Donor initiative grants a second Medora experience
The Medora Wish Endowment, funded by donors of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, brought smiles to a new face this summer. Rainann Bull, a 17-year-old from Jamestown, stepped into town July 12 as the second ever to receive a trip to Medora sponsored by the Medora Wish Endowment.
Rainann came from the Anne Carlson Center in Jamestown, ND to spend three days in Medora. During her stay, family members joined Rainann in activities around town; they shopped and even found the perfect new dress, and took in several shows including the Medora Gospel Brunch and Todd Oliver & His Talking Dog Irving.
Behind her quiet demeanor and shy smile, Rainann holds a passion for theatrical arts like music, dance, and singing. The highlight of her Medora weekend came at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre when stars of the Medora Musical, Candice Lively Wollan and Bill Sorensen, welcomed Rainann as their special guest before the show. She then led that night’s audience into the theater as the first guest to the Medora Musical.
The whole family enjoyed a wonderful weekend, and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation hopes it was both a positive and life-changing experience for all. The Foundation is also delighted to have partnered with the Anne Carlson Center in facilitating Rainann as this year’s Medora WISH recipient.
Rainann’s trip came shortly after another Medora WISH event – the first ever Medora Wish Kids FREE Week. Thanks to funding from the endowment, from June 28 to July 4, select attractions around town opened their doors to children ages 17 and under at no cost.
Throughout WISH week, over 645 children got to see great shows at the Old Town Hall Theater — shows like Todd Oliver & His Talking Dog Irving, Carl & Greta’s Cowboy Sing-Along, and A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora — while no less than 2,263 filled the amphitheatre at the Medora Musical all for free thanks to the Medora WISH.
Kids FREE Week and the Medora WISH sponsored experience are two priorities of the Medora Wish Endowment. The philanthropic project first began in 2018 through the generosity of TRMF donors: Don and Pat Clement and Michael and Vicki Zaun. The group was inspired by TRMF founder Harold Schafer’s desire to help more families enjoy the historic town and the magic of the Badlands.
The Medora Wish Endowment is just one way that donors can join our mission to connect people to historic Medora for positive, life-changing experiences. Gifts of all levels are welcome to grow the endowment, and donors of $25,000 or more are recognized as official “Wish Wranglers.”
The current Wish Wranglers are:
Don & Pat Clement (co-creators and lead donors) – Bismarck, ND
Michael & Vicki Zaun (co-creators and lead donors) – Gold Canyon, AZ
Arthur and Edith Pearson Foundation – Westhope, ND
Lorraine & Bruce Furness – Fargo, ND
Jim & Joanne Kack – Bozeman, MT
Anonymous Wrangler – Fargo, ND
Jim & Mary Domaskin – Ross, ND
Wes and Bonnie Thomas – Minot, ND
Anonymous Wrangler – Bismarck, ND
Ardis Afseth – Minot, ND
We at the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation are overjoyed and humbled by the generosity that has allowed more kids and families to enjoy Medora just the way our founder, Harold Schafer wanted in the beginning.
Here’s to granting even more Wishes and more smiles in the years to come.
If you’d like to learn more about growing the endowment, contact Joslyn Tooz at (701) 223-4800, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or learn more at Medora.com/wish.