By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

A new foundation, started in honor of a local Grand Junction woman, launches Wednesday morning. The Tammy D. Martin Trips, Dreams, & Memories Foundation aims at granting families who are losing a loved one the chance to have a lasting memory together.

Teresa Black and Melissa Bashara, Tammy Martin’s younger sisters, began the foundation along with Tammy’s husband, Burke Martin. The idea for the foundation came from the family’s desire to take one final trip with Tammy before she died. As a former travel agent, Tammy loved to travel, but she wasn’t able to see her last wish fulfilled. Her family looked around, but discovered there was no foundation that would help with that kind of experience, and they thought launching one might be the perfect way to honor her memory.

Tammy’s family says Tammy was full of love, courage and humor, and that they were amazed at how many lives she touched. Tammy would have been 39 this year. In honor of her, and as a way to launch the Tammy D. Martin Trips, Dreams, & Memories Foundation, there will be a tree planting ceremony Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., followed by an introduction of the foundation and lunch. The ceremony will take place at Hawthorne Park in Grand Junction.

They aim to send the first family on a trip by the end of the year. To donate to the foundation, or to nominate a family, visit their website, where the link is listed below.

For more information, you can call 970-270-8942 or email at

Tammy D. Martin Trips, Dreams, & Memories Foundation Launch
Wednesday, May 6 @ 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Hawthorne Park (4th and Gunnison), Grand Junction
11:00 am – Memorial Tree Planting
11:30 am – Introduction of Foundation
12:00 – 2:00pm – Lunch/Social
For more information, call: 970-270-8942

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