In this issue . . .  
BOARD NEWS Two new additions to Board of Directors
FOCUS ON FUNDS Shelly Roberts Circle of Love Fund holds 4th Annual 5K For The Kids
RECENT EVENTS Sixth Annual Tour of Kitchens a huge success
UPCOMING EVENTS Coral Gables Bike Day
MERRICK SOCIETY Become a member, make a difference in your community    
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The Coral Gables Community Foundation has created the Golden Gables Fund, benefiting the residents and organizations in Coral Gables' MacFarlane Homestead and Golden Gates neighborhoods. 


$20,000 has already been committed to the Golden Gables Fund from the Foundation and its Board members, in addition to $5,000 from Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial and $5,000 from Lennar International. The Foundation will hold a kickoff reception, sponsored and hosted by Evensky & Katz/Foldes, on Wednesday, April 8th to celebrate the launch of the fund. 


Proceeds from the Golden Gables Fund will benefit the residents of the MacFarlane Homestead and Golden Gates neighborhoods of Coral Gables as well as the following organizations that call this neighborhood home: St. Alban's Child Enrichment Center, The Barnyard, Lola B. Walker Homeowners Association, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet School, Young Tigers Foundation, St. Hugh Food Pantry, George Washington Carver Elementary & Middle Schools, Frances S. Tucker Elementary School and The Thelma Gibson Health Initiative.


To make a donation to the Golden Gables Fund, click here.



Scott Richey joins Board of Directors


The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Scott Richey to its Board of Directors. Scott J. Richey, a Senior Vice President at the Northern Trust Miami offices, is a Managing Director of a Private Client Advisory Team. He joined Northern Trust in 1984 and has extensive background in Estate and Financial Planning. Scott has management responsibilities of a team of professionals in the Brickell and Coral Gables offices in Miami-Dade County. 


Scott holds a B.S.B.A degree in Finance/Banking from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Financial Planner CFP�. He serves as President Elect of the Rotary Club of Miami, is a Board Member of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, and is an advisor to Li Lega de Vizcaya.


Jorge R. Guti�rrez joins Board of Directors

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is happy to welcome Jorge R. Guti�rrez to its Board of Directors. Jorge is Managing Member/Founder of Guti�rrez Bergman Boulris, PLLC in Coral Gables. His practice is in the areas of corporate and international law.


Jorge began his career with the United States Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Intelligence Division in Indianapolis, IN. Subsequently, he worked as an International Senior Tax Accountant with the international accounting firm of KPMG, LLP in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation from Northwestern University School of Law, he began his legal career in South Florida, progressing to equity partner at the regional law firm of Mershon Sawyer Johnston Dunwoody & Cole and the international law firms of Kirkpatrick Lockhart Gates, LLP and Greenberg Traurig, LLP. In addition, he has served in an executive capacity with Mednax, Inc.


He is an "AV" Rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, and has been selected as a Super Lawyer by the Super Lawyers Magazine. Jorge has also been involved with various philanthropic organizations in the past and present such as the West Broward YMCA, Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Florida and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Florida, among others.


Annual Gala Chairs named!

We are excited to announce Coral Gables Community Foundation Board member, Sissy DeMaria, and former Foundation Chair, Mary Young, have been named as our 2015 Annual Gala Chairs. This year's gala will take place on Friday, October 16th at the Coral Gables Country Club.

                        Sissy DeMaria                         Mary Young                         
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Circle of Love Fund holds annual 5K For The Kids Walk/Run

The Shelly Roberts Circle of Love Fund is a fund administered by the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The fund recently hosted its 4th Annual 5K For The Kids on Sunday, February 22, 2015. The event included a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Fun Run for children 14 and under, and a post-race party, with free food and drinks, and a balloon twister for the kids. The Shelly Roberts Circle of Love Fund raised $20,000, which will benefit local childhood cancer organizations. The children will directly benefit from this money in a number of ways such as: 

  • Assisting StudentsCare to bring their "buddy" program to additional local college campuses and children's hospitals
  • Sending a child to Camp Boggy Creek for 1 week
  • Allowing The Gift of Life to process 20 Bone Marrow Swab kits
  • Providing holiday presents and activities at the Children's Cancer Fund's Annual Holiday Party and continuing to assist the families with resources and support
  • Assisting Smashing Walnuts in raising awareness of pediatric brain cancer and helping to achieve their goal of finding a cure through research and global advocacy for children with cancer.
Participants at this year's 5K For the Kids Walk/Run

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Coral Gables Community Foundation hosts Sixth Annual Tour of Kitchens

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the Coral Gables Community Foundation hosted its Sixth Annual Tour of Kitchens. Six of Coral Gables' finest private home kitchens opened their doors to the public and offered food tastings from the city's best restaurants, table setting displays and exclusive merchandise for sale by local boutiques. In addition to the homes, this year's Tour of Kitchens also featured stops at Scavolini Italian Design and the Doctors Hospital kitchen. As always, proceeds from the Tour of Kitchens benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation and its Culinary Arts Fund, which provides support and scholarships for the Culinary Arts Program at Coral Gables Senior High School.

The Tour began at 9:00 AM with breakfast bites, coffee, and mimosas at Snaidero Kitchens + Design showroom.

The stop at Scavolini featured cooking demonstrations and a wine tasting by Spuntino Catering. Doctors Hospital offered a peek into its state of the art kitchen and featured bites prepared by the Culinary Arts Program students from Coral Gables Senior High School.

The Tour finished with a Closing Event at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, featuring Martini Prosecco provided by Bacardi, a wide array of desserts, kitchen talks by noted kitchen designer Julia Johnston and for the first time ever, a silent auction including home, kitchen and foodie-related items.

Attended by 460 people, this year's Tour of Kitchens was the most successful to date! For more photos from this year's Tour, please visit our Facebook page.

Thank you to our 2015 Tour of Kitchens Sponsors:

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Claire-Frances Whitehurst
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Gables Bike Day Returns Sunday, March 1st!

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Create your legacy today!
Inside George E. Merrick's historic Coral Gables home, located at 907 Coral Way

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*

$25,000 Level
Matthew T. Meehan & Rod Hildebrant 

$15,000 Level

William A. Bonn & Ruben Ceballos


$5,000 Level

Lee Osiason

$2,500 Level
Evelyn J. Budde
Miles & Patty McGrane

Alex Montague & Maria Alonso 

$1,000 Level 

John R. Allen, Jr.                                    David Mitchell    

Marc Berenfeld                                  John O'Rourke III       

Patricia Blanco                         F. David & Ann Olazabal           

Karelia & Marino E. Carbonell   Alfonso & Shannon Perez                     

George Corrigan                                        Scott Poulin           

Sissy DeMaria                                       Aura Reinhardt

Sasha Dolgicer                                          Scott Richey

Dr. Joyce Elam                      Anthony L. "Tony" Rogers                

Wayne Cameron Eldred                               Ari Rollnick 

Carlos F. Garcia                         Dr. Audrey & H.J. Ross    

Zeke Guilford                                          Ron Shuffield  

Jorge R. Guti�rrez                                   Jorge E. Silva 

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

Chris & JJ Hansen                           Eddie & Judy Snow

Patricia Keon                       Robert & Ashley Thornburg    

Henry Langston                                 The Torre Family 

Rodolfo Lleonart                                Jose Valdes-Fauli   

Paul Lowenthal                                  Marielena Villamil        

Jack Lowell               Claire-Frances Flanagan Whitehurst

Jason Neal                               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."