In this issue
BOARD NEWS - Foundation welcomes two new board members
RECENT AWARDS - Foundation receives Dade Partners Award
FOCUS ON FUNDS -
Shalala MusicReach Recital and the Symphonettes host annual fashion show
UPCOMING EVENTS - 2016 Gala theme revealed; A Passage to India
MERRICK SOCIETY -Become a member, make a difference in your community
Daniella Carazo-Reynolds joins Foundation Board of Directors
The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Daniella Carazo-Reynolds to its Board of Directors.
Daniella is the International Legal Operational Director for NP International, a real estate development firm with offices in Coral Gables. She is in charge of company operations, coordination between projects and affiliates, legal project management including acquisitions, debt and equity ventures and Latin American public relations.
Daniella is a mother of two who is also committed to lending her time, resources and talent to causes benefiting her community and the less privileged. She became involved at an early age, acting as a spokeswoman for UNICEF promoting children's rights before the leaders of the world at the United Nations in the 90's. She is also an active committee member in the Nicklaus Children's Hospital bereavement program Nico's Promise, which strives to create a safe inclusive environment at Nicklaus Children's Hospital for all family members who suffer the loss of a child.
Laura Russo joins Foundation Board of Directors
The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Laura Russo to its Board of Directors.
For years, Laura has managed her own law firm, Laura L. Russo Esq, in Coral Gables. Laura's successful firm has built a reputation for providing its clients quality personalized legal services specializing in real estate transactions and Coral Gables zoning matters including administrative and public hearing review approvals for residential and commercial developments.
Laura is a mother of two and a proud lifelong resident of Coral Gables. Aside from her love of law, Laura has great passion for the arts in all forms.
Foundation receives grant from WellsFargo
The Coral Gables Community Foundation received a $2,500 grant to its 4-year Scholarship Fund from WellsFargo. Jorge Villacampa, WellsFargo Area President for Miami-Dade County and Pat Morris, Community Affairs Officer for South Florida, were on hand to present the check to the Foundation.
The Coral Gables Community Foundation is grateful for WellsFargo's support of its scholarship program, which awards 4, $10,000 college scholarships to deserving and economically disadvantaged students from Coral Gables Senior High.
L to R: Foundation Board Chairman John O'Rourke III, Executive Director Mary Snow, WellsFargo Area President for Miami-Dade County Jorge Villacampa, Community Affairs Officer for South Florida, Pat Morris
Dade Partners Hall of Fame
In March, the Coral Gables Community Foundation was installed into Miami-Dade County Public Schools' 'Dade Partners Hall of Fame'. Jack Lowell, Foundation Chair-Elect and Mary Snow, Foundation Executive Director were on hand to receive this special honor in recognition of the Foundation's support and contributions to our local Coral Gables schools and their students.
The 38th Annual Community Partners Recognition Awards luncheon recognized exemplary Dade Partners and outstanding school volunteers for their contributions and service to Miami-Dade's public schools and its students.
L to R: School Board Member Dr. Marta Perez Wurtz, Jack Lowell, School Board Member Raquel Regalado, Mary Snow, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, School Board Member Tee Holloway
Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management recognized as a
"Donor Next Door"
On May 12th, the Coral Gables Community Foundation and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce jointly honored the firm of Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management as their 'Donor Next Door' at Philanthropy Miami's annual event at Jungle Island. Coral Gables-based Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management and its Chief Marketing Officer, David Evensky, make community service and charitable giving a priority among the firm's partners and staff.
The firm's Fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation serves as the central vehicle for all of the firm's charitable giving. The firm supports many local charitable organizations such as the Miami Children's Health Foundation, Make-A-Wish, the Coral Gables Museum, the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation, Pridelines, the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and many others. The Foundation and the Chamber congratulate the firm on their 30th anniversary and are proud to be enduring supporters of the firm's philanthropic giving through their charitable fund at the Community Foundation.
L to R: Wayne Eldred, John O'Rourke III, Mary Snow, Andria Hanley, Natalie Painter, David Evensky, Mark A. Trowbridge, Taylor M. Gang and Lane Jones at the Donor Next Door luncheon
Focus on Funds
The Coral Gables Community Foundation awards nearly $100,000 in Scholarships and Grants!
Thank you to those who joined the Coral Gables Community Foundation to celebrate our 2016 Scholarship and Community Grant recipients at the home of Ajit and Maria Alicia Asrani on Wednesday, May 25th. It was a lovely evening as the Foundation, its Board of Directors and fund holders awarded nearly $100,000 in college scholarships to 11 talented students from Coral Gables High School and awarded grants to 15 non-profit organizations with an impact in Coral Gables.
Top Row: 2016 Spring Grant Recipients Bottom Row: 2016 Scholarship Recipients from Coral Gables Senior High
Shalala MusicReach Recital Celebrates Foundation Grant
The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music provides musical experiences for at-risk students throughout Miami-Dade County.
The Foundation awarded the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach program a grant in 2015 to fund after school music, drumming and beginner string instrument instruction for children from Carver Elementary and Frances S. Tucker Elementary schools. Graduate students from the Frost School of Music were on hand to lead the students in their creative performances at a recital held at The Barnyard on April 13th. Thank you to the young musicians for a wonderful recital!
Foundation Board member, Sasha Dolgicer and Executive Director, Mary Snow, with music students and graduate student teachers from the MusicReach program at The Barnyard
The Symphonettes Fashion Show & Auction Fundraiser
The Symphonettes Fund administered by the Coral Gables Community Foundation supports the organization comprised of high school girls who promote the arts and music in our community. The young women of
just completed a busy and very successful school year.
The Symphonettes recently hosted their 50
Anniversary Celebration Fashion Show and Auction fundraiser at The Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove.
Under the leadership of club president Jeannie Szomstein, a junior at Ransom Everglades, a dedicated and hard working group of Symphonettes members planned and worked for nearly a year to create the well attended and successful event that pays tribute to the graduating seniors.
Giving back to their community is the biggest lesson the Symphonettes learn through teamwork, organization and thorough planning. Their hard work paid off as the fashion show and auction brought in proceeds of more than $30,000.
Coral Gables High School Culinary Arts students visit
On May 10th, Wayne Cameron Eldred, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board member and owner of Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, treated graduating seniors from the Coral Gables High School Culinary Arts program to breakfast and a special tour of the restaurant's kitchen and inner workings. The Culinary Arts Fund at the Foundation supports the Culinary Arts Program and its students from Gables High. The Fund is supported by proceeds from the Foundation's annual Tour of Kitchens event. The Fund awards scholarships for students to attend culinary school as well as provides funding to improve the Culinary Arts program at the High School.
Ponce Society of Young Professionals Beautification Project
On May 21st, the Ponce Society of Young Professionals volunteered their time and efforts on an art mural beautification project at Ponce De Leon Middle School. Local artist, Michael Halley and members of the Ponce Society of Young Professionals painted the beautiful mural at the Middle School, which will be enjoyed by students and visitors alike. The event was a major success and the striking mural can be seen from US1!
Merrick Society Reception
25th Anniversary Gala celebrates A Passage to India
On May 12th, the Coral Gables Community Foundation held its annual Merrick Society appreciation reception. Merrick Society members and Foundation Board Members gathered at the beautiful home of Matthew Meehan & Rod Hildebrant
to celebrate the generosity of our Merrick Society level donors. The Foundation thanks its hosts and Merrick Society members, both new and old, for all they make possible throughout the year!
The Coral Gables Community Foundation is pleased to present its 25th Anniversary Gala
"A Passage to India"
co-chaired by Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young.
Save the Date of October 14th at the Coral Gables Country Club for an evening benefiting the Coral Gables Community Foundation and the initiatives and programs it fosters. For more information regarding sponsorships, tickets and tables, please contact 305.446.9670 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Gala Co-Chairs, Sissy DeMaria and Mary Young
Create your Legacy Today!
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 Level Donors
Robert J. "Bob" & Marian Fewell*
Matthew T. Meehan & Rod Hildebrant
William A. Bonn & Ruben Ceballos
Evelyn J. Budde
Alex Montague & Maria Alonso
John R. Allen, Jr.
Anne F. Boley
Karelia & Marino E. Carbonell
Dr. Joyce Elam
Wayne Cameron Eldred
Michael Forman DOM
Carlos F. Garcia
Eric P. Gros-Dubois
Jorge R. Gutierrez
John O'Rourke III
F. David & Ann Olazabal
Pedro R. Parra
Alfonso & Shannon Perez
Scott A. & Nanda Poulin
Brent & Daniella Reynolds
Scott J. Richey
Dr. Audrey Ross
Don & Jeannett Slesnick
Eddie & Judy Snow
Lori V. Thomas
Robert & Ashley Thornburg
The Torre Family
Jose Valdes-Fauli & Shed Boren
Claire-Frances Flanagan Whitehurst
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers
*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."
"Great Leaders Inspire Greatness in Others"
Mary Snow, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Coral Gables Community Foundation | 305.446.9670 |