Gables Foundation Newsletter May 2021

Your Community. Your Philanthropy. Your Foundation.

Tour of Kitchens OUTDOOR Edition!

Tour of Kitchens 2021 TOK

Foundation Board Member Selected to Judicial Nominating Commission

Vivian C. De Las Cuevas, Esq, Partner at Holland & Knight and Foundation Board member, was recently selected as a Member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of Florida (JNC) by Congressman Alcee Hastings. In this important role, Vivian is tasked with providing the Florida Congressional delegation with recommendations for highly qualified and diverse candidates for U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and U.S. District Court nominations. Congratulations Vivian!






Grantee Spotlight: Coral Gables Fire Department Cadet Post 349

The Coral Gables Fire Department Cadet Post 349 proudly displays their new uniforms purchased with funds from a Coral Gables Community Foundation grant. The Coral Gables Fire Fighters Cadet program offers high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 the opportunity to explore careers in the fire rescue service. In operation since the early 2000’s, off duty firefighters serve as advisors to provide mentorship, training and community service coordination.




Join the City of Coral Gables & the Foundation in the Great American Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program, engages volunteers to create positive change and lasting impact in local communities. Join the effort this season by hosting a #solocleanup. The Foundation will be awarding gifts for the Most Pounds of Litter Collected. Register online HERE, pick a location, and make sure to download the Clean Swell App to track your litter collection. Share your #SoloCleanup on social media with the hashtags #KeepCoralGablesBeautiful and #CleanYourBlock.

Learn more about this event and other Keep Coral Gables Beautiful events by visiting



Merrick Society Member Moment:
Dr. Edmund and Liz Parnes featured in “Rooms we Love”

Dr. Edmund and Mrs. Elizabeth “Liz” Parnes – Photo by Rodolfo Benitez

Dr. Edmund Parnes and Foundation Board member, Liz Parnes were recently featured in Coral Gables Magazine’s “Rooms we Love” series. The library of the Parnes’ home with its dark tones of the walls, the mill work and the fireplace all enhance the feeling of warmth in their library. “Having the light stream in during the day and city lights in the evening make this room a very special place to relax, listen to wonderful music, sip cocktails and enjoy a good book”, says Liz. Liz shares her gift for design and entertainment as an involved committee member of the Tour of Kitchens.

Friends of Gables High presents: Conversation with Tracy Kerdyk

Former LPGA golfer and Coral Gables Hall of Fame member Tracy Kerdyk played professional golf for 10 years on the LPGA Tour traveling throughout the United States and the world. In 1991 she set an LPGA record for the most holes-in-one in a single season with three. Find out more about Tracy!
Please Note: The Zoom meeting is free to attend but registration is required. After registering, your confirmation email will contain the zoom link. You will need that Zoom link to access the virtual event.
Interviewed by Jay Rokeach, stadium voice of the original Marlins, Florida Panthers, and University of Miami Hurricanes baseball and football teams

Enjoy TUR Kitchen and Support Your Community Foundation

TUR Kitchen partners with Resorcity to donate $5 per visit to the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Your visit to TUR Kitchen (259 Giralda Avenue) will support the Community Foundation’s pivotal outreach in the City Beautiful. Start supporting by downloading the Resorcity App in the App Store or Google Play and finding TUR Kitchen under Deals.


The Coral Gables Community Foundation established the Merrick Society so that visionary people can continue George Merrick’s dream. The Merrick Society preserves key philanthropic activities in the Gables and raises unrestricted funds for the Foundation.

This exclusive group commits to a three-year annual contribution of $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000. To find out more, please contact our Executive Director, Mary Snow at 305.446.9670 or via email

Honor Legacies. Mark Your Memories.