Honoring a Life and Celebrating Passions

The Lucas Family opened the Dan Lucas Memorial Fund to remember and honor the life of Dan Lucas, a scientist, musician and outdoor enthusiast. 

The first annual Dan Lucas Memorial Float

“Dan spent most of his adult life in Western North Carolina,” said Dayna Lucas, Dan’s mom.  “We knew about nonprofits here and are able to support causes that Dan cared about.”  The Fund makes grants in three focus areas – art and music, outdoors and conservation and science.  Dan attended UNC Asheville where he studied music.  He enjoyed kayaking and skiing while living in Western North Carolina.  He was studying chemistry at UC Berkeley when he died. 

“It felt very important to us as a family to honor Dan’s life by doing something celebratory,” said Greg, Dan’s brother.  “We wanted to get the fund up and running quickly and that was easy and straightforward to do through The Community Foundation.”  

To highlight Dan’s interests in education, conservation and kayaking, the Fund made a grant to the French Broad River Academy to establish the Dan Lucas Memorial Float, an annual event that will eventually support a full scholarship.  The Fund also recently supported LEAF Programs for children in Costa Rica and an Eco Musicologies Conference at UNC Asheville. 

“What we have been doing is finding opportunities to make big impact with smaller grants,” said Greg.  “We give money to targeted programs where our funding can make a big difference.”    

“Working with The Community Foundation has made it easy for us to accomplish our goals for the Fund, celebrate Dan’s life and give back.”


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