Alumni couple receives regional award for philanthropy
November 16, 2017
Two University of Wisconsin-Stout alumni, one a former
longtime faculty member, have been recognized for their philanthropy efforts in
Menomonie and Dunn County.
Howard and Charlotte Lee, of Menomonie, received the 2017
Outstanding Philanthropist award Nov. 9 at the 23rd annual Celebration of
Philanthropy. The event was held in Eau Claire by the Chippewa Valley Fund
Raising Professionals to mark National Philanthropy Day.
Philanthropists from Eau Claire and Chippewa County also
For many years the Lees have supported a variety of
organizations in Menomonie and Dunn County, including Stout University
Foundation, Stepping Stones, Bridge to Hope, Knights of Columbus, Tuesday’s
Table at St. Joseph’s Church, UW-Stout’s STEPS for Girls program, UW-Stout
Athletics, Mabel Tainter Theater, Dunn County Humane Society, Boys and Girls
Club of Menomonie, Shirley Doane Senior Center, Literacy Chippewa Valley, American
Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and others.
Howard has been a board member with Bridge to Hope and
Stepping Stones and helped start the Pounding Fathers, which provides free,
light construction services to local residents and nonprofits. Together, the
Lees are active in Stepping Stones’ annual garden tour fundraiser.
“Howard and Charlotte are a shining example of how important
it is to give back to our community,” said Mark Parsons, executive director of
Stout University Foundation and vice chancellor for University Advancement and
The Lees both earned bachelor’s degrees from UW-Stout in
1968 and master’s degrees in 1969.
The Lees are retired. Charlotte taught secondary education in
White Bear Lake, Minn. Howard taught for more than 30 years at UW-Stout,
serving as a professor, associate dean and director of the industrial
technology education undergraduate program.
“Howard and Charlotte are generous with their time,
knowledge and resources. They put others before themselves, follow their passions
and help create positive changes in Dunn County,” their award states.
and Charlotte Lee hold their 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist award.