In this issue . . .  
BOARD NEWS  Congratulations Kare on National Philanthropy Day
FOCUS ON FUNDS  Symphonettes support Gables High Choir
UPCOMING EVENTS Young Professionals Holiday Happy Hour & Tour of Kitchens 

MERRICK SOCIETY A Lasting Vision of Beauty for Coral Gables    

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National Philanthropy Day Honors Four Philanthropy-Minded Gables Residents

The 28th annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, sponsored by TIAA-CREF, was held on Sunday, November 24th at Jungle Island. Among those honored were Gables residents Bruce and Tracey Berkowitz (pictured with Sergio Gonzalez of UM who nominated them) | Outstanding Philanthropists Award, and Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez | Outstanding Volunteer Award. 



Started in 1985 by the Miami Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, this event was supported by 600 attendees, and worldwide, more than 50,000 people participate in 130 countries. The emcee was CBS4 News Anchor Cynthia Demos, and the event was chaired by the Foundation's Executive Committee Secretary and Board Member Karelia "Kare" Martinez Carbonell (also a Gables resident)

"Each year, the community gathers to recognize and celebrate the who's who of Miami philanthropy and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to our lives, our community and the world," said Kare. Congratulations to all the Honorees, and to Kare for the success of this inspiring event.

For Miami Herald article and more photos, click here
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Symphonettes Fund


Created to support the arts and music in our community, the Symphonettes organization continues to do just that. Made up of high school volunteers, this community service organization started off their year with a raffle for their fall fundraiser. The lucky ticket holders will win a Royal Caribbean cruise, floor seats to a Miami Heat game or a set of Romero Britto luggage. 

Mindful of the musical needs of local public high schools, President Julie Goldstein and fall fundraiser chairs Carolina Garrett and Katie Hanley became aware that the Coral Gables Senior High Choir needed risers. Recently the group presented a check to Mary G. Morrow, Director of Choral Activities Academy Leader, Visual & Performing Arts Academy, and her students in the amount of $2,100, which will fund two sets of risers.

"We are so grateful for the generous donation that the Symphonettes have given to the chorus program at Coral Gables High School. It will go a long way towards providing more opportunities for successful performances at Coral Gables High School," said Morrow. 
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The remaining proceeds will also benefit public high school music needs. For more information on the Symphonettes or to contribute to their fall fundraiser, contact Foundation Executive Director Andria Hanley at 305-446-9670. 

About Symphonettes
Symphonettes has a rich history of almost 50 years of dedication and service. Since the founding in 1966, young women from across the county have spent many hours in volunteer work to promote the arts and music in our community. 

The Coral Gables Community Foundation serves as the fiscal sponsor of Symphonettes allowing the group to function as a nonprofit organization and enhance the lives of the people in our community.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 
Young Professionals Combined
Overtown Youth Center

Our own Ponce Society of Young Professionals is proud to partner with a host of other Miami young professionals groups for a holiday event that will benefit the Overtown Youth Center. No RSVP needed for this HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR at The Stage Miami (170 NE 38th Street), tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3rd, 6:30-9:30 PM
See you there to share in some holiday cheer and support a worthy cause with all your favorite local Young Professionals Groups. 

American Heart Association Miami Pulse
Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce 
nextgen for Chapman Partnership
Coral Gables Community Foundation Ponce Society of Young Professsionals
Coral Gables Museum Young Associates
Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
Easter Seals South Florida Young Professionals
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens' Fairchild Palms
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Hype Miami
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami Young Professionals
History Miami Flagler Street Society
Miami Children's Hospital Young Ambassadors
Young Professionals Network Miami
Young Professionals of The Lighthouse

   Coral Gables Community Foundation Ponce Society of Young Professionals Holiday Happy  Hour inviation



Saturday, January 25, 2104 

2014 Coral Gables Tour of Kitchens flyer front

The 5th annual Coral Gables Community Foundation TOUR of KITCHENS fundraiser is a unique opportunity to showcase your business to an educated and affluent Coral Gables market. Perfectly seasoned to be the most delicious event in town, the Tour draws 500 foodies and kitchen enthusiasts from the City Beautiful and the surrounding area. The Tour will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014. Buy your tickets early (they make a great gift for your creative and foodie friends) because we do expect to sell out!
This self-guided Tour showcases some of Coral Gables' most spectacular designer kitchens. Your all-inclusive Tour of Kitchens ticket offers: tastings at every stop; stunning table settings; lectures and/or demonstrations; the sale of artisan food, foodie/kitchen merchandise, and/or home goods; and admission to the Closing Event (location TBA) serving champagne and dessert samples.


On the day of the Tour, you can register anytime between 9:00 AM and 12 noon at Snaidero kitchens + design, where you will be given our program booklet and map to the homes. Visit the homes in any order between 10 AM and 2 PM, then join us at the closing reception from 2 to 4 PM. 

We look forward to your support of this important community event, and hope you will participate in this fantastic marketing opportunity. 
Tour tickets are available online at
You can also show your support by placing an ad in our program booklet.
All ads are 8"x8" full-page, full-color and just $250. If you need something designed (no charge for design), just call us. AD DEADLINE: Friday, December 20, 2013.
 For more information, to buy tickets by phone, or place an ad, please call 305.446.9670.

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City Founder George Merrick's vision for Coral Gables was one of lasting beauty. The historic homes built in the 1920s stand today as enduring reminders of the fulfillment of a vision and passion for aesthetics of one very special dreamer. This historic home at 803 North Greenway Drive was featured in our 2012  TOUR of KITCHENS and is largely unchanged and every bit as charming! We hope you will join us on this year's Tour, and dream of ways you can fulfill your legacy with our Merrick Society. 
(Black and white photos is titled "Two-story residence of O.D. Gray at 803 N. Greenway Dr. in Coral Gables, Florida.", circa "not after 1928" | used with the permission of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,  image no. 165816.)


Merrick's vision for better living lives on today as involved Coral Gables residents 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 or color your own. 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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The Foundation is pleased to present our MERRICK SOCIETY Level Donors


 Robert J. "Bob" & Marian Fewell*




John R. Allen, Jr. | Home Financing Center

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 

Wayne Cameron Eldred

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

Ari Rollnick

Jerry Santeiro**

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

Marielena A. Villamil | Washington Economics Group

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers


*Lifetime Mmbership 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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