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The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation (TLPF) was established in 1987. It is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation. In 1990, TLPF received a very generous contribution from the estate of Herman R. Tate, a long-time member of TTA. To date, 165 individual donors have contributed $892,000 to the TLPF. In addition, the sponsors of the annual TLPF Golf Tournament—Professional Insurance Center in 1998 and 1999, Gateway Insurance from 2000 to 2012 and Atlas Financial Holdings in 2013 and 2014—have donated an additional $68,000 in sponsorship fees to the Foundation.

We are grateful for each contribution and we are pleased to list the individual contributors as follows:

  • Premium Contributor
    Herman R. Tate, Philanthropy, CA
  • Platinum Contributors
    Neal Nichols, VA
  • Gold Contributors
    Jesse Gaddis, FL Ellis Houston, AL Murray Rosenberg, NJ Ham Smythe III, TN Judy Swystun, VA Martin Zilber, FL
  • Silver Contributors
    Lee Barnes, MD Jim Bell, ON, CAN Elizabeth Boynton, PA Jamie Campolongo, PA Joe Chernow, TX Mike Fogarty, MA John Hall, AR** Rick Hewatt, GA Richard Kleinschmidt, MO Bill Knaus, PA Al LaGasse, MD Bill Legare, RI Michael Levine, NY Brian McBride, OH Robert McBride, CO Anthony Palmeri, CA Corky Renzi, MA Larry Silva, CA Larry Slagle, CA Mary Smarelli, WI Ham Smythe IV, TN Carl Ward, KY Brian Wier, AZ Bill Williams, NC** **Deceased
  • Copper Contributors
  • Bronze Contributions


An individual who makes a contribution of $10,000 or more to the Foundation's General Fund can establish a separate fund in the contributor's name within the Foundation. In addition, a group of individuals can choose to collectively donate a total of $10,000 or more to recognize an individual's impact on the for-hire vehicle industry and/or TTA. To date, eight separate Funds have been established within the Foundation:


  • The Ellis Houston Fund

  • The Knaus Fund

  • The Neal Nichols Fund

  • The Murray Rosenberg Fund

  • The Dennis Rouse Fund

  • The Smythe Family Fund

  • The Swystun-Oden Family Fund

  • The Zilber Fund

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