In this issue . . .  
BOARD NEWS Foundation gains new Board member
RECENT EVENTS Gables Gatsby Gala leads to a roarin' good time!
FOCUS ON FUNDS Twenty Little Working Girls Fund contributes to the community
UPCOMING EVENTS Save the dates for upcoming Foundation events
MERRICK SOCIETY Become a member, make a difference in your community    
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Jack Lowell joins Board of Directors 


The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Jack Lowell to its Board of Directors. Lowell is the Executive Vice President of Pointe Group Advisors. In his role, Lowell handles leasing and sales of office buildings and land throughout Miami-Dade County as well as representing major tenants in the market place. 

Lowell's real estate career spans nearly four decades. Prior to Pointe Group Advisors, he was the Vice President of Flagler Real Estate Services for 19 years. He was also the owner and Chief Executive of Summa Properties, a commercial real estate brokerage, leasing and management firm.  From 1983 to 1991, as the partner in charge of Tishman Speyer Properties' Miami office, Lowell was responsible for development of the Brickell Square project, Westside Corporate Center and the Federal Law Enforcement Building, and leasing and management of Airport Corporate Center, the SunTrust Building, One Brickell Square and Westland Executive Center.

Lowell is a former Chairman of The Beacon Council and studied at Harvard University.

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Gables Gatsby Gala a roarin' success!

L-R: Mark Trowbridge, Jerry Santeiro Community Award; Lewis S. "Mike" Eidson, Willy Bermello Legacy Award; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Arts & Culture Award; Mary Snow, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation; Mitchell Kaplan,  Education Award; Shane Battier,Sports Award presented by Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine; Carlos F. Garcia, Chairman of the Coral Gables Community Foundation


The Coral Gables Community Foundation held its annual gala on Friday, October 10 at the Coral Gables Country Club. This year's event was a "Gables Gatsby Gala," with themes and decorations inspired by the roarin' 1920s and the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby. The Foundation holds its annual gala, its largest fundraiser of the year, to honor Coral Gables community leaders in five categories: Sports, Education, Arts & Culture, Community and Legacy.

Each honoree was chosen for their dedication and service to the Coral Gables community. The 2014 honorees were:


Sports Award Presented by Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics & Sports MedicineShane Battier, former Miami Heat star and founder of the Battier Take Charge Foundation, which provides college scholarships for students in the Greater Miami area and across the United States.


Education AwardMitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and co-founder of Miami Book Fair International.


Arts & Culture AwardLizz Plater-Zyberk, award-winning architect and former Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture.


Jerry Santeiro Community AwardMark Trowbridge, President and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The Community Award was renamed in 2013 in honor of former Coral Gables Community Foundation Chairman, Jerry Santeiro.


Willy Bermello Legacy AwardLewis S. "Mike" Eidson, President of Colson Hicks Eidson and Chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors. The gala featured a Bacardi-sponsored bar, recreational casino-style gaming, silent and live auctions, a live performance by Divisi (the Coral Gables Senior High a capella group), dinner, dancing and the annual awards ceremony. Baptist Health South Florida was the Platinum Sponsor of the 2014 Gables Gatsby Gala, while Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Bacardi and Southern Audio Visual were Gold Sponsors.

Please visit our Facebook page for more great photos from the Gables Gatsby Gala!

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Twenty Little Working Girls join forces with Coral Gables Community Foundation

In 1953, twenty high school girls with the desire to have an impact on their community founded Twenty Little Working Girls (TWLG). Today, TLWG has opened a fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation and continues as a community-based organization comprised of approximately 70 young women representing many high schools throughout Miami-Dade County. As one of the Foundation's newest funds, the purpose of the organization is to create within its members an awareness of community needs and to fulfill some of these needs through group efforts.


The members of TLWG meet each month to organize community service activities and plan fundraising events. Their premier fundraiser is an annual Fashion Show and Auction. Throughout 2013 and 2014, these young ladies have successfully distributed $13,000 among community organizations such as Camillus House, Casa Valentina and Ronald McDonald House. 


Piggy Bank Campaign participating funds and business partners

Look out for the Coral Gables Community Foundation piggy banks at the following Gables business locations until December - and be sure to make a contribution! Don't forget to post photos of yourself making contributions to piggy banks to Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #SpotThePigCG. Whoever posts the most photos by November 10 will win a gift certificate to Swine Southern Table & Bar!
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Don't miss the spooktacular Ponce Society of Young Professionals Halloween Party! 


Save the date for the 6th Annual Tour of Kitchens: February 7th, 2015

Purchase your Tour of Kitchens tickets now!

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Create your legacy today!
George E. Merrick, second from the left, was a visionary creator.

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 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

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.                                        Jack Lowell

Marc Berenfeld                                           Jason Neal

Patricia Blanco                                  John O'Rourke III  

Karelia & Marino E. Carbonell    F. David & Ann Olazabal                    

George Corrigan                     Alfonso & Shannon Perez                      

Sissy DeMaria                                       Aura Reinhardt

Sasha Dolgicer                      Anthony L. "Tony" Rogers                    

Dr. Joyce Elam                                          Ari Rollnick

Wayne Cameron Eldred              Dr. Audrey & H.J. Ross              

Carlos F. Garcia                                      Ron Shuffield

Zeke Guilford                                          Jorge E. Silva

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

Chris & JJ Hansen                            Eddie & Judy Snow     

Patricia Keon                                      The Torre Family

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."