Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Coral Gables Community Foundation holds Merrick Society Reception, awards college scholarships and announces community grant recipients

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Jade Lleonart
L-R: Monty Trainer, Aura Reinhardt, Trina Sams, Audrey Ross, John Allen and Marshall Steingold

L-R: Monty Trainer, Aura Reinhardt, Trina Sams, Audrey Ross, John Allen and Marshall Steingold

Coral Gables Community Foundation holds Merrick Society Reception, awards college scholarships and announces community grant recipients

(Coral Gables, FL | May 15, 2015)  A special evening marked the third annual reception for the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Merrick  Society. Dedicated to continuing city founder George E. Merrick’s vision for Coral Gables, the Merrick Society represents the Foundation’s highest levels of giving, where donors make a three-year commitment of support at the $1,000 level and higher. Friends and supporters gathered at the Bacardi Headquarters in Coral Gables to celebrate the Foundation’s charitable giving, as well as to honor the recent community grant recipients and present scholarships to deserving students.

Foundation Executive Director Mary Snow opened the night’s program by thanking Bacardi for hosting the event in their beautiful space and recognized all those associated with the Foundation, including the Board of Directors and Merrick Society members.

Coral Gables Community Foundation Chairman Carlos F. Garcia spoke about the Foundation’s 24-year history of directing nearly $5 million dollars through charitable contributions in areas such as the arts and culture, education, health, historical preservation and green space. Garcia emphasized the local impact that Merrick Society donors make.

“Our Merrick Society members are such an important part of our giving,” said Garcia. “Their generosity allows us to give back in meaningful ways that add to the footprint of the Foundation and enhance the quality of life in Coral Gables.”

L-R: Bill Bonn, Coco Torre, Venny Torre

L-R: Bill Bonn, Coco Torre, Venny Torre

In the weeks leading up to the reception, the Foundation’s Community Giving Committee met to review grant applications from a number of local non-profit organizations. Five deserving organizations were chosen to receive grants, totaling $23,000 from the Foundation.  John R. Allen, Jr., Chair of the Community Giving Committee, and Garcia announced the following 2015 community grant recipients:

May Van Sickle Dental Clinic:  The May Van Sickle Dental Clinic received an $8,000 grant to purchase a new dental chair for the clinic, which provides critically needed dental care for children of the working poor. The Dental Clinic is volunteer-run and operated out of the Coral Gables Women’s Club. Mayra Dominguez, Dorothy Thomson and Gloria Burns accepted the grant award.

Coral Gables Preparatory Academy: The Foundation’s $5,000 grant award to the Coral Gables Preparatory Academy will support the middle school’s fine arts and performing arts programs and productions. Principal Cheli Cerra received the grant award on behalf of the school.

Children’s Bereavement Center: The Foundation’s $2,500 grant will help fund the Children’s Bereavement Center’s peer support groups for children affected by the loss of loved ones. Children’s Bereavement Center CEO, Mindy Cassel, was in attendance to receive the grant.

Ponce de Leon Middle School: The Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to Ponce de Leon Middle to assist with the school’s beautification efforts in purchasing benches and tables for the school grounds. Principal Martha Chang accepted the school’s grant award.

SCORE Miami-Dade: The Miami-Dade Chapter of SCORE received a $2,500 grant from the Foundation to support its Simple Steps Program, which provides business and financial education information for veterans in the Coral Gables area to enhance their opportunities for employment and sustainability. Orlando Espinso was in attendance to receive the organization’s grant award.

Also during the reception, 12 students received college scholarships from the Foundation and its funds. This year, the Foundation created and presented a new scholarship: The Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship. This award was created to assist students with critical financial need and will provide each recipient with $2,500 a year for four years toward their college tuition. Through its funds, the Foundation also presented eight scholarship awards, bringing its 2015 scholarship contributions to a grand total of $53,000. Coral Gables Community Foundation Chair-Elect John O’Rourke and Garcia announced the following scholarship recipients at the reception:

Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Allyssa Dobkins, Coral Gables Senior High: $2,500/year for 4 years

Valerie Montesino, Coral Gables Senior High: $2,500/year for 4 years

Juliana Robles, Coral Gables Senior High: $2,500/year for 4 years

Teague Scanlon, Coral Gables Senior High: $2,500/year for 4 years

Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship

Camila Conesa, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart: $2,500

Maria Yow, Coral Gables Senior High: $1,500

Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence

Daniel Regalado, Coral Gables Senior High: $1,000

Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship

Elliot Kutmus, Coral Gables Senior High: $1,000

Grant & Bridget Daugherty Nursing Scholarship

Sierra Reid, Coral Gables Senior High: $1,000

Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship

Ahylin Carballo, Coral Gables Senior High: $2,000

Ibeth Funes, Coral Gables Senior High: $2,000

Janise Guyot, Coral Gables Senior High: $2,000

“We are so proud to award these 12 talented students with scholarships. Our Merrick Society members’ generosity, our fund holders and all of our efforts throughout the year make this possible,” said Snow.

To view more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

________________________________________________________________________________________

About Coral Gables Community Foundation

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.” For more information, please visit www.gablesfoundation.org.

#          #         #

Coral Gables Community Foundation awards $53,000 in college scholarships and creates new four-year scholarship

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Jade Lleonart
L-R: Coral Gables Community Foundation Chairman Carlos F. Garcia, Maria Yow, Juliana Robles, Camila Conesa, Janise Guyot-Cabada, Ibeth Funes, Ahylin Carballo, Teague Scanlon, Valerie Montesino, Allyssa Dobkins, Daniel Regalado, Sierra Reid and Foundation Chair-Elect John O’Rourke III

L-R: Coral Gables Community Foundation Chairman Carlos F. Garcia, Maria Yow, Juliana Robles, Camila Conesa, Janise Guyot-Cabada, Ibeth Funes, Ahylin Carballo, Teague Scanlon, Valerie Montesino, Allyssa Dobkins, Daniel Regalado, Sierra Reid and Foundation Chair-Elect John O’Rourke III

Coral Gables Community Foundation awards $53,000 in college scholarships and creates new four-year scholarship

(Coral Gables, May 15, 2015)  The Coral Gables Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships to twelve high school seniors. Additionally this year, the Foundation created and presented a new scholarship: The Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship. This award was created to assist students with critical financial need and will provide each recipient with $2,500 a year for four years toward their tuition for a total of $10,000 over the course of their college career. In addition, the Foundation also presented its traditional scholarship awards: the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence, the Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship, the Grant & Bridget Daugherty Nursing Scholarship, the Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship and the Culinary Arts Fund Scholarships. On Wednesday, May 13th, the students were present at the Foundation’s Merrick Society Reception and were honored for their academic excellence and outstanding service to their schools and community:

Allyssa Dobkins | $2,500 a year for four years Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Allyssa Dobkins is a recipient of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (CGCF) Four-Year Scholarship award. Allyssa is an International Baccalaureate student at Coral Gables Senior High School and a dedicated member of the legendary Gablettes dance team. She served as Class of 2015 President during her sophomore, junior and senior years and also serves on the Executive Board of the Interact Club. She will be studying at Dartmouth College this fall.

Teague Scanlon | $2,500 a year for four years Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Teague Scanlon is a recipient of the CGCF Four-Year Scholarship award. An International Baccalaureate student with an impressive resume, Teague is as involved at Coral Gables Senior High School as a student can be. He is a member of the school’s Varsity Volleyball, Soccer and Swimming teams and President of the Support Our Sports Club. He is currently serving as Student Council Vice President, writes for the school’s online newspaper, CavsConnect, and is a member of the National Honor Society.  Teague will attend Pomona College.

Valerie Montesino | $2,500 a year for four years Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Valerie Montesino is a recipient of the CGCF Four-Year Scholarship award. As Student Council President, Valerie planned Homecoming, the United Way student drive, middle school recruitment tours and much more. She is the business manager for the Coral Gables Senior High School yearbook, the Cavaleon, and she is a POSSE scholarship winner. She will attend Mount Holyoke College later this year.

Juliana Robles | $2,500 a year for four years Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Juliana Robles is a recipient of the CGCF Four-Year Scholarship award. Juliana is an involved student with a great attitude. She is an International Baccalaureate student at Gables High and an active member of the school’s Art Club, the National Honor Society, the International Baccalaureate Honor Society and the Blood Drive Committee. She will attend the University of Florida.

Daniel Regalado | $1,000 Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence

The Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence is given annually to an outstanding student who embodies the values of long time Gables High Principal, Ralph V. Moore. The award emphasizes the importance of leaving a legacy at Coral Gables Senior High School. Daniel Regalado is a true leader among his peers.  He is an International Baccalaureate student and has served as President of Coral Gables Senior High School’s Key Club for the past two years. Daniel is a member of the National Honor Society and the International Baccalaureate Honor Society and has participated in the Student Government Association and the Cavaleon, the school’s yearbook. He is also a recipient of the DIRIGO award, which is presented to students who portray exemplary leadership ability. He will attend Florida International University.

Elliot Kutmus | $1,000 Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship

Lady Suzanna P. Tweed created a scholarship fund with the Coral Gables Community Foundation to help deserving students continue their education. Elliot Kutmus is a hardworking individual in and out of school. He is highly involved within the Coral Gables community. In his spare time, he has worked alongside city officials performing community service and fundraising for important causes. At Coral Gables Senior High School, he is a proud member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. He plans to attend the University of Florida.

Sierra Reid | $1,000 Grant & Bridget Daugherty Nursing Scholarship

Created to assist Coral Gables Senior High School students who intend to study nursing, Sierra Reid is the perfect recipient of the Grant & Bridget Daugherty Nursing  scholarship. Her career goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner. She has volunteered at several health fairs and has participated in many programs to prepare for her future success. She will be studying nursing at Florida State University later this year.

Camila Conesa | $2,500 Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship

The Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship is given annually to graduating seniors who have shown an interest in music during their high school years. Overall academic success, a love for music and an intention to study music are factors in the evaluation process. Camila Conesa, a student at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, is a recipient of the Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship. Camila possesses a true love of and dedication to music. Through her work at UM’s Frost School of Music’s Young Musicians’ Camp to her internship at a music recording studio, and her leadership within the Tri-M Music Honors Society, Camila is the perfect recipient for this scholarship. Camila is a talented pianist, singer and also plays the guitar. She is very involved within the Carrollton School community and she also holds an excellent academic record. Camila plans to attend Bellmont University in Nashville in the fall.

Maria Yow | $1,500 Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship

Maria Yow is one of the recipients of the Kerdyk Music Scholarship. Maria is an extremely talented student and vocalist at Coral Gables Senior High. She is a Soprano Section Leader in the school’s Women’s Ensemble choir, sings in the exclusive a cappella group, DIVISI, and serves as Treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Her activities go beyond the music classroom, including being a member of the National Honors Society, National Spanish Honors Society, International Baccalaureate Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America, plus many other clubs. Maria plans to pursue music after high school and will study at Florida International University.

Ahylin Carballo | $2,000 Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship

The Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship is intended for outstanding students of Coral Gables Senior High School’s Culinary Arts Program. Recipients display a passion for cooking and a goal to study the culinary arts after high school. Ahylin Carballo has been a part of Gables’ Culinary Arts Program since her freshman year and understands the importance of working as a team with her fellow kitchen colleagues. She has an interest in French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines and will study culinary arts at Miami-Dade College later this year.

Ibeth Funes | $2,000 Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship

Ibeth Funes has shown an interest in cooking since an early age. During her time at Gables’ Culinary Arts Program, she has interned at Doctors Hospital and the Biltmore Hotel and has participated in events throughout the community. She plans to study at Johnson & Wales University and pursue a career in the culinary arts.

Janise Guyot | $2,000 Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship

Janise Guyot has a strong passion for cooking and has demonstrated so during her four years at Gables’ Culinary Arts Program. Through her internships at Doctors Hospital and the Biltmore Hotel, she has shared a kitchen with various notable chefs. She views Culinary Arts Program Director Mercy Vera as a mentor and currently works as a manager at Starbucks Coffee. She will pursue her culinary career goals as a student at Johnson & Wales University this fall.

“We are so proud to award these 12 talented students with scholarships. Our Merrick Society members’ generosity, our fund holders and all of our efforts throughout the year make this possible,” said Mary Snow, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

__________________________________________________________________________________________

About Coral Gables Community Foundation

The Foundation looks forward to recognizing and helping deserving local students at the end of each academic year.  Community Foundations are not subject to most of the IRS requirements placed on scholarships established by private foundations, and are, therefore, a more attractive alternative for individuals, businesses, or private foundations who want to establish a scholarship fund to help local students.  Community Foundations also provide students with a central source for multiple scholarships.  For more information on applying for a scholarship, visit gablesfoundation.org.  The Coral Gables Community Foundation is a non-profit §501(c)(3) charitable organization established in September 1991 by community leaders with the mission of fostering public initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the “City Beautiful”.

# # #

Coral Gables Community Foundation featured twice on cover of Coral Gables News

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by Jade Lleonart

Untitled

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is featured twice on the cover of this week’s Coral Gables News! Check out these articles on the Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship and Board Member Paul Lowenthal, a “Gables Great.”

Kerdyk Family awards college scholarships to talented student musicians

Posted on: May 1st, 2015 by Jade Lleonart

Kerdyk Family awards college scholarships to talented student musicians

(Coral Gables, April 29, 2015)  The Kerdyk family recently awarded college scholarships to two musically talented high school seniors. Established in 2002, the Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship Fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation awards scholarships annually to graduating seniors who display an interest in music during their high school years. The scholarship is named after long-serving Coral Gables Commissioner William H. Kerdyk, Sr. and continued by his family today.  Bill Kerdyk, Sr. had a love of music that he shared with his own children and established this scholarship fund to help students who also possess a love of music. To date, the Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship Fund has distributed more than $36,000 since its inception. Overall academic success, a love for music and an intention to study music in college are factors in the evaluation process. The following students are recipients of this year’s scholarship awards:

Camila Conesa | $2,500 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

Camila Conesa is a gifted musician with a diverse collection of capabilities. She is a trained classical pianist and has participated in the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Choir since her freshman year. She can also play the guitar and drums and has interned for local musicians and in recording studios. In addition to her musical talents, Camila has an impressive academic resume. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, History Honors Society, Tri-M Music Honors Society, as well as being involved in a number of other extracurricular actives, including equestrian competitions. Camila intends to study music and music business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Tracy Kerdyk presented the scholarship to Camila at Carrollton on April 23rd.

Camila Conesa and Tracy Kerdyk

Camila Conesa and Tracy Kerdyk

Maria Yow | $1,500 Coral Gables Senior High School

Maria Yow is an extremely talented student and vocalist at Coral Gables Senior High School. She is a Soprano Section Leader in the school’s Women’s Ensemble choir, sings in the exclusive a cappella group, DIVISI, and serves as Treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Her activities go beyond the music classroom, including being a member of the National Honors Society, National Spanish Honors Society, International Baccalaureate Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America, plus many other clubs. Maria plans to pursue music in college at Florida International University. Maria received her scholarship award at an April 28th awards ceremony at Gables High.

#              #             #

Golden Gables Fund kicks off with a bang

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by Jade Lleonart

On Wednesday, April 8th, the Coral Gables Community Foundation held a kickoff reception for the launch of its newest fund, the Golden Gables Fund, at the offices of Evensky & Katz / Foldes Financial Wealth Management. Representatives from the various organizations that benefit from the Golden Gables Fund were in attendance and guests celebrated the wonderful citizens and projects of Coral Gables’ historic MacFarlane Homestead and Golden Gates neighborhoods.

Established in January 2015 by the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, the Golden Gables Fund benefits the residents and non-profit organizations of Coral Gables’ historic MacFarlane Homestead and Golden Gates neighborhoods. This historic part of Coral Gables is home to many organizations doing great work for the benefit of our children, our seniors and our community. Some of the organizations that will benefit from the Golden Gables Fund are the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative, St. Albans Child Enrichment Center, The Barnyard, Lola B. Walker Homeowners Association, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet School, Young Tigers Foundation, Coconut Grove Outreach, G.W. Carver Elementary School, G.W. Carver Middle School and Frances S. Tucker Elementary.

DSC_2139

At the kickoff event, Coral Gables Community Foundation Executive Director, Mary Snow, and Evenksy & Katz/Foldes Principal, David Evensky, spoke about the goals of the Golden Gables Fund and about the various organizations it supports.

“This is an exciting time for the Foundation” said Mary Snow. “We recently established the Golden Gables Fund with the intent of directly benefiting the MacFarlane Homestead and Golden Gate communities and their residents.”

During the event, donations were collected from attendees for a variety of causes associated with the Golden Gables Fund. In total, $10,000 was raised at Wednesday’s reception, thanks in part to Evensky & Katz/Foldes’ generous matching pledge. The Coral Gables Community Foundation also recently donated $10,000 to the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative’s Canteen Cuisine through the Foundation’s Golden Gables Fund.

To learn more and to contribute to the Golden Gables Fund, visit www.gablesfoundation.org/giving/donate.

To view more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.