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Coral Gables Community Foundation first logo 1991 Coral Gables Community Foundation second logo 1995 Coral Gables Community Foundation logo

Our history begins in September 1991

The then-named "Coral Gables Foundation" was 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". The first Foundation offices were housed in the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber provided a $16,700 loan to cover start-up administrative costs. According to our first Chair, Willy Bermello, who spoke (in 2009) about the Foundation's history with the Chamber:  "Without the Chamber's leadership and foresight, the Foundation would not have been possible."  Mr. Bermello's leadership, along with support from business leaders such as Albert Friedman* (the late "Mr. Miracle Mile") forged a long-lasting friendship between the Chamber and the Foundation.

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Without the Chamber's leadership and foresight, the Foundation would not have been possible.


Willy Bermello | 2009.

 

1992 First Chairman

1992
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Chair
Willy A. Bermello

Vice Chair

Leona H. Cooper

Treasurer

William D. Atwill

Secretary/Asst. Treasurer

 Patricia H. Clarke

Assistant Secretary

 Beth Ann Clark

BOARD MEMBERS
Robert W. Bauchman
Albert H. Friedman
Seth Gordon
Mort Guilford, Esq.
Victoria Garcia Mendaro
Virginia Miller
Melvin C. Morganstern
Verneka S. Silva
Ileana Suquet
Dora Valdes-Fauli
Teresa Weintraub
Judy Weiser

Executive Administrator

Janelle Patty

 

Willy Bermello, 1992-94 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

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Willy Bermello
  WILLY A. BERMELLO, AIA AICP

Willy Bermello, a Florida-registered architect with more than 25 years experience in international practice  and CEO and President of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc., and the founder of BAP Development, served as Chair for the first 3 years of the Foundation (1992, 1993, 1994). (The Foundation was pleased and proud to welcome Mr. Bermello back to serve on the 2010 Board, and are grateful for his continued involvement and support.)

Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. and BAP Development logos.

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Some of the first grants the Foundation awarded under Mr. Bermello's guidance went to the Coral Gables Symphony & Opera, Inc, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, and the Coral Gables Garden Club.

Verneka S. Silva, Ralph V. Moore, Patricia H. ClarkeDuring this time, the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence was created by the former Coral Gables Senior High School principal (1977-93) Ralph V. Moore.

 

(Pictured are: Foundation Director Emeritus Verneka S. Silva*, Principal Ralph V. Moore*, and Foundation Board Member/Secretary Patricia H. Clarke reviewing scholarship applications.)

1993

1993
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair 
Willy A. Bermello

Vice Chair

Robert W. Bauchman

Treasurer

William D. Atwill

Secretary/Asst. Treasurer

 Virginia Miller
Patricia H. Clarke

BOARD MEMBERS
Leona H. Cooper
William W. Dolan, DDS
Peter J. Dolara
Albert H. Friedman
John P. Fullerton
Jasmine B. Getz
Linda T. Johnson
Deena B. Katz
Victoria Garcia Mendaro
Gayle P. Pitts
Linda M. Ray
Verneka S. Silva
Susan A. Soper
Ileana S. Suqet
Rodney A. Trzcinski
Teresa V.-F. Weintraub
Judy Weiser

Executive Administrator
Janelle Patty

 

Hurricane Andrew rooftop message

 

 

In February 1993, the Coral Gables City Commission voted to grant the Foundation $150,000 seed money in installments over the next two years, conditional upon the Foundation raising half that amount in 1993 and again in 1994.  These funds were used for charitable and civic projects in the City including education, senior citizen programs, historic restoration, Hurricane Andrew (August 1992) relief, cultural programs, and other special projects.

Our first annual fund raiser the "Potpourri Auction Extravaganza" was held on November 19th, 1993, at the Biltmore.

 

 


1994 First Executive Director

1994
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICER
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Chair 
Willy A. Bermello

Vice Chair  
Robert W. Buchman

Treasurer  
Michael S. Griffey

Secretary  
Patricia H. Clarke

Virginia Miller

BOARD MEMBERS
F. Otto Busot
Leona H. Cooper
Jorge M. Diaz
Jean W. Dolan
Peter J. Dolara
Santiago D. Echemendia
Albert H. Friedman
John P. Fullerton
Jasmine B. Getz
Linda T. Johnson
Deena B. Katz
Victoria Garcia Mandaro
Bonnie Rippingille
Verneka S. Silva
Susan A. Soper
Beverly A. Stover
Ileana S. Suquet
Rodney A. Trzcinski
Dayle W. Wilson
Richard F. Wolfson

EX-OFFICIO MEMBER

City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Administrator
Janelle Patty

Executive Administrator
Gloria A. Burns

Gloria Burns, Executive Director Coral Gables Community Foundation 1994-2008

 

In a move to both increase public awareness of the Foundation and to grow its endowment base, the Board of Directors hired our first  Executive Director, Gloria Burns, on October 1st, 1994. Gloria served as Executive Director until 2008, and her popular "Gloria's Gab" column (still published in the Community Newspapers) reported on Foundation and community activities. 

The Foundation gathered at Board Member Virginia Miller's Art Galley in Coconut Grove (virginiamiller.com) to raise money for Prevent Blindness Florida. The evening featured art, great food, a poetry reading, a book review, and paino selections by Jay Clarke. The event was hosted by Northern Trust and Bermello Ajamil.

Virginia Miller GalleriesThe Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship Fund was established ini late 1994. The first recipient of the Ralph V. Moore Jr. Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence was Roberto Villareal.

Board Member Richard F. Wolfson "a rare and special person" passed away in November.

The Foundation's Auction Extravaganza was held in November and raised over $45,000. Bob Soper was the auctioneer and emcee. Founding Sponsors were Northern Turst Bank and Bermello Ajamil & Partners. Gold Sponsors included Eastern National Bank, EWM Inc. Realtors, HealthSouth Doctor's Hospital, Evensky Borwn & Katz, and R. K. Grace.

 

Coral Gables Community Foundation group photo 1994 Janelle Patty Jeannett Slesnick Jasmine GetzJack and Dorothy Thomson Willy Bermello Virginia Miller

 

 

1995 First Fund | Newsletter | New Name & Logo

1995
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair 
John P. Fullerton

Immediate Past Chair 
Willy A. Bermello
Vice Chair 
Michael S. Griffey

Deena B. Katz

Treasurer  
Rodney A. Trzcinski

Secretary  
Patricia H. Clarke

Asst. Secretary
Victoria Garcia Mendaro

BOARD MEMBERS
Judith Adams
José A. Calvo II
Luis G. Chiappy
Jean W. Dolan
The Hon. George M. Corrigan
Albert H. Friedman
Antonio Goitia
Roy B. Gonas, Esq.
Kevin J. Lockwood
Virginia Miller
Rafael Quintana
Ronald A. Shuffield
Verneka S. Silva
Don Slesnick II, Esq.
Susan A. Soper
Beverly A. Stover
Arthur N. Tedesco

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce

Ronald A. Robison

City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns


John P. Fullerton, 1995 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

John Fullerton
  JOHN P. FULLERTON


In February 1995, John Fullerton of Fullerton Diaz Architects was elected as Chairman, and the Foundation's first quarterly newsletter was mailed to 3,000 residents and businesses. The Foundation moved to new ofice space courtesy of Commercebank.

Fullerton Diaz Architects logoIn March of 1995, grants were awarded to the Coral-Gables-based Florida Shakespeare Festival, Project Real Life (to support a baseball program for children), CAP of Dade County (for scholarship funding for a Gables student), UM Volunteer Services (for "Fun Day" for mentally challenged children), Coral Gables Symphony & Opera, Inc., Coral Gables High School, and to Switchboard of Miami (Senior Services).

NEW LOGO
Under Mr. Fullerton's leadership on June 15th, 1995, the Foundation's Board voted to change the name of the Foundation to "Coral Gables Community Foundation" in order to better describe its purpose and to distinguish it from private foundations. With a new logo and general information brochure designed by Adam Fullerton, the Foundation had a great new look.

In the summer, the City presented a check for $50,000 to match funds raised by the Foundation. (pictured: Commissioner Chip Withers presents John Fullerton with the City check in the presence of Vice Mayor Dorothy Thomson and former Mayor and Foundation Board Member The Hon. George M. Corrigan.)


FIRST FUND

In October 1995, the Foundation's first permanent donor advised fund was established by Board Member Jose A. Calvo II to honor his parents: the José and Mirta Calvo Endowment Fund.

1995-50K-check-JohnFullerton-DorothyThomson-ChipWithers-GeorgeCorriganold Coral Gables Community Foundation  logo

 

 

1996

1996
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair 
Ronald A. Shuffield

Immediate Past Chair 
John P. Fullerton

Vice Chair
Victoria Garcia Mendaro

Treasurer
Kevin J. Lockwood

Asst. Treasurer

José A. Calvo II

Secretary  
Patricia H. Clarke

Asst. Secretary

Susan A. Soper

BOARD MEMBERS

Judith Adams

Alcides I. Avila
Gregory W. Barnes

Willy A. Bermello

David B. Bruce

Luis G. Chiappy

The Hon. George M. Corrigan

Antonio Goitia

Roy B. Gonas, Esq.

Mort Guilford, Esq.
Virginia Miller

Rafael Quintana

Verneka S. Silva

Don Slesnick II, Esq.

Dorothy M. Stein
Beverly A. Stover

Rodney A. Trzcinski

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce
Deena B. Katz

Ronald W. Robison
City Commissioner

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns

 

Ron Shuffield, 1996 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

Ron Shuffield
  RONALD A. SHUFFIELD

Led by our third Chair, respected local real estate expert Ron Shuffield, President of EWM, Inc., Realtors®, the Foundation remained in the First Union Bank location until renovations forced a move in 1996. EWM Realtors International logoCommerce Bank (now Mercantil Commercebank) then offered a suite of offices on the Mezzanine Level of their offices at 2199 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. After Commerce Bank's lease was up, the Foundation moved briefly to the offices of Blaire & Cole (now Bice Cole Law Firm, PL in Ocala, Florida), who graciously offered space at no charge, before relocating to City offices in the Old Police & Fire Station at 285 Aragon Avenue.

 

Ponce de Leon Junior High School, Coral Gables, FloridaThe Foundation also partnered with Ponce de Leon Middle School and its Youth Environmental Science Club to landscape the campus. A fund raising campaign was orchestrated by the Foundation, and a special fund was established to receive donations. 500 new plants, as well as new sod, were planted at Ponce. Furthering our efforts in 'greening' the Gables, the Foundation initiated a campaign to establish a Parks Improvement Fund. We assisted the City's Beautification Committee in their efforts to create a flowering tree park on an empty parcel of City-owned land bordering Granada Boulevard and Pisano Avenue. This was accomplished through a private/public partnership, which involved a $6,000 contribution through the Foundation from HealthSouth Doctors' Hospital.


Another major project undertaken under by Mr. Shuffield was the preliminary study to establish a way to display history and artifacts in our City with the assistance and expertise of the leadership of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. This ultimately evolved into the Coral Gables Museum initiative.


In December, the Foundation received a $10,000 grant to its unrestricted funds from The Calvin and Flavia Oak Foundation whose board was impressed with the efforts of Coral Gables Community Foundation to act as a catalyst to improve our community. (Inspired by the progress of Coral Gables Community Foundation, the Oak Foundation made a second $10,000 grant in 1997.)

Francis-J-Guiffrida_Dunlap-Tully_Ron-Shuffield

The Foundation made grants to such worthy charities as the May Van Sickle Free Dental Clinic for disadvantaged children, the Junior Orange Bowl Caroling Competition, Charlee Program, and Coral Gables Symphony & Opera, Inc.

1997

1997
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair 
Mayor Don Slesnick II, Esq.

Immediate Past Chair

Ronald A. Shuffield

Vice Chair

José A. Calvo II

Treasurer

Kevin J. Lockwood

Assistant Treasurer

Alcides A. Avila

Secretary

Patricia H. Clarke

Assistant Secretary

Judith Umberger

BOARD MEMBERS
Fernando Alonso
Anthony Baradat
Gabe Bustamante
Luis G. Chiappy
The Hon. George M. Corrigan
John P. Fullerton
Roy B. Gonas, Esq.
Mort Guilford, Esq.
Victoria Garcia Mendaro
Virginia Miller
Ileana Platt
Rafael Quintana
Verneka S. Silva
Susan A. Soper
Dorothy M. Stein
Beverly A. Stover
Rodney A. Trzcinski

EX-OFFICIO MEMBER
City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns

 

 

The Hon. Donald D. Slesnick, II, Esq., 1997 and 1998 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

Don Slesnick

 MAYOR DONALD D. SLESNICK II, Esq.

In 1997, Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick became Chairman for a two-year term.

A four-year college scholarship was awarded from the José & Mirta Calvo Endowment Fund to a fourth grader who competed in an educational essay competition.

In the Spring of 1997, the Foundation moved to a new home (courtesy of First Union Bank) at 2511 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Suite 110, in downtown Coral Gables.

Robert J. Fewell In April, the Foundation participated in the Merrick Festival. Despite rainy skies crowds turned out to hear Three Dog Night perform.

Therapy Dogs, Inc. established a fund to help volunteers with expenses associated with visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

Rotary International logoIn June 1997, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables established a $50,000 endowment fund with the Foundation to support programs and services that benefit youth, elderly and disabled in our community. A $20,000 match from the Coral Gables Community Foundation helped the Rotarians reach that $50,000 fund level.

PARKnership, an outgrowth of a Parks Improvement Fund (started as a grass roots effort to make improvements to Jaycee Park) was established in 1997 as a private/public project to raise funds to renovate city parks and buy additional green space. The City of Coral Gables agreed to match the first $100,000 raised. More than $1,000,000 was raised overall, including proceeds from the sale $400,000 in stock donated by Robert J. Fewell (pictured at right).  These funds were used for renovations to various parks, and, helped fund the restoration of the fountains on Granada and Coral Way.

A four-year college scholarship was awarded from the Jose & Mirta Calvo Endowment Fund to a fourth grader who competed in an educational essay competition.

MERRICK'S DREAM BALL

On Saturday, October 4th, 1997, the Foundation held the "Merrick's Dream Ball" at the Biltmore Hotel.

1997 Coral Gables Community Foundation "Merrick's Dream" Ball group photoCoral Gables Community Foundation 1997 Merricks Dream Ball

1998

1998
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

Mayor Don Slesnick II, Esq.

Immediate Past Chair

Ronald A. Shuffield

Vice Chair

Jose A. Calvo II

Treasurer

Kevin J. Lockwood
Asisstant Treasurer

Alcides I. Avila

Secretary

Patricia H. Clarke

BOARD MEMBERS
Fernando Alonso
Anthony Baradat
Gabe Bustamante
Luis G. Chiappy
George M. Corrigan
John P. Fullerton
Roy B. Gonas, Esq.
Mort Guilford, Esq.
Victoria Garcia
Ileana Platt
Rafael Quintana
Verneka S. Silva
Susan A. Soper
Beverly A. Stover
Dorothy M. Stein
Rodney A. Trzcinski
Deena B. Katz

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce

Ronald W. Robison

City Commissioner

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns


In 1998 Commercebank again offered the Foundation free office space in their downtown Coral Gables office building.

The Foundation again received a generous $10,000 donation to its unrestricted funds from The Calvin and Flavia Oak Foundation, presented on January 20th, 1998, to now second-term chair Don Slesnick by Fran Giuffrida.

In March 1998, the idea of an exciting pilot program to provide the elderly in our community with transportation through a network of volunteers was brought to the Foundation by Carol Cohan, Paul Hunt, and Al Mindel (this would later become "Gran Tran"). 

Robert and Marian Fewell donated a .75 acre plot of land on the SE corner of Coral Way and Granada Boulevard (3 lots valued at $380,000—an unprecedented gift).

Republic-National-Bank-60K-check-to-PARKnership-1998David Segrera was presented the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship by Verneka Silva. The Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship was awarded to another Gables High student, Mayelin Prieto.

On August 25th, Republic National Bank donated $60,000 to PARKnership.

The Foundation donated $15,000 to the City for renovations to Sunrise Harbor Park. PARKnership donated $40,000 for improvements to Phillips Park in August.

The annual Gala Auction was held on November 10th at the Biltmore. Honorary Chairpersons were Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli and wife Francia Quijada.

 

1999

1999
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

José A. Calvo II

Immediate Past Chair
Mayor Don Slesnick II Esq.
Vice Chair
Patricia H. Clarke
Treasurer
Kevin J. Lockwood
Assistant Treasurer
Victoria Garcia
Secretary
Mary M. Young
Assistant Secretary
Ileana H. Platt

BOARD MEMBERS
Donna Abood
Fernando Alonso
Anthony Baradat
Dean C. Colson
J. Thomas Cookson
The Hon. George M. Corrigan
Karen D'Onofrio
John P. Fullerton
Francis J. Giuffrida
Zeke Guilford
Edgar Jones
Howard Lipman
Ben Mollere
Phillis Oeters-Peña
Neil Steven Rollnick Esq.
Ronald A. Shuffield
Verneka S. Silva
Yolanda V. Woodbridge

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce
Ronald W. Robinson

City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns


Jose A. Calvo II, 1999 & 2000 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

 JOSÉ A. CALVO II

The Foundation Chairman for 1999 and 2000 was prominent local businessman José Calvo. During his tenure, Mr. Calvo stepped up to serve as the first Chair of the Coral Gables Museum Board, along with Founding Board Members Jim Beauchamp, Shelley Daniel, Mark Grossman, Zeke Guilford, George Kakouris, and Joe Matthews.

In 1999, the Foundation again received a generous donation of $10,000 to its unrestricted funds from The Calvin and Flavia Oak Foundation, presented to Jose Calvo by Fran Giuffrida.

Fewell Park Coral Gables FloridaRobert and Marian Fewell donated $400,000 of appreciated stock to the Foundation. Fewell Park (pictured below) was named for them, and dedicated on February 23rd, 1999.

In March, Phillips Park improvements were completed.

James Wooten, husband of the late Dodie Wooten (one of the founders of Esslinger Wooten Maxwell, Inc., Realtors) donate a 26-foot Sea Ray Cabin Cruiser to the Foundation.

Our beloved Lady Suzanne P. Tweed passed away in her home on May 25th. Her legacy will live on in her scholarship fund.

The Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club established an endowment fund. The Villagers committed to restore the fountain in front of the historic Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club clubhouse building.

The Ralph V. Moore Scholarship was awarded to Jarrett Hoffman, and the Lady Suzanne P. Tweed Scholarship was given to Leidi Perez.

The 7th annual Travel & Lifestyle Fund Raising Auction was held on November 7th. The Biltmore Hotel was the Presenting Sponsor and Seagram North American provided a full bar.

Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli established a fund to create an Archives Collection.

 

2000

2000
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

José A. Calvo II

Immediate Past Chair

Mayor Don Slesnick II, Esq.
Chair Elect
The Hon. George M. Corrigan
Vice Chair
Patricia H. Clarke
Treasurer
Francis J. Guiffrida
Kevin J. Lockwood
Assistant Treasurer
Victoria Garcia
Gina Masses-Valera
Secretary
Mary M. Young
Assistant Secretary
Yolanda Woodbridge
Ileana H. Platt

BOARD MEMBERS
Donna Abood
Fernando Alonso
Anthony Baradat
Dean C. Colson
J. Thomas Cookson
The Hon. George M. Corrigan
John P. Fullerton
Zeke Guilford
Richard Hunt
Edgar Jones
Henry O. Langston
Howard Lipman
Benjamin J. Mollere
Phillis Oeters-Peña
Neil Steven Rollnick Esq.
Ronald A. Shuffield
Verneka S. Silva
Yolanda V. Woodbridge

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce
Ronald W. Robinson

City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns

 

In 2000, the Foundation once again received a generous donation to its unrestricted funds from The Calvin and Flavia Oak Foundation, presented to Jose Calvo by Fran Giuffrida.

In 2000, one of the first Board Members of the Foundation and a much-loved member of the community, Albert Friedman (known as "Mr. Miracle Mile") passed away at home at the age of 99.  On February 22nd, Mr. Friedman's widow, Margot Friedman, was presented with a special proclamation from the City by Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli, acknowledging the impact Mr. Friedman and his late first wife Rose had on our community.

  Miracle Mile at Ponce de Leon Boulevard street sign, Coral Gables, Florida

On March 3rd, 2000 visitors from around the globe gathered to celebrate the life of Agneta Liljedahl.  Agneta passed away in November of 1999 at the age of 46. To honor the memory of his late wife, Olympic gold-medalist sailor Magnus Liljedahl established the Agneta Liljedahl Scholarship Fund. Agneta's love for ballet, which she taught to children at the Coral Gables Youth Center, will be passed on through her Fund. The event raised more than $13,000, and the Scholarship Fund continues on each year awarding a deserving student who wishes to study dance.

Also in 2000, Magnus Liljedahl started another fund, the Team Paradise Fund, to help support sailing programs for the blind and disabled.

The annual Board installation dinner took place on March 31st, 2000 at the Omni Colonnade, and was attended by almost 100 people. 

In an awards ceremony held at the Biltmore Hotel on April 21st, 2000, Renzo Weber, Gables High's Student Council President receive the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence. Class Valedictorian Kelly Kaltenbacher received the Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship

ATHENA AWARDSAthena Award statuette

Under Mr. Calvo's tenure, the first Athena Awards presented by the Foundation were held on August 9th, 2000, to honor women who have helped women maximize their potential by serving as mentors and/or role models. Marion Cline Krutulis was the first recipient. The event was attended by over 200 people and was hosted by Jackie Nespral of WTVJ-NBC6 News.

ATHENA Nominees included:

Jill Beach
Joanna Clarke
Nancy Barreto Hogan
• Marion Cline Krutulis
(recipient)
Dr. Marta Perez
Anna Rentz
Lourdes San Martin

• Jeannett Slesnick

On Sept. 6th, 2000 the Foundation held an estate planning and investment strategies luncheon at the Biltmore Hotel.  The event was underwritten by Chris Brunk and Merrill Lynch.

At the October 19th, 2000 meeting of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, it was announced that J. Bolado Clothiers was the recipient of the Albert Friedman Miracle Mile Merchant Award. The award was created to honor Mr. Friedman with funds remaining after the dissolution of the Miracle Mile Merchants Association. The Business Improvement District took over judging for this award, which honors business excellence and customer service.

The annual Foundation auction and dinner reception took place on November 2nd, 2000 at the Biltmore Hotel, attracting more than 200 guests. Local celebrity Bob Soper was our auctioneer.

 

              Coral Gables is the most beautiful community I have ever seen.
Its natural landscape is enchanting, and through PARKnership
we can make it an even more spectacular place
for people to live and raise families.


The Hon. George M. Corrigan
"Community Newsmaker" profile in Coral Gables Community News | January 6-12, 2000

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2001 Executive Director's Fund Established

2001
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

The Hon. George M. Corrigan

Immediate Past Chair

José A. Calvo II
Chair Elect

Benjamin J. Mollere
Vice Chair

Mary M. Young

Treasurer

Zeke Guilford

Assistant Treasurer

J. Thomas Cookson

Secretary

Francis J. Giuffrida

Assistant Secretary

Yolanda V. Woodbridge

BOARD MEMBERS
Donna Abood
Anthony Baradat
Gino Caliendo
Patricia H. Clarke
Dean C. Colson
George M. Cozonis
Karen D'Onofrio
Victoria Garcia
Joseph Lancaster
Henry O. Langston
Howard Lipman
Kevin Lockwood
Georgina Masses-Valera
Arthur Murphy
William P. Murphy
Phillis Oeters-Pena
Neil Stephen Rollnick, Esq.
Robert Shafer
Verneka S. Silva

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce

Ronald W. Robison

City Commissioner

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers


Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns

The Honorable George M. Corrigan, 2001 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors



George Corrigan

THE HON. GEORGE M. CORRIGAN

The Chairman of the Foundation in 2001 was former Coral Gables Mayor (1987-1993) The Honorable George M. Corrigan.

R. Kirk LandonUnder Mayor Corrigan's tenure, the Second Annual Agneta Liljedahl Ballet Scholarship Dinner helped generate $10,000 for this Scholarship Fund. 70 guests from around the world included Bacardi Cup sailor Mark Reynolds, Magnus Liljedahl's 2000 Olympic Gold partner. Scholarship Funds were awarded to Celia Merendi and Alejandro Diaz.

Thanks to the "Executive Director's Fund", which was created by R. Kirk Landon in 2001, the Foundation's outreach to individuals and charitable groups expanded.

The Parknership program participated in the 50th anniversary celebration of Coral Gables Senior High on March 3rd, 2001, at the Biltmore Hotel, and donated funds for new walkways and re-landscaping. Over 650 people gathered including high-profile graduates Janet Reno, astronaut Winston Scott, TV new anchor Beverly Counts Rodriguez, and actress Gail Edwards.

Jill Beach Athen Award recipient 2001The Foundation joined in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the City of Coral Gables on Sunday, April 1st, 2001. A 1920s Picnic in the Park included the sale of ice cream by volunteers at the Foundation tent to benefit the United Way. All the unsold ice cream treats were donated to the Youth Center.

ATHENA AWARDS

The second annual Athena Awards Luncheon was held on May 29th, 2001 at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. The eight finalists were:Athena Award statuette

• Jill Beach
former WTVJ-NBC 6 Weekend Anchor (recipient)

Evelyn Cohan
Susan Kelly
Ann Pope
Abigail Watts Fitzgerald
Janet McAliley
Verneka Silva
Yolanda Woodbridge

 

post-September 11, 2001 lights in the sky

 

9/11

The tragic events of September 11th, 2001 affected everyone and fostered an outpouring of charity. The Foundation worked with Joan Reitsma of The Giving Tree to sell patriotic ribbons for matching dollar-for-dollar contributions from The Aid Association for Lutherans for the families of firefighters and police who lost their lives in the terrorist attack. Ribbons were sold by the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, City workers, civic clubs, and schools.

The Foundation held a Travel & Lifestyle Auction fundraiser on October 30th, 2001 at the Biltmore Hotel.

In December 2001, the Foundation matched a Rotary Foundation contribution to Camillus House's "Points of Light" program to help provide toys and food for needy families for the holidays.


PARKnership received at $10,000 donation from BellSouth.

2002

2002
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

Mary M. Young
Immediate Past Chair 
George M. Corrigan

Chair Elect

Henry O. Langston

Vice Chairs

Francis J. Giuffrida
Benjamin J. Mollere

Treasurer

J. Thomas Cookson

Secretary

Zeke Guilford

Assistant Secretary

Yolanda V. Woodbridge

 

BOARD MEMBERS
Anthony Baradat
Gino Caliendo
Patricia H. Clarke
Dean C. Colson
Joseph Lancaster
Kevin J. Lockwood
Georgina Masses-Valera
Arthur Murphy
William P. Murphy
Dabney "Bud" Park
Phillis Oeters-Pena
Ann Pope
Forrest Robinson
Robert J. Shafer
Jeannett Slesnick
Rudy Stern

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce

Col. Lettie Bien (US Army, Ret.)
Ronald W. Robison

City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns


Mary M. Young, 2002 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors


Mary Young

MARY M. YOUNG


Mary Young
led the Foundation as Chair in 2002. A client unit executive for IBM, Ms. Young was also a past President of Junior League Miami, and a Director for Goodwill Industries of South Florida, the Deering Estate Foundation, the YWCA Greater Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade Public Library, and the University of Miami Citizens' Board. She began her tenure with a Retreat for officers and board members held at Gulliver Prepatory.

GRAN TRAN

"Gran Tran", the Foundation's elder transportation project (brought to life by Carol Cohan and a committee of concerned individuals), moved forward and was taken over by Little Brothers–Friends of the Elderly. Since that time, they acquired a new van, great volunteers, and served the transportation needs of more than 100 seniors.

The Foundation continued to receive support from The Calvin & Flavia Oak Foundation, receiving a total of $60,000 over the past six years. Then-Junior-Orange-Bowl-Committee-president Alberto Trelles established an endownment fund for the Junior Orange Bowl.  Upon his untimely death shortly thereafter, the Committee renamed the fund in his honor: The Alberto Trelles Junior Orange Bowl Children's Fund.

The annual dinner to benefit the Agneta Liljedahl Ballet Scholarship Fund was held on March 1st, 2002, at The Big Fish.

SCHOLARSHIPS

On May 1st, at a ceremony held at the Biltmore Hotel, Mary Young had the honor of presenting The Ralph Moore Scholarship to Kapish Kumar Aggarwal from Gables who had a 5.95 GPA and was 2002 Valedectorian.  The Lady Suzanna Tweed Scholarship was awarded to Carlos Chaves.  Miami ballerina Celia Louise Merendi received her second Agneta Liljedahl Scholarship award in a ceremony held on June 1st at the annual New World School of the Arts awards ceremony at the MDCC Wolfson Campus. Alejandro Diaz was also awarded a scholarship. Ms. Merendi so impressed the committee with her progress over the previous year, she was presented a check for $3,000 by Magnus Liljedahl.2002 Coral Gables Community Foundation Events Committee volunteers

BellSouth presented a $10,000 check to the Foundation for the PARKnership Program on April 9th, 2002.

Snow's Jewelers received the 2002 Albert H. Friedman Outstanding Miracle Mile Merchant Award. Congratulations to Eddie and Judy Snow for their superior personal service.

Mayor Don Slesnick and then-Commissioner Bill Kerdyk, Jr. both created new funds with the Foundation. The Mayor closed out his campaign account and set up a non-endowed Fund with the Foundation to distribute funds to worthy organizations in the community, leaving a portion to later create a scholarship fund. 

 

Myrka Dellanos, 2002 Athena Award recipientATHENA AWARDS

The third annual Athena Awards luncheon was held at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables on May 28th, 2002. 

Finalists included:
Adrienne Arsht,
Sister Suzanne Cooke,
Myrka Dellanos (recipient, pictured at left),
Ana Fournaris,
Arva Moore Parks McCabe, and
Kelly Altosino-Sastre. 

Myrka Dellanos, broadcast journalist and host of Primer Impacto for Univision, and international spokesperson for Save The Children was the recipient.

Amy Ashman,Coral Gables Community Foundation Assistant Director, received the Junior Woman's Club New Member of The Year Award.

On October 15th, 2002, at the Biltmore Hotel, the Foundation's 10th annual Travel & Lifestyle fund raising auction took place at the Biltmore Hotel and raised approx. $70,000 from 200 items purchased by many Foundation friends, community leaders, and prominent residents of the Gables. Channel 4's Bob Soper was the emcee.

The Foundation held an Open House on November 30th, 2002.

     Leadership is not simply about doing things for the community,
it is about empowering the community so they can become
central to their own community development.


Henry O. "Hank" Langston
"Chairman Reflects on Foundation's Profile of Success" Coral Gables Tribune | January 29-February 17, 2003.

2003

2003
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

Henry O. Langston

Immediate Past Chair

Mary M. Young

Chair Elect

William P. Murphy

Vice Chair

Benjamin J. Mollere

Treasurer

J. Thomas Cookson

Secretary

Yolanda C. Woodbridge

BOARD MEMBERS
Anthony Baradat
Tere Benach
Gino Caliendo
Debra Charbonnet
Patricia H. Clarke
Dean C. Colson
Francis J. Giuffrida
Zeke Guilford
Marian Krutulis
Clinton "Sandy" Lewis
Kevin J. Lockwood
Arthur Murphy
Dabney "Bud" Park
Phillis Oeters-Pena
Ann Pope
Forrest Robinson
Robert J. Shafer
Jeannett Slesnick
Al Smith, M.D.
Rudy Stern

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce

Col. Lettie Bien (US Army, Ret.)
City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns


Henry O. "Hank" Langston, 2003 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

Hank Langston

HENRY O. "HANK" LANGSTON

Dean of Faculty at Gulliver Schools, Hank Langston headed the Foundation Board as Chair in 2003.

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Spearheaded by Ron Shuffield and City Commissioner Bill Kerdyk, Jr., the PARKnershipCommittee announced on January 13th, 2003, that the four fountains of Ponce de Leon Plaza ( on Coral Way at Granada adjacent to Fewell Park) would be restored at an estimated cost of $40,000.This was the first of several restoration projects targeting 25 fountains in Coral Gables in need of repair. (Fewell Park was name for Robert andMarian Fewell  in 1999.)  Commissioner Kerdyk introduced an "Adopt A Fountain" campaign to garner community support. Walter Lista, Inc. was hired to do the restoration work. 

Robert and Marian Fewell donated $400,000 of appreciated stock to the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

In 2002 and 2003, Kirk Landon donated a total of $30,000 toward the Foundation's Executive Director's Discretionary Fund, which was used to make smaller grants to everything from cases of hardship to cultural, social, and historic preservation programs in the community. 

 

Kirk Landon also donated $250,000 to the Coral Gables Museum project (to be housed in the historic Old Police & Fire Station building).

Coral Gables Old Fire and Police Station building on Salzedo AvenueThe 4th annual Agneta Liljedahl Ballet Scholarship Fund fund raising dinner was held on Feburary 28th, 2003, at the home of Stig and Britt Marie Wennerstrom.  

Also in 2003, William "Bill" Kerdyk, Sr. and Bill Kerdyk, Jr. established a Scholarship Fund, The Kerdyk Family Fund Scholarship, to be awarded to a promising music student(s).  An annual $3,000 award will be presented to a graduating senior who lives in Coral Gables or who attends Coral Gables High School and who plans to pursue a career in music. This Scholarship was established to leave a legacy that honors Bill Kerdyk Sr.'s love of music.

In April 2003, the Foundation participated in the Merrick Festival and sold coverlets at a booth manned by Board Members.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Also in April, two $1,000 scholarships were awarded at the Coral Gables High School awards ceremony held at The Biltmore Hotel. The Ralph Moore Scholarship went to Mackenzie Arnold. The second, the Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship, went to Megan Kates.  On June 1st, 2003, prior to a performance held at FIU, Miami Ballet Academy students 13-year-old Jillian Smith and 16-year-old Alejandro Diaz were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Agneta Liljedahl Scholarship to help with their tuition at The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Program. Megan Amanda Ehrlich, an exceptional 7-year-old dancer was awarded $300 tuition to participate in an intensive dance program at the Melbourne Ballet Center in July 2003.

Ponce de Leon Plaza fountain Coral Gables vintage postcardIn June 2003, when closing out his campaign fund, Mayor Don Slesnick created a non-endowed donor-advised fund with the Foundation. Foundation Chair Hank Langston said "The Mayor has a better understanding than most how critical it is to support our cultural and social institutions." Among those receiving grants were the University of Miami's Frost School of Musicand the New Theatre, GableStage at The Biltmore, Bach Society, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Also on June 28th, a Board of Directors' Retreat was held at the Biltmore Hotel.

In July 2003, Commissioner Bill Kerdyk, Jr. donated $10,000 to the Foundation for the PARKnership program. In late September/early October of 2003, PARKnership began to look for additional projects and support from corporate and private sponsors. Residents serving on the committee included: Joe Abel, Ebbi Alzenstat, Marcy Ballina, Jan Bekkevold, Michael Brown, Martha Bullman, Eloy Cepero, Connie Crowther, Eibi Eizenstat, Zeke Guilford, Marianne Hernandez, Manny Garcia Liñares, Ben  Moss, Darby Plummer, Frank Quesada, Esq., Georgina Sero, Susan Thomas, and Eleanor Zahner.

Annual Fund Raiser • ONE JAZZY  NIGHT

On October 7th, 2003, at the Biltmore Hotel, the Foundation's 12th annual Travel & Lifestyle fundraising auction featured a "One Jazzy Night" theme and raised approx. $30,000 from 250 items purchased by 300+ guests. The emcee was local weatherman Bob Soper, who also played the drums! Mary Young was presented with a key to the City.  (Design and printed materials courtesy of AB&A Advertising. Complimentary bar courtesy of Carlos Guzman of Vintage Liquors.)

The completion of the PARKnership project to restore the four fountains at Granada and Coral Way was marked with a rededication ceremony on December 2nd, 2003. These four fountains comprise the "Ponce de Leon Plaza" one of the original plaza designed in the 1920s by landscape architect Frank Buttonand artist Denman Fink. Originally built in 1923-24, current renovations were completed by Walter Lista, renowed local artisan who also worked on the restoration of Viscaya Museum and Gardens, with the help of Dona Lubin, Dallas Brown, and Alberto Delgado and the City.

2004


2004
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

William P. Murphy

Immediate Past Chair

Henry O. Langston

Chair Elect

Yolanda V. Woodbridge

Vice Chair

J. Thomas Cookson

Treasurer

Anthony Baradat

Secretary

Tere Benach
Forrest Robinson

BOARD MEMBERS

Gino Caliendo

Debra Charbonnet

Patricia H. Clarke

Stanley Davidson

Jorge de la Hoz

Howard Glicken
Zeke Guilford

Marian Krutulis

Clinton "Sandy" Lewis

Benjamin J. Mollere

Arthur Murphy

Dabney "Bud" Park

Phillis Oeters-Pena

Patricia San Pedro

Robert J. Shafer

Jeannett Slesnick

Al Smith, MD

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce

Col. Lettie Bien (US Army, Ret.)
Ana Gonzalez
Vice Mayor
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns


William P. "Bill" Murphy, 2004 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

Bill Murphy

WILLIAM P. "BILL" MURPHY

The 2004 Board, with Bill Murphy as Chair, was sworn in on January 21st at the Omni Colonnade in the historic rotunda ballroom with more than 100 guests in attendance. 

Gables International Plaza building Coral Gables, Florida In February 2004, the Foundation moved to a new suite of offices in the Gables International Plaza (vacating the temporary offices in the Old Police and Fire Station to make way for the Coral Gables Museum Project). The new office space located at 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1109, was donated by Board Member Stanley Davison. (Moving services were generously donated by Vice Mayor Chip Withers' company Withers Moving & Storage.) 

In March 2004, the Foundation hired an Assistant to the Executive Director, Neny Garcia. Putting out a call for donations of office necessities, office furniture was donated by The Allen Morris Company, paintings by Dr. Teri Logan and Miami Christian School, a copier from the Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey through Jodi Cabrera, and coffee supplies courtesy of Carol Kotkin at Perfect Choice Coffee.

The Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family Foundation made a $1,000 gift to the Foundation to support PARKnership. The gift was directed to PARKnership in April 2004 by Kathleen Kennedy-Olsen to help preserve green spaces and enhance parks.

John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Coral Gables, FloridaJohn Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant's St. Patrick's Day Festival, May 17th 2004, generously donated a portion of the proceeds ($5,000) to the Foundation's PARKnership Program. Volunteers from the Foundation, Rotary, Rotaract, and local businesses served drinks starting at 4PM and on into the night to a record-turn-out crowd. Martin Lynch of John Martin's presented a check to the Foundation at the July 1st City Commision meeting.  Volunteers who helped made the event memorable included: Gail Ackerman, Oscar Arellano, Jon Arthur, Michael L. Brown, Cecilia Dubon, Rafael Elias, Maryann Fernandez, Neny & John Garcia, Andrew Graubard, Ginger Jochem, Sary Mabjish, Greg Martini, Lisa Merhige, Ed Morris, Chris Morrison, Robin Morrow, Alita Patterson, Darby Plummer, Nancy & James Richman, Jill Roen, Jacquie Ruiz, Don Slesnick III, and Adam Zwiebelman.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Also in May 2004, the Foundation teamed with the Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club to match scholarship funds for two outstanding students from Miami Christian School:  Amanda Glass and Rebecca Morera.  In June, The Kerdyk Family Fund awarded two $1,500 scholarships to talented music students. The first recipient was Abraham Burns, the second was Stephanie Saffi. The Kerdyk Family Fund also contributed $500 each to the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center scholarship fund, and to the Coral Gables Symphony & Opera for its summer virtuoso series. Miguel Flores and Carmen Luna, both Gates Millennium Scholars received the Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship and Ralph V. Moore Scholarship, respectively.  A $3,000 annual music scholarship was established through the Kerdyk FamilyFund.  Later that summer, Bill Kerdyk Jr. gave the Foundation a $10,000 contribution. 

The Foundation held an Open House breakfast on June 3rd to see the new offices donated by Stanley Davidson. 

The Board of Directors held a Retreat on June 28th, 2004 at the Biltmore Hotel. 

WINE DINNER
On June 29th, 2004, the Foundation held a charity wine dinner at Mosaico (nouveau Spanish cuisine) in the restored historic Firehouse Five building (1923) at 1000 South Miami Avenue in Brickell, hosted by owner Larry Harris.  55 Guests paid $125 per person and the eventMosaico Restaurant (historic Firehosue Four building 1923) 1000 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL was a huge success. The evening began with a champagne reception on the second floor terrace, followed by a five-course dinner by Chef Jordi Valles:

MENU

Chef's Tapa of the Day

Gazpacho Andaluz with Fresh Tuna Tartare & Quail Egg

Potato & Bacalao Canneloni, sautéed baby Calamari, Piquillo Pepper Pil-Pil

Pan-seared Yellowtail Snapper, Asparagus, creamy smoked Idiazabal Rice

Braised Beef Cheeks, sautéed Peach, Artichoke, Corn, touch of Mint

Lemon Saffron Brazo de Gitano, Mango Sorbet & Pineapple Soup

WINES

La Gitana Manzanilla | Loriñon Barrel-Fermented Rioja (White) | Condad de Haza Reserva Ribera del Duero | Casta Diva by Alejandro Fernandez

Attendees included: Ramon & Carmen Alfonso, Anthony & Debla Baradat, Josephine Burke, Maria Anderson & Ted Evangelakis, Hilda Mitrani Bennett, Chris Brunke, Bob Burke, Ralph & Jodi Cabrera, Gladys Cavidad, Monica Cronin, Paola de Almeida, Jeanne Fuentes, Nora Gallego, Neny Garcia, Suyain George, Gladys Gutierrez-Cavidad, Larry Harris, Lisa Hogan, Jorge de la Hoz, Paul Johnson, Andrew & Karen La Barbera, Dr. Donald MacGregor, Trish Maguire, Lee Maloff, Ben & Marcia Mollere, Bill Murphy, Phillis Oeters, Catherine Parks, Sheldon Roy, Dr. Al Smith, Frank Sotolongo, Alexandra Villoch, Dominque Virchaux, Yoli Woodbridge, and Mary Young.

"GRAN TRAN"
In August 2004, the Foundation donated $1,000 to help Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly meet a 10% match requirement to funding of a new van to transport seniors. This rides program originated with our GranTran initiative and was incorporated into Little Brothers programming. 

Athena Award statuetteATHENA AWARDS

The fourth annual Athena Awards luncheon was held at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables on August 31st, 2004.  The event was sponsored by Bill Ussery Motors and Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, and many nonprofits and other businesses supported the event as table sponsors.

Finalists included:
Claudia Kitchens, 2004 Athena Award recipient• Anne Badour
• Gail Bainbridge
• Nancy Hogan
• Claudia Kitchens
(recipient, pictured at left) 
• Ana Fournaris
• Arva Moore Parks McCabe, and
• Patricia M. Rosello

In September, the City began clean up after Hurricane Frances (September 2, 2004).

Annual Fund Raiser • "CURTAIN UP"

The Foundation's 13th Annual University of Miami Travel & Lifestyle fund raising auction took place on October 29th, 2004, at the Biltmore Hotel, featured a "Curtain Up" theme, and raised the most money to date ($75,000). 

On December 2nd, 2004, officials of the City held a ceremony to dedicate the restoration of the Ponce de Leon Plaza, a project made possible by a partnership between the City and the Foundation. Co-chairs Bill Kerdyk, Jr. and Ron Shuffield spearheaded the initiative.

The Board of Directors were hosted by the University of Miami Convocation Center (now the Bank United Center) on December 8, 2005 for their quarterly board meeting, during which the Board and Officers were chosen for 2005. Outgoing Chair Bill Murphy noted that the Foundation had distributed over $1M back to our community. 

Coral Gables Founder and Visionary George Merrick's historic home "Merrick  House" was renovated and a grand re-opening was held on December 11th, 2005.  Improvements included new flooring refurbished staircase, upgraded air conditioning system, and an upgraded kitchen. (The Foundation made a small donation toward the cost of the kitchen cabinets).

2005

2005
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS
Chair

Yolanda V. Woodbridge

Immediate Past Chair

William P. Murphy

Chair Elect

J. Thomas Cookson

Vice Chair

Anthony Baradat

Treasurer

Jorge de la Hoz

Secretary

Patricia H. Clarke

BOARD MEMBERS

Tere Benach
Gino Caliendo
Gabe Castrillon
Debra Charbonnet

Dean C. Colson

Zeke Guilford

Marian Krutulis
Clinton "Sandy" Lewis

Arthur Murphy

Dabney "Bud" Park

Phillis Oeters

Ann Pope

Forrest Robinson

Robert J. Shafer

Jeannett Slesnick

Al Smith, MD

Rudy Stern


EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Chamber of Commerce

Col. Lettie Bien (US Army, Ret.)

City Commissioner

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns

 

Yolanda "Yoli" Woodbridge, 2005 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors



yoli woodbridge

YOLANDA V. "YOLI" WOODBRIDGE

Sonesta Hotel & Suites in Coconut Grove was the site of the annual Installation and Appreciation Reception. The event was hosted and underwritten by Sonesta General Manager George Cozonis. The ceremony took place on December 16th, 2004, and  Yoli Woodbridge, President of YW Associates, was sworn in as 2005 Chair.

CORAL GABLES MUSEUM Project

Progress on the creation of the Coral Gables Museum Project forced the Foundation to move in 2005 from the Old Police and Fire Station as plans to build on that site were being made. The Coral Gables Museum spun off from the Foundation's umbrella, created Coral Gables Museum building Old Fire and Police Station on Salzedo Avenue, Coral Gables, Floridaits own board of directors, and acquired approval for its own §501(c)(3) status. The community had many donors to thank for their initial support, in particular, Kirk Landon, who donated $250,000 through the Coral Gables Community Foundation to push this along.

The Role of the Foundation

During the Museum's organizational period, the Foundation served as a fiscal agent, providing administrative services, administering contracts, and lending its credibility as a organization with a track record of accomplishment. Two restricted trust funds—the Exhibits and Interpretation Trust Fund and the Collections Trust Fund—were established by the Foundation to accept contributions.

The Foundation hired the Coral Gables architectural firm of Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects Chartered, experts in historic preservation and in the creation of significant public spaces, to design the project. In addition, Randy Nimnicht, past president of The Historical Association of South Florida was retained a the Museum consultant to guide the Foundation and the City on organizational aspects and world-class programming and development projects.


WINE DINNER

Wine Lovers gathered for a second $125 pp charity wine dinner hosted by The Biltmore's La Palme d'Or on January 27th, 2005 to benefit the Foundation. 

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar logoThe Foundation was also the recipient of a Grand Opening Charity Night Benefit held by Fleming's Prime Steahouse & Wine Bar on February 4th, 3 days before their official Grand Opening to the public.  Guests paid $50 and sampled Fleming's impressive menu and celebrated wine list. The evening was limited to 125 guests but open to the public and was a sell out raising $8,000.

On March 16th, 2005, the Foundation elected two new Board Members:  Gabe Castrillon and Jerry Santeiro.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Applicants for the Kerdyk Family Fund Music Scholarship were so outstanding, the $4,000 award was split in half and $2,000 was awarded to Catherine Dunlap in a ceremony on April 15th, 2005 held at Coral Reef Senior High. An additional scholarship award of $500 was added to recognize dancer Yara Travieso at The New World School of the Arts Award Ceremony held on May 19th at MDCC Wolfson Campus Chapman Conference Center. Ms. Travieso also received an additional $600 scholarship from the Agneta Liljedahl Ballet Scholarship Fund. The other $2,000 from the Kerdyk Family Fund Music Scholarship went to Claire Gentry, a senior at Miami Christian Highat her graduation ceremony held on May 20th at FIU's Graham Center. The $1,000 Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship was awarded to Gables High International Baccalaureate Candidate Greisy Martinez.  A Gables High student, Brandy Davila, received the $1,000 Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence.

Coral Gables attorney Bonnie Blair celebrated her birthday in May 2005 by establishing a donor-advised fund with an initial gift of $10,000 to help nurture a philanthropic spirit in her children.

ATHENA AWARDSAthena Award statuette
The fifth annual Athena Awards luncheon was held at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables on August 16th, 2005. The Host Sponsor for the event was the Hyatt Regency. Gold Sponsors included Bill Ussery Motors and Montica Jewelry, and the event was emceed by NBC 6's Julia Yarbogh

Award Finalists were:


Adrienne Arsht

Anne Badour

Dr. Linda Dunn Brown

Nancy Hector

• Sara Barli Herald (recipient), and

Rosa Sugares

Sara Barli Herald received a standing ovation when she was announced as the winner. Known for her pro bono work in the area of juvenile dependency, legal work for CHARLEE of Dade County Inc., JLM, HRS, Jackson Memorial's Child Protection Team, and Temple Beth Am. (below: Sara Barli Herald embraces Mary Young at the moment the winner is announced.)
2005 Athena Award recipient Sara Barli Herald

WINE DINNER

On September 22nd, 2005, Wine Lovers gathered for a third dinner hosted by the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables that doubled as a farewell to Executive Chef Michael Morris who was moving to the Hyatt Miami. Thirty-five guests attending the fund raiser and enjoyed explanations of the wine pairings by Wayne Ballard of Southern Wine & Spirits (Wine Sponsor). Turning out to support the Foundation were:  Ben Alvarez, Jo Burke, Christina Burns, Christina Burns, Gloria Burns, John Burns, Pat Clarke, Dottie Corbett, Glenda Crawford, Neny Garcia, Ann Goodrich, Marian Krutulis, Cynthia McNeill, Mandy Offerle, Patricia Pardinas, Jerry Rand, Joan Reitsma, Alberto Romeu, John Roscio, Elizabeth Silverman, Mayor Don & Jeannett Slesnick, John Sorgie, Jane Wilson, Sue Weiss, Yolanda Woodbridge, and W. D. Wright.  

The Foundation's annual "University of Miami Travel & Lifestyle Auction" was postponed until January 12, 2006 to give everyone time to recover from the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.

The Foundation awarded grants in 2005 from the Executive Director's Discretionary Fund (established through the generosity of Kirk Landon) to:  Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, SMART RIDE 2, Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club (Hacienda Girls Ranch), Coral Gables Symphony & Opera, Drug-Free Youth in Town, CHARLEE, Miami Performing Arts Center, and the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative.

Also in 2005, The Slesnick Fund made donations to Alpha One Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami Bach Society, Hands On Miami, and the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida (for Camp Mahachee in Coral Gables).

 

     We are thrilled to welcome the entire Coral Gables City Commission     
to the leadership of the Greening of the Gables Gala Committee.
This unified show of support from our elected leaders reinforces
the importance of restoring our tree canopies from last year's hurricanes
and keeping Coral Gables green for years to come.

  

J. THOMAS "TOM" COOKSON
"Greening of the Gables Gala Committee welcomes Coral Gables City Commission as honorary chairs"
Coral Gables News - Tribune | November 21-27, 2006.

2006

2006
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

J. Thomas Cookson

Immediate Past Chair

Yolanda V. Woodbridge

Chair Elect

Howard Glicken

Vice Chair

Jerry Santeiro

Treasurer

Jorge de la Hoz, CPA

Secretary

Jeannett Slesnick
 

BOARD MEMBERS

John Clark Adams

Anthony Baradat

Greg Barnes

Jesus A. Cabrera

Gabe Castrillon

Patricia H. Clarke

Dottie Corbett

Stanley Davidson

James L. Ferraro

Zeke Guilford

William H. Kerdyk, Sr.

Jerry Lewis

Benjamin J. Mollere

Phillis Oeters

John O’Rourke III

John Roscio

Robert J. Shafer


EX-OFFICIO

Chamber of Commerce

Mark A. Trowbridge

City Commissioner

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns


J. Thomas "Tom" Cookson, 2006 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

Tom Cookson

 J. THOMAS COOKSON

At the December 12th, 2005 Foundation Board Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables officers for 2006 were elected, and Tom Cookson took over from Yolanda Woodbridge on January 1st, 2006. An attorney with Akerman Senterfitt & Eidson, Mr. Cookson specializes in corporate and securities law.  He was Chair of the Southeast Florida Episcopal Church (and sang in the choir).

Annual Fund Raising Gala •JAZZ UP YOUR DREAMS

The new date of January 12th, 2006 for the "University of Miami Travel & Lifestyle Auction" was a result of the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.  The 2005 event was postponed until January 2006 to give everyone time to recover. The theme of "Jazz Up Your Dreams" was a perfect fit for Media Sponsor Love 94 FM Bob Soper and Gina Martell of Love 94 served as auctioneers. Guests were entertained by "Por Si Las Moscas" Jazz Band on the main stage and the Rene Vidal and Vicente Chavarria combo in the registration area. Honorary Chairs were Mayor Don & Jeannett Slesnick.  Over $36,000 was raised from the Live Auction alone.

On April 5th, 2006, the Foundation teamed up with Matrix Home Health to sponsor a senior event at the Coral Gables Youth Center.  Huga Huapaya from the Medicare/Medicaid Administration reviewed Part D provisions and helped attendees find the best plan on an individual basis.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Sacha van Tuijn was awarded a $1,000 Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence and Jeanine Navarrete received a $1,000 Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship at a ceremony at the Gables High Awards Ceremony also held on April 5th, 2006, at the Biltmore Hotel.

The Foundation helped sponsor the Junior and Senior Achievement Luncheon held April 25th at the Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club.  The annual luncheon honors students with the highest GPAs who have also achieved distinction in a variety of ways. Students from Ponce de Leon Middle School, Coral Gables Senior High, Gulliver Prep, and Miami Christian were given medals, and everyone enjoyed an Italian meal courtesy of Catering by Lovables.

In the summer of 2006, an anonymous donor bequeathed two gifts in excess of $250,000 to the Coral Gables Community Foundation and to Camillus House. 

Motivated Youth group photo 2006

Youth For Tomorrow disbursed $2,500 donated by Evensky & Katz with a matching $2,500 grant from the Executive Director's Discretionary Fund to local charities chosen by a group of 15-21 year olds who studied and then awarded these funds to local youth-related charities.  The Youth for Tomorrow program teaches the value of charitable giving and the connection that comes from volunteering and supporting worthy local programs. The funds were awarded to several local nonprofits at a pizza lunch courtesy of Papa John's and hosted by the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.


WINE DINNER

On August 8th, 2006, Wine Lovers gathered for the fourth dinner. This fine dining experience was hosted by the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Two Sisters Restaurant featuring a menu by Executive Chef Sebastien Layen. Tickets were $125 for the five-course dinner with a champagne reception sponsored by Dottie Corbett and the entree sponsored by Carolina Rendeiro. Proceeds of the dinner supported Foundation initiatives and programs to benefit the community.

MENU

Pistachio-crusted Scallop with Star Anise Syrup

Spring Beans, frisée Salad with poached Quail Eggs, Proscuitto, Radish, on a Foccacio Crouton with Hazelnut Cherry Vinaigrette

Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with Pea Tendrils and Kumquot-Shallot confit

Caramelized Duck Magret on Mango Risotto over Coconut Milk Caramel Orange Gingered Cheese Crispy Crackers

Raspberry Sorbet on Chocolate Shortcake with Honeydew Melon and Vanilla Crême Fraîche

WINES

Murphy-Goode Fumé Blanc (California)   |  Fleur du Cap Chardonnay (South Africa)
Prado Rey Roble, Ribera Del Duero (Spain)   |  Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Años

Thanks to these supporters who attended the dinner: Susan & John Adams, Ben Alvarez, Lourdes Bellas-Tano & Ricardo Tano-Feijoo, Jo Burke, Christina Burns, John Burns, Miriam & Antonio Cardet, Glenda Crawford, David Evensky, Lizet & John Fullerton, Antonio Gijon, Annie Goodrich, Jorge de la Hoz, Marian Krutulis, Hank Langston, Matt McGrath, Enid Miguez & David Albury, Carolina Rendeiro, Barbra Roqueta, John Sorgie, and Yolanda Woodbridge.

Coral Gables Community Foundation Wine Dinner Group 2006

GREENING OF THE GABLES Initiative

Also in August 2006, Chair Elect Howard Glicken announced the Foundation's plan to launch a new "Greening of the Gables" initiative with a fund raiser to be held on January 19, 2007 that replaces the annual "Travel and Lifestyle" Auction.  This initiative will look to raise funds to restore the tree canopy in the Gables by planting trees, shrubs, and other appropriate plants in rights of way, parks, and downtown urban development sectors to enhance the beauty and health of the environment in the City. The entire City Commission (Mayor Don Slesnick, Vice Mayor Maria Anderson, and Commissioners Ralph Cabrera, Bill Kerdyk, Jr, and Wayne E. "Chip" Withers) will serve as the Honorary Chairs of the Gala Committee. 

ATHENA AWARDSAthena Award statuette

The sixth annual Athena Awards luncheon was held at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables on September 8th, 2006. 

 

The Host Sponsor for the event was Williamson Cadillac.Award Finalists were:Jean Ann Caceres-Gonzalez, Evelyn Greer, Deborah Natansohn, Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, US Attorney General Janet Reno (recipient), andMary Young.

The first female US Attorney General, Janet Reno received a standing ovation and addressed the crowd with much gratitude.  Ms. Reno also received a free month lease of an Escalade XLR convertible from event sponsor Williamson Cadillac.  Special thanks to those who helped coordinate the event:  Joan Reitsma, Victoria Villalba, Jill Beach, Hank Langston, Mandy Offerle, Vicki McGroarty, Tania Stern, Patty Brewer, Pam Schaefer, Kara Hannon, Bonnie Blaire, and Neny Garcia.

2006 Athena Award winner first female US Attorney General Janet Reno

CORAL GABLES MUSEUM GROUNDBREAKING

The Coral Gables Museum official groundbreaking was held on September 20th, 2006. Participants included: Historical Resources staff members Betty Perez and Simone Chin, City Attorney Liz Hernandez, Museum Curator Mary Agnes Beach, Historian Arva Moore Parks McCabe, City Manager David L. Brown, Museum Board Chairman George Kakouris, Commissioners Ralph Cabrera, Bill Kerdyk, and Chip Withers, Vice Mayor Maria Anderson, Mayor Don and Jeannett Slesnick, Museum Board of Directors Ed Hernandez, and Jim Beauchamp, Museum architect Jorge Hernandez, and City Clerk Walter Foeman.  

Coral Gables Community Foundation 2007 Greening Initiative Advisory BoardNEW FUND

In October of 2006, Evensky & Katz Wealth Management Firm created a Fund with the Foundation for the purpose of supporting worthy charities and programs in our community.  To raise additional funds, they held the Inaugural Evensky & Katz Golf Tournament on November 9th, 2006, at the Biltmore Golf Course. (Tickets were $250 and participants received a box breakfast, goodie bag, and the opportunity to win a putting contest or Hole in One event. The all-day event continued with a barbeque lunch, and then "thanksgiving" dinner at The Colonnade). The Tournament raised over $22,000.  Local charities that benefitted from the proceeds of the tournament included: Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation, University of Miami Advancement Program, and the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation.

In late November of 2006, it was announced that the entire Coral Gables City Commission would serve as Honorary Chairs of a "Greening of the Gables" Gala.  The Committee, under the leadership of Greening Gala creator and Chairman and Chair-Elect Howard Glicken hopes the initiative will support the planting of thousands of trees, shrubs, and other plants in public rights of way, parks, and other areas as needed to replace the trees lost in the hurricanes and to add trees for shade in strategic places downtown for the enjoyment of all. (at right: Greening Advisory Board, Howard Glicken on right)

2007

2007
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

Howard Glicken

Immediate Past Chair

J. Thomas Cookson

Chair Elect

Jeannett Slesnick

Vice Chair

Jerry Santeiro

Treasurer

Jorge de la Hoz, CPA

Secretary

John Clark Adams

BOARD MEMBERS

Anthony Baradat

Greg Barnes

Jesus A. Cabrera

Gabe Castrillon

Patricia H. Clarke

Dottie Corbett

Stanley Davidson

James L. Ferraro

Anne Grealy

Zeke Guilford

Jerry Lewis

Benjamin J. Mollere

Phillis Oeters

John Roscio

Robert J. Shafer

Judy Zeder


EX-OFFICIO

Chamber of Commerce

Mark A. Trowbridge

City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns

 

Howard Glicken 2007 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

Howard Glicken

HOWARD GLICKEN

GREENING OF THE GABLES INITIATIVE
The Foundation, under the leadership of Howard Glicken of The Americas Group, developed the “Greening of the Gables” initiative to restore the Gables’ tree canopy and other green areas ravaged by hurricanes. The project planted trees, bushes, and tropical foliage in rights of way, parks, and downtown urban development sectors to restore and enhance the beauty and preserve the healthy 'green' environment of the City of Coral Gables.  This project was initially funded with proceeds from the Greening of the Gables Gala held on January 19, 2007, at The Biltmore Hotel

Annual Fund Raiser • "GREENING OF THE GABLES" GALA

More than 300 guests attended the "Greening of the Gables" black-tie gala on Friday, January 19th at The Biltmore Hotel.  The cocktail reception and silent auction took place on the patio off the Country Club Ballroom. During dinner, major sponsors the University of Miami (Jerry Lewis), BRB Yachts (Daniel Berrebi), EWM Realtors® (Judy Zeder), and rbb Public Relations were recognized, and Mr. Glicken was presented a gift for his support and vision in creating the Greening initiative and Gala. CBS News Anchor Eliot Rodriguez was the emcee. After Dinner, Vice Chair Jerry Santeiro conducted a Live Auction of a 7-day yacht charter, an owner's suite stay on Carnival's Sensation, a Chef's Table for 12 at Fleming's, and a weekend in the Biltmore's Everglades suite with spa treatments and brunch.

INSTALLATION & APPRECIATION

The annual appreciation of last year's Board and installation of the new year's Board took place at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar on February 27, 2007.  Mayor Slesnick was on hand to swear in new officers and new board members.

2007 Coral Gables Community Foundation wine dinner

The Foundation's Executive Director's Discretionary Fund (make possible through the generosity of philanthropist Kirk Landon) awarded grants to: the May Van Sickle Children's Dental Clinic operated by the Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club, the Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride, Team Paradise, Informed families, matched the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship, and matched federal grants awarded to Presidential Service Scholars.

"MISS SILVA"

Verneka Silva and Pat Clarke The Foundation mourned the passing of a dear friend, Canon Verneka Antionette Stirrup Silva aka "Miss Silva", on February 19th, 2007. A native Floridian (of Bahamian parents) born and raised in Coconut Grove, Verneka Silva graduated Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Health & Physical Education. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Social Work from Atlanta University. He completed extensive Post Graduate work in Education Administration at New York University, Barry College, and the University of Miami. She was the first African American in Miami to receive a Masters in Social Work, the first African American to become a principle at Coral Gables Senior High, the first African American to chair the Metro Dade Community Relation Board, and the first African American woman to become the Diocese of Southeast Florida Standing Committee. Mrs. Silva served Coral Gables Senior High School for 20 years, retiring from that school as the first Black female to be appointed Assistant Principal for Secondary Administration in the Dade County Public School System. Much loved and respected, she also served on the Foundation Board from 1994 to 2001.  (photo of Verneka Silva and Pat Clarke)  (source)

NEW FUND Shelly Roberts Circle of Love

Shelly Roberts Circle of Love Fund made an initial donation of $5,000 to the Children's Cancer Fund at Miami Jackson.  The Fund was created by Dr. Judy Schwartz for her good friend Shelly Roberts. The Children's Cancer Fund is an affiliate of Jackson Memorial Hospital. The funds will support the unmet needs of children and families who are being treated at Holtz Children's Hospital/UM Jackson Memorial Medical Center, and includes such basic needs as transportation to the hospital and medicines not covered by insurance.

STARBUCKS DAY

On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007, Starbucks hosted the first ever Latin American Coffee Festival on the streets of Coral Gables.  Over 3,000 participants enjoyed coffee, food, and dancing, as well as a cooking demonstratio by Aarón Sanchez owner/executive chef of Centrico & Paladar restaurants.  The event, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. featured performances by Latin Grammy nominated artist CéU, Riverman (a Starbucks partner band), and Salsa con Coco, a local Latin dance group. The Consuls General of Costa Rica (Lorena Sanchez), Guatemala (Beatriz Illescas), Mexico (Rodrigo Ortega), and Brazil (Rafael Vidal) all took the stage, along with Mayor Slesnick who proclaimed April 3, 2007 "Starbucks Day". Starbucks district manager Sean Fredericks presented the Foundation with a gift to help with the Greening of the Gables initiative.

The foundation participated in the 2007 Junior/Senior Achievement Luncheon held at the Coral Gables Woman's Club and hosted by Catering by Lovables.  Over 100 students participated.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Kerdyk Family Fund Scholarship awarded $6,000 in scholarships to Ronnie Tocca ($3,000) from Coral Gables Senior High School, Christina Echezabal ($2,000) from New World School of the Arts, and Rene Henley ($1,000) from Coral Reef Senior High School of the Performing Arts.  The Miami High School Class of '61 Scholarship was presented to Lauren Arce to help with her career in Nursing.

WINE DINNER

Hoja Nueva, the new upscale restaurant in the Westin Colonnade was the scene of the Foundation Wine Dinner on May 12th, 2007; Executive Chef Alain Dumas prepared a fabulous 5-course menu with wines chosen by Justin Molis of Southern Wines. In attendance were: John Clark Adams, Susan Adams, Yvonne Barkley, Lynne Bauer, Cathy Burns, Glora Burns, Dottie Corbett, Stanley Davison, Ben and Stacey DeMeo, Annie Goodrich, Anne Grealy and Stony Stonebraker, , David and Danya Green, Maricris Longo, Hoja Nueva Manager Jennifer McDonough, Fernando Menoyo, Enid Miguez, George Rodriguez, John Roscio, Jerry Santeiro, John Sorgie, Wanda and Mark Trouba, Yoli Woodbridge, and W. D. Wright.


GRANTS AWARDED
$$320 for ACE service club book purchase, $00 to Dance Now $500 to The Villagers, $500 to DFYIT (defy it), $1,500 to Lunches for local Junior and Senior High Schools, $500 to help create computer learning center at the Shady Grove Baptist Church, $500 to match Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship, $1,000 to Guardianship Program of Dade County, Inc., $1,000 to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, and $1,000 to the Wellness Community, $1,500 to Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre for general programs involving seniors and students,  $1,500 to May Van Sickle Dental Clinic, $2,500 in matching grants to Y4T, and $1,500 to Junior Orange Bowl Caroling Competition.

GREENING RECEPTION
An exclusive Greening of the Gables reception was held on Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, at the Biltmore Hotel's Granada Room to thank those who had contributed to the success of the first Gala, and to kick off the 2nd annual Gala to be held Friday, January 25, 2008. Those in attendance included:  Howard and Barbara Glicken; Gene Prescott; Mayor Don and Jeannett Slesnick; Gloria Burns; Charlie Johnson; Commissioners Maria Anderson and Chip Withers; City manager David Brown; Asst. City Manager Dona Lubin; Past Foundation Chairs:  Ron Shuffield, Bill Murphy, and Yolanda Woodbridge; Raymond Jungles; Tony Baradat; Gabe Castrillon; Dottie Corbett; Judy Zeder; Anne Grealy and Stony Stonebraker; Sergio Barrera; Steven and Lu Coxhead; Vivian Miller; Gina Desouza; Dr. Eagan Rifas; Monte Glicken; W. D. Wright; and Mario and Annie Angulo.

Youth 4 Tomorrow Y4T
Y4T, a program designed to encourage and train young people (15-21) in philanthropic giving held a program on July 13th, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables hosted by Evensky & Katz Wealth Management and the Coral Gables Community Foundation. They evaluated proposals from various youth-related charities and prepared their presentations while enjoying lunch. After lunch teams made their presentations on which charities they thought were the most worth for donations.

2007 Harry and Mary Perrin Estate 50K Check presentation

NEW FUND
The Harry and Mary Perrin Estate contributed a $500,000 check through attorney Charlie Johnson, to establish a donor-advised Fund in their name with the Foundation.
(L to R: Foundation Chair-Elect Jeannett Slesnick, Foundation Chair Howard Glicken, Mayor Don Slesnick, Foundation Executive Director Gloria Burns, and Perrin Estate Attorney Charlie Johnson)


Athena Award statuetteATHENA AWARDS

The seventh annual Athena Awards luncheon was held at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables on September 21st, 2007. 

 

The Host Sponsor for the event was Williamson Cadillac Hummer.Award Finalists were:Donna Abood, Lynn Bauer, Dr. Joyce Elam (recipient), Deena Katz, Dr. Athena Pefkarou, Teresa Rodriguez, Joanna Schwartz, and Nicole Wild.

The first female US Attorney General, Janet Reno received a standing ovation and addressed the crowd with much gratitude.  Ms. Reno also received a free month lease of an Escalade XLR convertible from event sponsor Williamson Cadillac.  Special thanks to those who helped coordinate the event:  Joan Reitsma, Victoria Villalba, Jill Beach, Hank Langston, Mandy Offerle, Vicki McGroarty, Tania Stern, Patty Brewer, Pam Schaefer, Kara Hannon, Bonnie Blaire, and Neny Garcia.

2008

2008
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

Jeannett Slesnick

Immediate Past Chair

Howard Glicken

Chair Elect

Jerry Santeiro

Treasurer

Gabe Castrillon

Secretary

Judy Zeder
William A. "Bill" Bonn, Esq.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

John Clark Adams

Anthony Baradat

Irela Bagué

Greg Barnes

Jesus A. "J. C." Cabrera

Stanley Davidson

Jorge de la Hoz, CPA

Richard DeWitt, Esq.

Lauren Harrison Genovese

Beverly Mills Gyllenhaal

Beatriz "Betty" Jimenez, RN

Jacqueline R. Menendez

W. Allen Morris

Aura Reinhardt

Michel Rittenberg

Mary Lou Ródon-Dolara, Esq.

Ana Maria Rodriguez-Diaz de la Portilla

John Roscio

Marielena Villamil

Judy Zeder


EX-OFFICIO

Chamber of Commerce

Mark A. Trowbridge

City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Gloria A. Burns

Mia Cavaco

Jeannett Slesnick, 2008 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

Jeannett Slesnick

  JEANNETT BLACK SLESNICK

Thanks to the generosity of Ralph Sanchez of Old Spanish Village, Jeannett Slesnick began her term as Chair on January 1st, 2008, in new office space donated by Mr. Sanchez at 3001 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 101. 

2008 also saw the exciting prospect of two new initiatives putting the Foundation at the forefront of changing trends in both the local media market and in meeting the needs of senior residents: GablesHomePage.com and CoralGables@HOME.

Annual Fund Raiser • "GREENING OF THE GABLES"

The 2nd annual Greening of the Gables Gala was held on Friday, January 25th, 2008 at the Biltmore Hotel. The cocktail hour and silent auction took place in the Davidson Gallery preceding dinner and dancing to "Ariel".  Our host for the evening was Celebrity Judge Marilyn Milian. Royal Palm Platinum Sponsor was the University of Miami. At the Sabal Palm Gold Sponsor Level ($10,000) were Bacardi USA and Mercantil Commercebank.

Bill-Bonn-Bud-Meyer-Beverly-Mills-GyllenhaalCORAGABLES@HOME

The first program of its kind in the state of Florida (modeled from Boston's Beacon Hill Village), CoralGables@HOME was a nonprofit membership program offering a wide variety of services to help Gables residents (age 50 and over) remain in their own homes as they age. With the help of Kirk Landon and The Kirk Foundation, including a generous $250,000 donation, the Coral Gables Community Foundation raised another $50,000 from corporate and community sponsors to help launch CoralGables@HOME. 

GABLES HOMEPAGE

GablesHomePage.com was created as part of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's "Community Information Challenge" (part of their larger "Media Innovation Initiatives") issued to community foundations nationwide and offering matching funds to develop a website that would serve as a hyperlocal news source and a teaching tool supported by residents age 50 and over.  The project served to bridge the grey divide, and to meet the gap caused by the trends of news moving from paper to the web. (pictured at right: Bill Bonn, Bud Meyer, Beverly Mills Gyllenhaal)

Annual Fund Raising Gala • "GREENING OF THE GABLES"

The 3rd annual Greening of the Gables Gala was held on January 30th, 2009 at the Biltmore Hotel. The cocktail hour and silent auction took place in the Davidson Gallery preceding dinner and dancing to "Ariel".  Our host for the evening was Michelle Gillen of WFOR TV, and Live Auction items were auctioned off by Mark Trowbridge of the Coral Gables Chamber Chair Jeannett Slenick gave special thanks to Greening Gala founder and Immediate Past Chair, Howard Glicken, Title Sponsor Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., and Sponsors Baptist Health South Florida, and The Allen Morris Company, Thanks to our Live Auction Item Donors:  The Allen Morris Company, American Airlines, Biltmore Hotel & Spa, Charles Rigl, and Palacaio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires. The linens were provided by AB Cover Designers, photography by Alberto Romeu, and chocolate palm tree favors courtesy of Peterbrooke Chocolatier.

John Esposito of Bacardi USA, Inc. receives and award from Coral Gables Community Foundation 2008 Chair Jeannett Slesnick and Howard Glicken at Coral Gables Community Foundation Greening of the Gables Gala, Jan. 30th 2009, at The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL3rd Annual Greening  of the Gables Gala at The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Jan. 30th, 2009Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. logo (shaded red circle with wide gold border and black and gold bat with the word Bacardi underneath)

John Esposito of Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., receives an award of recognition from Howard Glicken and Jeannett Slesnick.

CoralGables@HOME logo

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Member Services officially began for the CoralGables@HOME program on February 2nd, 2009. 

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CINEMATEQUE'S "PERRIN PLAZA" DEDICATION
Friends who fondly remembered long-time Gables residents Harry and Mary Perrin gathered in the early evening, along with the city officials, on February 10th, 2009 for the dedication of "Perrin Plaza"  (the patio space in front of the Cinema) and for a sneakpeek insidethe still-under-construction "Coral Gables Art Cinema".

Perrin Plaza dedication at Coral Gables Cinema Feburary 10, 2009Earlier in the day, a check for $250,000 from the Harry and Mary Perrin Charitable Fund was presented to the City by Foundation Chair Jeannett Slesnick at the City Council meeting at City Hall. On hand for the presentation of funds and for the dedication, was Ann Mumford, a cousin of the Perrins who traveled from Virigina for the ceremony. The Perrin funds will be used to help the City bring this long-awaited art cinema project to life.

Open to the public, the event featured live music and refreshments. The 144-seat "Coral Gables Art Cinema" is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, at the base of the 600-space Coral Gables Museum parking facility. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Cinemateque, please contact Steven Krams at 305-573-7339 or email him at: cgcinema@aol.com.

MEDIA LEARNING SEMINAR

2009 began with an exciting event for Gables Homepage:  "The Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy" A Media Learning Seminar took place on February 16th and 17th at the Biltmore Hotel.  Hosted by the Council on Foundationsand the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, national grant winners (including the Coral Gables Community Foundation) were recognized. Gwen Ifill, managing editor of Washington Week was the keynote speaker and moderator.  In attendance were: Alberto Ibargüen (President and CEO of The Knight Foundation), Steve Gunderson (President and CEO of The Council on Foundations), Robin Reiter, Bud Meyer (Knight Foundation), and from the Coral Gables Community Foundation:  Bill Bonn, Beverly Mills Gyllenhaal, and Jeannett Slesnick, representing the GablesHomePage.com project.

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2009 New Executive Director

2009
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

Jerry Santeiro

Immediate Past Chair

Jeannett Slesnick

Chair Elect  
Irela Bagué
William A. Bonn, Esq.

Treasurer 
Gabe Castrillon

Secretary
William A. Bonn, Esq.
 

BOARD MEMBERS

John Clark Adams

Stephen F. Coxhead

Susan B. "Susi" Davis

Richard DeWitt, Esq.
David Evensky

Emily Gresham

Heather M. Harris

Beatriz "Betty" Jimenez, RN

Jacqueline R. Menendez

W. Allen Morris
Frank C. Quesada, Esq.

Aura Reinhardt

Carolina Rendeiro

Michel Rittenberg

Mary Lou Ródon-Dolara, Esq.

Ana Maria Rodriguez-Diaz de la Portilla
Anthony L. Rogers, J.D.

Marielena Villamil


EX-OFFICIO

Chamber of Commerce
Mark A. Trowbridge

City Commissioner

Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Andria Hanley

Gerardo J. "Jerry Santeiro, 2009 & 2010 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

Jerry Santeiro

GERARDO J. "JERRY" SANTEIRO

logo for the Guardianship Golf Classic, Guardianship Program of Dade County, Inc.The Foundation swore in a new Chair at the Installation and Appreciation Reception, (serving a two-year term beginning February 23rd, 2009) Jerry Santeiro, and a new Executive Director, Andria Hanley. 

Jerry Santeiro is Chair of the Guardianship Program of Dade County, Inc. (GPDC), a private, nonprofit agency that acts as the Public Guardian  for indigent adults who are adjudicated incapacitated in Miami-Dade County, Florida. To raise funds to support the mission of the GPDC (among other things) they hold an annual "Guardianship Golf Classic" Golf Tournament open to the public, no experience necessary. In addition to his role with the GPDC, Mr. Santeiro's compassion for our community is evident in his service and leadership not only with the Foundation, but also for his many years of involvement with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance For Aging, and the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, to name a few.

Andria Hanley, Executive Director, Coral Gables Community FoundationNEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Andria Hanley, originally from Albany, New York, and a graduate of Russell Sage College, Mrs. Hanley earned her graduate degree from the University of Miami. A resident of Coral Gables and a Past President (2005-06) of the Junior League of Miami, she brings experience in marketing and recruitment from 10 years with the University of Miami.  She serves on the Beaux Arts MiamiBoard of Directors, plays league softball with other Gables business leaders, is involved with the Miami Science Museum, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, and active in other community organizations.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar logoINSTALLATION & APPRECIATION
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
generously hosted the Foundation's annual Installation & Appreciation Reception on February 23rd, 2009.  Special thanks to Fleming's staff, Rocco Angelillo, and Christoper Wakeman for the generous support of the Foundation!

Old Spanish Village historic Sales Office Coral Gables, FloridaMEMBERSHIP RECEPTION
Thanks to the continued generosity of Mr. Ralph Sanchez, our Membership Committee  hosted the year's first members' reception on March 4th, 2009 in a gorgeous location. Foundation friends and colleagues gathered in the early evening in the historic Old Spanish Village Sales Gallery to enjoy drinks and appetizers compliments of Elizabeth Silverman and Catering by Lovables. Membership Committee Co-Chair Irela Bagué (2nd from left in the photo on the far left) welcomed and energized current and prospective members to get involved. Jerry Santeiro, Foundation Chair, brought the group up to date on the accomplishments and current work at CGCF. Eleven new members joined the Foundation that evening, and many won exciting door prizes generously donated by Berta Bravo (in the red jacket) The Guayabera Lady, Miami Art Museum, UM Basketball, Equinox, Sauma The Artist, and The Giving Tree.  Guests also enjoyed a walk-through tour of the Coral Gables Museum's "Celebrate" preview exhibit (located on the second floor of the OSV Sales Gallery) led by Museum Director Christine Rupp.

Irela Bague and friends at the Coral Gables Community Foundation Membership Reception March 4 2009Dr. Al Smith, Heather Harris, and Robert Fewell at the Coral Gables Community Foundation Membership Reception March 4 2009Manny Huerta Jr. and Berta Bravo (The Guayabera Lady) at the Coral Gables Community Foundation Membership Reception March 4 2009

Irela Bagué and friends  |  Dr. Al Smith, Heather Harris, Robert Fewel|  |  Manny Huerta Jr. and Berta Bravo

Mayor Don Slesnick serves hors d'oeuvres to Andria Hanley, Yoli Woodbridge, and Dorothy Thomson at the GablesHomePage.com Under Construction preview partygableshomepage.com "Under Construction" Preview Party

Nearly 100 residents braved the rain and crowded the offices of the Coral Gables Community Foundation on June 30th, 2009, for a behind-the-scenes look at the Foundation's latest initiative: gableshomepage.com, an online news and information exchange specifically for people who live or work in Coral Gables. Foundation Chairman Jerry Santeiro welcomed guests and introduced the Gables Homepage team: project consultant Beverly Mills Gyllenhaal, contentconsultant Matt Bokor, calendar coordinator Onelia Collazo Mendive, and student interns Brian Schlansky (website developer), Chelsea Matiash, Lauren Whiddon, Allison Rich, and Rebecca Rodriguez. Also on hand was Claudio Vera of Studio Module, the creative director of the site.   Greeted by yellow caution tape and hardhats—symbolic of the website’s "under-construction" status—guests were shown samples of news, video, and commentary from the site. Guests networked with fellow residents and site participants, and enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres donated by Catering by Lovables, whose executive chef, Elizabeth Silverman, is a member of the Foundation. “The energy in the room was evident,” Foundation Chairman Jerry Santeiro said. The Mayor of Coral Gables, Don Slesnick (a Foundation past chair), spoke to the assembled guests and passed around hors d'oeuvres. Public launch of the Gables Home Page site will coincide with the Foundation's Masquerade Ball on Friday, Oct. 23rd—a perfect setting to "unmask" the final look.

Havana Bourgeois and Danny Pino of CBS Cold CaseCOMBINED MEMBERSHIP EVENT
On Friday, May 22nd, 2009 in an event co-sponsored by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 60 Foundation & SFHCC members and their guests attended the play "Havana Bourgeois" at the Miracle Theatre. Mojitos and Cuban food were sponsored by Irina Vilarino of Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine, and Berta Bravo, The Guayabera Lady, donated door prizes.  After the play, the group went backstage to meet the cast, including lead actor, Danny Pino, star of the CBS hit TV series "Cold Case".

Commissioner Frank C. Quesada, Esq., Ex Officio City Liason Board of Directors Member, Coral Gables Community FoundationAnthony L. Rogers, JD, 2010 & 2011 Treasurer, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

In the summer of 2009, the Foundation welcomed two new Board Members:

Frank C. Quesada, Esq.
of Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli, and

Anthony L. "Tony" Rogers, JD,

President and CEO of Planning Consultants Group.

Scolarships were awarded to Karen Forbes (Miami High Class of '61), __________ Gomez (Lady Suzanna P. Tweed), and Maria Fernandez (Ralph V. Moore Scholarship).

In the summer, PARKnership provided seed funding for the Waterway Renaissance Project (led by Peter Hairston, Bruce Brockhouse, Arva Moore Parks, Luis Perez, and Richard Pettigrew) to refurbish the bridges in the Gables.

2010

2010
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Chair
Jerry Santeiro

Chair Elect
William A. Bonn, Esq.

Treasurer
Anthony L. Rogers, Esq.

Secretary
David Evensky
Immediate Past Chair

Jeannett Slesnick

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Sarah Nesbitt Artecona

Irela Bagué

Willy A. Bermello

Evelyn J. Budde

Simon Cruz

Susan B. "Susi" Davis

Richard De Witt, Esq.

David Duckenfield

Carlos F. Garcia, CPA

Heather M. Harris

Beatriz "Betty" Jimenez, RN

Frank C. Quesada, Esq.

Aura Reinhardt

Carolina Rendeiro

Michel Rittenberg

Mary Lou Ródon-Dolara, Esq.

Ana Maria Rodriguez

Eloise Rodriguez

Marielena Villamil

EX-OFFICIO

Chamber of Commerce

Mark A. Trowbridge

City Commissioner
Wayne E. "Chip" Withers

Executive Director
Andria Hanley

2010 Tour of Kitchens
In the first year, CoralGables@HOME grew to over just over 100 members, and launched an annual fund raising event, the Tour of Kitchens.  This well-received event showcased the kitchens of private homes as well as the design showroom of Snaidero, and featured tastings by favorite chefs from local restaurants at each stop on the Tour.

The annual Board Appreciation and Installation reception took place on January 26th at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse.

Fleming's once again hosted the Foundation and friends fro our first annual "Mad Hatter" reception on March 25th.

Gaetano's Ristorante welcomed the Foundation on June 16th for a Gala Kick-Off Party. 2010 Legacy Award honoree (Jeannett Slesnick) was announced and artist George Rodez exhibited the inspiration artwork piece "Rêver de Vous" to promote the Gala theme.

A second Gala Kick-Off Party on October 13th, was hosted by Tiffany & Co. in the Village of Merrick Park. Refreshments including a signature Bombay Sapphire drink were provided by Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. Appetizers were served courtesy of SAWA restaurant & lounge. Guests tried on Tiffany jewelry and sunglasses and discussed the year in review. Chair Jerry Santeiro and Irela Bagué spoke on behalf of the Foundation, and George Kakouris spoke on behalf of the Coral Gables Museum Project. A number of prizes of Tiffany merchandise were generoulsy donated and awarded to guests by Tiffany & Co.

2010-Tiffany-sunglasses-Jeannett-Slesnick_Irela-Bague_Evelyn-Paz

Bacardi new bat logo 2011

Sawa logo Tiffany logo

The Coral Gables Museum opened its doors to the community on October 10th, 2010 at 10:10 AM to celebrate the completion of the building and renovations at 285 Aragon Avenue.

The J'adore Paris Gala and Cabaret After Party on October 29th, 2010, began with a cocktail party upstairs featuring a dance floor under a 14-foot-high Eiffel Tower base and signature cocktail by Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. For the first time, the Foundation held two parties with the dinner and awards downstairs, followed by an After Party upstairs.

On November 5th, a memorial pep rally was held for much-loved, former Gables High Principal (1977-93) Ralph V. Moore.

The Stephen and Jeanne Siegel Family Fund was established in December 2010.

 

   
 During downturns in the economy, funding from national and state
government can shrink dramatically. Community foundations
must bridge this gap in resources, and are able to make an
impact at the local level without multiple layers of bureaucracy.


William A. Bonn, Esq.
"The Role of Community Foundations: Helping You Make An Impact" article in Coral Gables Connections | Spring 2009

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2011

2011
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS

Chair

William A. Bonn, Esq.

Immediate Past Chair

Jerry Santeiro

Chair Elect

Carlos F. Garcia, CPA

Vice Chair/Treasurer

Anthony L. Rogers, Esq.

Secretary

David Evensky

 

BOARD MEMBERS

John R. Allen, Jr.

Sarah Nesbitt Artecona

Amanda Bonifay, CPA
Pat Blanco, BSN, MPH, FACHE
Simon Cruz

Michael Harris

Matthew Meehan

Jason Neal

Aura Reinhardt

Carolina Rendeiro

Michel Rittenberg

Mary Lou Ródon-Dolara, Esq.
Marielena Villamil


EX-OFFICIO

Chamber of Commerce
Mark A. Trowbridge

City Commissioner
Frank C. Quesada Esq.

Executive Director
Andria Hanley

 

William A. "Bill" Bonn, Esq. 2011 & 2012 Chair, Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

 

Bill Bonn

WILLIAM A. "BILL" BONN, ESQ.


Bill Bonn began on the Foundation Board of Directors serving as Chair of the Development Committee in 2009. He also served as Secretary, and then in 2010 as Secretary and Chair Elect at the same time, before becoming Chair in 2011.  He brings a wealth of business and commercial real estate experience to all these roles, in addition to being an attorney. As a big fan of all things Coral Gables, he is proud to reside in the historic former home of legendary Florida Senator Claude Pepper.  

2011 Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors

The Board Appreciation and Installation ceremony took place at MORTON'S The Steakhouse on January 12th.

2011 Tour of Kitchens Luncheon at Country Club Prado Coral Gables

The second annual "Dishing It Up!" Tour of Kitchens was held on January 29th, 2011, and culminated in an outdoor luncheon and informal fashion show at the picturesque Country Club Prado entrance.

2011 Coral Gables Community Foundation Mad Hatter

2011 Coral Gables Community Foundation Mad Hatter

MORTON'S The Steakhouse hosted our second annual "Mad Hatter" reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres on the patio on March 22nd, 2011.

Motivated-Youth-2011

Participants in the Evensky & Katz "Motivated Youth" program awarded $18,000 to local charities on March 26th and experience philanthrophy first hand.

Ponce de Leon Boulevard landscaping trees donated by Manuel Diaz Coral Gables FloridaManuel C. Diaz of Manuel Diaz Farms donated more than $95,000 worth of trees to the PARKnership program to be used by the City of Coral Gables as enhancement to the landscaping along Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Alcazar Avenue to Salamanca Avenue.  The City Commission accepted the donation on April 26th, 2011. On the list of donated trees were Bismark Palms, Spindle Palms, Yellow Tabebuias, Gumbo Limbo, and Chinese Palms.

In the summer, scholarships were awarded to: Manuel Hartman (the Kerdyk Family Trust Scholarship), Federico Zegers (the Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship), Steven De Niccola (the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship), and Kevenique Allen (the Grant and Bridget Daugherty Nursing Scholarship). (pictured below: Manny Hartman with the Kerdky family, and Steven de Nicola with Alisandria San Roman and Tracy Kerdyk)

Manuel Hartman with Kerdyk Family-and-Steven de Nicola and Alisandria San Roman with Tracy Kerdyk May 16 2011

 

ONGOING INITIATIVES

Our present initiatives include the creation of the Raul Valdes Fauli Archives Fund. This Fund goes hand in hand with the Coral Gables Museum and will help the Museum catalogue archival documents.

On the horizon is the creation of a Senior Citizen Center, another project for which Kirk Landon is offering financial support through the Coral Gables Community Foundation. As soon as a site can be found, we forward to helping the City bring that to fruition. As government funding is being cut at all levels, the Coral Gables Community Foundation will become increasingly important in addressing the growing needs of our City.

Working with the City and the University of Miami, the Foundation is helping interested and deserving residents find employment with or receive scholarship funds from the Life Sciences and Technology Park project.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS: Burgerlicious 11.3.11 • Tour of Kitchens 1.28.12