Contributors to SATW Foundation

Our Benefactors:
In the following listings, the Foundation gratefully acknowledges recent contributors. We sincerely appreciate the donations and the continued support of many individual contributors.


In Special Recognition:
The following chapters in the Society of American Travel Writers have voted to match the overall donations by their members to the Foundation in the amounts noted: Central States Chapter, up to $1,500; Eastern Chapter, up to $1,500; and Western Chapter, up to $2,000. The Foundation thanks all the chapters for their support.  Click Here to be taken to that section on the website.


Contributors:
Jim Rupe: Since 2005, Jim Rupe, president and executive producer of Air & Sound Productions in Bedford, TX, has created the annual video announcing winners of each year’s Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The Foundation sends him the winning entries, and he handles all aspects of the production, from photography to sound. Jim donates thousands of hours and dollars to produce a professional show that has enhanced the stature of the Lowell Thomas Awards. The Foundation salutes Jim for his expertise and generous contribution.


A Special Salute:
The SATW Foundation is most honored to have people in the travel industry who have made major contributions to their professions and continue giving back to SATW, The Foundation and to the travel industry.  Click Here to be taken to that section on the website.

In Loving Memory:
Long live the memory of those who have given so much to SATW and their profession.  So many have made contributions that make our World a better place to live and enjoy travel.  Click Here to be taken to that section on the website.

TOP SUPPORTERS
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                                                            IN SPECIAL RECOGNITION
30-30 Partners $1,000+ Contributors $500+ Contributors
* SATW Central States Chapter
* SATW Eastern Chapter
* SATW Western Chapter
* Robert Fisher
* Tom Adkinson
* Rick Steves
* Nancy J. Friedman

 
                                               SATW Foundation - $100-plus Contributors

Mary Lu Abbott*
Jeanette Anderson Moores
Hilary Barnes

Len Barnes*
Carol Barrington
Helga Brenner-Khan
Jay Clarke*
James William Cordell II
Aaron Cushman*
Laura Davidson Public Relations
Karen Escalera/KWE Partners
Robert Haru Fisher*
Lee Foster*
Carol W. Fowler*
Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations

Elliot A. Gillies*
Elizabeth Hansen
Tom Grimm*
Bill Hensley*
Cynthia Boal Janssens*           
Robert N. Jenkins*
Paul Lasley*
Morgan Lawrence
Marcia Levin
Karen Lingo
John D. Macdonald*
Edwin S. Malone III*
Lawrence J. Mayran*
Colin McDonald
Rita McKay

David G. Molyneaux*
Martha Adams Morano
Neil Morgan*
Nori Muster/The Bill Muster Foundation
Stuart G. Newman*
Liliane J.M. Opsomer*
Bob Sehlinger*
Martha Steger*
Edward H. Stone*
Jeanne Westphal*
Jane Wooldridge*
Patricia A. Young
Victor Zak

Contributors

Marjorie E. Abrams
Marcia Abramson
Lola Akinmade Akerstrom
Ellen L. Albanese
Albuquerque Convention &
   Visitors Bureau
Ludmilla (Millie) Alexander
Heidi Allison-Shane
Thomas Amberg
Cheryl Andrews
Susan K. Bak
Millie Ball
Karyl Leigh Barnes
Karen Bartlett
Ruth Bass
Gail Bast
Peggy R. Bendel
Gilles Bengle
Larry Bleiberg*
Laura Bly
Steve Bly
Pat Brennan
Jan Butchofsky
Elaine Cali
Mia Casey-Sachs
Sharon E. Cavileer
Anne Chalfant 
Lisa Chickering
Jack Christie
City University of Seattle
     Library staff
Myron Clement
Melanie Coates
Tom R. Crosby
Beth D’Addono
Laura Daily
Lee Daley
Diane Daniel
William A. Davis
Hugh De Samper
Patricia A. Donoghue
Nancy Dunnan

Millie Evans
Susan Farlow
Lynn FerrinPeter Fitzsimons
Don Forsyth
Marion Laffey Fox
Kevin Frisch
Elaine Glusac

Fran Golden
JoAnn Greco
Thomas D. Griffith
Gerry Hall
John Hamilton
Catharine Hamm
Cheryl M. Hargrove
Ted Heck
Mary Ann Hemphill
Deb Hickok
Maralyn Dennis Hill      
Martin Hintz
Sue Hobart
Dave G. Houser
Beverly A. Hurley
Patricia Kelly
Doreen M. Kerby
Jim Kerr
Laura M. Kidder
Susan Kraus
Brigitta Kroon-Fiorita
Linda R. Kundell
John W. Lampl
Doris Lehman
Tracy Louthain
Kimberley Lovato
Mary Herbert Love
Alan Macher
Ruth Lor Malloy
Betty Martin
Melanie McManus
Diana Lambdin Meyer
Jeff Miller
Karen A. Moraghan
Jerry D. Morris
Hilary Nangle

June Naylor
Karen Torme Olson
Doug O'Neill
April Orcutt
James O’Reilly
Joseph Petrocik
Meryl Pearlstein
Kathleen Pocock
Paul Raynor
Francoise Rhodes
JoAnn Roe
Judy Love Rondeau
Joseph Rosendo
James Sajo
Toby Saltzman
Kristi Casey Sandors
Al Sandner
Lynn Seldon
Fran Sevcik
Joanne Prim Shade
Harry Shattuck
Kay Showker
Morris Silver
Diane Siskin
Griffin & Libby Smith
Roberta Sotonoff
Jerry Soverinsky
Robert Staab
Jane Stokes
Deborah Stone
David Swanson
Mim Swartz
Joan Tapper
Susann Tepperberg
Annette Thompson
Lisa Tomaszewski
Hilary Townsend
Greg Vaughn
Sally Walker Davies
Ginger Warder
Amy Weirick
Mimi Weisband
Judy Wells
Deborah L. Williams
Robert M. Witty
Michael Woody

*Denotes current/past SATW Foundation Board member

Past Benefactors
We appreciate the many past donations that helped the Foundation start its awards and have sustained them for more than 30 years. Among earlier benefactors:
Society of American Travel Writers
SATW Marco Polo Members
Boyne USA, Inc.
Royal Caribbean International and  
Celebrity Cruises
Bill Muster
William R.Angell Foundation
American Automobile Association
Walt Disney World
Travel Guard Insurance/Chartis
A SPECIAL SALUTE
STUART G. NEWMAN
Past SATW President Marcia Levin and Marco Polo members Bill Hensley & Aaron Cushman have made contributions to the SATW Foundation in honor of Stuart G. Newman’s 90th birthday, outstanding career in the travel industry over the decades and longtime service to SATW. President of Stuart Newman Associates in Miami, Stuart is public relations professional and Marco Polo member of SATW, recognized for exceptional service to the organization. Additionally, he is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the SATW Foundation, which sponsors the annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. All contributions to the Foundation go toward costs of the competition, which recognizes and rewards outstanding work in the field of travel journalism. Stuart is a journalism graduate of the University of Florida and long has supported the Lowell Thomas awards.
 
Past SATW President Marcia Levin has made a donation in honor of Stuart Newman’s 94th birthday and continued activity in public relations and service to SATW.  

TOM ADKINSON
SATW Active Kay Harwell Fernandez has made a contribution to the SATW Foundation honoring the work and contributions to SATW by Marco Polo member Tom Adkinson. Since he frequently sends clips of her stories he sees in the Nashville newspaper, she wanted to do something in return, supporting the Foundation, which Tom serves as a board member. 

Tom has been involved with travel journalism and public relations since 1972, when he sold his first free-lance travel article. That led to a job at Southern Living Magazine as assistant travel editor. He has free-lanced to media across the nation and worked at newspapers in Knoxville and Birmingham.  He entered public relations to work for Opryland and the Grand Ole Opry and eventually was vice president of corporate communications for their parent company, Gaylord Entertainment.  Today, he is Vice President/Director of Communications, BOHAN Advertising/Marketing.

MARCIA LEVIN
Marco Polo member Stuart Newman has made a contribution to recognize the service and dedication to SATW member Marcia Levin. 

Marcia graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Miami, where she also did graduate work in broadcasting. She worked in radio, then in print at the Hollywood Sun-Tattler, a Scripps-Howard publication. After a stint as features editor, she left to freelance in 1984.
In between she raised three sons and now enjoys nine grandkids -- eight are boys. She continues to write and participate in SATW. She comments that her SATW friends are amazing and helped her considerably with their friendship when she lost her husband in 2007. 
 
She commented recently, “It seems I've been writing most of my life, from contest jingles in grade school (which I usually won) to novels (still unsold) and hundreds of articles on how to pack for a three-week cruise or a proposed walking tour in Nassau and what to expect at the ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. In recent years, I've been writing more about cruising than anything else. I've had the travel bug most of my life, and travel writing has been an amazing fit for me. In the process, I've made many wonderful friends through SATW and feel fortunate in my career -- and my organization.”
 
Marcia has held many positions in SATW, including: Chair, Atlantic-Caribbean Chapter, 1998-2003 Society Board Member; President-Elect, 2003; Society President, 2004 and recently Chair, Indianapolis Convention 2012. She continues to write and contribute to numerous print and online media.
Fran Golden & David G. Molyneaux
Past SATW president Marcia Levin and Marco Polo member Lois Gerber have made donations in honor of the marriage of SATW Foundation president David G. Molyneaux and SATW Active Fran Golden, both award-winning travel writers-editors. Vows were exchanged Nov. 8, 2014, aboard the Regal Princess on a cruise following its naming ceremony in Fort Lauderale, FL. Onboard were godparents for the ship, six members of “The Love Boat,” the iconic television show of the 1970s that introduced many viewers to modern cruising. Gavin MacLeod, who was Capt. Stubing on the show, did a reading at the couple’s wedding, which was performed by Regal Princess Capt. Edwin Perrin in the grand atrium. Opera singer Annette Wardell sang. Molyneaux is editor of TheTravelMavens.com and a cruise columnist for several publications, and Golden is a cruise and travel columnist for a variety of media and co-author of “Frommer’s EasyGuide to Alaskan Cruises and Ports of Call 2014.”
In Loving Memory
In Memory Of
Affilation
Donation By
All deceased members & spouses for service to SATW
Martha Steger
Bob Conwell, Associate Leader in Texas Tourism
Mary Lu Abbott
Lynn Ferrin, Active
San Francisco-based travel editor and writer
Carol Fowler & Mary Lu Abbott
Jean Simmons, Active
SATW Founder & longtime travel editor
SATW Central States Chapter
Colin McDonald, Associate
Marco Polo, longtime public relations executive
Hugh De Samper
Clay Francisco, Active
California-based travel film producer
Carol Fowler
Lorry Heverly, Active
Travel writer, dedicated Central States Chapter member
SATW Central States Chapter
Jim Wamsley, Active         
Award-winning Virginia journalist, served as Atlantic Caribbean Chair
Bill Hensley
Neil Morgan
Alumni Active
 
Outstanding newsman, award-winning writer and author, and longtime member of SATW and the SATW Foundation board of directors. Morgan was editor of the San Diego Tribune and a strong national voice for quality travel journalism, helping the SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition awards gain stature as the benchmark of excellence in the field.
Mary Lu Abbott
Carol Barrington
Carol Fowler
Mary Ann Hemphill
John Macdonald
Liliane Opsomer
Martha Steger
Len Barnes
SATW Past President
Founding Director of SATW Foundation  
    
             
Award-winning writer, editor and photographer who was a founding father of the SATW Foundation. He was the driving force behind establishment and funding of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition to recognize and reward outstanding work in the field. Barnes was editor of the AAA Michigan Living magazine. CLICK HERE TO VIEW TRIBUTE TO LEN BARNES
Mary Lu Abbott
Robert Fisher
Stuart G. Newman
Griffin & Libby Smith
Martha Steger
City University of Seattle Library staff
Joan Plawin, spouse
Wife of Paul Plawin, a longtime SATW member and past president. Joan joined Paul in many SATW events. Stuart G. Newman
Ted Ryan 
SATW Past President
One of the earliest broadcast journalists in SATW, originating a weekly travel show on WHIO-TV in Dayton, OH, in the 1960s. Ryan served as president of SATW and in the mid-1980s was among the first directors elected to the SATW Foundation board, serving for many years as treasurer and then as a trustee into the early 2000s.
Mary Lu Abbott
Mrs. Len Barnes
Bill Hibbard

 
Jeanne Westphal
SATWF Past Treasurer
Jeanne was a founding director of the Foundation, among those whose names are on the articles of incorporation in 1983. She served in varying capacities until 2009. Even after leaving the board, she supported the Foundation, most recently as one of the 30 Partners for 30 Years.

A public relations professional, Jeanne was a member of SATW since 1966 and was named a Marco Polo member for her extraordinary service to the Society. 

Click here to a link to her obituary in the Miami Herald.
Mary Lu Abbott
Stuart G. Newman

Martha Steger
 

Jay Clarke
SATW Foundation
Trustee

Over a long career, Jay was an award-winning reporter, travel editor and travel columnist of the Miami Herald, setting a standard for travel journalists. He loved and enjoyed his profession and was committed to serving the consumer traveler. Among his honors, he had won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year award. He was among the early members of SATW, joining in 1962, helped start the Editors Council and had been awarded Marco Polo status for extraordinary service.    

Click here for a link to his obituary in the Miami Herald.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article69600282.html

Mary Lu Abbott
Mary Ann Hemphill
Stuart G. Newman
Martha Steger


To fund the competition, the non-profit Foundation relies on contributions, which are tax-deductible as noted below. The Foundation operates through contributions from individuals, companies and other entities. Gifts also may be given to honor business associates and friends. 

The Foundation is tax-exempt under Section 501 [c] [3] of the Internal Revenue Service Code; all contributions are deductible under Section 170 [c] of that code.

Contributions may be mailed to the Foundation administrator or use PayPal below:

Mary Lu Abbott
SATWF Administrator
306 Summer Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Direct inquiries to Foundation administrator, Mary Lu Abbott via email maryLuA@satwf.com or call at
281-217-2872

The PayPal drop down menu below allows you to select the amount you want to donate to the SATW Foundation.  If you want to make a donation for any special reason, such as to honor someone, you may e-mail Mary Lu Abbott at MaryLuA@satwf.com.