• Annual Gala

    Viva Las Gables!”

    2013 Coral Gables Community Foundation "Viva Las Gables" Gala Honorees

    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.

    We were pleased to announce the Presenting Sponsorship of The Lincoln Motor Company! Special thanks also to our Gold Sponsors:  Agave Holdings, LLC; Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; and The HighBoy.

    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:

    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.

    For many years, the Gala fundraiser was known as the Travel and Lifestyle Auction (sponsored most often by the University of Miami), and was  held at the Biltmore Hotel.

    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.

    Coral Gables Community Foundation Annual Gala 2012 Club Monaco featuring casino style gambling

    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.)

    2012 HONOREES

    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)

    2011 HONOREES

    LEGACY AWARD RE-NAMING Willy Bermello
    WILLY BERMELLO LEGACY AWARD Bill Kerdyk
    COMMUNITY AWARD Don Slesnick
    CULTURE AWARD Patricia H. “Pat” Clarke
    EDUCATION AWARD Dan Finora

    2010 HONOREE

    LEGACY AWARD Jeannett Slesnick

    2009 HONOREES

    LEGACY AWARD R. Kirk Landon
    LEGACY AWARD Ralph Sanchez*

     

    (*deceased)