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Coral Gables Community Foundation awards nearly $50,000 in grants in 2014

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Jade Lleonart

The Coral Gables Community Foundation recently awarded grants to seven local non-profit organizations, bringing our annual community giving through grants to $50,000! The Foundation is proud to contribute to and support the following organizations:

Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
Grant Award: $5,000

The Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida a $5,000 grant toward the Girl Scout Leadership Development Program, which serves 200 girls in Coral Gables.  Funds will be used toward Girl Scout memberships, patches, activities and camperships for girls to attend camps (two of which are located in Coral Gables – Camp Mahachee and Coral Gables Little House). The Girl Scout camp scholarship recipients will be named for the Foundation and they will receive a special Coral Gables Community Foundation logo patch!

Pridelines Youth Services
Grant Award: $5,000

 The Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded Pridelines Youth Services a $5,000 grant to provide support for LGBTQ youth (ages 14-24) living within Coral Gables and the surrounding areas by developing a weekly Rainbow Circle, a peer-led support group within our City limits. Pridelines has successfully implemented and currently operates Rainbow Circles throughout Miami-Dade County, including in Miami Shores, South Miami, Cutler Bay, and Coral Gables – until their donated space was no longer available. Additionally, the organization seeks to collaborate with Safe Schools South Florida to ensure the success of their annual GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Summit at Coral Gables Congregational Church and with the intention of assisting in the development of a GSA at Coral Gables Senior High School.

Actors Playhouse
Grant Award: $2,500

The Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded Actors Playhouse with a $2,500 scholarship grant for a winner of the Young Talent Big Dreams talent contest – similar to American Idol.  The objective is to provide youth from Miami’s diverse ethnic and socio-economic communities the opportunity to develop their artistic skills and talent by preparing and auditioning on a professional stage. Winners receive cash prizes for scholarships to arts programs. The Foundation will present the scholarship to the recipient on stage at Actors Playhouse in May 2015.

Grant Award: $5,000

The Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded GableStage at the Biltmore with a $5,000 grant to support the upcoming 2014-2015 season as well as for Educational Programming. Productions of Choir Boy and Macbeth will be toured directly throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools. All programs are offered through Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Cultural Passport Program and are free of charge to the students. The Foundation will partner with GableStage on a special preview night on July 31, 2015 at the playhouse with proceeds going directly to the Foundation.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Grant Award: $5,000

The Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired with a $5,000 grant toward the Better Chance Music Production Program, which enables blind and visually impaired musicians to learn music production and the business of music. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind served 100 Coral Gables residents in the past 12 months.

Merrick Festival
Grant Award: $1,500

The Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded the 2014 Merrick Festival, known for its Caroling Competition, with a grant award of $1,500. The largest award of the event, the Full Choir award, will be named the “Coral Gables Community Foundation Full Choir Award.”  A Foundation representative will present the check to the winning caroling team in December.

Coral Gables Senior High School College Assistance Program
Grant Award: $2,500

The Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded the Coral Gables Senior High School College Assistance Program (CAP)with a $2,500 grant to be used to purchase approximately 25 tablet computers and one charging station. The tablets will be used to register students for college financial aid and Bright Futures Scholarships. Over 70% of the students at Gables High are on free and reduced lunch and many of these students do not have access to computers or internet at home. The purchase of tablet computers for CAP office use will ensure that students are provided with the most up-to-date technology with which to prepare for college.


Congratulations to all of our 2014 grantees! Interested in applying for a grant? Our next application deadline is April 17, 2015. Grant information and applications can be found on our website.

Spice up your Tour of Kitchens journey with the VIP Limo Experience!

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by Jade Lleonart

For the first time ever, the Tour of Kitchens is offering a VIP Limo Experience!

The Coral Gables Community Foundation has teamed up with Majestic Limos to provide you with a whole new way to experience this event. See below for details and contact us to spice up your TOK day!

*Vehicles are subject to availability so hurry up and book now!

Limo Experience

2015 Tour of Kitchens tickets available for purchase

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Jade Lleonart

It’s almost that time again…the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Tour of Kitchens is right around the corner!

Tickets are now available for purchase. The Tour of Kitchens is a great way to spend a girls day out…it also makes a great birthday present or holiday gift!

Purchase your ticket now before it’s sold out! See below for more details.

*Note: There is no physical ticket for this event. Your name will be added to a registration list and you will receive a wristband during check-in at the Opening Event.*

Coral Gables TV covers Gables Gastby Gala

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by Jade Lleonart

Coral Gables Television was at our Gables Gatsby Gala last week, covering every corner of the event. They interviewed guests and honorees and caught some great footage of the of the year’s biggest party in the City Beautiful!Watch the story below – you may also catch it on local Channel 77.

2014 Gables Gatsby Gala Honorees Video

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by Jade Lleonart

During the Awards Ceremony at this year’s Annual Gala, a video showcasing each honoree was played for our guests. If you weren’t able to make it to the gala, no need to worry – we have the video right here for your viewing! Please enjoy the 2014 Gables Gatsby Gala Honorees video, directed by Emmy award winning producer Reizel Larrea-Alvarez of iZoom Productions.