Miami-Dade County

Friends and Neighbors: Gables foundation raising money with piggy banks

Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books receives the Give A Buck Piggy Bank from Mary Snow, Coral Gables Community Foundation executive director. Donations to the piggy banks raise funds for community causes. Coral Gables Senior High School art students painted the pigs.
Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books receives the Give A Buck Piggy Bank from Mary Snow, Coral Gables Community Foundation executive director. Donations to the piggy banks raise funds for community causes. Coral Gables Senior High School art students painted the pigs.

Look for the colorful piggy banks all around town. Set up in various locations by the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the banks are the hit of an inaugural campaign encouraging residents to help the community to “bring home the bacon.”

Coral Gables Senior High School art students, who were said to be “hog wild about painting the pigs,” decorated the happy little banks.

“Our donors set up funds in hopes of leaving a lasting legacy that will impact their community,” said Mary Snow, executive director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. “We encourage people to invest in their community, and our Piggy Bank campaign allows Coral Gables residents and visitors to do so while also supporting local businesses. Contributions of all sizes are welcome and appreciated.”

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is a nonprofit with a mission to connect people and corporations looking to positively impact the city.

Local merchants such as Tarpon Bend, Books & Books, and John Martin’s Irish Pub are among those hosting the piggy banks in their businesses now through January 2015.

Each pig is uniquely painted to represent a fund administered by the foundation such as Give A Buck, which provides therapeutic equine therapy for those with special needs; The PARKnership Fund, which supports enhancements to green space, historic preservation and parks in the community; and Coral Gables Bike Day, which promotes bike safety and ridership. Several scholarship funds for area high school students are also represented.

So, whenever you see a piggy bank, be sure to “ham it up” and take a photo with it. You might win a dinner at Swine. Just snap and post to Instagram or Facebook with the hash tag #spoththepigcg. The person with the most pictures taken with the piggy banks wins.

Other places to find the pigs are Bala Vinyasa Yoga Studio, Snow’s Jewelers, Montica Jewelry, No Boundaries, J. Bolado Clothiers, Frenchie’s Diner, Goldstein Schechter Koch,, The Local, Whip n’ Dip Ice Cream Shoppe, Bagel Emporium, AmTrust Bank, Curves n’ Waves, and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Visit for more information.


It’s almost time for the highly anticipated annual Wine On Harvest Moon. The always sold-out event raises funds for the historic Deering Estate at Cutler, and each year a different wine region of the world is highlighted. This year the fine wines, cuisine and culture of Germany will be celebrated.

Heading it all up is Howard Tendrich, a dedicated volunteer and businessman. He and his wife, Marilyn, have been involved in their community for years. Tendrich is the owner of Heritage House, a Pinecrest landmark for men’s and boys’ clothing, and has been a Palmetto Bay Village councilman.

He has served as a Deering Estate Foundation board member, and this marks his seventh year as chair of the signature fund-raising event, Wine On Harvest Moon.

“The South Florida community has come to anticipate this annual fall event, and it’s always a sellout,” Tendrich said. “The staff and volunteers at the foundation have worked tirelessly to create a German experience, and they have been guided by Jürgen Borsch, consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany in Miami, and his staff.”

The 13th annual Wine on Harvest Moon will be from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., in Palmetto Bay. Capacity is limited, and tickets are still available at or by calling 305-235-1668, ext. 263. Cost is $150 for general admission or $125 for foundation members.

The Deering Estate’s educational programs, cultural events and conservation programs benefit from the foundation’s fund-raising.


Still have those bats, balls, racquets, uniforms and other unused sports stuff taking up space in the garage? Patriot Outreach, a group of high school athletes, is now collecting old sports equipment and apparel.

Twice a year, the students ask for the community’s help in collecting items to send to impoverished children in the Higüey and Punta Cana areas of the Dominican Republic.

“The mission is to help students there have the same opportunities to participate in athletics as we do here in South Florida,” said Blake Miller, chair of Patriot Outreach. Over the past eight years his group has collected more than 50,000 sports items to donate.

Blake, who attends Palmer Trinity School, is helped in the cause by Palmetto Senior High School’s Keaton Zargham and Ryan Booth; Coral Reef Senior High School’s Alex Hartnett; and Westminster Christian’s T.J. North, who pool their resources to conduct the community-wide donation drives.

The drop-off location is at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., where there is a box in front of the park office. Donations can be left between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Oct 5.

“Patriot Outreach needs your help so that we can help others,” Blake said. If you have any questions, call 305-323-8206.


Book lovers will find special treasures at the second annual Homestead Book Fair, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 11, in Losner Park, 104 North Krome Ave., in historic downtown Homestead. More than a dozen local and regional authors will be in attendance.

Authors include Bob Jensen and Seth Bramson, and Roger Hammer will have his book, Everglades Wildflowers. Nature photographers in exhibit include Robert L. Chaplin and Stephen Shelley, and fiction authors include Marjory Doughty, Angela Thomas and Charlie Hudson. There also will be children’s authors. Members of the Kiwanis Club will have a book give-away.

There is still space to include four more published authors. Contact Charlie Hudson at or 305-230-9572 for information.

Author lectures will be at the Homestead Town Hall Museum, and vendors and food trucks will line Krome Avenue. Be sure to check out the South Beach Wine & Food Festival winning restaurant, Chefs on the Run, at Krome and East Mowry avenues. Parking is available on nearby Flagler and Washington Avenues.

For more contact Yvonne Knowles, director of Homestead Main Street at 305-323-6564 or And follow Homestead Main Street Inc. on Facebook for updates.

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