On April 21, 2017 the Annual Tocqueville Dinner was hosted by Taylor and Gary Foss. Ann and Michael Young 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.
Ann and Mike Young
Ann and Mike are loving and guiding parents, committed volunteers, generous philanthropists, and thoughtful leasers who believe in a just and fair world... and they've done this all while each also serving as a top notch attorney and physician.
When asked to lead, serve, review and advise United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and all other organizations where they lend their time, Ann and Mike are engaged servant leaders working toward improving the organization and strengthening the community.
Words cannot do justice to their gifts to us for the 35 years they have called Asheville home; we are blessed they have chosen to give, advocate and volunteer for our community. More importantly they are just good people.
President United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
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 Taylor and Gary Foss and Blue Ridge Blooms.
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 ourTocqueville 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:
- Keith and Barbra Love
- George & Barbara Groome
- 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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