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Annie Oakley Society
Trailblazer Award
Awarded in 2014
Lynn Friess

Lynn Friess


Trailblazer Award

Lynn Estes Friess was born in upstate New York and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. A proud wife to Foster, mother of four and grandmother of 15, she resides in Wyoming. Author of two books, Western Lullaby which was the recipient of the 2011 gold IPPY award, Jackson Hole’s Carl Discovers Wildlife Art, Carl and the Shadow Hill Gang, and Carl and the Mysterious Nibbler. The “Carl” title is a series of books about an inquisitive chipmunk. With delightful illustrations by John Potter and written in an engaging style to introduce children to wildlife, the proceeds from the Carl books will help sponsor programs, exhibits, and operating support for the National Museum of Wildlife Art.


In 1974, Foster and Lynn launched Friess Associates. The firm’s flagship, the Brandywine Fund, averaged 20 percent annual gains in the 1990s, causing Forbes magazine to name it one of the decade’s top mutual funds.


Lynn and Foster gain their philanthropic inspiration from Galatians 6:2. From supporting families of disabled children in Wyoming to assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake, Lynn and Foster engage in a wide scope of philanthropic activities. Lynn currently serves as a Trustee to the NMWA and is on the Board of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum where she co-founded the Annie Oakley Society.

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