100 Women Wall of Honor
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Gracia McKenzie Drew

After participating in many joint gifts with her husband, Gracia Drew (BS 1957 Home Economics) chose to make a gift to the 100 Woman Campaign in her name alone. She and husband Wally Drew (BS 1957 American Institutions), a longtime member of the University of Wisconsin Foundation board of directors, have together supported many organizations, but this gift was for Gracia. Following graduation, Gracia worked for two years in the dietician’s office at Evanston Hospital, in Illinois, before marrying Wally. After a time, the Drews moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, and then Winnetka, Illinois. Along the way, they had two children, a boy and a girl. The family moved to Menasha in 1974. Wherever they lived, Gracia continued to volunteer for local organizations. In Menasha, she lent her time and expertise to the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, which displays a world-renowned collection of paperweights, glass collections and changing exhibitions of other art. She also was involved in the creation of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc., which launched in 1986 and now provides grants to over 500 nonprofit organizations annually. The Drews now divide their time between Menasha and Amelia Island, Florida.