The focus of the 9th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon was on Women who have made an exceptional impact in the lives of others locally, regionally or globally. The following individuals and organizations will be inducted into the Philanthropy Hall of Fame for demonstrating the qualities that define excellence in philanthropy: Nonprofit of the Year – Southern Maryland Women’s League; Calvert County – Margaret Dunkle; Charles County – Mary Louise Booth Webb; St. Mary’s County – Stephen D. and Shirley Mattingly.
Southern Maryland Women’s League, Inc. is a group of dedicated professional women and community leaders whose mission is to help others succeed, whatever their goals are in life. In eight years, the Southern Maryland Women’s League, have provided over $150,000 to area nonprofits with a focus on Angel’s Watch, a shelter for women and children fleeing from domestic violence or homelessness in southern Maryland. Through their generous financial contributions and grants to area nonprofits, they have advanced the lives of thousands.
Margaret Dunkle, an inductee and our keynote speaker is a longtime leader and trailblazer for equal opportunity for women and girls. Ms. Dunkle was a member of a team that authored, “What Constitutes Equality for Women In Sports? Federal Law Puts Women In The Running,“ that brought attention to the disparities between the amount of attention and money spent on men’s sports, in universities and colleges, versus what was spent on women’s sports. In addition, she founded the nonprofit, Equality Center, where she pursued legislative work with Congress on issues concerning women and girls and started the Interagency Committee on Teen Pregnancy, among other things.
The model of philanthropy, Ms. Webb truly has devoted her life to promote the welfare of others. After retiring as a nurse from D.C.’s General Hospital; she became involved in many nonprofits. Ms. Webb has displaced herself to help displaced mothers and their families, some were family, but most complete strangers. In addition, she is the ‘motivator’ and Vice President of the African American Heritage Society, is a member of the Maryland Antique Arts Association, Past President of the Catholic Daughters at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; a member of the Garden Club and active in a variety of other initiatives.
Stephen D. and Shirley Mattingly generous donors in the community and advocates for individuals with disabilities. Shirley and Steve established, Stephen’s Fund to support children with disabilities, in memory of their son, Stephen, born with Down Syndrome who passed away just before his 10th birthday from leukemia.