Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation Pledges to Match Up To $2 Million in Support for New Kids Park in Medora

Gift will be largest single gift since the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is delighted to announce that the Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation has pledged a $2 Million matching grant challenge to support Point to Point Park, a place for families named after Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite game.

The Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation made the commitment after seeing the most recent plans for Point to Point Park and have pledged to match every dollar raised in support of the project, up to $2 Million so that the entire park can be built in 2020. The Butler Family commented after making the commitment, “We know that if we make this gift, it will get done because TRMF has a history of getting things done, and done well.” 

Overview Point to Point Park

This is a historic moment in Medora. After the Schafer family’s initial creation and funding of the TRMF in 1986, the Butler family pledge is the single largest commitment ever made to TRMF.

Ed Schafer, former North Dakota Governor and current Chairman of the TRMF, “This is a historic gift that humbles and energizes us. My dad, Harold, created today’s Medora as a family-friendly entertainment and recreation center that is comfortable, relaxing and fun! He envisioned a place where people could absorb the character of Theodore Roosevelt, the Cowboy life, and how the Badlands inspired the 26th President of the USA. The Point to Point park responds to people’s comments about having more for young people to do while in Medora and was designed by focus groups made up of the young ones who will enjoy the park in the future.  Harold and Sheila would love the plan for Point to Point Park, and just like all of us, would exclaim ‘WONDERFUL!’ to the Butler family and their contribution to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.”

View from propelling down on zipline.
Lazy Little Missouri River

Other lead gifts to Point to Point Park include those from: Mike and Peggy Bullinger who made a lead gift in support of the “Little Bully Pulpit Mini Golf”; Steve and Gretchen Stenehjem with First International Bank and Trust, who lead funding of the free “jumbo jumper”; James and Cynthia Jorgenson; and several other anonymous gifts who helped kick-start the project.

Kids Free Activities

The new Point to Point Park is a $7.3 million investment project and will be located on the eastern side of Medora. When complete, it will be a combination of paid and free attractions for the community and traveling public to enjoy. 

View of zipline and a portion of Mini Golf — both to be completed for opening season of 2020

Phases 1 and 2 of the project, including a revamped and reimagined “Little Bully Pulpit” mini-golf and “Manitou the Point to Point Zip Line Ride” are under construction now. When the Butler Foundation Challenge Grant is met, the entire Park can be constructed — with the goal set for that to commence in 2020. The completed Park will include a “Lazzy Little Mo” river and pool, community splash pad, bathroom facilities, shade and play areas, stories of TR’s time in Medora, and more.

More information about Point to Point Park can be found here.

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