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“Viva Las Gables!”
Our 22nd annual Vegas-themed “Viva Las Gables” Gala took place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 (7:00 PM to 1:00 AM) at the Coral Gables Country Club.
Back by popular demand, this year’s theme was casino-style gaming*, with a live Vegas-style show, and a silent and live auctions. We also had a VIP entrance and lounge area courtesy of the Lincoln Motor Company that showcased the MKZ. Inside, guests had fun in our Flash Pop “Wedding Chapel” themed photo booth. Montica Jewelry gave guests the change to win a shopping spree with a raffle.
For 2013, we honored community leaders in 4 categories: WILLY BERMELLO LEGACY AWARD Bob Dickinson, JERRY SANTEIRO COMMUNITY AWARD Maria C. Alonso, CULTURE AWARD Arva Moore Parks, EDUCATION AWARD Allison Langer.
Many thanks to our Casino Prize and Silent Auction Donors as well for their continued support:
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre • John R. Allen, Jr. • Anacapri • Anton Acero Beauty Studio • Avant-Garde Salon & Spa • Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. • Belle Fleur • The Biltmore Hotel • Bradford Renaissance Portraits • Body & Soul • Bricktop’s • Buchwald Jewelers • Bulla Gastrobar • Business Improvement District “Shop Coral Gables” • Caffe Violetto • Karelia & Marino Carbonell •
Dr. Marino E. Carbonell • Casa Maria • Catering The Event by Susan Bleemer • Chateau Palmer • Christy’s Restaurant • Cibo Wine Bar | The Liberty Group • City of Coral Gables Department of Parks & Recreation • City of Coral Gables Economic Sustainability Department • Claudine Claus• Aldo Colli • Coral Gables Art Cinema • Coral Gables Executive Physicians • Coral Gables LaSalle Cleaners • Coral Gables Tour of Kitchens • Sophia Crawford • Bob Dickinson • Wayne Cameron Eldred | Tarpon Bend • Elite MD • Femfessionals • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar •
The Fontainebleau Hotel • Fred Astaire Dance Studio • The Gallery of Amazing Things • Gallery Interiors • Carlos F. Garcia • Dr. Paul George • Giralda Cleaners • The Globe Café and Bar • Zeke Guilford • Miami Heat • Hyatt Regency Coral Gables • Pete Izaguirre | Pantry Liquors • Joanna’s Marketplace • La Terraza de San Juan Hotel | Puerto Rico • Law Offices of Jerome J. Kavulich, Esq. • Vice Mayor William H. Kerdyk, Jr. • La Tagliatella • Loews Hotel • Lucini Italia Co. • Mano Fine Art • Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant • Mayfair Hotel & Spa • Matthew T. Meehan and Rod Hildebrant • Miami Marlins • Miami Seaquarium • Alex Montague • Jason Neal | Waste Management, Inc. of Florida • Neiman Marucs • Art by Ninoska • David & Ann Olazabal • Peace, Love, World • Pepi Bertini • Peterbrooke Chocolatier • Portfolio Salon and Spa • Red Fish Grill • Rodez Art Gallery | Artist George Rodez • Route 9 • Jerry Santeiro • Seasons 52 • Sheri Mazariegos Photography • Smiles and Sonrisas | Dr. José Gurevich, DDS • Snow’s Jewelers • Sony Ericsson Open • The Stage Miami • Stitching Around • Sushi Samba • Westin Colonnade • Wines by Sophie • Withers Worldwide • Zielo
Annual Gala History
Every year since our inception the Foundation has held an annual gala . . . Maybe you have volunteered for, or attended one or more. We seem to be best remembered for our “Greening of the Gables” Galas and initiative of the same name, established to raise funds to help the City replace the devastated tree canopy caused by the back-to-back Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. With the exception of that difficult year (2005), the gala has been the Foundation’s greatest fund raising event.
At our 20th Anniversary (1991-2011) “Homecoming” Gala, we were grateful to have so many of our friends, former board members, and past chairs attend as we recognized and celebrated their generous contributions and enthusiastic participation in giving back to our community. Those 20 years have included lending a helping hand to establish major initiatives such as GranTran, PARKnership, the Coral Gables Museum, Cinemateque’s Coral Gables Art Cinema, CoralGables@HOME, GablesHomePage.com, the Save The Alhambra Water Tower Campaign, and the Waterway Renaissance Project.
Last year’s 21st annual Gala, a casino-themed “Club Monaco,” was held on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 in the elegant and stately Coral Grand Ballroom of the Coral Gables Country Club. This elegant evening began with a Bacardi cocktail hour and live Sinatra-era music by singer Tony Fernandez, followed by dinner and dancing to a DJ, and gambling featuring casino-style gaming tables*. The evening also included our annual awards, and a silent auction.
(*The gaming equipment was provided for entertainment purposes only by CASINO PARTY NIGHTS FLORIDA, Inc.)
LEGACY AWARD Robert J. Fewell
COMMUNITY AWARD Wayne E. “Chip” Withers
CULTURE AWARD Steven H. Krams
EDUCATION AWARD Dr. Joyce Elam
SPORTS/ENTERTAINMENT AWARD posthumously honoring Paul T. Dee, J.D.*
(the award was accepted by Cathy Zuckerman Dee)
LEGACY AWARD RE-NAMING Willy Bermello
WILLY BERMELLO LEGACY AWARD Bill Kerdyk
COMMUNITY AWARD Don Slesnick
EDUCATION AWARD Dan Finora
LEGACY AWARD Jeannett Slesnick