Stories written by Jeanmarie Ferrara

Gulliver taps Frank Steel as new head of schools

  Gulliver Schools’ Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Frank Steel as the new head of schools, beginning July 1, 2014. Steel joins the Gulliver family after a 30- year career at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where he held several positions, including head of school, head of Upper School and associate […]

Miami Foundation’s Javier Alberto Soto selected for Henry Crown Fellowship

Miami Foundation’s Javier Alberto Soto selected for Henry Crown Fellowship

Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation, has been selected by the Aspen Institute as a member of its Henry Crown Fellowship program, a two-year program that engages the next generation of leaders to develop community- spirited leadership and put thought into action. The highly selective fellowship will bring together 20 executives […]

Foram Group’s 600 Brickell Certified LEED Platinum by U.S. Green Building Council

Foram Group announced today that its 600 Brickell at Brickell World Plaza office tower has received LEED® Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 40-story, 600,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial tower in the heart of Miami’s financial district is the only building of its kind in Florida, and one of only a handful of its […]

The Miami Foundation to award more than $1 million in grants

The Miami Foundation to award more than $1 million in grants

In its signature program for awarding dollars to nonprofits, the Miami Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Community Grants Program. Established in 1967, the program invests in quality and innovative organizations that strive to build a greater Miami. The foundation will review pre proposals and invite selected organizations to complete full proposals. The deadline […]

Community tribute set for Feb. 12 to honor Gulliver’s Marian Krutulis

NYC’s Birdland Big Band scheduled to perform at SMDCAC on Feb. 17

The Krutulis family invites the community to attend a “Celebration of Life” ceremony for the late Marian C. Krutulis, founder of Gulliver Schools, who passed away on Jan. 26 at the age of 89. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer […]

Sabadell United Bank hires Esther Besonias as Professional Banker

Esther Besonias has joined Sabadell United Bank as a Professional Banker in the Miami market. Ms. Besonias comes to Miami from Orlando, where she developed a strong background in sales and marketing, most recently as a commercial account executive for Heritage Publishing, selling advertising for healthcare publications and directories. She previously worked as a sales […]

300 local nonprofits registered to participate in The Miami Foundation’s first Give Miami Day, December 12th


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, South Florida Art Center and American Red Cross of Greater Miami & The Keys, along with more than 300 other Miami-Dade County nonprofit organizations, are registered for the inaugural Give Miami Day. The Miami Foundation, with support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will launch the […]

Brickell World Plaza welcomed the holiday season with food and wine festival

From Left to Right: J. Christian Miller, Gabriella Miller, James Miller, of James B. Miller P.A.(Sponsor ) present The Ronald McDonald House with a check for $10,000. Accepting the donation are, Mr. Mike Castillo, Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House and Soraya Rivera-Moya, Executive Director

Brickell World Plaza celebrated the start of the holiday season with more than 500 people attending the 2012 Savor the Season Festival last Saturday, November 17. “We are very excited that our annual community festival, which featured food and wine from more than 20 of Miami’s finest restaurants, was a great success,” said Tracy Story […]

Miami Foundation allocates $204,900 for LGBT projects

The Miami Foundation has announced the distribution of $204,900 from its GLBT Community Projects Fund to 22 area groups or institutions. Awards range from $2,500 to $18,000. The money came from a record-breaking $211,291 donation by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to the Foundation in June for distribution to local community LGBT-friendly groups. […]

Foundation seeks residents’ help in making Miami better


The Miami Foundation is on a quest to help the residents of metropolitan Miami achieve a more rewarding quality of life and love for their city — and needs their help to achieve it. “We asked: ‘What can we do to make our place, our city, more attractive to an increasingly mobile and global society?’” […]

Gables Chamber event examines global relevance of IB education

Pictured at the April membership meeting of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce at the Biltmore Hotel are (l-r) Mark A. Trowbridge, chamber president and CEO; Karema Harris, executive director, Florida League of IB Schools Inc.; Drew Kern, chamber chair; Marian Krutulis, founder and director emeritus of Gulliver Schools; Enzo Siviero, vice president of the National University System of Italy, and John Krutulis, Gulliver head of school.

Three visiting education specialists concur that college graduates have to start in high school to hone skills they will need to compete for jobs in an ever-expanding global marketplace. “In this global outlook it’s going to be critical for cross-cultural agility,” UCLA chancellor Gene Block said during the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce annual education […]

Gulliver Schools announces hiring of new primary school principal


By Jeanmarrie Ferrara…. Gulliver Schools has named Valerie Bostick as the new primary school principal at its Academy Campus. Bostick, who has more than 14 years of educational administration experience, was head of the primary school at Evansville Day School in Evansville, IN. There she was responsible for the daily operation of the 300-plus-student private […]

Miami Foundation names senior programs officer


By Jeanmarie Ferrara…. The Miami Foundation has announced that Marianne Maduro has joined the organization as its senior program officer. Maduro will lead the foundation’s grant programs and ensure that grant making is aligned with the foundation’s goal of building a stronger community through leadership and philanthropy. “As we strive to make strategic investments in […]

Foundation gets $6 million gift, launches new name and vision

Pictured (l-r) are Alberto Ibargüen, Ruth Shack and Javier Alberto Soto.

Jeanmarie Ferrara…. The Dade Community Foundation received a $6 million gift on Nov. 10 during its announcement of a new vision and a new name: The Miami Foundation. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the $6 million gift during the unveiling of The Miami Foundation name and vision at a reception at […]

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