On December 12, 2013, George and Barbara Groome hosted the Annual Tocqueville dinner. More than 50 people were in attendance as United Way awarded the Tocqueville Community Service Award to Dot Hamill and Joel and Marla Adams. Their leadership and financial support has transformed our community and others and has had a long lasting and far reaching impact. We are grateful for their work and friendship. Thank you!
About The Award
In 1973, United Way of America began honoring an individual or family who had demonstrated extraordinary commitment, leadership and service and made a broad impact on their community and/or the nation. Previous winners of the national award include: Ambassador Walter Annenberg, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, Senator and Mrs. John Glenn, and Bob Hope.
Local United Ways followed and soon began recognizing one of their own. Our United Way began the tradition in 2002, with Buddy and Marilyn Patton and Barbara Blomberg being honored as the first winners of our Tocqueville Society Community Service Award.
Each year, we give this award to a Tocqueville Society member who has demonstrated the following:
• Outstanding contributions to the nonprofit health and human services of our community.
• Commitment to the work of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County with gifts of time and money.
• Sustained contributions over a period of years to a variety of nonprofits.
• Leadership that promotes philanthropy throughout the community.
• Generosity in personal giving.
Past honorees in Buncombe County:
• Buddy and Marilyn Patton and Barbara Blomberg
• Janice and Joe Brumit
• Jerry Sternberg
• Pam and Jim Turner
• Heather and Bill Lee
• Charlie and Eleanor Owen
• John and Diane Teeter
• Charlie and Cary Owen
• Jimbo and Robin Stickney