Philanthropic Leaders Ed and Carol Williamson Invest in Future of Coral Gables Community Foundation

Donors Ed and Carol Williamson Reach
Lifetime Membership Level in Merrick Society
With New $100,000 Gift

CORAL GABLES, FL (April 18, 2022) – South Florida Business and Philanthropic leaders Ed and Carol Williamson, known for their generosity to charitable causes in South Florida for more than 50 years, are supporting Coral Gables Community Foundation this Spring with a major gift that will help ensure funding for scholarships, provide community grants and ensure nonprofit excellence in Coral Gables and the Miami area.

Their generous gift of $100,000 was received by President and CEO Mary Snow and Foundation Board Chair Venny Torre on behalf of Coral Gables Community Foundation at Williamson Automotive Group.

In remarks at the presentation of his gift, Ed Williamson said, “We’ve trusted the Coral Gables Community Foundation since our first donation in 2007 because we value their trusted leadership and impactful support of the community’s needs.”

In appreciation for the gift, Foundation Board Chair Venny Torre reflected on Ed and Carol:  “Their love for South Florida is evident in all that they do. Given their family’s stature and values, the Williamson family’s philanthropy inspires others to give.”

“We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with the Williamson family and are proud that they’ve entrusted Coral Gables Community Foundation to manage their charitable giving through their Donor Advised Fund,” said President and CEO Mary Snow. She continued, “It has been a privilege to manage the Williamson Family Donor Advised Fund since 2014, and it’s been incredible to see the impact they have had in our area in terms of educational opportunities, LGBTQ causes and community building initiatives.”


Ed Williamson leads Williamson Automotive Group along with his wife Carol, who serves as treasurer. Williamson has served South Florida’s automotive needs since 1967, and today their son Trae is president.   

Ed’s civic involvement in South Florida includes serving as president of the Orange Bowl Committee, trustee and governor of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, executive committee member of the Beacon Council, campaign cabinet member of the United Way of Dade County. He is a senior member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and – educated as an aerospace engineer – is a longtime member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council.


The Coral Gables Community Foundation works to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, learn and play in the City Beautiful. Since 1991, the Foundation has been at the forefront of Coral Gables’ evolving needs by effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.” Learn more at

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Photos of Ed and Carol Williamson with son Trae are online here.