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.

Howard and Charlotte Lee hold their 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist award.Philanthropists from Eau Claire and Chippewa County also were recognized.

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 Marketing.

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.

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Howard and Charlotte Lee hold their 2017 Outstanding Philanthropist award.