In this issue . . .   
BOARD NEWS   Board members contributing to the community
FOCUS ON FUNDS Girl Scouts receive Foundation patch
RECENT EVENTS The Ponce Society of Young Professionals make new friends
UPCOMING EVENTS Save the Date for our Annual Gala!
MERRICK SOCIETY  Become a member, make a difference in your community    
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Board member Aura Reinhardt honored at George E. Merrick Awards of Excellence


Coral Gables Community Foundation Board member Aura Reinhardt was recently recognized as a 2015 Distinguished Honoree at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's 8th annual

Aura Reinhardt, third from left, was honored at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's 8th Annual George E. Merrick Awards of Excellence   

George E. Merrick Awards of Excellence


Aura, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Bacardi USA, was chosen for her love of the community and deep appreciation for all things Coral Gables. Through her work on the Foundation's Board of Directors as well as her community outreach efforts at Bacardi, she has shown true leadership in the City Beautiful.


Aura was honored along with other Coral Gables community leaders at the George E. Merrick Awards of Excellence Dinner on Thursday, June 25 at the University of Miami Donna E. Shalala Student Center. 


Board member Pat Blanco volunteers aboard Navy Ship in Fiji


Top: Board member Pat Blanco with US Navy Sailors at a health fair in Fiji; Below: USNS Mercy, the hospital ship Pat volunteered aboard in Fiji.

Coral Gables Community Foundation Board member Pat Blanco recently returned from Fiji, where she spent time educating the population about health and nutrition.

Pat, a registered nurse, stayed aboard the USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), the lead ship of her class of hospital ships in the United States Navy, complete with 1,000 hospital beds and twelve operating rooms. On the island, she participated in community health fairs, where she checked vital signs, informed locals about the importance of understanding nutrition and taught women how to give self-breast exams.

"This is my second time working with Project HOPE, which is dedicated to providing care to the neediest people all over the world, and my first time working with the dedicated healthcare professionals of the US Navy," said Pat, who also has a master's degree in Public Health.


Board member Sissy DeMaria recognized by South Florida Luxury Guide

In the July/August issue of South Florida Luxury Guide, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board m ember and 2015 Gala Co-Chair Sissy DeMaria is featured as a "Woman of Style and Substance."

In a beautiful spread appearing in South Florida Luxury Guide (see pages 59-60), Sissy shares her inspirations and talks about an organization that is very close to her heart - Give A Buck, which is also a fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation. 


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Local Girl Scouts receive CGCF patches


Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida created "Coral Gables Community Foundation" patches for Camp Mahachee campers after the Foundation awarded the Girl Scouts with a $5,000 grant in 2014. Foundation Board Members John O'Rourke III  and Scott Poulin and Executive Director  Mary Snow  presented the special patches to the girls at Camp Mahachee on Friday, June 12, 2015.

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Ponce Society of Young Professionals hold 2015 FriendRaiser Happy Hour


The third annual FriendRaiser of the Ponce Society of Young Professionals (PSYP) was a great success! Coral Gables young professionals joined together for Happy Hour at Montica Jewelry, which generously hosted the event. A few lucky attendees even took home great raffle prizes!


During the FriendRiaser, PSYP Chair Monica Canabal and PSYP member Amanda Bonifay spoke to the crowd about the mission of the Ponce Society of Young Professionals while Montica Jewelry President and Foundation Chair-Elect John O'Rourke III encouraged the young professionals in attendance to get involved in their community through the Coral Gables Community Foundation.


It's never too late to join the PSYP - contact  the organization if you are interested in becoming a Member or Friend. 

Visit the PSYP  Facebook  page for more photos from the event. Thanks to all those who were in attendance!

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Purchase your tickets and tables now for our 2015 Gala: A Night in Old Shanghai



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Create your legacy today! 

Miracle Mile is the main shopping district in the City of Coral Gables


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. Merrick Society donors commit to a three-year annual contribution of  $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, or more. Merrick Society donors are invited to the annual benefactor reception and other special functions, and receive a lapel pin in recognition of their participation. To find out more, please contact our Executive Director, Mary Snow, at 305.446.9670, or via email at



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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. For almost 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."