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Deering Estate Foundation Honors Two 100 LOD as 2020 Champion Partners!

On January 27, 2021, the Deering Estate Foundation honored its 2020 “Champion Partners of the Year” at its virtual Annual Meeting! Welcoming hundreds of community leaders and guests, this event recognized and celebrated the many accomplishments of the Deering Estate Foundation partners and volunteers, including one of our very own 100 Ladies of Deering: Maria McDonald (2020 Volunteer of the Year)

In presenting the 2020 Champion Partner Awards, Executive Director Nina Zanella and Deering Estate Director Jennifer Tisthammer also emphasized the importance of cooperative efforts and community engagement in preserving and enhancing the Deering Estate and fulfilling its mission. Therefore, this virtual gathering also included the presentation of the first-ever Charles Deering Preservation Award, which is meant for distinguished individuals, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and corporations whose skill and determination give new meaning to our community through the preservation of local historical, architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage. We were so excited to see Rebecca Matkov, Past President of the Deering Estate Foundation and a current member of the 100 Ladies of Deering, be awarded with her much-deserved honor.

Join us in congratulating these two wonderful women!

Maria McDonald: 2020 Volunteer of the Year

For over a decade now, Maria McDonald has been a volunteer and advocate for the Deering Estate and the Deering Estate Foundation. With the 100 Ladies of Deering, Maria played a pivotal role in securing furnishings and incorporating design for the Stone House and Richmond Cottage, acquiring artwork (do not even think about outbidding her in an online art auction), and immersing herself into the historical study of family collections donated to the Deering Estate Foundation. Her commitment to the Deering Estate Foundation and the Deering Estate has taken her to Palau de Maricel (Charles Deering’s residence in Sitges, Spain) and Chicago, where Charles Deering’s legacy lives on at Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago. Maria just completed her term as President of the 100 Ladies of Deering, a philanthropic circle of the Deering Estate Foundation. During this tenure, the 100 Ladies of Deering took on and completed the award-winning film project, “On This Land, the Charles Deering Story,” and most recently, the restoration and installation of the Flight Into Egypt stained glass panels on display in the Stone House. If you see Maria at the top of a 17-foot ladder decorating a holiday tree in the ballroom on the estate, offering her suggestions for a soon to be published Deering Look Book, or chairing the ever-popular Chef Demo Tent at the Deering Seafood Festival, give her an elbow touch or fist pump and thank her for her volunteerism!

Rebecca Roper Matkov: 2020 Charles Deering Preservation Award

Past Deering Estate Foundation President Rebecca “Becky” Matkov is also an award-winning writer and preservation consultant. For 18 years, she served as CEO of Dade Heritage Trust, Miami’s largest nonprofit historic preservation organization. In 2015, she received the Florida Secretary of State’s Award, given to one “whose passion for historic preservation has forever changed the face of Florida.” She wrote the script and chaired the production of the Deering Estate Foundation’s award-winning television documentary, “On This Land, the Charles Deering Story.” Becky is a past president of the Junior League of Miami, former chair of the State of Florida’s Historic Preservation Advisory Council and the founding editor of Preservation Today magazine. For ten years, she managed the Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation, which funded environmental initiatives in Florida. Becky serves on the boards of the Stiltsville Trust and the Florida Trust and is a member of The Villagers and the International Women’s Forum. Becky was recently honored by the Junior League of Miami as one of 2020’s “Women Who Make A Difference.” Becky believes there is no better way to gain an understanding of a community than to learn about its history and culture, while protecting and preserving its environment. Today, we celebrate Becky Roper Matkov and her three plus decades of work in South Florida. Congratulations, Becky, and thank you for your tenacity, wisdom, and dedication. You have made your community a better place through your preservation efforts.

Our Mission

The 100 Ladies of Deering is a philanthropic circle of women dedicated to preserving the Deering Estate and Charles Deering’s legacy of community, conservation and culture.  Joined in friendship and shared commitment, the ladies work to bring about meaningful change through charitable initiatives and investments that advance awareness, engagement and protection of the estate’s cultural and natural resources.

The 100 Ladies of Deering have been widely successful in the procurement and restoration of many important pieces and artifacts displayed at the estate including their latest project, the Flight Into Egypt.  The ladies also recently spearheaded the creation of the historical documentary film, On This Land, chronicling the history of the Deering Estate and Charles Deering.

The 100 Ladies of Deering work in partnership with the Deering Estate Foundation to continue their collective efforts to ensure that the Deering Estate remains a cultural and natural treasure for future generations.  Their passion and work continues.

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