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Camp Roy-El Scholarship Endowment

Roy and Ellen Brigman founded Camp Roy-El in 1952. Over 40 years they welcomed 795 campers with physical disabilities.

After the camp closed, the passion of the Brigmans and Camp-Roy El continued through the Camp Roy-El Scholarship Endowment, created in 1992. 

Looking back 25 years, 100 scholarships have been awarded to college students dedicated to helping those with disabilities. And, through the power of endowment, Roy and Ellen Brigman, and all of those who loved and were impacted by Camp Roy-El, are giving it forward, forever.

What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.


David Mengebier, President and CEO

Prior to joining the Community Foundation in 2018, David G. Mengebier served for 17 years as senior vice president of governmental, regulatory and public affairs, and president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. In this role, Mengebier led a range of corporate functions, including governmental and regulatory affairs, communications, charitable giving, community relations, and sustainability. Mengebier also served for eight years as the company's chief ethics and compliance officer.

Mengebier holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Public Administration, and Political Science from Michigan State University and a Law Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 2006. David and his wife, Molly, moved to Traverse City in June 2016. They have three adult daughters.

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