• Inaugural Merrick Society Reception

    Posted on June 6th, 2013 admin No comments

    Bill Bonn, Robert Fewell

    (Coral Gables, Florida | June 6, 2013) An exceptional evening marked the inaugural reception for the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Merrick Society as friends and supporters gathered in the Salon at the Riviera Country Club to enjoy camaraderie, drinks, and hors d’ouvres. Dedicated to continuing city founder George E. Merrick’s vision for Coral Gables, the Merrick Society represents the Foundation’s highest levels of giving where donors have made a three-year commitment of support.

    Over 50 guests in attendance included Vice Mayor William H. “Bill” Kerdyk, Jr., former Mayors Don Slesnick and Dorothy Thomson, long-serving city commissioner “Chip” Withers, Coral Gables Chamber CEO Mark Trowbridge, and prominent local philanthropists and civic-minded citizens, such as special guest Robert J. Fewell (picture above with Immediate Past Chair Bill Bonn).

    Foundation Executive Director Andria Hanley introduced the current Chair of the Foundation, Carlos F. Garcia who spoke about the Foundation’s 22-year history of directing $4 million dollars in charitable contributions in areas such as the arts and culture, education, health, culinary arts, and green space. Merrick Society level donors have made a significant local impact working with the Foundation in nurturing projects like the Coral Gables Art Cinema and the Coral Gables Museum, establishing scholarship funds, and restoring the Alhambra Water Tower through the PARKnership Fund. The Foundation currently manages nearly 30 funds established by individuals, families, companies, and organizations. With pride, Mr. Garcia mentioned that 100% of the Foundation’s current Board of Directors are Merrick Society members.

    Introducing the Foundation’s immediate past chair, William A. “Bill” Bonn, Esq., Mr. Garcia spoke of Bill Bonn’s commitment as one of the earliest supporters of the Merrick Society at the highest level.

    With a heartfelt personal story on how he came to live in Coral Gables and why his passion is to “Give where you live” in supporting Coral Gables through participating in the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Mr. Bonn described the rewarding satisfaction of creative local philanthropy as the ability to see your contribution make a difference, citing examples from the Foundation’s award-winning relationship with our local high school, including the Foundation’s Ponce Society of Young Professionals “Dress Shirt and Tie Drive” for the football team, T-shirts for Career Day, and the support of the High School’s Culinary Arts Program.

    Mr. Bonn then introduced “one of the most generous men in Coral Gables” the evening’s special guest Robert J. “Bob” Fewell, and recognized Mr. Fewell as the first lifetime member of the Merrick Society for his contribution of $100,000.

    Sharing his love of George Merrick’s vision and the city of Coral Gables, Mr. Fewell spoke briefly about George Merrick’s vision and how fortunate the city is all these years later because of him.

    The evening concluded with special thanks from Foundation Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Karelia M. “Kare” Carbonell, head of the Foundation’s Development Committee, who brought together this dedicated group of philanthropists for this special occasion, and established a new tradition for the Foundation.

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    Ann Goodman, Cheryl Goldstein, Coco Torre, and Kare Carbonell

    Ann Goodman, Cheryl Goldstein, Coco Torre, and Kare Carbonell

    Don Slesnick, Carlos Garcia, and William Colas

    Don Slesnick, Carlos Garcia, and William Colas

    Tony Rogers, Bill Bonn, Michael Gold

    Tony Rogers, Bill Bonn, and Michael Gold

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    For more information, contact: Andria Hanley, Executive Director
    Coral Gables Community Foundation
    ahanley@gablesfoundation.org | 305-446-9670

  • Our Community Salutes! Recognition Ceremony

    Posted on May 20th, 2013 admin No comments

    Our Community Salutes recognition ceremony

    Our Community Salutes recognition ceremony Aura Reinhardt, Raul Mas, Andria Hanley

    Aura Reinhardt, Raul Mas, and Andria Hanley

  • Congratulations to Monica Larrea

    Posted on May 10th, 2013 admin No comments

    2013 recipient of Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship and Lady Suzanna Tweed Scholarship.

    Andria Hanley and Monica Larrea

  • Congratulations to Gables Senior Jake Mekin

    Posted on April 26th, 2013 admin No comments

    @CGCF Executive Director Andria Hanley and Scholarship Recipient Jake Mekin

    Administered through the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence is given annually to an outstanding student who embodies the values of long-time Gables Principal Ralph Moore.

    Awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates not only academic excellence but involvement in extracurricular activities and service to school and community, this award emphasizes the importance of leaving a legacy at Coral Gables Senior High.

    This year’s winner of a $1000 scholarship is Jake Mekin.  Jake is an IB student with a 6.19 weighted GPA and is in the top 8% of his class.  His leadership in Interact Club, specifically the End Polio Now campaign, Prochat, the CHARLEE program and Breakthrough Miami, prove he truly walks the walk, just as the late Ralph Moore would have wanted to celebrate and recognize.

  • Board Appreciation & Installation Reception at Seasons 52

    Posted on February 1st, 2013 mbokor No comments

    Swearing in of board officers

    The Coral Gables Community Foundation’s annual installation of officers and directors was held recently at Seasons 52.

    Carlos F. Garcia, CPA, began his two-year term as chair with a board retreat prior to the installation at which directors discussed community and foundation initiatives.

    Attorney William A. Bonn completed his term as chair and continues on the board as immediate past chair; as such, he plans to help lead the foundation’s development efforts.

    Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason did the honors of swearing in first the executive committee and then the full board at the reception, which was held Monday evening, Jan. 28.

    Executive Director Andria Hanley thanked Mr. Bonn for his two years of service and presented him with a framed photo collage representing his years of wonderful leadership.

    Serving with Mr. Garcia and Mr. Bonn as executive officers are Chair-elect Tony Rogers, JD; Secretary Jerry Santeiro, Treasurer David Olazabal and Asst. Secretary/Treasurer Karelia Carbonell.

    Members of the board of directors are John Allen; Marc Berenfeld, CPA; Pat Blanco, BSN, MPH, FACHE; Amanda Bonifay, CPA; Catherine Grieve, Esq.; Andy Gomez, Ph.D.; Zeke Guilford, Esq.; Michael Harris; Vicente Lago; Matthew Meehan; Jason Neal; Lee Osiason, Esq.; Frank Quesada, Esq.; Aura Reinhardt; Mark Trowbridge and Marielena Villamil.

    Guests included University of Miami Director of Advancement Sergio Gonzalez, City Commissioner Ralph Cabrera and past foundation Chair Jeannett Slesnick.

    Seasons 52, 321 Miracle Mile, kindly provided the venue and delicious flat-bread pizzas.

    Founded by community leaders in 1991, the Coral Gables Community Foundation fosters programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the “City Beautiful.”

    Photos by Betty Alavarez / Events Photographer

    Matthew Meehan, Pat Blanco, Tony Rogers

    Marielena Villamil, Tony Rogers, Karelia Martinez Carbonell, Jeannett Slesnick

    Swearing in of board members

    Sergio Gonzalez, Ralph Cabrera, John AllenZeke Guilford, John Allen, Bill Bonn

    Ruben Ceballos, Bill Bonn and Andria Hanley