The Schooner Society is comprised of donors committed to protecting the Great Lakes through generous gifts to ISEA. Each member of the Schooner Society has contributed a lifetime amount of $25,000 or more, inspiring Great Lakes stewardship for generations. We appreciate the generosity of the following individuals, families, corporations, and foundations.

Schooner Society Members

Individuals and Families


The Beers Family

John Bevington and Tina Greene-Bevington

Gordon and Susan Brown

Webster Buell

Lawrence and Susan Burks Family

Charles and Susan Cady

Edward and Barbara Collins

Annette Deibel

Michael and Barbara Dennos

Chuck and Janet Dickerson

Robert and Nancy Doughty

Michael and Rhea Dow

Gary and Sandy Drew

Darcy and David Dye

Timothy Feist and Laurel Braatz

Mason and Mary Kaye Ferry

Larry and Martha Garber

Rodney Groleau

Mr and Mrs Robert Hagerman

Jack and Bessie Hamm

John and Martha Hicks

Craig and Pat Holmes

Robert Howard

David and Nancy Hunter

Brian and Jennifer Jaffe

Marty and Olivia Lagina

Harold and Pam Lassers

Leslie Lee

Peter Magoun

Lois Bahle and Larry Mawby

Jim and Gwen Rich

James Richardson

Richard and Norma Sarns

David and Carole Shelby

Robert Soltow

Sally Somsel

Anne Thomas

David and Beverly Verdier

Dr. William Weiss

Randy Woods and Joan Fisher Woods

Corporations and Foundations


Allen Foundation

American Steamship Company


The Edmund F and Virginia B Ball Foundation

Julius H and Barbara B Beers Family Foundation

The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation

Brookby Foundation

William and Marie Carls Foundation

Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Cherry Republic

Consumers Energy Foundation

The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation

The Dow Chemical Company, MI Division

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

The Herbert H and Grace A Dow Foundation

DTE Energy Foundation

Earl-Beth Foundation

Ellsworth and Carla Peterson Charitable Foundation

Ford Motor Company Fund

Generation IV Charitable Trust

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Rollin M Gerstacker Foundation

Global Marine Insurance

Harleysville Lake States Company

Herman Miller Cares

Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation

HP Foundation

W K Kellogg Foundation

Mariel Foundation

McComb Family Foundation

National City Bank

NewPage – Escanaba Operations

Northwestern Bank

Oleson Foundation

Paine Family Foundation

The Herbert and Elsa Ponting Foundation

Rotary Charities of Traverse City

The Seabury Foundation

Seeco Contracting Corporation

Suttons Bay Leelanau Rotary Club

TUKTAWA Foundation

Worthington Family Foundation

R.M. Young Company

Robert and Pauline Young Family Endowment

Schooner Society members receive a half-ship model of the schooner Inland Seas or a plaque in recognition of their contributions.

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