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  • www.coralgableschamber.org | CHAMBER CONNECTION |JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013

    JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2013

    FLAGS ON PONCE: LINKING THE WORLD SINCE 1993

    Twenty years ago, the Flags on Ponce Pro-gram was unfurled by the Chamber to display a boulevard of flags along Ponce de Leon in recognition of our Citys growth as a center for international commerce and trade.

    This tribute to countries doing business in Coral Gables has endured for the past two decades, cel-ebrating the various multi-national companies, trade and consular offices that call the City Beau-tiful home. Long recognized as the corporate capital of the greater South Florida community, the Gables is home to more than 130+ multi-national corporations and 20 consulates. These include renowned corporate leaders like Bacardi, Del Monte, HBO Latin America and IntelSat.

    We also have a number of partner Sister Cities in countries that have their consular offices in Coral Gables, most notably Cartagena, Colombia; Gra-nada, Spain; and Pisa, Italy.

    A colorful tradition for the past twenty years in the Gables, the Flags on Ponce fly high along Ponce de Leon Boulevard each year from Janu-ary until June. The Chamber works closely with the City to maintain the program and to install the flags each year right after the holidays.

    Sponsor support allows us to sustain the pro-gram each year and provides recognition for our corporate partners, including:

    Florida Blue Title SponsorArtigianoBaptist Health South Florida Barakat Law, PABecker & Poliakoff, P.A. Cherry Bekaert LLPCoral Gables Community Foundation Coral Gables Country Club Eliptek Technology GroupEWM Realty InternationalLaura L. Russo, Esq.Montica JewelryNero Immigration LawRight Space 2 MeetSmiles & SonrisasTotalBankUniversity of Miami - School of Business

    Opportunities remain available to help support the program in its 20th year and to ensure that the flags continue to fly high in our City Beauti-ful.

    For sponsorship opportunities, contact Senior Events Manager Erica Dominguez at [email protected] or call 305-446-1657.

    IN THIS ISSUE

    Chairs Corner Page 2

    Presidents Perspective Page 3

    Trustee Talk Page 4

    Chamber Events Page 5

    Membership Highlights Page 6

    Calendar of Events Page 7

    Sponsor Recognition Page 8

    BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCHThe Year of Italian Culture will be celebrated throughout 2013 and will officially commence in the Gables with our annual Evening on Aragon event on January 23rd at the Societa Dante Alighieri.

    An art exhibit entitled Italian Art in South Flor-ida will be presented by Head Curator Daniele Ballerini. There will also be live music, lite bites and Italian wine provided by Aragon 101.

    As part of the greater nation-wide initiative, Michelangelos David-Apollo will be displayed in the National Gallery in Washington, DC, along with many other recognized works from the Ital-ian Renaissance.

    The Societa Dante Alighieri is a vibrant cultural and academic institution with ongoing Italian language courses, wine tasting and cooking pro-grams, and a rich cadre of activities that is sup-ported by members and students.

    Their institutional commitment is to work with and support the Consulate General of Italy, based in Coral Gables, as a principal partner, as well as through collaborations with other Chamber members, such as the University of Miami, Mi-ami Dade College, Florida Grand Opera, and the City of Coral Gables, among others.

    THE YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE

    An Evening on Aragon

    Prelude: Coral Gables Art Cinema

    Intermezzo: Societa Dante Alighieri

    Finale: Coral Gables Museum

    Flag of Colombia

  • Darla ThompsonCherry Bekaert LLPCGCC [email protected]

    Happy New Year! Feliz Ao Nuevo! Bonne Anne!

    Buon Anno! Frohes Neues Jahr! Feliz Ano Novo!

    Your Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. Our strength is in our diversity. Perhaps New York or London or Tokyo have larger communities and broader worldly representation, but we have major universities, world class theaters, fine dining, museums, hospitality giants and we get to live in this beautiful, subtropical paradise.

    I drive to work each day along Old Cutler Road, Le Jeune and Ponce. This drive takes me through native hammocks, affords views of the Atlantic as the sun rises and sets, stunning historical architecture, pristine landscaping, new commercial construction, new store fronts and splashes of color and life.

    Imagine the satisfaction Mr. Merrick would experience if he could see his City

    Beautiful today. He would take delight in welcoming new corporate headquarters, planning new parks and green spaces and joining our residents, business folks, and tourists as they stroll through our community.

    As we set our goals to try to work more efficiently, spend more time with family and friends and perhaps travel to exotic destinations, dont forget to reflect on all that we have outside our doors and offices. In this New Year take a minute or two out of your busy days and join me to watch, listen and be a part of our Gables: growing, maturing and flourishing.

    Darla Thompson, Cherry Bekaert LLP Chair of the Board, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

    CHAIRS CORNER

    www.coralgableschamber.org | CHAMBER CONNECTION | JANUARY-FEBRUARY 20132

    2012-2013 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND

    BOARD OF DIRECTORSEXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

    Chair: Darla Thompson (Cherry Bekaert LLP)

    Chairman-Elect: Perry Adair (Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.)

    Vice Chairman-Business & Economic Dev: Barbara K. Norland (Junior Orange Bowl)

    Vice Chairman-Govt & Legislative Affairs: Laura Russo (Laura Russo, PA)

    Vice Chairman-Community Affairs: Amy Donner (Community Newspapers)

    Vice Chairman-Member Affairs:Marianne Sioli (Filer Insurance, Inc.)Vice Chairman-International Affairs:

    Marco Ibarra (Eliptek Technology Group)Vice Chairman-Special Events:

    Gabriel de Armas Jr., Home Instead Senior CareTreasurer: John Allen (Home Financing Center, Inc.)

    Parliamentarian: Martha de la Pena Rojas (Florida Blue)

    Trustee Council Chair: J. Dustin Symes (City National Bank of Florida)

    Past Chairman: Drew Kern, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors

    Chairs Appointee:Linda Knudsen, Baptist Health South Florida

    President & CEO: Mark A. Trowbridge

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Elected-term expires 2013Dixie McDaniel de Andrade (Envision Possibilities)

    George Feliciano Jr. (Bay Plumbing Company)Ramon Ferrer (Florida Power & Light)

    Nelson Lazo (Doctors Hospital)Deirdre Nero (Nero Immigration Law)

    Elected-term expires 2014

    Thad Adams (Allen Morris Company)Brian Barakat (Barakat Law, P.A.)

    Wayne Eldred (Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill)Frank Fernandez (US Century Bank)

    Anabella Smith (Zyscovich Architects)

    Elected-term expires 2015Nikki Deas (Vine Communications)

    Rosemary Guilfoyle (Planning Consultants Group)John Knowles (Photo Offset, Inc.)

    Marti Mang (TotalBank)Zachary Sulkes (Bacardi USA)

    Appointees-term expires 8/31/2013

    Sarah Nesbitt Artecona (University of Miami)Dr. Jose Gurevich (Smiles & Sonrisas)

    Joe Hovancak (Comcast Business Class)Ramon Usategui (Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust)

    Al Peraza (Mercantil Commercebank)

    EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

    Business Improvement DistrictAbe Ng, Sushi Maki/Pao Town

    City of Coral GablesCommissioner Frank C. Quesada

    City of Coral GablesCynthia Birdsill

    (Economic Sustainability Department)Education Foundation of the Coral Gables Chamber

    Darla ThompsonCoral Gables Community Foundation

    Andria HanleyCoral Gables Chamber of Commerce

    305.446.1657

    SPONSORSHIPOpen Doors to Greater Exposure and Bigger Business!

    The Coral Gables Chamber has many high profile events that offer outstanding promotional value to your business. Get involved in the community and sponsor one of our upcoming events. For more information, contact Erica Dominguez

    at [email protected]

    ADVERTISINGWhat happens if you do not advertise your business?

    Absolutely nothing. Make your business stand out and take full advantage of your Chamber mem-bership. There are sponsorship opportunities, newsletter advertising, City Beau-tiful magazine, website advertising and much more available to you to help pro-mote your business. Rates are available on the front page of our website, www.coralgableschamber.org or you can contact Joshua Jones at [email protected]

    SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Mark A. Trowbridge, President & CEOCoral Gables Chamber of [email protected]

    January marks an annual fresh start for those in business, especially appreciated and anticipated in these heady economic times. For many, this is a milestone achievement, having survived

    another year in business despite all of the obstacles and challenges.

    As the New Year begins, a president will be inaugurated and a new Congress will be seated, the calendar/fiscal year dawns, and more importantly, a sigh of relief that this past year did not see any major regression in our economic recovery washes over us.

    For many, 2012 was not quite what we expected or hoped for and may have created some angst for your business; but thankfully, we did not return to the annus horribilus of the prior several years. There are brighter days ahead.

    We are seeking annus mirabilis in 2013 a year of wonders! Of course, we may end up wondering what the fallout from the Fiscal Cliff may bring, what a second-term president and the Congress will be able to accomplish with so many issues to be addressed, and how our own State of Florida will continue to deal with flat-level revenues, modest job growth and the usual political machinations. There is a silver lining embedded in these parting clouds; we just have to be willing to search a little harder to find it. We are eternal optimists and are resilient beyond measure. These are truly American values ones to be treasured and honored. In fact, I have no doubt that 2013 will be a year to remember, especially for our business community.

    With new leadership brings great hope, starting from the very top down. And great hope brings even greater optimism. It sounds quite simple, I know, but I am a big believer in that we all create our own destiny. For some, it takes a while longer, and we must be patient, measured, and focused. For others, success can happen quite easily, but it can be quite hard to sustain.

    It all starts with attitudeand opportunity.

    For the next month, do your level best to make every opportunity an exercise in business development. Use your valuable meal time at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to really build your business. Endeavor to never eat alone!

    Invite folks to dine with you that you wish to do business with; attend Chamber networking events over breakfast, lunch or cocktails. Improve your own business networking capacity by expanding your sphere of influence and promise to do one thing during all this - never eat alone. That is time wasted and opportunity lost.

    Commit yourself to strengthening your relationships, deepen their meaning, and working at growing your business at the same time. The results will be tangible and real.

    Each day brings an unlimited number of opportunities for success. It is just how you respond when you are presented with them head-on that determines the difference between achieving and failing.

    The Chamber commits to presenting you endless opportunities to achieve success, and to not have to dine alone in your journey.

    Heres to a 2013 full of wonderful Chamber mirabilis!

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    PRESIDENTS PERSPECTIVE: O is for Opportunity!

  • 4TRUSTEE TALK

    www.coralgableschamber.org | CHAMBER CONNECTION | JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013

    Greetings, fellow Trustees!

    Say it, Believe it and Receive it!

    Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things youve always wanted to do but couldnt find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you dont think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more.

    Our last luncheon of the year was right on target with many of us about to begin our journey to travel and spend time with our families. Our keynote speaker was Arthur J. Torno, a broadlyexperienced executive with American Airlines. As Vice President of Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, which is the largest international operation in Americans route system, Torno shared with us the many amazing projects American Airlines is working on to make Miami an even hotter international hub than it is today.

    This month, we will be hosted by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables for a Trustee Reception on January 8th! Lets all do our best to reach out to everyone we know and invite them to attend this special event at an amazing venue. I look forward to seeing you

    all in attendance with a guest or two.

    Please join me in welcoming our newest Trustees: LB Carpenter P.A.; Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. and Workscapes. Finally, we are pleased to share that Trustee renewals remain above 80%, which means that our Trustee members are finding great value and true benefits through their Chamber membership. Help us grow our Council of Trustees to new heights by making direct referrals of prospects to one of our Diplomats or a member of the Chamber leadership team.

    We know our Chamber provides an incredible opportunity to network with and meet great people, build long lasting relationships, promote your business and establish remarkable friendships. The Chamber staff is committed to excellence and provides the highest level of service to its members. Membership in the Chamber is powerful and opens a door to some of the greatest opportunities.

    I challenge all members to recruit at least one new Trustee member and get involved. Come to the meetings, get to know the other members, contribute and share something special. The more you put in, the more you will get out.

    J. Dustin Symes, City

    National Bank & Trustee

    Council Chair

    [email protected]

    GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES FEATURING CARLOS MIGOYA

    ALBERTO ROMEU | ALBERTO ROMEU PHOTOGRAPHYTop Left: The Coral Gables High School choir harmonizes to get the audience into the holiday spirit. Top Right: Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk, City of Coral Gables; Festival of Lights Award Winner for

    Best Restaurant & Owner of Sushi Maki, Abe Ng and former Mayor Don Slesnick. Bottom Left: Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya delivers his speech during the breakfast. Bottom Right: J. Dustin Symes, City National Bank; Karen Pascual, City National Bank;

    Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya and Chamber President & CEO Mark A. Trowbridge.

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    UPCOMING WINTER FESTIVITIES

    January 17thGood Morning Coral Gables

    January 25th

    Realtor Showcase Brunch & Learn

    January 23thAn Evening On Aragon

    January 15thWomens Business Network

    Luncheon

  • www.coralgableschamber.org | CHAMBER CONNECTION | JANUARY-FERBRUARY 20136

    MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTSWELCOME

    TO OUR NEWEST CHAMBER MEMBERS!

    A Galvez Construction + Consulting

    Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza

    Aragon 101

    Astor Companies

    Ben & Jerrys

    Care Affirm Hospital Patient Advocates

    Casa Maria

    Christ Fellowship Coral Gables

    Dominican Health Care Association of Florida

    Dade County Federal Credit Union

    Douglas Barnes, Resident

    Fine Line Furniture & Accessories

    Gables Ponce

    George Washington Carver Middle School

    Green Gables Cafe

    Keller Williams Realty

    L.B. Carpenter, CPA, P.A.Leica Store Miami

    Monica Burguera Foundation

    Otis Elevator Company

    Prietos Restaurant

    Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

    Sariol Wealth Management & Counsel

    Urban4M

    Valente Brothers Jiu-Jitsu

    Workscapes

    * BOLD denotes new Trustee member

    SAVE THESE IMPORTANT DATES!

    SPONSORSHIP/INVESTOR HALL OF FAMEThrough December 2012

    AT&TBay Plumbing CompanyBecker & Poliakoff, P.A.Coastal Construction GroupComcast Business ClassDoctors HospitalEast Coast Public Adjusters, Inc. Gulliver SchoolsGibralter Private Bank

    HinesLogistical Outsourcing, Inc.Photo OffsetSouth MotorsU.S. Century BankUSAA Realty Company/CBRE Wal-Mart Stores

    $2,500 - $4,999The Allen Morris CompanyAXA Advisors, LLC Baptist Health South FloridaThe Biltmore HotelCherry Bekaert LLPCity of Coral GablesCity National BankCredomatic Merchant ServicesEsslinger-Wooten-Maxwell RealtorsFlorida Blue Florida Power & LightHome Financing Center, Inc.Hyatt Regency Coral GablesMercantil Commercebank, N.A. Miamis Community NewspapersMontica JewelryTotalBankUniversity of Miami

    $5,000 AND ABOVE

    TRUSTEE RECEPTION - 5:30 PM - Trustees OnlySponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Coral GablesMercedes Benz of Coral Gables300 Almeria Avenue, Coral Gables

    JANUARY 8thGOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES - 7:30 AM

    Bitlmore Hotel1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

    Speaker: Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., University of MiamiSponsor: University of Miami

    JANUARY 17th

    THE CORAL GABLES BAR ASSOCIATION HAPPY HOUR - 5:30 PM hosted by the Coral Gables Bar Association, in partnership with the Chambers 20/30 Group Vivaldino (inside Hotel St. Michel) 162 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables

    JANUARY 9th

    AN EVENING ON ARAGON - 5:30 PMPrelude: Coral Gables Art Cinema

    Intermezzo: Societa Dante AlighieriFinale: Coral Gables Museum

    Sponsor: Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust

    JANUARY 23thRE-CONNECT LUNCHEON - 12:15 PMAnacapri on Ponce2530 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral GablesSpeaker: Nelson Penalver, Logistical OutsourcingSponsors: Credomatic Merchant Services, Global Risk Insurance Solu-tions and Right Space 2 Meet

    JANUARY 9th

    REALTOR SHOWCASE BRUNCH & LEARN - 10:00 AM Miami Association of Realtors

    245 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gablesin partnership with the City of Coral Gables

    Sponsor: Home Financing CenterSupporting Sponsors: US Century Bank, Miami Association of Realtors,

    Strock & Tanner Mortgage Corp. and Second Chamce Credit

    JANUARY 25th

    WOMENS BUSINESS NETWORK LUNCHEON - 11:30 AMSpeaker: Josette Puig, AuthorSponsor: ROSCH Insurance Group, Inc.Hyatt Regency Coral Gables 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables

    JANUARY 15th

    TRUSTEE LUNCHEON - 11:45 AM Hyatt Regency Coral Gables50 Alhambra, Coral Gables

    Sponsor: City National Bank

    JANUARY 30th

  • 5:30 PMNew Member Reception

    @ AmTrust Bank

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    EVENTS CALENDAR

    JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2013

    Office Closedin Observance

    of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    5:30 PMTrustee Reception*Trustees Only*

    Office Closed in Observance of Presidents Day

    8:00 AMSmall Business

    Committee Meeting

    8: 00 AMBusiness & Education Committee Meeting

    7 8 9 10 11 12/13

    14 15 16 17 18 19/20

    21 22 23 24 25 26/27

    18 19 20 21 22 23/24

    25 26 27 28

    5:30 PMTrustee Reception*Trustees Only*

    @ Mercedes-Benz Coral Gables

    8:00 AM Chairmans Ambassador

    Meeting

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday / Sunday

    8:00 AMInternational AffairsCommittee Meeting

    Ash Wednesday8:00 AM

    IMPACT Series Seminar

    8:00 AM

    Business & Govt Affairs Meeting

    9:00 AM

    Cultural Affairs

    Committee Meeting

    7:30 AMGood Morning Coral

    Gables

    9:00 AM20/30 Group Meeting

    Save The Date!International

    Business Forum

    5:30 PMTrustee Reception

    8:00 AM

    E.V.E.R. Green Committee

    Meeting

    11:30 AM

    Womens Business

    Network Luncheon

    @ Hyatt Regency

    Coral Gables

    8:30 AM Trow Knows...CEOs

    featuring Patrick Dupre Quigley, Founder & Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire

    & Firebired Chamber Orchestra

    8:00 AMM-Team

    Committee Meeting

    12:15 PMRE-Connect

    @ Anacapri on Ponce

    5:30 PMWind Down Wednesday

    @ Montica Jewelry

    4 5 6 7 8 9/10

    1 2 3 4 5/6

    8:00 AM

    Business & Govt Affairs Meeting

    9: 00 AM

    Cultural Affairs Committee

    12:15 PM

    RE-Connect Luncheon

    5:30 PM

    CG Bar Association Happy Hour

    8:00 AME.V.E.R. Green

    Committee Meeting11:30 AM

    Womens Business Network Luncheon

    @ Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

    8:00 AMSmall Business Committee

    Meeting

    9:30 AMGolf Classic

    Committee Meeting

    7:30 AMGood Morning Coral Gables

    9:00 AM20/30 Group Meeting

    @ Biltmore Hotel

    5:30 PMAn Evening On Aragon1st Stop: Coral Gables Art

    Cinema

    2nd Stop: Societa Dante

    Alighieri

    3rd Stop: Coral Gables Museum

    10:30 AMRealtor Showcase Brunch

    & [email protected] Miami Association of

    Realtors

    28 29 30 31 1 2/3

    11 12 13 14 15 16/17

    11:45 AMTrustee Luncheon

    @ Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

    8:00 AMM-Team Committee

    Meeting

    11:45 AMTrustee Luncheon

    @ Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

    8:00 AMChairmans Ambassador

    Meeting

    8:00 AMBusiness & Education

    Meeting

    8:30 AMTrow Knows...CEOs

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    WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLESDECEMBERNOVEMBER

    WOMENS BUSINESS NETWORK LUNCHEON

    NOVEMBER

    NOVEMBER DECEMBER

    TRUSTEE LUNCHEON

    SPONSORSHIP RECOGNITION

    HOLIDAY PARTY

    TRUSTEE RECEPTION

    NOVEMBER

    NOVEMBER

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www.coralgableschamber.org | CHAMBER CONNECTION |JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2013 FLAGS ON PONCE: LINKING THE WORLD SINCE 1993 T wenty years ago, the Flags on Ponce Pro- gram was unfurled by the Chamber to display a “boulevard of flags” along Ponce de Leon in recognition of our City’s growth as a center for international commerce and trade. is tribute to countries doing business in Coral Gables has endured for the past two decades, cel- ebrating the various multi-national companies, trade and consular offices that call the City Beau- tiful home. Long recognized as the corporate capital of the greater South Florida community, the Gables is home to more than 130+ multi- national corporations and 20 consulates. ese include renowned corporate leaders like Bacardi, Del Monte, HBO Latin America and IntelSat. We also have a number of partner Sister Cities in countries that have their consular offices in Coral Gables, most notably Cartagena, Colombia; Gra- nada, Spain; and Pisa, Italy. A colorful tradition for the past twenty years in the Gables, the Flags on Ponce fly high along Ponce de Leon Boulevard each year from Janu- ary until June. e Chamber works closely with the City to maintain the program and to install the flags each year right aſter the holidays. Sponsor support allows us to sustain the pro- gram each year and provides recognition for our corporate partners, including: Florida Blue – Title Sponsor Artigiano Baptist Health South Florida Barakat Law, PA Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Cherry Bekaert LLP Coral Gables Community Foundation Coral Gables Country Club Eliptek Technology Group EWM Realty International Laura L. Russo, Esq. Montica Jewelry Nero Immigration Law Right Space 2 Meet Smiles & Sonrisas TotalBank University of Miami - School of Business Opportunities remain available to help support the program in its 20th year and to ensure that the flags continue to fly high in our City Beauti- ful. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Senior Events Manager Erica Dominguez at edomingu- [email protected] or call 305-446- 1657. IN THIS ISSUE • Chair’s Corner Page 2 • President’s Perspective Page 3 • Trustee Talk Page 4 • Chamber Events Page 5 • Membership Highlights Page 6 • Calendar of Events Page 7 • Sponsor Recognition Page 8 BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH “e Year of Italian Culture” will be celebrated throughout 2013 and will officially commence in the Gables with our annual Evening on Aragon event on January 23rd at the Societa Dante Alighieri. An art exhibit entitled “Italian Art in South Flor- ida” will be presented by Head Curator Daniele Ballerini. ere will also be live music, lite bites and Italian wine provided by Aragon 101. As part of the greater nation-wide initiative, Michelangelo’s David-Apollo will be displayed in the National Gallery in Washington, DC, along with many other recognized works from the Ital- ian Renaissance. e Societa Dante Alighieri is a vibrant cultural and academic institution with ongoing Italian language courses, wine tasting and cooking pro- grams, and a rich cadre of activities that is sup- ported by members and students. eir institutional commitment is to work with and support the Consulate General of Italy, based in Coral Gables, as a principal partner, as well as through collaborations with other Chamber members, such as the University of Miami, Mi- ami Dade College, Florida Grand Opera, and the City of Coral Gables, among others. THE YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE An Evening on Aragon Prelude: Coral Gables Art Cinema Intermezzo: Societa’ Dante Alighieri Finale: Coral Gables Museum Flag of Colombia
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