The Ledbetter Utility Vehicle

40% of $600,000 goal
This campaign ended on April 14, 2023, but you can still make a gift to Culver Academies by clicking here!


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Allie Hinman photoAllie Hinman matched $250

An Anonymous DonorJosh Pretzer matched $500

An Anonymous DonorSarah S. Hetzel matched $1,000

An Anonymous DonorPeter Seibel matched $1,000

An Anonymous DonorLaura Pichon matched $1,500

An Anonymous DonorWilliam K. O'Brien matched $1,990

An Anonymous DonorBarrick Bollman matched $5,000

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $10,000

An Anonymous DonorDoug & Cheryl Bird matched $3,400
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An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $50 because 50 donors made a gift in 1 day

Ashley Van Sipma photoAshley Van Sipma gave $150

Kurt Roemer photoKurt Roemer gave $200

An Anonymous DonorRachel Danziger gave $500

John M Davis photoJohn M Davis gave $1,000

Tony Black photoTony and Nicole Black gave $2,000
Gifts to The Ledbetter Utility Vehicle contribute to...
Day of Giving 2023
2,145 Donors - $1,987,151 Donated

Last year the Ledbetter was absent from the lake, a result of a combination of factors, from environmental factors to aging equipment that wasn’t suited to the ever-changing contours of the lake bottom. A plan to put the Ledbetter back on the water has been formulated; a plan that is moving full speed ahead. And that’s where you come in.

Culver has engaged a specialty manufacturer of amphibious vehicles to craft a unique utility vehicle, made with the Ledbetter and Lake Maxinkuckee in mind, that will carefully and safely cradle the ship and gently float it in the lake each year. This Ledbetter Utility Vehicle will not only ensure the ship gets in and out of the lake with ease, but also has as little impact on the aquatic environment as possible.

But this does not come without a cost. We are asking for your support as this endeavor gets underway to ensure the Ledbetter remains the singular symbol of a Culver summer that it has been for nearly 40 years.

As part of this year’s Day of Giving, you can direct your gift to a special campaign to Launch the Ledbetter, making it possible for the young men and women of Culver Summer Schools & Camps to enjoy and learn from the signature Culver experience that you had.

Thank you for your devotion to the time-honored traditions of Culver.

We cannot wait to see the smiles this summer when the Ledbetter sets sail.

171 days ago by Sarah Youvan

Summer Alumni and Families
Summer Alumni & Families DonorsRaised ($)
Beavers D&B9$2,275
Naval Band16$2,269
Deck 211$10,670
Deck 46$267
Cardinal Wing 26$1,000
Naval 24$408
Naval 116$5,550
Deck 73$570
Cardinal Wing 31$5,000
Deck 66$1,730
Beavers Division 15$1,675
Deck 17$575
Butterfly Wing 23$6,100
Naval 50$0
Cubs Division 33$700
Cubs Division 60$0
Cubs Division 44$5,750
Deck 58$1,125
Naval 38$1,025
Deck 36$1,325
Cardinal Wing 11$100
Butterfly Wing 30$0
Naval 44$900
Butterfly Wing 11$250
Beavers Division 55$6,750
Beavers Division 72$300


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matched a total of $10,000
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Dusty Dalton
matched a total of $8,800
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Dillon Dalton
matched a total of $8,700
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generated 68 clicks and 38 gifts, totaling $7,748
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generated 306 clicks and 52 gifts, totaling $6,643
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Barrick Bollman
matched a total of $5,000
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Doug & Cheryl Bird
matched 34 gifts for a total of $3,400
Tony Black photo
Gave $2,000 during a Challenge!
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William K. O'Brien
matched a total of $1,990
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generated 14 clicks and 4 gifts, totaling $1,550