The Medora Musical Endowment

supporting the greatest show in the west

For years, Lonnie & Pam Laffen of Grand Forks, North Dakota took a summer family trip to Medora.


The Laffen family recognized the promise of Harold Schafer’s dream of family-friendly entertainment in the Badlands—and felt it in their own lives. That’s what inspired them to start an endowment that will help provide a stable, ongoing source of money for the Medora Musical. 


In December of 2020, just months after establishing the endowment, Lonnie unexpectedly passed away—but the power of his generosity will be felt for generations. Per the Laffens’ wishes, funeral and sympathy gifts were directed to this new endowment. Lonnie and Pam’s legacy will be remembered in Medora and felt at the Medora Musical forever.

Made Possible By Your Support

These donors have contributed at least $25,000 to this endowment


Created and initially funded by 
Pam & Lonnie (dec.) Laffen