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In this issue . . . 
UPCOMING EVENTS Announcing 2013 Gala Honorees  
BOARD NEWS City Proclamation to Honor Jerry Santeiro

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Announcing our
2013 Gala Honorees  
The Coral Gables Community Foundation is pleased to announce our 2013 "Viva Las Gables" Gala Honorees in four categories:  
  • The "Willy Bermello" LEGACY Award honors Bob Dickinson,
  • The COMMUNITY Award recognizes  Maria C. Alonso,
  • The CULTURE Award goes to 
    Arva Moore Parks, and 
  • The EDUCATION Award to Allison Langer.
Join us at our annual fund raising Gala on Saturday evening, October 19th (7PM-1AM) at the Coral Gables Country Club as we pay tribute to these outstanding community leaders. 
The gala is open to the public and tickets are available online or by calling 305-446-9670. Tickets are $500 per person, or you may purchase a Table of 10 for $5,000.  If you would like to place a congratulatory ad honoring one or more of this year's honorees, here are the details
For more information on the Gala evening, click here.

Former President and Chief Executive officer of Carnival Cruise Lines, BOB DICKINSON is also the driving force behind Miami's homeless shelter and program, Camillus House.  Since his retirement in 2006, Bob has devoted his time to spearhead a program to end chronic homelessness in Miami.  Securing corporate donations across America, including a $5 million donation from Norwegian Cruise Line which is Camillus House's new campus namesake, Bob Dickinson has done more for our community in the last few years than many accomplish in a lifetime.  Bob serves on multiple charitable boards including the United Way of Miami-Dade and St. Thomas University Board of Trustees and is highly active in his community.  His impact on our community will be felt for generations to come which is why Bob is the perfect recipient of the Willy Bermello Legacy Award.  

Maria C. Alonso

MARIA C. ALONSO currently serves as Bank of America's Corporate Social Responsibility Market Manager for Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. She is actively involved in civic and business organizations and is past Chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Incoming Chairman of New World School of the Arts, Allison also serves as a Board Member of: the Miami Dade College Foundation, The Miami Foundation, the March of Dimes, and the United Way of Miami-Dade where she serves as Co-Chair of the Community Investment Council. She is on the Advisory Council for Teach for America, and chaired the Florida Diversity Council from 2006-2008.

Maria received the American Red Cross Spectrum Award in 2012 ("Cervera Real Estate Miami Ambassador") and was chosen one of the Influential Business Women and one of Business Leaders' Movers and Shakers by the South Florida Business Journal in 2011.

Arva Moore Parks

ARVA MOORE PARKS, a native Miamian, historian, preservationist and community leader, has authored, co-authored, edited, or contributed to more than 30 books and documentaries including the City of Miami's official history: Miami The Magic City. She is president of Arva Parks & Company, and Centennial Press
She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Barry University, and was named an Alumnae of Outstanding Distinction by both the University of Florida and the University of Miami. The State of Florida and City of Miami inducted her into the Women's Hall of Fame, and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce named her the Robert B. Knight Citizen of the Year, and gave her the first George Merrick Award of Excellence
She chaired the early City of Coral Gables Preservation Board, and helped preserve some of Coral Gables' most important landmarks. The first chair of the Vizcaya Trust, Arva is also immediate past chair of the City of Miami Planning Advisory Board

A Miami native, ALLISON LANGER is a proud graduate of Coral Gables Senior High who holds a BA from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Miami.  A portrait photographer, many Gables families know and love her for her ability to create family memories through her work.  Allison has done tremendous work with Miami Children's Hospital's Ventilation Assisted Children's Center Camp (aka VACC Camp).  In addition to VACC Camp, Allison generously hosts an annual blood drive and toy drive for children in the hospital.  She teaches photography to students and her peers, and is a wonderful example of an amazing Gables citizen.

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City Proclamation to Honor
Jerry Santeiro  


On Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 AM the City Commission will be presenting a Proclamation to Jerry Santeiro's family thanking them for Jerry's incredible service to our community.  It is the first item on the Agenda.  

-Commissioner Frank Quesada, Esq.  

  City Hall Coral Gables Florida  

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TOUR of KITCHENS tickets 
on sale now . . .  
2014 Coral Gables Tour of Kitchens
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 foundation and for the Gables High Culinary Arts Program. 
Tickets for the 5th annual TOUR of KITCHENS are selling fast. 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, tickets will be available at the door at the starting location (Snaidero kitchens + design) on the day of the Tour for $75-cash only. 


Visit for more details. 

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"On February 5, 1916, George [Edgar] Merrick married Eunice Isabella Peacock, daughter of the Coconut Grove pioneers R.A.S. Peacock and Lilian Irene Frow. Merrick built a home for his bride, called Poinciana Place. Poinciana Place is located at 937 Coral Way, in Coral Gables"1
Another beautiful coral rock, gables-style roof home just west of the historic "Merrick House" at 900 Coral Way, Poinciana Place is on the northeast corner of Granada Boulevard and Coral Way. It stands today as a testament to Merrick's vision for the City Beautiful.
Poinciana Place Coral Gables Florida
 (1926 photo by W.A. Fishbaugh courtesy of State Archives of Florida | color photo from Google Maps)
The Coral Gables Community Foundation established the Merrick Society so that visionary people 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 

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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 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

Jerry Santeiro**

Marielena A. Villamil | Washington Economics Group

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers


*Denotes lifetime membership 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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