Barbra and Keith Love

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"A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit."

This quote embodies the kind of life Barbra and Keith Love choose to live and we are proud to announce them as the 2015 Alexis de Tocqueville Community Service Award recipients.


Barbra and Keith have been United Way donors for more than 32 years and have served as co-chairs of the Tocqueville Society for two years. Their insights and generosity of spirit have helped us widen our circles of support. They are a joy to work with. But the path that Barbra and Keith walk as volunteers for United Way is no different than the path they walk for other nonprofits, for their church and within their daily lives; their spirit of giving and sharing is intertwined in all they do and are. Between the two, they have held, or currently hold, leadership roles with:

  • Carolina Day School
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Mission Foundation
  • Montreat Conference Center
  • Partnership for Pastoral Counseling
  • YMCA of WNC
  • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

But it is the words others say about them, and the work they do for others that sets Barbra and Keith apart:

  • Humble servant leaders
  • Like the Good Samaritan who was moved to action by deep compassion
  • Individually they are both very gifted; together, they are a dynamite team.
  • Everything they do is marked by faithfulness, warm hospitality, an inclusive spirit, servant leadership, and a reluctance to take the spotlight.

View photos from the evening.


About the Tocqueville Society Community Service Award

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society Community Service Award is given to an individual, couple or family whose service and generosity exemplify the true spirit of volunteerism that Tocqueville wrote of:


When an American asks for the cooperation of his fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously, and with great good will.

- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Award Criteria

  • Outstanding contributions to the non profit 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, preferably to a variety of non profits.
  • Leadership that promotes philanthropy among others and throughout the community.
  • Generosity in personal giving, member of the Tocqueville Society

Past Recipients

  • Buddy and Marilyn Patton & 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
  • Jim and Robin Stickney
  • Dot Hamill, Marla and Joel Adams      
  • George and Barbara Groome


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