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Bismarck PalmDonation of Trees To City Through PARKnership Fund

Coral Gables, April 30, 2011  

The Coral Gables Community Foundation (working with Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk and Mr. Glenn Kephart, City of Coral Gables Public Works Director) is pleased and grateful to announce a generous donation by Mr. Manuel C. Diaz of Manuel Diaz Farms of $95,000 worth of mature Bismarck Palms (pictured at right), Spindle Palms, Yellow Tabebuias, Gumbo Limbo trees, and Chinese Palms to the Foundation’s PARKnership Fund.  The trees will be used by the City of Coral Gables to use to enhance the landscaping along Ponce de Leon Boulevard. 

The PARKnership Fund was created to ensure that green and open public spaces in Coral Gables remain a defining characteristic of the “City Beautiful” to be enjoyed by current and future generations. An alliance between private citizens, corporate citizens, and City government, donations to PARKnership help to underwrite improvements, enhancements, and acquisitions to parks and green spaces throughout the Gables, as well as help with restoration and replacement. 

Donations to PARKnership may be made through the Coral Gables Community Foundation. For more information, please call 305-446-9670, or email us at



Coral Gables Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Members


Coral Gables, FL | January 24, 2011  

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is pleased to welcome five new members to its 2011 Board of Directors. Morton’s The Steakhouse was the site of the Foundation’s Annual Installation and Appreciation Reception where board members whose terms were ending were thanked and new members welcomed. The new board was sworn in by Mayor Don Slesnick, as well as the executive committee:  Chair  William A. Bonn, Treasurer  Tony L. Rogers JD (Planning Consultants Group),  Secretary  David Evensky (Evensky & Katz Wealth Management),  and Immediate Past Chair (2009 & 2010) Jerry Santeiro (Guardianship Program of Dade County, Inc.).

Bill Bonn

Anthony L. ("Tony") Rogers, JD David Evensky of Evensky & KatzJerry Santeiro of Guardianship Program of Dade County, Inc.






Our new board members are:

John R. Allen, Jr. of Home Financing Center

John R. Allen, Jr.

A third-generation Miamian and a graduate of the University of Miami, John is currently Director of Business Development for Home Financing Center. John also serves as a trustee member and Ambassador of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the West Kendall Business Association, as a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Miami, and as a sustaining member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Alumni Association.

Catherine Grive, Esq. of Rivero Mestre, LLP


Catherine Grieve, Esq.

Catherine is of counsel to the Coral Gables law firm Rivero Mestre LLP. Her primary practice area is business litigation, focusing on shareholder and corporate governance conflicts; real estate, contract and employment disputes; and business torts. Born and raised in New York, Catherine moved to Miami in 1996 to attend the UM Law. Catherine has been a member of the Junior League of Miami, Inc. since 2003, and currently serves as legal coordinator and as a member of the Board of Directors.

Mike Harris of Merck & Co. Inc.


Michael Harris

Mike is a District Business Manager at Merck & Co., Inc., a global health care company that develops, manufactures, and markets medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and animal products.  In his 17 years with Merck, Mike has worked in various capacities focusing primarily in sales and marketing. Mike grew up in Miami and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School and has a degree in History from the University of Florida.

Matthew Meehan of Consulting Solutions


Matthew Meehan

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Matt is the owner and President at Consulting Solutions, Matt has served on the board of Sunhil’s Home, an orphanage near
Rajahmundry, India, built through the vision an orphan Sunil Kumar, and with the help of the South Florida community. 

Jason Neal of Waste Management of Florida, Inc.

Jason Neal

Jason is the Government Affairs Director for the South Florida market area for Waste Management Inc. of Florida.  In this position, he has been active in the Coral Gables community, participating in various organizations such as Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Actor’s Playhouse, and Coral Gables Community Foundation, and has also volunteered/contributed to multiple environmentally oriented “Think Green” projects throughout South Florida.

Board Members continuing to serve include: Sarah Nesbitt Artecona, Simon Cruz, Carlos F. Garcia CPA, City Commissioner Frank C. Quesada Esq., Aurelia A. Reinhardt, Carolina Rendeiro, Michel Rittenberg, Mary Lou Rodón-Dolara Esq., Chamber President & CEO Mark A. Trowbridge, and Marielena Villamil.


Gables Foundation Gala Kick-Off Party set for June 16th

Coral Gables, FL | June 7, 2010  

The Coral Gables Community Foundation will hold a Gala-Kick-Off Party at Gaetano’s Restaurant at the Hotel St. Michel (164 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables) on Wednesday June 16th, 6-8 PM, to announce this year’s Legacy Award Honoree, and as a “Save The Date” reminder for the annual black-tie fundraising Gala. 

The theme of this year’s Gala is “J’adore Paris”, and it will be held on Friday, October 29th at the historic old Spanish gem Comber Hall (next door to the Church of the Little Flower).

Jeannett Slesnick of Slesnick & Jochem, LLPThe Legacy Award Honoree is Coral Gables’ own First Lady Jeannett Slesnick. The Immediate Past Chair of the Foundation, Mrs. Slesnick continues to serve on the Foundation Board, and was instrumental in the creation and funding of both the Foundation’s largest initiatives: CoralGables@HOME (a non-profit membership benefits program helping residents 50 and over remain in their homes), and (a cooperative venture with UM’s School of Communication funded jointly by the Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation).

The Legacy Award will officially be presented to Mrs. Slesnick at the Gala in October.The Gala features a Bacardi® open bar reception, dinner and dancing, a silent auction, and for the first time this year, a Cabaret After Party

The Foundation is seeking sponsors for the gala and the after party, donations of Items for the silent auction, ads for the gala program, and volunteers for the event.  A sponsorship opportunities packet is available on the homepage at All proceeds of the Gala benefit initiatives of the Foundation. 

RSVP for the June 16th Kick-Off Party to or by calling 305.446.9670.



Coral Gables Community Foundation Hires New Executive Director

Coral Gables, FL | June 1, 2009

Coral Gables Community Foundation Executive Director Andria Hanley photoThe Coral Gables Community Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Andria Hanley as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Originally from Albany, New York and a graduate of Russell Sage College, Andria 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, Inc., Andria has experience in marketing and recruitment from her 10 years with the University of Miami.

Currently serving on the Beaux Arts Board of Directors, Andria joins the Foundation at the start of a new era of growth. We look forward to Andria’s help in raising the visibility of the Foundation and increasing our membership. The Foundation will soon unveil a new website, is participating in Facebook (click here to join our Group), and holding more member events than ever before under her leadership. Plans are already underway for the Foundation’s major annual fundraising event, to be held in October. The Foundation welcomes Andria Hanley, and welcomes anyone who is interested in participating with us this year.

About Coral Gables Community Foundation
The mission of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization) is to foster programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in Coral Gables.

For more information contact Andria Hanley, Executive Director, Coral Gables Community Foundation, at 305-446-9670.

Coral Gables Community Foundation Announces the Addition of Two New Board Members

Coral Gables, FL | November 24, 2008

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors: Aurelia A. Reinhardt and W. Allen Morris.

Aura Reinhardt of Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.Aura Reinhardt is the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. She is also a member of COPE-Council of Protocol Executives, as well as a member of the Board of Governors at Aiglon College in Switzerland. Reinhardt came to Miami from New York City where she was the Vice President of Communications at Moet Hennessy USA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and studied at Aiglon College in Villars, Switzerland. Reinhardt is fluent in three languages: English, Spanish, and Italian.

W. Allen MorrisW. Allen Morris is the Chairman, President and CEO of The Allen Morris Company, one of the largest diversified real estate firms in the Southeast. He is an officer and director of more than 30 real estate corporations. Morris is a Certified Property Manager, a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, the American Society of Real Estate Counselors, and Past President of the Florida Certified Commercial Investment Member Chapter. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Board of Realtors and the International Real Estate Federation. Included on the list of his many civic affiliations, Morris is a lifetime member of the Orange Bowl Committee, a Trustee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami, a Trustee of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Senior Active Member of the Miami Rotary Club, and a Past Director of the National Board for the Boy’s Clubs of America. He has also published many articles on commercial real estate, as well as the book, Critical Look at Christianity. Morris received a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.



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