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Board Appreciation & Installation Reception

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 by mbokor

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



Give the foodies on your list a designer-kitchen expedition

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by mbokor


For the foodies on your holiday shopping list, tickets to the fourth annual Tour of Kitchens might be the ideal gift.

Visiting from six to 10 homes each year, the highly anticipated tour offers a variety of experiences: food tastings, cooking demonstrations, vendors offering kitchen-themed merchandise, table settings, cookbook author signings, celebrity chefs and a glimpse into some fabulous homes.

Committee co-chairs Pat Blanco and Donna Reno are excited to showcase great kitchens as well as artisan food and local chefs.

“Each year a group of volunteers coordinates this event for the community to enjoy. We are excited about a new cycling component this year.  A group of 30 to 40 members of “BikeWalkCoralGables” will travel from home to home via bicycle,” said Reno.

The self-guided Tour of Kitchens will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Snaidero Kitchens + Design showroom, 4110 Ponce de Leon Blvd., where participants will enjoy breakfast treats, mimosas and coffee. Guests will also receive a map of tour stops. Free parking is available at nearby Coral Gables Senior High School.

Participants can visit any of the kitchens between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy food samplings along the way. A selection of homes will feature unique and stunning designer table settings that are sure to inspire.

The closing event will be held at Books & Books and will include a champagne-and-dessert reception with cookbook authors signing their books and visiting with tour patrons.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online. Proceeds benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation and the Coral Gables High School Culinary Arts Program.  For tickets or more information, contact the Coral Gables Community Foundation at 305-446-9670 or email