Coldwell-Banker salutes CIA

Coldwell-Banker salutes CIA

Florence and Robert Werner, FGO donors

Thirty South Florida visual and performing arts organizations will receive 2013 grants from Citizens Interested in Arts (CIA) – a charitable group founded 15 years ago in Aventura to help struggling arts groups throughout South Florida.

Coldwell Banker – the premiere real estate firm in Aventura, in an extraordinary salute to a not-for-profit organization, hailed CIA for its community involvement.

Mike Brunnberg, manager of Coldwell Banker Aventura, cited CIA’s outstanding arts support, noting that among the Grantees is the not-for-profit Karen Peterson and Dancers, which has a grant from The Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation.

CIA president Lenore Toby-Simmons of Aventura and Grants Chair Dr. Dorothy Koreman said the 2013 grants of $81,500 pushed the entire monetary CIA grants to $930,000 since the group was founded in 1997 by two Aventura women – Gloria Muroff and the late ColleenWerner. CIA is able to fund grantees from dues, bruncheon events and special fund-raising programs.

All 30 grantees awarded this year will officially be recognized at CIA’s Grantees on Parade/Champion of the Arts Bruncheon Feb. 17 at theAventura Arts & Cultural Center. The annual event, including a bruncheon and show featuring some of the performing arts grantees will pay tribute to this year’s Champion of the Arts Robert and Florence Werner for their philanthropy in supporting the arts.

For ticket information, contact Gloria Muroff at 305-932-9580 or gloral00@ For sponsorship opportunities, contact Lenore Toby-Simmons at 305-936-9500 or Coldwell Banker can be reached at

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