October 2016 Newsletter
Board News:
  • Aura Reinhardt honored at 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show
  • Laura Russo featured as a "Gables Great" in Community Newspapers
  • Venny Torre to serve as 2017 Tour of Kitchens Chair 
Recent Happenings: 
  • Key to Giving program is back!
  • Mark your memories with a Commemorative Bench
Focus on Funds:
  • Actors' Playhouse Endowment Fund 
  • Burgerliscious is almost here!
Upcoming Events:
  • We're getting ready for the 8th Annual Tour of Kitchens!
Merrick Society:
  • Create a legacy today!
Board News
Aura Reinhardt honored at 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show

Aura Reinhardt accompanied by her son, Christopher, at the 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce that on October 14th, Board member Aura Reinhardt was honored at the American Cancer Society's 9th Annual Inner Circle of Twelve Luncheon and Fashion Show. Aura, along with 11 other local philanthropists, were honored for their commitment to the community  at a fashion show and luncheon at the JW Marriott Marquis.  Congratulations, Aura !

Laura Russo featured as a Gables Great in Community Newspapers

Board member L aura Russo was featured in the October 17th issue of Community Newspapers as a Gables Great! Laura "represents the best of Coral Gables as a person, lawyer and for her love of the city."
The article, written by Gloria Burns, highlighted her professional successes such as establishing her own Coral Gables law firm Laura L. Russo Esq, serving on the Attorney's Title Insurance Advisory Board from 1998-2004 and being Special Master-Code Enforcement  for the City of Coral Gables from 2005-2010.
In addition to Laura's role on the Foundation Board, she is a past President of the Coral Gables Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Laura also served on the Board of Directors for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2015 and on the Board of the Coral Gables Museum from 2012-2014. The Foundation is fortunate to have her serving on the Board! Congratulations, Laura!

Venny Torre to serve as 2017 Tour of Kitchens Chair for the second year

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to announce that Board member Venny Torre will serve as the Chair of the 8th annual Tour of Kitchens, taking place on Saturday, February 4th, 2017.

Venny is President and CEO of Torre Development Group Inc., a full service real estate development, construction management and certified general contracting company known for its attention to quality, creativity and design details.

In addition to his role on the Community Foundation Board, Venny contributes his time and treasure to many local non-profit organizations. He is the current Chairman of the City of Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board, is a Board Trustee for the Coral Gables Business Improvement District and a Vice President and Board Member of Dade Heritage Trust. He is a founding member of the Coral Gables Museum and served on its Board of Directors for six years.

Recent Happenings
The Key to Giving Program is Back!

The Coral Gables Community Foundation's  Key to Giving  program has relaunched in partnership with the Key Biscayne Community Foundation and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust. 

The program allows individuals in our community an opportunity to support the greater community by making a matched charitable gift to 25 pre-selected non-profits that are making a difference in Coral Gables and throughout Greater Miami. 

By donating your time and treasure through the Key to Giving Program, the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Key Biscayne Community Foundation and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust have committed an initial monetary pool as incentive dollars to match donations received between $50 and $500 per donor  to the participating organizations. For any one gift greater than $500, the first $500 will be considered for matching funds. 

Click here to view the list of participatory non-profits and donate your time and have your donations matched!

Mark your Memories with a Commemorative Bench!

In partnership with the City of Coral Gables, the Coral Gables Community Foundation offers the Commemorative Bench Program. The program provides a meaningful way for people, non-profit and government organizations, and companies to honor the legacy of a loved one, a special milestone or commemorative event with a bench in one of the City's green spaces or parks.  The commemorative benches are 6-feet-long, UV- and moisture-resistant and have an estimated 15-year lifetime.

For more information on the program and to see a list of available green spaces and parks, please visit our site.

Focus on Funds
 Actors' Playhouse announces new Endowment Fund during opening night of Million Dollar Quartet

Coral Gables Community Foundation Board Chairman  John O'Rourke III, Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein and Miami Marlins  Community Outreach & Player Relations Manager Juan Garciga. Photo by Alberto Romeu.

On October 21st, Actors' Playhouse held the opening night of  Million Dollar Quartet, where they recognized the Coral Gables Community Foundation and the new Actors' Playhouse Endowment Fund onstage before the show. 

Foundation Board Chairman John O' Rourke III represented the Foundation onstage and received a plaque from Actors' Playhouse in appreciation for the partnership with the Foundation. The evening kicked off the 'Miracle on the Mile' planned giving campaign to preserve and ensure the future of Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. 

Burgerliscious is almost here!

Over twenty hot restaurants, one meaty festival, Burgerliscious sizzles on Thursday, November 3rd. Presented by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Burgerliscious is South Florida's premiere burger festival. Take a bite out of one or all of our meaty masterpieces! A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Enhancement Fund at the Foundation, which supports small business training programs. Get your tickets at  burgerliscious.com.

Upcoming Events

We're getting ready for the 2017 Tour of Kitchens!

Merrick Society

your Legacy Today!

George 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.

This exclusive group commits to a three-year annual contribution of $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000. To find out more, please contact our Executive Director, Mary Snow, at 305.446.9670, or via email at  mary@gablesfoundation.org

The Foundation is pleased to present  our MERRICK SOCIETY DONORS

Robert J. "Bob" & Marian Fewell

William A. Bonn & Ruben Ceballos

Matthew Meehan & Rod Hildebrant
Lee Osiason
Jack Lowell  · Aura Reinhardt · Evelyn J. Budde
Karelia Carbonell

Alex Montague
John R. Allen, Jr.  · Wayne Cameron Eldred · Jason Neal · David Olazabal · John O'Rourke III · Donald & Jeanett Slesnick  · 
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Patricia Blanco   · George Corrigan · Sissy DeMaria · Sasha Dolgicer · Dr. Joyce Elam · Carlos F. Garcia · Zeke Guilford · Andria Hanley · Patricia Leon · Henry Langston · Nelson Lazo · Paul Lowenthal · David Mitchell · Alfonso & Shannon Perez · Eddie & Judy Snow · The Torre Family · Jose Valdes-Fauli & Shed Boren · Marielena Villamil

 Eric Gros-Dubois ·  Brett & Daniella Reynolds  · Scott J. Richey · Ari Rollnick · Ron Shuffield ·   Lori V. Thomas

Ann F. Boley · Brian Dosal · Michael Forman · Jorge Gutierrez   · Nelson Hernandez · Victoria Hernandez · John Herrera, Esq. ·
IllustraDENT · Andrew Nadal · Pedro R. Parra · Scott A. & Nanda Poulin · 
Tony Rodriguez · Dr. Audrey Ross · Laura Russo ·
 Robert & Ashley Thornburg · Oscar Torres · Mario Yngerto

*Denotes lifetime membership

About Us 


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. Celebrating 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."

"Leaders Rise by Lifting Others"