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Spencer & Barbara Gould Named Door County Philanthropists Of The Year

Spencer and Barbara Gould are being honored for their generosity.

The Door County Community Foundation named the Goulds the 2013 Door County Philanthropists of the Year at a luncheon Wednesday at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor.

“A philanthropist is born when a donor's passion compels them to give more of themselves than merely money,” says Bret Bicoy, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. “They give of their time to the charities they care about. They share their wisdom as members of boards of directors. Philanthropists champion the causes that resonate in their heart and cannot help but openly share their passion with those around them. Their enthusiasm for service is contagious.”

These are the qualities the Community Foundation sees in Spencer and Barbara Gould. The two have a lifelong interest in music, serving on symphony boards and working in a variety of community organizations, supporting the arts.

They met in 1956 on a train, encountering each other when Spencer asked Barbara to help him peel an orange. They married later that year.

Graduates of Carleton College, Spencer and Barbara have been generous supporters of their alma mater, receiving the Donald C. Cowling Cup in 1985. This honor, named for the longest serving president of Carleton College, is awarded to individuals for extraordinary service to Carleton.

Members of Spencer’s family were long time members of the Door County community so it was no surprise when Barbra and Spencer moved to Door County in 1988. Since their arrival they have been involved in the American Folklore Theater, Peninsula Singers, Mid-Summer’s Music, Ephraim Foundation, YMCA, Northern Door Child Care, the Ridges, Land Trust, Nature Conservancy, and the Peninsula Music Festival.

Each year the Door County Community Foundation identifies a person whose generosity of spirit has touched the lives of many in Door County and bestows the honor of Philanthropist of the Year. Previous honorees include Ruth & Hartley Barker (2006), Cynthia Stiehl (2006), Marian Hislop (2007), Dave & Vonnie Callsen (2007), Tim & Sue Stone (2008), Josephine Guenzel (2009), Miriam Erickson (2010), Lee Traven (2011) and Anne Haberland Emerson (2012).


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