In this issue . . .  
BOARD NEWS  Foundation welcomes new board member
UPCOMING EVENTS Purchase tickets now for our roarin' Gables Gatsby Gala!
FOCUS ON FUNDS Piggy Bank Campaign to take over Coral Gables
RECENT EVENTS  PSYP holds third annual Shirt & Tie Drive
MERRICK SOCIETY Become a member, make a difference in your community     
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Sasha Dolgicer joins Board of Directors

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Sasha Dolgicer to its Board of Directors. Dolgicer is the Senior Director of Corporate Relations at the University of Miami. In her role, she serves as the central liaison between the University and the business community. She is also responsible for fundraising more than $1 million annually in corporate philanthropic support for the University of Miami's 11 schools and colleges. Before her time with University, she worked in various roles with the Beacon Council and The Cuban American National Council.

A Miami native, Sasha attended the University of Chicago, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. In 2013, she earned a Master's degree in International Administration from the University of Miami. Sasha's past community involvement has included serving as an Advisory Council Member for Strong Women Strong Girls as well as participating on the Executive Committee of City Year Miami.

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Coral Gables, get dolled up in your ritziest glad rags for the most fun night of the year! Our 2014 Gables Gatsby Gala will take place on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7pm -1am at the Coral Gables Country Club. Purchase tickets and tables now for an event that's surely guaranteed to be the Cat's Pajamas!

Tables, sponsorship opportunities and gala program advertisements are now available. Get a wiggle on and contact us so you can be a part of this roarin' fundraiser!

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Coral Gables Community Foundation introduces first annual Piggy Bank Campaign

The City Beautiful is going hog wild! The Coral Gables Community Foundation is introducing a new fundraising initiative to the community this fall. This September, the Foundation will launch the Piggy Bank Campaign, created to raise awareness for the funds administered by the Foundation and as an opportunity to "bring home the bacon" for those funds.

Gables High art students designed this piggy bank in the theme of the Give a Buck Fund.

How does it work? Coral Gables merchants will host piggy banks at their business locations. Each piggy bank is painted by an art student from Coral Gables Senior High School and will be dedicated and painted with the theme of a specific fund. A plaque with the fund's name will accompany each piggy bank stating that collections from that pig support the fund, which is administered by the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

Participating funds and the business at which their piggy banks will be located include the Give a Buck Fund (Books & Books), Jerry Santeiro Community Fund (John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant), CGI Merchants Group Fund (Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill), Symphonettes Fund (Whip 'n Dip Ice Cream Shoppe), Bike Walk Coral Gables Fund (No Boundaries), GSK Cares (Goldstein Schechter Koch offices), One Camera One World (Bala Vinyasa and Bagel Emporium), PARKnership Fund (Snow's Jewelers), Perrin Fund (AmTrust Bank), Community Giving Fund (Montica Jewelry), Coral Gables Rotary Fund (J. Bolado Clothiers) and Our Community Salutes Fund (The Local Craft Food & Drink). There will also be piggy banks located at Frenchie's DinerCurves N' Waves, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and i.Design. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Commerce Fund will feature a "traveling pig" at their events. A full list of funds and their respective businesses will be available soon.

Coral Gables, keep an eye out at your favorite local businesses for piggy banks and be sure to make a contribution!

The Piggy Bank Campaign is scheduled to launch shortly after Labor Day and run through December. 


Grant application deadline approaching

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications. Areas of interest include education, arts and culture, health services, historic preservation, and social services (for the elderly, youth and disabled). The Foundation's distributions typically do not exceed $5,000 per grant recipient. Grantees should be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

The Community Giving Committee reviews all grant applications and the Foundation will notify recipients approximately 45 days following the bi-annual review period. Please keep in mind that timeliness is important. The deadline for grant applications is September 19, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Grants section of our website. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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Ponce Society of Young Professionals accepts over 200 donations for Gables High football team


Held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, the third annual Ponce Society of Young Professionals (PSYP) Dress Shirt & Tie Drive was a success! With close to 200 shirts and too many ties to count collected, the Coral Gables Senior High football team will have more than enough clothes to continue on the tradition of dressing up on Game Day. After checking in their shirts and ties, more than 50 young professionals stayed for drinks and appetizers at Crave Restaurant. The PSYP then visited Gables High on Friday, August 15, 2014 to present the football team with our community's generous donations while treating the boys to a pizza party!


Visit the PSYP Facebook page for more photos from the events. Coral Gables TV also featured stories on both events.

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Create your legacy today!

George E. Merrick, planner and builder of 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 could 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 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, Mary Snow, at 305.446.9670, or via email at

Merrick Society Dream in Color 



The Foundation is pleased to present our MERRICK SOCIETY Level Donors


$100,000 Level
Robert J. "Bob" & Marian Fewell*

$10,000 Level
William A. Bonn & Ruben Ceballos


$5,000 Level

Lee Osiason

$2,500 Level
Evelyn J. Budde
Miles & Patty McGrane
Matthew T. Meehan & Rod Hildebrant

Alex Montague & Maria Alonso 

$1,000 Level 

John R. Allen, Jr.                                        Jason Neal

Marc Berenfeld                                  John O'Rourke III

Patricia Blanco                         F. David & Ann Olazabal          

Karelia & Marino E. Carbonell    Alfonso & Shannon Perez                     

George Corrigan                                    Aura Reinhardt         

Sissy DeMaria                        Anthony L. "Tony" Rogers              

Sasha Dolgicer                                           Ari Rollnick

Dr. Joyce Elam                           Dr. Audrey & H.J. Ross   

Wayne Cameron Eldred                            Ron Shuffield

Carlos F. Garcia                                      Jorge E. Silva

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

Andria Hanley                                  Eddie & Judy Snow

Patricia Keon                                            Venny Torre

Henry Langston                                  Jose Valdes-Fauli 

Rodolfo Lleonart                                Marielena Villamil

Paul Lowenthal                         Wayne E. "Chip" Withers                    


*Denotes lifetime membership  



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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." 





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