The Medora WISH Endowment was inspired by the simple-yet-powerful desire of our founder, Harold Schafer, who not only wanted to provide amazing entertainment for folks in Medora, but to also allow as many people as possible to be inspired by the Badlands.
Created and initially funded by Don & Pat Clement and Michael & Vicki Zaun, this endowment has two priorities:
1) To help fund “Kids FREE” days at the Medora Musical and other activities
2) To periodically help cover the cost of travel, ticketing, lodging and/or other expenses related to sponsoring an inspirational trip to Medora for a person or people who could not otherwise experience it for physical, mental, or monetary limitations.
Meet Medora WISH Recipient Melissa Smette!
In July of 2021, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation was thrilled to welcome 20-year-old Melissa Smette, her mother Pamela, and her grandfather David to Medora for a VIP experience as part of the Medora WISH Endowment. Melissa, a music lover, had a great time seeing the Medora Musical for the first time!
“It’s something she’s going to look back on and remember for the rest of her life, even if she’s unable to do something like this again,” said Melissa’s direct support professional at the Anne Carlsen Center, Monica Schlenker.
News coverage of the Medora WISH:
Created and initially funded by
Don & Pat Clement and Michael & Vicki Zaun
Casey & Jessica Clement
Jim & Mary Domaskin
Bruce & Lorraine Furness
Larry & Dorothy Goodall
Jim & Joanne Kack
Tom and Francis Leach Foundation
Sandy Tjaden & Roger Myers
Arthur & Edith Pearson Foundation
Wes & Bonnie Thomas
We invite you to join us by making a contribution to the Medora WISH Endowment. Gifts of all levels will help the endowment grow and provide support for kids and families.
Gifts of $25,000 or more will be recognized as “Medora WISH Wranglers” —a legacy that will be recognized forever as we grow and help more families with the Medora WISH.
We are also happy to assist you in contributing with an IRA rollover or estate giving options, or to help you take advantage of tax savings by contributing to this qualifying endowment.