christopher J. Lapan & Jos� J. Rodriguez Villalobos

Jason Neal | Waste Management, Inc.

F. David & Ann Olazabal
Alfonso & Shannon Perez

John & Marichi O'Rourke | Montica Jewelry

Lee J. Osiason, Esq.

Aura Reinhardt | Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.

Anthony L. "Tony" Rogers, J.D. | Planning Consultants Group

Marielena A. Villamil | Washington Economics Group

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers


*Denotes lifetime membership at $100,000 level



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305/446.9670 |
@AndriaHanley  @CGCF  @PonceSociety  @TOURofKITCHENS



Established in 1991, the mission of the Coral Gables Community Foundation is to foster programs that promote and encourage cultural, educational, health, historic preservation, and charitable projects that enhance the quality of life for all people in Coral Gables.


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