In this issue . . .  
BOARD NEWS Welcome new Board Members Wayne Eldred and Ari Rollnick
RECENT EVENT Ponce Society Pub Crawl photos
UPCOMING EVENTS Young Professionals Holiday Happy Hour & Tour of Kitchens 


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Welcoming 2 New Board Members


Wayne Cameron Eldred |Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill  
Ari Rollnick | kabookaboo integrated marketing

WAYNE CAMERON ELDRED grew up in England and attended the prestigious Barrow Hills Boarding School, a Franciscan Friar Order located in Surrey, England. Born the son of an engineer stationed in many different countries, Wayne spent much of his young life traveling the world. Through all of his travels and time spent abroad, Wayne learned a great deal about different cuisines, unique recipes, and interesting ingredients, which he brought with him to the States when he moved back in 1992. 
Wayne finished his education by attending Florida International University where he decided to make the culture-filled, melting pot of Miami his home, and complete his Bachelor's degree. He has spent over 16 years mastering the operations in the restaurant industry and over 8 of those years at Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill as both the assistant manager, and then as the general manager. As of April 5th of this year, Wayne finally achieved his lifelong dream and became the Majority Owner. Wayne has built Tarpon Bend from the ground up by putting in endless hours every week making sure to provide phenomenal customer service and properly train his staff members. He prides himself on having gotten to know 85% of his patrons by name. 
Wayne has not only served Coral Gables by providing delicious brunch, lunch and dinner options at his restaurant, but he has also been very active in the Coral Gables community. He has served as a board member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce for 5 years and was recently nominated by his peers as the Treasurer in September of 2013. Wayne also currently serves on the board of directors for the Business Improvement District (B.I.D). He has spent many years supporting the City of Coral Gables by being both a partner and co-founder of events such as the annual Burgerlicious event and Coral Gables Restaurant Week

Wayne is very proud to be part of the Coral Gables community and is looking forward to both serve and support the beautiful city of Coral Gables through his involment with the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

ARI ROLLNICK is a Principal at kabookaboo, an award-winning, integrated marketing agency that he founded in 2001. Kabookaboo serves a strong, diversified client base, which includes regional, national and international companies such as Burger King, Cartier, Goldman Properties, Cleveland Clinic, Miami International Auto Show, and Miami Seaquarium.

A Miami native, Ari received a BA in History from Emory University in 1997. He subsequently moved to Manhattan and accepted a position with NYU Downtown Hospital. Ari quickly progressed to Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing and began interfacing with some of the city's top healthcare executives. He worked directly with the CEO and Chief Medical Officer, as well as the heads of all departments on the Hospital's marketing initiatives. Ari was tasked with creating analysis and recommendation for the Hospital's Ambulatory Section. In addition, Ari managed community outreach with the goal of garnering corporate wellness in the surrounding Wall Street neighborhood.

After two years with NYU, Ari returned to Emory University and attended the Goizueta Business School. Ari concentrated his studies in Marketing and Organizational Management and graduated with an MBA in 2001. While at Goizueta Business School, Ari was instrumental in the design of an Educational Program developed to enhance the student's understanding of digital strategy. Ari was also employed during his years at business school as the Director of Marketing at, a division of the successful start-up,

Ari has served on the Board of Directors of the Selma Oritt Foundation for more than eight years and Families for Fragile X for five years. With the Selma Oritt Foundation, Ari was instrumental in the Foundation's complete reorganization of its giving philosophy. As the Marketing Chair for Families for Fragile X, Ari has spearheaded the formal branding and marketing efforts of the organization. In addition, Ari also serves on the Board of Advisors of Bioheart, a publicly traded company in the Life Sciences Industry.

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Halloween PUB CRAWL  
On Halloween, 100 young professionals gathered in costume for the 2nd Annual Haunted Jaunt, a pub crawl presented by our @PonceSociety of Young Professionals. The Jaunters crawled through Coral Gables from Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, to Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, to John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant. Everyone enjoyed a good scare at Fritz & Franz in a mini Haunted House designed and run by Ponce Society members. Jaunters earned a raffle ticket each time they were brave enough to walk through. 
Ponce Society chair Amanda Bonifay said "We had a great time celebrating Halloween in the Gables with our members and supporters. The Ponce Society plans to make the Haunted Jaunt bigger and better each year to attract more young professionals to the Gables on Halloween."
Check out all the photos on their Facebook page . . . 
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Young Professionals  


Our Ponce Society of Young Professionals is proud to partner with other Miami young professionals group for their holiday event. No RSVP needed for the Young Professionals HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR at The Stage Miami on Tuesday, December 3rd, 6:30-9:30 PM. See you there to share in some holiday cheer with 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 * 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




 2014 TOUR of KITCHENS  
Sponsorships are Available

The 5th annual Coral Gables Community Foundation Tour of Kitchens fund raiser 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. 

Join us on this self-guided Tour showcasing some of Coral Gables' most spectacular designer kitchens and favorite restaurant chefs, caterers, and dessert specialists, your
all-inclusive Tour of Kitchens ticket also offers: tastings, stunning table settings, demonstrations, the sale of artisan food, foodie/kitchen merchandise and/or home goods, as well as admission to the Closing Event (location TBA) serving champagne and dessert samples. 

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, or please call us at 305.446.9670.  The Tour will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014, starting at 9:00 AM, and ending with a closing reception from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Sponsorship Levels

iron chef  presenting sponsor $15,000 
* Listing as the "2014 Tour of Kitchens presented by . . . " on the invitation
   and in all PR
* Name/Logo printed on Tour aprons for volunteers
* Opportunity for mutually-agreed-upon product placement
* Opportunity for mututally-agreed-upon product interaction
* Branding on event tickets
* Speaking opportunity at Closing Event
* Inclusion at post-event check presentation to Culinary Arts Program recipients
* 20 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets
* Full-page, full-color ad in 8" x 8" program booklet
* 1 month banner ad (300 x 250) on website
* 1 month banner ad (600 x 160) on weekly e-newsletter

patissier  closing event sponsor $10,000
* Closing Event signage (vertical 2' x 6' sign) at podium
* Full-page full-color Inside Cover Ad in 8" x 8" program booklet
* 10 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets
* 2 week banner ad (300 x 250) on website
* 2 week banner ad (600 x 160) on weekly e-newsletter

sommelier  champagne sponsor $5,000
* Name and Logo on cups and napkins
* Signage at Champagne Table/Bar
* Full-page, full-color ad in 8" x 8" program booklet
* 8 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets
* 1 week banner ad (300 x 250) on website
* 1 week banner ad (600 x 160) on weekly e-newsletter

gourmand  $2,500
* Full-page, full-color ad in 8" x 8" program booklet
* Recognition in our Tour of Kitchens program booklet
* 6 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets

gourmet  $1,000
* Recognition in our Tour of Kitchens program booklet
* 4 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets

foodie  $500
* Recognition in our Tour of Kitchens program booklet
* 2 TOUR of KITCHENS tickets

Tour tickets make great gifts! Don't get shut out of this fabulous & fun foodie fund raiser.  Buy your tickets early and show your support for your hometown foundation and for the Gables High Culinary Arts Program. 

*Tickets for the 5th annual TOUR of KITCHENS are on sale now for $60 per person through December 31, 2013. The ticket price will increase on January 1st, 2014, to $75 per person. Unless sold out (this event sold out last year), tickets will also be available at the door at the starting location (Snaidero kitchens + design) on the day of the Tour for $75: cash only. 

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George Merrick's dream for Coral Gables "[began in 1922 with 3,000 acres of citrus groves and pine trees left to him by his father]. Merrick began carving out a town along the lines of the City Beautiful MovementHe designed the new town in great detail, featuring wide, tree-lined boulevards, delicate bridges and sedate urban golf courses. Merrick's secret was his passionate devotion to aesthetics."1  
Pictured below is George Merrick's office, known as the "Merrick Building", circa 1923. (Photo taken by W. A. Fishbaugh and used with the permission of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, image no. RC06103.)
Merrick's devotion to aesthetics 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. 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 
Merrick Society Dream in Color 



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 

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


1 Quotation Source: Wikipedia.  





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305/446.9670 |
@AndriaHanley  @CGCF  @PonceSociety  @TOURofKITCHENS



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.


PHOTO CREDIT Special thanks to Mike Ewald for sharing the sunset silhouette of The Biltmore Hotel used in the header. 


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