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Traven leaves permanent endowment for charities

7:02 AM, Oct. 16, 2013  |  Comments
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The Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) has announced that Lee Traven made a significant gift to the charities of Door County by including the Traven Family Fund in his estate plans.

The Traven Family Fund is a permanent endowment that Lee established at the Community Foundation to forever benefit the charities he cared about the most. Every January, the Traven Family Fund plans to make donations to benefit the following organizations that he loved:

? The Ridges Sanctuary

? Peninsula Music Festival

? Good Samaritan Society - Scandia Village

? The Clearing

? Ministry Door County Medical Center Foundation

? Lawrence University - Björklunden

? Wisconsin Public Radio

? The Sustainability & Advancement Grants Program of the Door County Community Foundation

"While some donors prefer to remain anonymous, Lee established the Traven Family Fund so that his family's name will live on forever in our community," said John Herlache, chairman of the DCCF board of directors. "Our highest responsibility at the Community Foundation is to honor Lee's instructions and make gifts in the Traven family name to benefit these organizations. Publicly announcing these distributions every year is one of the ways we're going to ensure that Lee and his family are never forgotten."

Olivia Traven, Lee's mother, regularly visited her grandmother in Baileys Harbor and eventually made it her lifelong home. Always active in civic life, Olivia would become one of the co-founders of the Ridges Sanctuary.

Fred Traven, Lee's father, was active as a Boy Scout leader for nearly three decades and served as president of the Ridges Sanctuary.

Lee Traven grew up in Baileys Harbor. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Texas, California and Japan. He lived and worked in Manhattan for thirty years, and traveled throughout the world. But his heart always called him back to his home of Door County.

After retiring, Traven returned to Door County and began a new career as one of the community's most engaged residents. He served on the boards of the Ministry Door County Medical Center Foundation, The Ridges Sanctuary, The Clearing, Peninsula Music Festival and Scandia Village.

As a result of his inspiring community leadership, Traven was named the 2010 Philanthropist of the Year by the DCCF. He passed away on April 22.

For more information about the Door County Community Foundation, contact Bret Bicoy at (920) 746-1786 or visit www.givedoorcounty.org.

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