Past 2020 Kiplinger Literacy Award Luncheon

On January 27, 2020 we were proud to recognize Robert J. Weissman as the 2020 Kiplinger Literacy Award Recipient at the Beautiful Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club.

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Tammy Matthew, Christine Delvecchio, Bonney Johnson and Denise Ehrich
Tammy Matthew, Christine Delvecchio, Steve McGovern, Bonney Johnson and Denise Ehrich
Steve McGovern, Gytha Von Aldenbruck and Dennis Fruitt
Sarah Ciampi, Alishia Parenteau and Sue Peters
Sally and Mike Stetson, Sally and Terry McCarthy and Kathy Kramer
Robin Cartwright and Kate Freiihofer
Ron Quinlan, Kelly Buist and Rich Mishock
Rob Lord, Karen Ripper, and Linda and John Loewenberg
Randy Prange, Kia Fontaine, Rob Steele and Linda Prange
Paula Hundt, Courtney Buckel and Lauren Adrian
Michael Kenney, Pat and Bob Ditmars, Stacy Ranieri, and Vincent and May Smyth
Paul Krause, Linda Jones, and Carol and Bob Weissman
Nancy Perry, Karen Johnson, Leigh Garry and Jan Norris
Michael, Stacy, Bob and Knight
May and Vincent Smyth
Maryann Atkins, Michael Kenny and Stacy Ranieri
Mary Farrell, Noreen and Rip Fisher, Joan Amerling and Charlotte Gilmore
Margie Dunn, Jessica Bohner-Kidd, Liz Dunn and Mary Lou Rada
Maggie Overdorf, Amanda Wickeson, Cara Perry and Kim Capen
Leigh and Stacy
Knight Kiplinger with Phyllis and Jerry Rappaport
Laura Weissman Davis, Bob Weissman and Michelle Titlebaum
Knight, Ann and Stacy
Karen Johnson and Bob Raynes
Knight and Ann Kiplinger
Hal Fenner with Linda and John Loewenberg
Jane Greenwasser, Richard Geisinger, and Lisa and Nick Amaro
Gene Zweben, Carol Houwaart-Diez, Chuck Cleaver and Elizabeth Glynn
Elizabeth Wade with Steve and Julianne McGovern
Elinor Garry, Bob and Leigh Garry
Ed Ciampi, Knight Kiplinger, Phyllis and Jerry Rappaport and Frank Byers
Delesa Morris, Sue Whittington, Carol Houwaart-Diez and Lisa Rhodes
Denise Belizar, Beverly Bevis Jones, Pat Austin and Dennis Fruitt
Bob Zaccheo, Jennifer Salas and Rob Ranieri
David and Michelle Titlebaum, Laura Weissman David and Mark Simon
Clem and Linda McGillicuddy with Janice and Scott Berry
Carol and Bob Weissman and Stacy Ranieri
Bob and Pat Ditmars
Barbara and Charles Lott
02-Stacy and Bob
01-Michael Kenny, Bob Weissman and Knight Kiplinger
001-Bob Weissman


A Special Thank You to Southeastern Printing.
Also Vincent & May Smyth for the Sponsors Reception.

Double Platinum

  • 2 Tables of 10 with premium seating
  • Invitation for 6 guests to an exclusive reception with Knight Kiplinger, the 2020 Honoree and event sponsors
  • Listing in the printed program
  • Recognition in all press releases
  • Listing on event signage
  • Event photos on Foundation website & Facebook

Bauman Family Foundation


  • 1 Table of 10 with priority seating
  • Invitation for 4 guests to an exclusive reception with Knight Kiplinger, the 2020 Honoree and event sponsors
  • Listing in the printed program
  • Recognition in all press releases
  • Listing on event signage
  • Event photos on Foundation website & Facebook

Bank of America • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • John & Linda Loewenberg Vincent & May Smith • Robert & Carol Weissman


  • 1 Table of 10
  • Listing in the printed program
  • Listing on event signage
  • Event photos on Foundation website & Facebook

Helen & Prestley Blake • Margaret W. Bradley • Rip & Noreen Fisher Doug & Dr. Jo Gressette • Mariner Sands Friends • Clare & Molly Tyler


  • 6 tickets
  • Listing in the printed program
  • Listing on event signage
  • Event photos on Foundation website & Facebook

Church of the Good Shepherd • The Albert M. Covelli Foundation • The Fine Foundation Robert & Leigh Garry • Barry & Merle Ginsburg Charitable Fund
The Gord & Tania Kluzak Family Fund • Rehmann: CPAs, Consultants & Wealth Advisors


  • 4 Tickets
  • Listing in the printed program
  • Listing on event signage
  • Event photos on Foundation website & Facebook

Berger, Toombs, Elam, Gaines & Frank CPAs
Patricia A. Borg • Frank Byers, Jr./ Byers Auto Group • The Ciferri Family Foundation Cleveland Clinic Martin Health • The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie Mary Laub Cowan • The Firefly Group • Florida Atlantic University • FPL
HBK CPAs & Consultants • Helping People Succeed • Michael Kenny
Premier Realty Group • Rick Carroll Insurance • Treasure Coast Food Bank United Way of Martin County • Welcome Home Realty International


Knight Kiplinger
Editor in Chief, Kiplinger Publications

The bond between the Kiplinger family and the Martin County Library System has been a strong tie for decades. The influence and generosity of the family dates back to 1954, when W. M. Kiplinger, the Washington journalist and publisher, donated a block of land on East Ocean Boulevard for the construction of the first public library and the Woman’s Club of Stuart.
Knight Kiplinger writes, in his introduction to Sandra
Thurlow’s book Sewall’s Point, that his grandfather discovered the “peacefulness and natural beauty” of the Stuart region on his first visit here in 1952. He was “looking for a quiet refuge from the political hubbub
of Washington,” and he bought Bay Tree Lodge on Sewall’s Point “with a vague thought of retiring there” someday. He never did retire, but he made Bay Tree into a vacation retreat for the employees and retirees of his publishing company, the function it still serves today, while also providing the Kiplinger family with a beloved winter home. Although the main building was destroyed by re in 1990, it was faithfully reproduced.
When the Library Foundation established the Literacy Award in 2009, the Board of Directors seized the opportunity to recognize the Kiplingers in a significant manner. Knight Kiplinger’s annual keynote speech offers listeners a unique ringside perspective on the leaders and policies that shape our future, the nation and the world.
Established in 1923, The Kiplinger Letter is the most widely read and longest-published business forecasting publication in the world. Mr. Kiplinger also oversees Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, The Kiplinger Tax Letter, the Kiplinger Agriculture Letter, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, and The privately held company publishes an array of single topic newsstand issues and digital products. The total paid circulation of its periodicals exceeds 850,000, and its website receives more than 4 million unique visitors per month, accessing 37 million page views each month.
The company has been managed for more than nine decades by three generations of Kiplinger family members. Unfortunately in November 2015, Austin H. Kiplinger, Knight’s father, who was editor emeritus, died.
A unique aspect of the company, which contributes greatly to its success, is that the imperative of editorial quality takes precedence over the pressures of the business side, especially advertising. Among other accolades, the company has received the American Business Ethics Award, was named “one of America’s most ethical companies” by Ethisphere Magazine, and was named a 2009 General Excellence Award winner by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.


Robert J. Weissman
2020 Kiplinger Literacy Honoree

Robert “Bob” Weissman and his wife Carol have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people in Martin County through their civic and philanthropic engagement, including as steadfast supporters of the Library Foundation of Martin County.
Bob grew up in Massachusetts, served his country in the United States Navy from 1954-56, graduated from Boston University, and had a professional career in Boston that spanned more than 40 years. He spent many of those years as the president of Robert Allen Fabrics, known for its luxurious designs and premium fabrics.
Bob and Carol have been residents of Harbour Ridge for the past 30 years. They have seven children and 17 grandchildren.
A member of the Library Foundation’s Founders Society, Bob’s support of our organization spans more than 25 years. He has been a key sponsor of BookMania! since its inception 26 years ago and a strong supporter over the years of today’s event, the Kiplinger Literacy Award Luncheon, the proceeds of which fund many of the foundation’s life-changing literacy programs.
In 2016, Bob and Carol were honored by the prestigious Association of Fundraising Professionals as Outstanding Individual Philanthropists for their support of a wide range of nonprofits in our community. In 2011, the United Way presented Bob with the Francis Langford Award. Last year, Bob and Carol received the Charlie Kane Award sponsored by the Council On Aging. Locally, the couple is best known for their support of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, and particularly for the Bob and Carol Weissman Cancer Center, a center of excellence providing care and resources for those who are battling cancer.
Other Martin County organizations supported by Bob include Alzheimer’s Community Care, the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County, the Council on Aging, the Education Foundation of Martin County, Florida Oceanographic Society, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, Hibiscus Children’s Center, Helping People Succeed, House of Hope, Light of the World Charities, Molly’s House, Project Lift, Safe Space, Salvation Army, Treasure Coast Food Bank, United Way of Martin County, and Volunteers in Medicine. In addition to Martin County organizations, Bob generously supports organizations in the Boston area.
Bob expresses his gratitude for a life he strongly believes has been very blessed in every aspect by giving back to his community, improving the lives of his fellow Martin County residents. And, while Bob prefers to conduct his philanthropy quietly and out of the spotlight, the Library Foundation is honored to recognize him today for his overwhelming generosity and to hold him up as a model advocate and champion.