Recognized as a community philanthropist and connector in the arts, education and health, Margery’s career includes authoring three books, founding and owning MLP Enterprises, a leadership development firm and developing extensive resources for caregivers and seniors with her acclaimed website, mycaregivingcoach.com.
In 2002, Margery and her late husband, Mark, founded The Pabst Charitable Foundation. One of the Foundation’s initial recipients was Atlantic Center for the Arts, where they supported artists and programs.
In 2007, The Mark and Margery Pabst Visitors Center and Gallery was named for Mark who passed away in 2006. Over the years, Margery has funded ACA’s endowments that support artist scholarships. She continues to sit on ACA’s Board of Trustees.
By 2008, Margery’s first book on caregiving, “Enrich Your Caregiving Journey,” was published and her involvement in the community was increased as she partnered with The University of Central Florida to support and present three Arts and Wellness Symposiums—the aim was to increase recognition for the critical role the arts play in wellness and wellbeing. Margery served on the UCF Foundation and is an emeritus of that organization. Her volunteer work continues at UCF, sitting on the UCF Legacy Pointe Board and the soon to be opened teaching hospital at the Lake Nona UCF Medical Sciences Campus.
In 2018, The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation was founded on the philanthropic values long held by Chuck and Margery Pabst Steinmetz. Chuck and Margie’s statement of intent is found on the home page.
Even though the Foundation is only two years old, the quality and quantity of applications demonstrates that organizations want to develop arts and education models that will continue to serve community needs. Steinmetz Hall is set to open in late 2020 and will serve as a performance space for organizations Margery and Chuck have long supported.
Since 2008, Margery has continued to encourage collaborative initiatives in the community, including the intersections of arts and health and education and wellness. These collaborative initiatives can be found under “Current Projects.” Along with a growing national and international recognition that the arts are essential for human health, The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation is joining The University of Florida Arts and Medicine to continue building quantitative research that supports the arts and community health.
Over the years, Margery has been honored by a number of awards including Harriett’s Favorite Things for Philanthropy and ACA’s Spirit Award for community contributions. Chuck and Margery were awarded the “Lifetime Volunteer Award” by The University of Florida.