In this issue . . .  
TOUR of KITCHENS NEWS Welcome Herbert Brito, our 2014 TOK Committee Chair
FOCUS ON FUNDS Evensky & Katz Receives Prestigious Award
UPCOMING EVENTS Young Professionals Holiday Happy Hour & Tour of Kitchens 

MERRICK SOCIETY Do You Dream in Color?    

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Announcing 2014 Tour of Kitchens Chair:
Herbert Brito

Herberto Brito was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States by way of Operation Pedro Pan in January 1961 at the age of seven.  Having been raised in the Miami area, he is fluent in Spanish and English.  Herbert holds a Master of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of Florida with a specialty in architectural preservation.

Upon graduation, Herbert went to work as an Architectural Historian for the National Register of Historic Places and was then named Preservation Planner for the City of Savannah.  While in Savannah, Herbert founded the Historic Preservation program at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Herbert is principal of his own design firm specializing in high-end residences, historic preservation projects, hospitality design commissions, and specialty design projects throughout the United States. Many of his interior design projects have been featured in national and regional design publications as well as television and the internet.

Honored with various Design Excellence Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Herbert also received the Georgia Chapter ASID Education Excellence Award and the coveted Design Achievement Award. In addition, Herbert was named a Design Excellence Peer in Historic Preservation and Interior Design by the U.S. General Services Administration.

In addition to his practice, Herbert has been an active interior design educator for over two decades and has lectured on architecture, interior design, and decorative arts.  

At present, Herbert is restoring his new home, a landmark house built by Coral Gables city founder George Merrick, which includes a complete kitchen renovation that will be showcased in the Foundation's upcoming 5th annual Tour of Kitchens (January 25, 2014). The Foundation is pleased and honored to announce Herbert Brito as the Chair of our Tour of Kitchens Committee.  

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Evensky & Katz Receives 2013 Trailblazer IMPACT Award™ 


Evensky & Katz (E&K) was awarded the prestigious Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. 2013 Trailblazer IMPACT Award™. The Trailblazer Award is one of three IMPACT Awards given annually to celebrate excellence in the independent investment advisory community. The award recognizes a firm for its entrepreneurial spirit and drive to advance the industry's interests.

"We are proud to be recognized as a leader in our industry," said Harold Evensky, President of E&K. "This acknowledgement is a tribute to our firm's extraordinary staff and our continued commitment to our clients, community and industry."

Evensky & Katz hold the Evensky & Katz Fund at the Foundation, which supports their Motivated Youth Program a program that teaches philanthropy to young people by having them gather data and then decide how to distribute the grant money to youth-related charities and nonprofit organizations.

Read more about this special honor . . . 

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Young Professionals  


Our Ponce Society of Young Professionals is proud to partner with other Miami young professionals group for their holiday event. No RSVP needed for the Young Professionals HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR at The Stage Miami on Tuesday, December 3rd, 6:30-9:30 PM. See you there to share in some holiday cheer with your favorite local Young Professionals Groups. 

American Heart Association MIAMI PULSE * Beacon Council NEW LEADERS TASKFORCE
* nextgen for Chapman Partnership * Coral Gables Community Foundation Ponce Society
of Young Professsionals * Coral Gables Museum Young Associates * Easter Seals South Florida YOUNG PROFESSIONALS * Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens Fairchild Palms
* Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Hype Miami * Habitat for Humanity of
Greater Miami Young Professionals * History Miami Flagler Street Society
* Miami Children's Hospital YOUNG AMBASSADORS * Young Professionals Network Miami
* Young Professionals of The Lighthouse




 2014 TOUR of KITCHENS  
Tickets Make Great GIFTS!

The 5th annual Coral Gables Community Foundation Tour of Kitchens fund raiser is a unique opportunity to showcase your business to an educated and affluent Coral Gables market. Perfectly seasoned to be the most delicious event in town, the Tour draws 500 foodies and kitchen enthusiasts from the City Beautiful and the surrounding area. 

Join us on this self-guided Tour showcasing some of Coral Gables' most spectacular designer kitchens and favorite restaurant chefs, caterers, and dessert specialists, your
all-inclusive Tour of Kitchens ticket also offers: tastings at every stop, stunning table settings, demonstrations, the sale of artisan food, foodie/kitchen merchandise and/or home goods, as well as admission to the Closing Event (location TBA) serving champagne and dessert samples. 

We look forward to your support of this important community event, and hope you will participate in this fantastic marketing opportunity. 
Tour tickets are available online at, or please call us at 305.446.9670.  
The Tour will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014. You can register anytime between 9:00 AM and 12 noon at Snaidero kitchens + design. Visit the homes in any order between 10 AM and 2 PM, then join us at the closing reception from 2 to 4 PM.
Sponsorship Levels

iron chef  presenting sponsor $15,000 
* Listing as the "2014 Tour of Kitchens presented by . . . " on the invitation
   and in all PR
* Name/Logo printed on Tour aprons for volunteers
* Opportunity for mutually-agreed-upon product placement
* Opportunity for mututally-agreed-upon product interaction
* Branding on event tickets
* Speaking opportunity at Closing Event
* Inclusion at post-event check presentation to Culinary Arts Program recipients
* 20 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets
* Full-page, full-color ad in 8" x 8" program booklet
* 1 month banner ad (300 x 250) on website
* 1 month banner ad (600 x 160) on weekly e-newsletter

patissier  closing event sponsor $10,000
* Closing Event signage (vertical 2' x 6' sign) at podium
* Full-page full-color Inside Cover Ad in 8" x 8" program booklet
* 10 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets
* 2 week banner ad (300 x 250) on website
* 2 week banner ad (600 x 160) on weekly e-newsletter

sommelier  champagne sponsor $5,000
* Name and Logo on cups and napkins
* Signage at Champagne Table/Bar
* Full-page, full-color ad in 8" x 8" program booklet
* 8 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets
* 1 week banner ad (300 x 250) on website
* 1 week banner ad (600 x 160) on weekly e-newsletter

gourmand  $2,500
* Full-page, full-color ad in 8" x 8" program booklet
* Recognition in our Tour of Kitchens program booklet
* 6 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets

gourmet  $1,000
* Recognition in our Tour of Kitchens program booklet
* 4 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets

foodie  $500
* Recognition in our Tour of Kitchens program booklet
* 2 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets

Don't miss out on this fabulous & fun foodie fund raiser.  Buy your tickets early and show your support for your hometown foundation and for the Gables High Culinary Arts Program. 

*Tickets for the 5th annual TOUR of KITCHENS are on sale now for $60 per person through December 31, 2013. The ticket price will increase on January 1st, 2014, to $75 per person. Unless sold out (this event sold out last year), tickets will also be available at the door at the starting location (Snaidero kitchens + design) on the day of the Tour for $75: cash only. 

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Geroge Merrick's wife was Eunice Isabella Peacock, daughter of Coconut Grove pioneers R.A.S. Peacock and Lilian Irene Frow. She owned most of lower Upper Matecumbe Keys, so they moved there after the hurricane of 1926 and George, ever the dreamer, built the "Caribbee Colony" as a second project [after Coral Gables] not far from the famous Long Key Fishing Camp on nearby Long Key.1  
Nearby, an exclusive club known as "1) Islamorada Fishing Club, 2) Matecumbe Fishing Club and 3) The Millionaires Club . . . was built in the 1920s . . . by 11 members of the New York Cotton Exchange and its membership limited to 11."2
Both clubs were destroyed in the famous 'Storm of the Century' in 1935, but they represent a relaxing and beautiful style of vacation living many South Floridians still enjoy or aspire to today.  
(Caribee Club photo from  Unidentified yachts - Matecumbe Keys, circa. 192- | used with the permission of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, image no. RC14414.)

Sources: Wikipedia and
Source: History of Upper Matecumbe Key by Jerry Wilkinson.



Merrick's vision for better living lives on today as involved Coral Gables residents 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 could continue George Merrick's dream or color your own. 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


 Robert J. "Bob" & Marian Fewell*




John R. Allen, Jr. | Home Financing Center

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 

Wayne Cameron Eldred

Carlos F. Garcia, CPA | Goldstein Schechter Koch

Catherine Grieve, Esq.

Zeke Guilford, Esq.

Michael & Heather Harris

Henry O. "Hank" Langston

Miles & Patty McGrane

Matthew T. Meehan & Rod Hildebrant

Christopher J. Lapan & Jos´┐Ż 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

Ari Rollnick

Jerry Santeiro**

The Hon. and Mrs. Don Slesnick II, Esq.

Marielena A. Villamil | Washington Economics Group

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers


*Lifetime Mmbership at $100,000 Level
** Denotes deceased








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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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