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Royal Oak Board Member Pledges $300,000 to Endow National Lecture Series

Chelcey Berryhill - Wednesday March 04, 2015 10:54

Help us raise the remaining matching funds for the Fleming Challenge

Stein Berre and his husband, Britt Smith, at Royal Oak's Timeless Design Gala

Stein Berre and his husband, Britt Smith, at Royal Oak’s Timeless Design Gala

The Royal Oak Foundation is very pleased to announce that Board member Stein Berre of New York, New York has made a bequest pledge of $300,000 toward the Fleming Challenge, which will create a dedicated endowment fund for Royal Oak’s national lecture series.  Supporter Ronald Lee Fleming of Cambridge, Massachusetts has established a matching fund that will match 50% of ANY TYPE OF GIFT OR PLEDGE received by June 15, 2015 up to $500,000.

Mr. Berre’s generous leadership support for the Fleming Challenge brings the total raised to $715,000 of the possible $1 million eligible for the Fleming Challenge match.  Please help us raise the remaining $285,000 in the next six weeks and ensure the future of our Drue Heinz lectures!

Mr. Berre serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and has a strong commitment to Royal Oak’s work in partnership with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  His enthusiasm for the Drue Heinz Lectures serve as a bridge to the many years he spent living and working in London when visiting National Trust’s properties was an essential part of his life.

He said: “I’m honored to contribute to the future of Royal Oak’s Drue Heinz Lectures. Attending Royal Oak lectures has been a way for me to stay in touch with my passion for history and, specifically, for the UK. I deeply appreciate Royal Oak’s work in bringing these outstanding programs to cities across the United States, and I hope my support will ensure that future generations enjoy the same enriching opportunities.”

The Fleming Challenge seeks to raise a $1,500,000 endowment fund, which will provide approximately $75,000/year in income to support the lecture series.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please visit our Fleming Challenge page or contact Executive Director David Nathans at or 212.480.2889 ext. 202.