The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is made up of individuals who have decided to make a significant investment in the future of Asheville and Buncombe County — they set the standard for charitable giving. But more than that, they are visionaries who lead by example. On May 30, 2018, the Country Club of Asheville hosted the annual Tocqueville Dinner to gather those members for an evening of fellowship.
The Society heard from Laura Elliot, our Middle School Success Director, about the important work being done in our city and county schools and the accomplishments we’ve achieved on a national level in just a few short years. We were inspired by committed donor, fellow advocate and United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Board Chair, Kit Cramer, who quizzed us all on our knowledge of the work we’re doing together.
In addition, the annual Tocqueville Community Service Award was presented at the dinner. We began honoring individuals and families with this award in 2002. The recipients demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership and service and make a substantial impact on their community.
This year’s recipients were David Bailey and Sherie Ryan-Bailey. David and Sherie’s commitment to the health, education and financial stability of our community is beyond compare. Their leadership to promote philanthropy throughout the community, commitment to the work of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and outstanding contributions to local health and human services nonprofits have set a standard for all to follow. Congratulations, David and Sherie.
Past honorees include:
- 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
- Barbara and George Groome
- Barbra and Keith Love
- Ann and Mike Young
To the 81 member families of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society — Thank you! You are all true agents of change.
Accounting for over 25% of all campaign revenue, the 81 member families that make up the Tocqueville Society have an incredible impact in our community. They help ensure neighbors have access to the social services they need, when they need them. They play a powerful role in helping local students reach their full potential; graduating from high school ready for college, career and community. And they also help create a robust volunteer center where nearly 3,000 community members give back annually by volunteering their time and talents.