Gables Gatsby Gala leads to a roarin’ good time!

October 14, 2014

by Gables Foundation

Coral Gables Community Foundation holds Gables Gatsby Gala, honors community leaders

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(Coral Gables, FL | October 14, 2014)  The Coral Gables Community Foundation held its annual gala on Friday, October 10 from 7PM – 1AM at the Coral Gables Country Club. This year’s event was a “Gables Gatsby Gala,” with themes and decorations inspired by the roarin’ 1920s and the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby. The Foundation holds its annual gala, its largest fundraiser of the year, to honor Coral Gables community leaders in five categories: Sports, Education, Arts & Culture, Community and Legacy.

Each honoree was chosen for recognition due to their dedication and service to the Coral Gables community. The 2014 honorees were:


L-R: Mark Trowbridge, Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mary Snow, Mitchell Kaplan, Shane Battier and Carlos F. Garcia.

Sports Award Presented by Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Shane Battier, former Miami Heat star and founder of the Battier Take Charge Foundation, which provides college scholarships for students in the Greater Miami area and across the United States.

Education Award: Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and co-founder of Miami Book Fair International.

Arts & Culture Award: Lizz Plater-Zyberk, award-winning architect and former Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Jerry Santeiro Community Award: Mark Trowbridge, President andCEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The Community Award was renamed in 2013 in honor of former Coral Gables Community Foundation Chairman, Jerry Santeiro.

Willy Bermello Legacy Award: Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson, President of Colson Hicks Eidson and Chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors.

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The gala featured a Bacardi-sponsored bar, recreational casino-style gambling, silent and live auctions, music, dinner, dancing and the annual awards ceremony. Baptist Health South Florida was the Platinum Sponsor of the 2014 Gables Gatsby Gala, while Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Bacardi and Southern Audio Visual served as Gold Sponsors.

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