Land Trust Announces $50,000 Challenge Gift for Pebble Beach

A Door County couple has announced a challenge gift to spur donations to protect Pebble Beach in Sister Bay. Meredith and Fraser Hart will match every gift made to the Door County Land Trust’s Pebble Beach fund before Aug. 15, up to $50,000. 

The Harts said they spent many summer days at the shoreline and fondly recall so many family memories tied to Pebble Beach. They’re making this gift in honor of their grandchildren, Dirk and Raina van Duym, and hope that Pebble Beach can be enjoyed for generations to come.

On July 25, the Door County Land Trust and the Village of Sister Bay announced a partnership to purchase and protect the 17-acre Pebble Beach property, which includes 600 feet of shoreline. The land trust must raise $500,000 by mid-September to close on the sale. More than 160 contributors have donated to help protect Pebble Beach so far, and many more have pledged their support online. 

The Hart family’s Door County roots go back more than 150 years. All of the Hart children and grandchildren, including daughter Anne, learned to swim at the beach.

“Pebble Beach is the most important place on the planet to me,” she said. 

Meredith and Fraser Hart expressed their gratitude to the land trust and village for finding a way to protect a place that’s so special to their family. Meredith was a longtime Door County Land Trust volunteer and finds peace in Door County’s natural areas. To make a contribution to the effort to protect Pebble Beach, visit or call the Door County Land Trust office at 920.746.1359.

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