- Donna Ewald Huggins

Donna Ewald (Huggins)

Donna Ewald Huggins is a member of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Board of Directors where she met her husband, the late Charles N. ‘Chuck’ Huggins, past President and CEO of See’s Candies.

A proud native San Franciscan, she owned and operated her own PR company, Golden Poppy Communications, in San Francisco for many years, representing accounts throughout the Bay and around the world.

Her parents, Helen and Don Ewald, encouraged Donna and her brother Ed to love all music, especially traditional jazz. Donna is known for her uncanny ability to recall the lyrics to all the old tunes. She is a collector of (among other things) ephemera from the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.

With longtime Turk Murphy Jazz Band pianist Pete Clute, she wrote a book about the Fair, San Francisco Invites the World.

Donna and Pete Clute with a car from the Overfair Railway from the 1915 Expo.

In addition to many philanthropic pursuits, Donna was chair of the successful eight year campaign to restore the Palace of Fine Arts. Her co-chairs were the Honorable Willie Brown and Chief of Protocol for San Francisco and the State of California, Charlotte Shultz.

Because of Donna' hard work and love for the Exposition, the late Mayor Ed Lee appointed her Liaison to the Mayor for the 2015 city-wide Centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.

For over forty years she has portrayed the historical figure, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, at the annual April 18th remembrance of the 1906 earthquake and fire, and she is very involved with the history of the San Francisco Fire Department.

Wally Rose and Donna Ewald (Huggins)
Wally Rose and Donna Ewald (Huggins)

Donna was good friends with longtime Turk Murphy Jazz Band pianist, Wally Rose, who also performed with the Lu Watters’ Yerba Buena Jazz Band. Wally and Donna often celebrated their birthdays together. They are seen here at a party for a book she published entitled The Great Jazz Revival, about the music celebrated on this website. She was also great buddies with the widely acclaimed S.F. Chronicle columnist, Herb Caen, with whom she shared many adventures.

Currently, Donna works as a jewelry designer, writer, and artist. For the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, she created 'Trippy,' a vintage Rolls Royce 'art car,' as an homage to the music and culture of 1967. She loves cats, vintage hats, traditional jazz and the blues, travel, old cars and trucks, and all things of beauty. She resides in Marin County, California with her fiancée John Jamieson who shares her many varied interests.