In this issue . . .   
BOARD NEWS  Board members making moves, receiving recognition
FOCUS ON FUNDS   Foundation launches Key to Giving initiative
UPCOMING EVENTS You're invited to our Annual Gala!
RECENT EVENTS The Ponce Society of Young Professionals hold annual Shirt & Tie Drive
MERRICK SOCIETY  Become a member, make a difference in your community    
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Wayne Eldred to begin tenure as Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Chairman in September

On September 1st, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board member Wayne Eldred will begin his role as Chairman of the  Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term. 

Owner of Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Wayne has served on the Foundation Board for two years and on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for over seven years, including serving as treasurer and on the executive board. In addition to the time he dedicates as a member of the Foundation's Community Giving Committee, Wayne also proudly serves on the Camillus House Board of Directors.
Bill Bonn elected Vice Chair of Center for 
Coastal Studies
Coral Gables Community Foundation Immediate Past Chairman Bill Bonn has been elected Vice  Chair of the Center for Coastal Studies Board of Directors. Bill will begin a three-year term as Chairman of the organization in April 2016.

Based in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Center for Coastal Studies is dedicated to preserving marine mammals and ecosystems through research, education, public policy initiatives and management strategies. 
Bill served as Chairman of the Coral Gables Community Foundation in 2011 and 2012.
Marielena Villamil named "Latina Pioneer of 2015" by Hispanic Women of Distinction
The Hispanic Women of Distinction have named Coral Gables Community Foundation Board  member Marielena A. Villamil as their "Latina Pioneer of 2015."
Marielena is the President and COO of The Washington Economics Group, founded in 1993 as a boutique economic consulting firm specializing in comprehensive economic solutions for businesses. Marielena is also the past Chair of the American Red Cross of Greater Miami & The Keys, is currently Chair of the South Florida Humanitarian Network for Cuba, is on the Foundation's Finance Committee and was recently nominated to the Branches' Board of Directors.  
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 Coral Gables Community Foundation launches the "Key to Giving" initiative

The Coral Gables Community Foundation has teamed up with the Himan Brown Charitable Trust on a matching grant initiative called the  Key to Giving  program.
The Key to Giving program allows individuals in our community an opportunity to support the greater community by making a charitable gift to 17 pre-selected nonprofits that are making an impact in Coral Gables and throughout Greater Miami in the areas of youth education, community prosperity, women and children and families in need.
Through the Key to Giving Program, the Coral Gables Community Foundation and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust will commit an initial monetary pool as incentive dollars to match donations received between $200 and $1,000 per donor, made to the participating organizations until the fund is disbursed. For any one gift greater than $1,000, only the first $1,000 will be considered for matching funds.
For more information about the Key to Giving, visit the website or contact us at 305.446.9670.

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


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 We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support! 



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Ponce Society of Young Professionals collect donations for Coral Gables Senior High football team

Held on Thursday, July 30th, the fourth annual Ponce Society of Young Professionals (PSYP) Dress Shirt & Tie Drive was a great success! With close to 200 shirts and too many ties to count collected, the Coral Gables Senior High football team will be able to continue the tradition of dressing up on Game Days. After checking in their shirts and ties, local young professionals stayed for drinks and appetizers at Piripi in the Village of Merrick Park. The PSYP will visit Gables High on Friday, August 14th to present the football team with our community's generous donations plus treat the team to a pizza party! View more photos from the Dress Shirt & Tie Drive on the PSYP Facebook and check out Coral Gables TV's story about the event!

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Create your legacy today! 

George E. Merrick
George Merrick, second from left, in 1925


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."