Traven Family Fund Continues Philanthropic Legacy

Lee Traven

The Door County Community Foundation recently announced the late Lee Traven has 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 will make donations to: The Ridges Sanctuary
, Peninsula Music Festival
, Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village
, The Clearing
, Ministry Door County Medical Center Foundation
, Lawrence University – Bjِrklunden
, Wisconsin Public Radio
, and 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,” says John Herlache, chairman of the DCCF Board of Directors.

After retiring, Traven served on the boards of the Ministry Door County Medical Center Foundation, The Ridges Sanctuary, The Clearing, Peninsula Music Festival and Scandia Village. Traven was named the 2010 Philanthropist of the Year by the Door County Community Foundation. For more information, contact Bret Bicoy at 920.746.1786 or visit