Our supporters: Individuals & Organizations

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Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of The Lens.

Gifts $10,000 +
Richard Colton
Laitram LLC
Jay Lapeyre *
Bev & Ray Nichols *
Reily Foundation / Bob & Margaret D. Reily
Michael Sartisky, Ph.D. * +
Mary Zervigon *

Gifts $5,000 – $9,999
Amy Jean Boebel *
Randy Fertel *
Keith Hardie *
Calvin Johnson * +
Harry Shearer *
David Simon & Laura Lippman *
Linda Usdin & Steven Bingler *

Gifts $2,500 – $4,999
Larry Blake *
Investigative News Network *
Diana Lewis *
Bob Redmond *
Stephanie Stokes & Dan Shea *
Swelltone Labs *

Gifts $1,000 – $2,499
Roger Biles *
Betty Buckley Cochran & Stephen Cochran
JoAnn Clevenger
Mr. & Mrs. Laurance Eustis *
Morgan Lyons and Martha Harris *
Carolyn Leftwich *
SEIU Local 21 LA *

Gifts $500 – $999
Eli Ackerman *
Millie Ball & Keith Marshall
Lynn & Bruce Bettis *
Cheron Brylski *
Lynn Chao *
Susan Decorte *
Louann Dorrough *
Sonya Forte Duhe * +
Pamela Davidson-Ehlers
Tony Gelderman
Elizabeth Hampton *
Budd Hirons *
Jed Horne + #
Wilson Johns *
Beth & Austin Lavin * +
Joe Mapes
David Marcello & Jane Johnson *
Stephen May
Jana Napoli
Sandy Rosenthal
Joanna Sternberg *
Peter Stillman *
Sandra Stimpson
Maura Sylvester
Harley Winer & Esther B. DeJong *

Gifts $250 – $499
Nancy Adams *
Merle Albers *
Dorothy Ball *
Steve Beatty * #
Ellen Blue *
Jaye Brodsky
Bess Carrick
Rebecca Catalanello *
Cleis Design
Gary Clements *
Marlane Drake *
Albert A. Estes, Sr. *
Melissa Gibbs *
Roberta Gratz *
Michael Gray *
Jeannette Hardy *
Jenel Hazlett *
Paula Hoffman *
Karl Holzmuller *
Farida Khan
Sadiq Khan
Shawn Khan
Tommy Milliner *
David Munroe *
Paul Lambert
J. Celeste Lay
Robin Marshall *
Cynthia Morse *
Steve Myers * #
Edward Richards
Paige Royer
Tim Ruppert *
Carl Seifert *
Samuel Spencer *
Jean Tatge & Phil Collis *
Paul Tamburello *
Robert J.A. Williams
Suzanne Lacey Wisdom *
Jennifer & Lee Zurik * +

Gifts $100 – $249
Stephen Algero
James Amerson
Florence Andre *
Nancy Aronson
Steven Aucoin
Michael Avery
Sandra Barbier *
Robin Barnes
Michael Bartolone
Richard Baudouin *
John Berendt *
Troy Bickford
William Borah *
Thomas Braly
Georgia & Alton Bryant *
Martha Brewer
The Burka Family
Elizabeth Burns
June Butler *
Vivian & Richard Cahn *
Thomas Capps
Nathan Cataline *
Robert Cerasoli
Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman
Nathan Chapman
Leigh Checkman *
Bette Cole *
Peter Cook *
Susannah Coolidge *
Deborah Cotton
Keith Crawford *
Ron Cropper *
James Cullen
Jacquelyn Dadakis
Ina & Rick Davis
Jack Davis
John Davis
Carol DeGraw
Sherelda Dorsey
Robert Evans / Con Tech International
Jane Ferguson
John Fischbach
Barbara Forrest
Tina Freeman
Fresh Money Studio
Karen Gadbois * #
Elizabeth Galante
Sonia Gasparini *
Guy & Salomé Gonzalez
Angie Green
John W. Groome
Michael Hahn *
Abram Handler *
Wendy Handler
Daniel Harris & Diane K. Lease
Fred L. Herman
Barbara Hill
Marion Horner
Carole B. Jarrell *
Sandy Juarez *
Betsy Kaston *
George Paul Kemp
Chris & Deanna Kieffer *
William Clay Kirby *
Alexander Kolker
Moshe Kornfeld
Mari Kornhauser *
Lila LaHood
Anne & Dennis LaRock
Karen Longon *
loudpoet productions
Patricia Loughran
Tom Lyons
Nicholas Mark
Jennifer Marusak
Thomas Matthews *
Alan Maclachlan
Valerie McGinley *
Edward McGinnis *
Virginia Miller *
John Morton *
Anthony Mumphrey *
Wayne Neveu
Karen Ocker
Offbeat Publications
Haigler Pate
Holley Pavy
Marcy Planer
Larry & Diana Powell *
Donna Rachal *
Joann Ricci *
Marjory Russakoff & Phillips Lauriat *
William Quigley *
Frank Rabalais
Kimberly & Josh Reyher
Sally Reeves *
Robert & Karen Ritchie *
Mark Romig *
 Mary Rowe
Stephen Scarbrough *
Frances Scofield
Jackie Shreves
Walter David Siegel *
Lois Simpson
Thomas Snedeker *
Scott Sternberg *
Pamela Stevens
Sandra Stokes
Pam Jewson & Pete Swenson *
Jonathan Tate *
Rebecca Theim
Ma Thomas
Janie Tijerina *
Mark Tobler
Torbjorn Tornqvist
Maria Redmann Treffinger
Wayne Troyer *
Keith Twitchell *
The Steven W. Usdin Family
The Thomas M. Usdin Family
Bradford Walker *
Delores Walker *
Mary E. Walter-Brown
Lori Waselchuk *
Susan Weeks
Lolita Werhan / Natural Awakenings Magazine – Southeast Louisiana Edition
Ralph Weymouth *
Georgia Wilemon
Derek Willis
Donald Wing *
Holly Wiseman
Robert Wisnewski *
D Wolff *
Wendy Boldizar & David Muth
Lynda Woolard
Sally Zebrick
David Zalkind *

Gifts $50 – $99
Thomas Abrams *
Jane Apffel
Broderick Bagert
Diana Beliard
Jason Berry
Jeffrey Bostick *
Jean Cassels *
Ron Biava & Emily Clark
Elizabeth Blankenship *
Florence Brown *
Jose Calderon-Abbo
Barbara W. Carlton *
William Carter
Edgar & Alva Chase
Nancy Chachere *
Susan Clements *
Ariella Cohen +
Matt Davis
John DeFraites
Joseph M. and Wanda C. DeFraites *
Christopher Dendy
Nancy Dinoto
David Doremus
Danielle Dreilinger
R. Foster Duncan
Shaun Duncan
Philip Dunham
David Eber
Lolis E. Elie
Jonah Evans
Josephine Everly *
Abigail Feldman
Phoebe Ferguson
Robert Fogarty
Victor Franckiewicz
Lillian G. Gahagan
Gretchen Galliano
Sharon Gancarz-Davies
Peter Gardner *
Tim Garrett *
Sean Gerowin *
Sue Hall
Stephen Hand
Zeph Hardy
Meredith Hathorn
Sally Hays
Susan Hoffman *
Stacy & Jeremy Head *
Jordan Hirsch
Cassandra Holbrook *
David Holt *
Janet & Scott Howard
John Howell
Tessa Jackson
John Jacobs
Barbara Johnson *
Stephen Joseph
Carl Kendall
Sharon Kirkpatrick
Leo Laventhal *
Mike Leikin *
Louisiana Governmental Studies
Meg Lousteau *
Travis Lux
Dennis McSeveney
Charles Maldonado * #
Ann Meese *
Rose Ann Miron
Kathryn Montgomery *
Andreanecia Morris
Anne Mueller * #
Kathleen Gibson Muse
Karen Norfleet *
Alexandra Norton
Susan C. Norwood
Sara Orton
Steven Ostertag +
Kristina Peterson
Leslie & Hunter Pierson
Allison Plyer *
Darren Preston
Eileen Rafferty
Stephen Wade Rathke *
Elise Read
John Reed
Molly Reid
Gary Rivlin
Elizabeth Jane Rolling *
J. Cathy Rogers, Ph.D. *
Brianne Rome *
Margaret Ross-Martin
Cade Roux
Linda Santi *
Nathan Schwam
Donald Schwander
Caroline Senter
Alexander Shaw
Robert Simms
Annette Sisco
Donna Smith
Karen Snyder
Tim Soslow
Corey Sparks
Ann Stevens
Yoko Toda
Alex Turvy
Denice Warren Ross
Matthew Segraves *
Alexandra Wesley Smith *
Constantine von Hoffman *
Kimberly Waggoner
Paul Waldman *
Linda M. Walker *
Jane Wholey
Kathryn Wohl
Darlene Wolnik
Jonathan Wool *
Erin McQuade Wright *
Veronica Young

Gifts $35 – $49
Geraldine & Johnny Addison
James Amdal
Christina Antolini
David C. Billings
Brian Boyles & Kimberly vanWagner
Derek Bridges
Andrew Brott
Art Bueno
Jewel Bush
Chris Bynum
Pam Callahan
Jeffrey Cantin
Elizabeth Charron
Arlene Cohen
Michele Collins
James Coolican
Stephen Danley
Harold Domingue
Richard Duncan
Dana Eness
Louis Freeman
Margery Freeman
Amy Elizabeth Gage
Rose Gilbert
Eric Glisch *
Carol Gniady
Marie Gould & Bob Marshall #
Della M. Graham
Julie Graybill
Gulf Restoration Network
Joshua Hatch
Ingrid Hearns-Alexander *
Mary Louise “Lou” Hobson
Kerrie Holley
Jane Honeycutt
Eric Jensen
Breaux Jones
Patrick Kadow
Bonnie Keller
Michael King
Susan Klein
Thomas Klekamp *
Larry Larmeu
Oneal Legendre
Jonathan Leit
Joshua Lichtman
Sharon Litwin
Brendan McCarthy *
Makiyah Moody
Daniel Maiuri
Darryl Malek-Wiley / Sierra Club
Linda Mauskopf
Margherita McWilliams
Melanie Merz
Nels Nehen
Lindsey Netherly
Michael Nussbaum
Amii Onellion
OCH Art Market
Juliet Page
John Pecorino
Nicholas Peddle *
Ryan & Danielle Pepper *
Anthony Pumilia
Edwin C. Rabon
Peter Seltzer
Martha Sharp
David Shepard
Isabel S. Sherman
Jenelle Slobof
Marcus Smith *
Joseph Sobol
Stacy Souchaud
Lee Stafford *
Chris Staudinger
Reid Stone
Zoe Sullivan *
R.W. Swan
Chastian Taurman
Reuben Blaine Teague
Harry S. Tervalon, Jr.
Lon Thomas
Charles C. Thompson
Molly Vigour
Lisa Williams
Nicole Williamson
Leith Womer

Gifts under $35
Andrea Armstrong
Patrick Armstrong
Laura Beatty
June Bienvenu
Pax Bobrow
Sarah Bolton
Collin Breaux
Eliana Bronstein
Robert & Mary Burch
Beth Butler
Debra Calmes
Merrill Collett *
Robert Collins
Elizabeth Cowan
Maggie Dawes
Ali DeJong
Larisa Diephuis
Cynthia Douglass
Meredith Dowling
Bonnie Dwyer
Teresa Parker Farris
Randall and Madelaine Feldman
Sebastian G. Ferman
Nancy Freeman
Timothy Geary
Rachel Graham
Della Hasselle
Andy Horowitz
Rebecca Houtman
Donald Jayne
Debra Johnson
Christine Jordan
Lynnette Judge
Jane Jurik
Rodger Kamenetz
Stefan Kamph
Martha Kegel
Annalisa Kelly
Nick Kindel
Andrew King
Hunter King
Konrad King
Charles Kohlmeyer
Robert Brian Levy
Julia Lightner
Martin M. Linskey
Jennifer Lloyd
Christin Logarakis
Maya Lowy
Vicki Mack
Kristy Magner
Kerry Maloney
Karin Martin
Nathan Martin
Eva Martinez
William McCurdy
Susan McLachlan
Catherine Mizell-Nelson
Mark Moseley
Daniel Murphy
Marla Nelson
Natasha Noordhoff
John T. O’Connor
Lianna Patch / The English Maven
Helen Patterson
Martin Pedersen
Evan Ponder
Amiel Provosty
Wyoming Quinn
Erin Ribka
Nathaniel Rich
Cindy Ridgway
Brandon Robert
Xenia Roma
Audra Rouse
Pam and Richard Russell
Mary Sak
Hilairie Schackai
Holly Scheib & Paul Wisneskey
Cynthia Scott
Diana Searl
Jonah Seligman
Katherine Senter
Rose S. Sher
Tracey Sherry
Alexandra Simmons
Heidi Sinclair
Eric Skrmetta
Robert Smith
William Sothern
Jon Staiger
Gabriel Stein
Jill Stephens
Walter Stern
Mark Strella
Alexandra Stroud
Superior Alarm
Mallary Tenore
Thomas Thoren
Susan Wayman
Harold Wilbert
Janaya Williams
Jessica Williams #
Ryan Williams
Amy Yildizli
AJ Ylizaliturri

The following gifts have been made in honor of an event or individual(s).

Merle Albers *
   In memory of Mrs. Merle S. Marshall
Florence Andre *
   In honor of Linda Usdin and Anne Mueller.
Millie Ball & Keith Marshall
   Thank to Steve and the gang.
Lynn Bettis *
    In honor of the children of New Orleans.
Amy Jean Boebel *
   In honor of Jean B. Boebel who believed in the power of clean government practices.
The Burka Family
   In honor of Linda Usdin’s birthday.
Jewel Bush
   In honor of my fellow journos who take the craft seriously and remember life before        blogs.
Lynn Chao *
   In memory of Robert C. Meder, Jr.
   In gratitude to Steve Beatty
Nathan Chapman
   In honor of Nathan Bolton and Bill Chapman, former newspaper publishers.
Ariella Cohen +
   In honor of Portia Rotkin, my grandmother who always taught me to ask questions and    pay attention.
Keith Crawford *
   In honor of John McDonough, 1779-1850.
Ina & Rick Davis
     In honor of Karen Gadbois’ continued vision.
Christopher Dendy
     In honor of Stephanie Grace
Nancy Dinoto
    In honor of all those affected by flooding in New Orleans and surrounding areas.
Barbara Forrest
   In honor of independent, truthful reporting.
Karen Gadbois * #
   In honor of Aida Schooler.
Roberta Gratz *
   In honor of Karen Gadbois.
Michael Gray *
   In honor of ace journalist Steve Beatty.
Ingrid Hearns-Alexander *
   In memory of Kerry Hearns.
   In honor of Louis, Verna Mae & Kerry Hearns.
Paula Hoffman *
   In honor of New Orleans, city of my birth, and in pride of its and your indomitable  spirit! Good luck!!
   In honor of Monica Edelstein & Kenneth Hoffman.
Tessa Jackson
   In honor of those who have lost their lives speaking the truth to power. Thank you Lens staff for being the “truth tellers” of the Gulf Coast!
Eric Jensen
   In honor of the incredible reporting of Matt Davis!
William Clay Kirby *
   In honor of Ashley Morris.
Meg Lousteau *
   In honor of Karen Gadbois.
Alan Maclachlan
   In honor of my mother, who wasn’t afraid to ask the tough quesionts.
Mark Romig *
     In honor of Karen Gadbois
Margaret Ross-Martin
   In honor of Mary Ellen Ross.
Marjory Russakoff & Phillips Lauriat *
   In honor of Lane Lauriat.
   In honor of Elaine Lauriat, Wesleyan Class of ’09.
Linda Santi *
   In honor of the tradition of daily news in this myopic and great newspaper city.
SEIU Local 21 LA *
   In honor of SEIU Local 21 LA.
Lois Simpson
   In honor of Bev Nichols.
Chris Staudinger
     Thankful for Bob Marshall’s environmental reporting.
The Steven W. Usdin Family
   In honor of Linda Usdin’s birthday.
The Thomas M. Usdin Family
   In honor of Linda Usdin’s birthday.
Molly Vigour
     Thanks for great Lycee Francais coverage this year!
Holly Wiseman
   In honor of Karen Gadbois for her Ethics in Journalism Award.
Darlene Wolnik
     All of the New Orleanians that I have known, those native and those reborn here.

* Indicates multiple gifts have been given by the donor
+ Lens board member (current or former)
# Lens staff member