On January 22, 2015, Keith and Barbra Love hosted the Annual Tocqueville Dinner at which George and Barbara Groome received the Tocqueville Community Service Award. This exceptional partnership has provided leadership and financial support that has transformed our community, having a long lasting and far reaching impact. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is grateful for their work and friendship. To view a video of George and Barbara's friends and family wishing them congratulations, please click here.
The Tocqueville Society is made up of donors who have made an investment in the future of Buncombe County and truly set the standard for charitable giving. They do more than give, though. The needs in our community have increased dramatically at a time when fund-raising among nonprofits has decreased due to the economy. The generosity of these special individuals helps ensure the future of many worthy programs. Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED!
Special thanks to the Love family for opening their warm and beautiful home for the evening. Additional thanks to Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Northwestern Mutual Asheville and Mission Health for making events for leadership givers and affinity groups possible.
The photos in this gallery are from Jennifer Langdon with Vantera Photography. She has volunteered her time and talent several times this year to photograph our events at no charge. You can reach her at (828) 393-5735 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tocqueville Community Service 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.
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.
This award is given to a Tocqueville Society member who has demonstrated:
- 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 & 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
- Joel & Marla Adams and Dot Hamill
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