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At the center of a community’s growth and prosperity are the people that make it possible.
Lester Allen and Stephen Moyer are a perfect example. They have impacted each community they’ve lived in, but have been true difference-makers in the hamlet of Wanakena and surrounding Adirondack communities. They were instrumental in revitalizing the community through real estate and giving back. After many years, they’ve done more than rebuild and provide houses for others. They’ve created a welcoming home and a culture of philanthropy that continues to inspire friends, families and neighbors.

Lester Allen
Stephen Moyer

“I think all of these (things) together just enriched my understanding of the diversity and needs of people. The importance of growing and transcending beyond your own world experience, and experiencing the world of others, and the joy that gives you. To step outside your own comfort zone … to step outside your own world, and understand the needs and challenges of other people … It’s a very powerful thing to do, and it’s a very gratifying thing to do, to find ways to be there for other people.”
– Stephen Moyer

  • 2:50

    Cultivating careers and appreciation for real estate

  • 8:40

    Making their way to Wanakena

  • 26:55

    Differing motivations to encourage giving

  • 32:15

    How philanthropy may influence the future of the Adirondacks



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Wherever their travels take them, Lester continues to be fascinated by older buildings in need of restoration.
A good friend created this pastel portrait of Lester and Steve in 1982. Steve hikes the Moore Trail on the Oswegatchie River. Steve enjoying the early fall colors along a portion of Cranberry Lake. Lester and Steve enjoy hosting many gatherings of family, friends and visitors who come to Wanakena and the Adirondacks. The community gathers for the summer concert series on the village green in Wanakena.
Revitalizing homes in Wanakena began with their own house. Steve works on wallpaper after purchasing their home in 1982. Lester at the peak of Ampersand Mountain in the Adirondacks. Lester enjoying the back deck views and one of more than 30 rockers he’s collected and restored at his home in Wanakena.

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