The Medora WISH

“We must try to find ways to keep costs low for families to attend Medora activities.”
—Harold Schafer, TRMF Founder

A MEANINGFUL MISSION

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. 

SINCE 2019, MORE THAN 5,000 KIDS 17 AND UNDER HAVE ATTENDED THE MEDORA MUSICAL & OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT NO COST THANKS TO THE MEDORA WISH ENDOWMENT.

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.

 

Get to know our past Medora WISH recipients, Rainann and John!

 

News coverage of the Medora WISH:

 

“Spearfish man’s wish comes true with trip to Medora” – KXMC-TV story by Steve Kirch

 

“Medora Wish Granted” – KFYR-TV story by Megan Hoffman

 

“New Medora fund to make children’s wishes come true” – Fargo Forum, by Iaian Woessner

Medora WISH Wranglers

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

 

Created and initially funded by 
Don & Pat Clement and Michael & Vicki Zaun

Ardis Afseth

Anonymous

Sandy Boehler

Casey & Jessica Clement

Kelly Clement

Jim & Mary Domaskin

Bruce & Lorraine Furness

Larry & Dorothy Goodall

Margo Helgerson

Nancy Johnson

Jim & Joanne Kack

Tom and Francis Leach Foundation

Sandy Tjaden & Roger Myers

Arthur & Edith Pearson Foundation

Wes & Bonnie Thomas

Contribute to the Medora WISH.

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.