Make a Donation to the SATW Foundation

The SATW Foundation sponsors the annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, each year honoring outstanding work with about $20,000 in monetary prizes, crystal awards and plaques. The Foundation pays for judging of entries done independently by faculty members at acclaimed university journalism schools. 

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. Our identification number is 52-1269215. 

Contributions may be mailed to the Foundation administrator or use PayPal below:
Mary Lu Abbott
6317 Crab Orchard Road
Houston, TX 77057

Direct inquiries to Foundation administrator, Mary Lu Abbott via email or call at 713-973-9985713-973-9985.

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

We are also developing a way to properly recognize those making a contribution and for what purpose. All donors are acknowledged in the listing below.

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. 
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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: Atlantic-Caribbean Chapter, up to $1,500; Northeast Chapter, up to $1,500; Central States Chapter, up to $1,500; and Western Chapter, up to $1,000. The Foundation thanks all the chapters for their support. 
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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. 
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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. 
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                                                            IN SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Underwriters ($5,000+) Partner ($1,000+) Sustainer ($500+)
* Tourist Office for Flanders - Brussels,
   New York - 2011 - 2016
* Travel Guard Insurance/Chartis
   2011 - 2013
* SATW Atlantic-Caribbean Chapter
* SATW Central States Chapter

    Florida Keys Meeting/Newman PR
* SATW Associates Council
* SATW Northeast Chapter
* Tom Adkinson
Rick Steves
                                               SATW Foundation - GOLD Supporters $100-plus
Mary Lu Abbott*
Jeanette Anderson Moores
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*
Tom Grimm*
Bill Hensley*
Cynthia Boal Janssens*           
Robert N. Jenkins*
Paul Lasley*
Morgan Lawrence
Marcia Levin
John D. Macdonald*
Edwin S. Malone III*
Lawrence J. Mayran*
Colin McDonald
Rita McKay

David G. Molyneaux*
Martha Adams Morano
Neil Morgan*
Stuart G. Newman*
Liliane J.M. Opsomer*
Bob Sehlinger*
Harry Shattuck
Martha Steger*
Edward H. Stone*
Jeanne Westphal*
Jane Wooldridge*
Patricia A. Young
Victor Zak
Marjorie E. Abrams
Marcia Abramson 
Ellen L. Albanese
Albuquerque Convention &
   Visitors Bureau
Ludmilla (Millie) Alexander
Heidi Allison-Shane
Thomas Amberg
Cheryl Andrews
Susan K. Bak
Karyl Leigh Barnes
Karen Bartlett
Ruth Bass
Gail Bast
Gilles Bengle
Larry Bleiberg*
Steve Bly
Pat Brennan
Jan Butchofsky
Mia Casey-Sachs
Sharon E. Cavileer
Anne Chalfant 
Lisa Chickering
Jack Christie
City University of Seattle
     Library staff
Myron Clement
Beth D’Addono
Laura Daily
Diane Daniel
William A. Davis
Hugh De Samper
Patricia A. Donoghue
Nancy Dunnan
Susan Farlow
Lynn Ferrin

Peter Fitzsimons
Don Forsyth
Marion Laffey Fox
Kevin Frisch

Fran Golden
Thomas D. Griffith
Gerry Hall

John Hamilton
Catharine Hamm

Cheryl M. Hargrove
Ted Heck
Mary Ann Hemphill
Deb Hickok        
Martin Hintz
Sue Hobart
Dave G. Houser
Beverly A. Hurley
Patricia Kelly
Doreen M. Kerby
Jim Kerr
Susan Kraus
Linda R. Kundell
Doris Lehman
Kimberley Lovato
Mary Herbert Love
Alan Macher
Ruth Lor Malloy
Betty Martin
Melanie McManus
Jeff Miller
Kathleen A. Moraghan
Jerry D. Morris
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
Lynn Seldon
Fran Sevcik
Joanne Prim Shade
Harry Shattuck
Kay Showker
Morris Silver
Diane Siskin
Roberta Sotonoff
Jerry Soverinsky
Robert Staab
Jane Stokes
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

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 28 years. Among earlier benefactors:
Society of American Travel Writers
Boyne USA, Inc.
Carnival Cruise Lines and Carnival Corp.
Royal Caribbean International and  
Celebrity Cruises
SATW Marco Polo Members
Bill Muster
William R.Angell Foundation
American Automobile Association
Walt Disney World

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.


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.


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.

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
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