Travel + Leisure magazine recognized OAT and Grand Circle Foundation in the "Philanthropic Travel" category
When Alan and Harriet Lewis first got into the travel industry, they did so with a vision of changing lives. Through the work of Grand Circle Foundation, travel's potential for philanthropic impact has extended farther than they ever imagined—to the villages in the paths of OAT adventures, to offices in Boston and around the world, and, of course, to the travelers who make it all possible.
To this end, a recent award from Travel + Leisure magazine held special meaning for Alan and Harriet—and everyone at Grand Circle Foundation:
Travel + Leisure magazine has honored Overseas Adventure Travel with a 2010 Global Vision Award in the "Philanthropic Travel" category
In its sixth year, the Global Vision Awards honor companies and organizations that are making a difference in the traveler's world. Details are included in the magazine's November issue, currently on newsstands. OAT and the additional 18 winners were selected from nearly 150 applicants in five different categories.
"We are honored to be recognized by Travel + Leisure for our philanthropic efforts and salute its editors for encouraging the travel industry to become more involved," said Alan. "Our mission as an organization is to help change people's lives, and we hope we're accomplishing this through our support of schools and communities worldwide and through the volunteer community service efforts of our associates around the globe."
In particular, Grand Circle Foundation was cited for having donated more than $50 million to educational, development and cultural preservation projects around the world, including support of more than 100 schools in 30 countries through our World Classroom initiative; for raising emergency funds for disaster relief in such areas as Haiti and Peru; and for our community service program, through which employees organize more than 30 service projects around the world each year, with 94% employee participation.
We were especially honored to be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges:
Bonnie Burham, president of the World Monuments Fund
Liya Kebede, model, designer, goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization, and founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation
Jake Kheel, environmental director for Grupo Puntacana and director of the Puntacana Ecological Foundation
Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes and the company's One for One movement
Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-winning documentarian (The Cove), photographer, and executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society
Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist and chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought
Tony Williams, senior vice president of resorts and projects at Emirates Hotels & Resorts
Alan and Harriet wish to thank all of the generous travelers, associates, and community partners who have supported Grand Circle Foundation over the years. "From the bottom of our hearts, you really do help change people's lives," says Harriet. "Thank you for making this award possible."