Denis Montplaisir Volunteer Endowment

New $100,000 seed gift starts endowment to support volunteer program forever, honor the life and legacy of former program coordinator 

In the summer of 2019, we lost our dear colleague and long-time Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation volunteer coordinator, Denis Montplaisir. Our friend, Denis, suffered a heart attack while on the job and left this Earth while in the heart of the beautiful Badlands. 

Denis was someone who helped positively shape untold numbers of lives during his time here on Earth. Hundreds attended his funeral – and the service, in a way completely fitting for the musician Denis was, ended in a standing ovation from all those in attendance.

Denis worked as the lead for the TRMF Volunteer Program for over eleven years, during which time it saw tremendous growth in applications and the amount of great work done by volunteers in Medora. His most unique ability, though, was to help people feel better and it affected far more than we will ever know. As a testament to that, something amazing has happened since his passing:


In Denis’ honor, The Rob and Melanie Walton Foundation has made a $100,000 seed gift to kick-start a new, $2 Million “Denis Montplaisir Volunteer Endowment” that will help fund TRMF’s volunteer program forever. 


Randy Hatzenbuhler, President of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation said of his friend and colleague, “Denis was such a humble and amazing spirit. He might even be a little embarrassed about this gift, but we’re sure that he would think the idea was, to use a phrase he was known for, ‘Wonder-FULL’ and he would be deeply honored by it.”

If you’d like to make a contribution to the Denis Montplaisir Medora Volunteer Endowment Fund, you can easily click one of the online contribute buttons below.


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Or feel free to visit with us more about it by contact Joslyn Tooz or Daniel Gannarelli. We’d be happy to tell you more about the fund and we’d love to share some laughs remembering Denis while we’re at it. 

Joslyn Tooz
Major Gifts Officer
Daniel Gannarelli
Annual Giving Director

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