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100 Ladies of DeeringDeering Estate Foundation

100 Ladies of Deering

The 100 Ladies of Deering is a philanthropic circle of women dedicated to preserving the Deering Estate. Joined in friendship, they work to bring about meaningful change through investments that advance awareness, public engagement, and protect the cultural and natural resources to further Charles Deering’s legacy in South Florida. The 100 Ladies of Deering is governed by the bylaws and works in partnership with the Deering Estate Foundation.  For more information visit

Our Mission

To connect, collaborate and bring about impactful change through our investments in projects that advance awareness, public engagement and the conservation & preservation of the Deering Estate’s cultural and natural resources.

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The 100 Ladies of Deering was founded in 2012 with the financial support of a select group of women committed to the cause.  Each made an initial investment of $15,000 over a 3-year period to seed and support the development of the circle earning the limited and perpetual designation of Founder, which has since been retired.  The Deering Estate Foundation is grateful for the generosity and commitment of the following Founding members:

  • Lori Haas
  • Karen Hoffman
  • Susan MacArthur
  • Jocelyn Tennille
  • Suzuyo Fox
  • Barbara Ludovici
  • Heather Bell
  • Marta Weeks
  • Sandy McCarthy
  • Mrs. C.D. McCormick (Honorary)



The 100 Ladies of Deering select and focus on specific projects, goals and initiatives advancing their mission that the membership is passionate about and go about organizing, strategically planning and acting as a group to pursue their goals with the support of the Deering Estate and Deering Estate Foundation’s staffs.

The leadership within the circle is as follows:

Executive Committee 2018-2019

  • President: Maria McDonald
  • Vice President: Nancy Eggland
  • Secretary: Karen Hoffman
  • Assistant Secretary: Donna Golik
  • Treasurer: Pam Mullins
  • Assistant Treasurer: Nancy Michelson


  • Activities & Education: Susan Tilson, Chair
  • Fundraising & Events: Vacant
  • Marketing & Communications: Helen Cornely, Chair
  • Membership & Hospitality: Suzuyo Fox, Chair

Deering Estate Foundation

The Deering Estate Foundation, established in 1989, is a charitable, 501(c)3 community based organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Deering Estate for this and future generations. The Foundation’s Board of Directors, members and volunteers are made up of a diverse group of business and community leaders who are dedicated advocates of the Estate and active Supporters of education, research, exhibits and collections, environmental conservation and historic preservation.

Our Mission

To raise public awareness, outreach, understanding and the enjoyment of the Deering Estate and to raise funds to support education, research, exhibits and collections, natural conservation and historical restoration and preservation.

Our Vision

The Deering Estate Foundation will be the premiere voice and perpetual partner of the Deering Estate, providing the resources and support necessary to achieve and sustain national recognition as a diverse cultural and educational destination for future generations.

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